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Nominations and Recruiting for the
2017 Class of VLI

We are hoping you will help us with recruiting the VLI Class of 2017 by nominating a leader (or emerging leader) in your organization or community.

Send their contact information to Jane Arthur at jane@snellingcenter.org so she can reach out to them, explain the program and encourage them to apply. You can also instruct people to go on-line and apply directly through the Snelling Center website (www.snellingcenter.org).

Either way, when you refer a candidate and he or she is accepted into the Class of 2017, the Snelling Center will waive your fee for the Vermont Leadership Network Reunion in October. Yep, you get to ATTEND FOR FREE! It's that simple. You are our best recruitment tool, so thanks in advance for helping us seek out the "Best Class Ever".

Here is a document you can email to any of your nominees:

 

Early Childhood Leadership Institute
Class of 2016 Chosen!


 
The Early Childhood Leadership Institute (ECLI) is a unique leadership and personal transformative institute, initiated in 2014 to stimulate enthusiasm for and effective participation in efforts to improve early childhood work in Vermont.  ECLI brings a group of diverse participants together each year for twelve seminar days over six months starting in May 2016 and is an initiative of the 2014 Race to the Top, Early Learning Challenge Grant.
 
Our topics include knowing thyself as leaders, race and diversity, connecting human centered systems, shaping early learning policy and advocacy, and meaningful data and decision making. 
 
Members of the 2016 ECLI Class
 
Dana Anderson
Caroline Christie
Stacie Curtis
Cynthia Daniels
Ali Dieng
Ellen Drolette
Maria Dufresne
Sara Forward
Victoria Francis
Melanie Gonyaw
Danielle Howes
Jennifer Hutchinson
Wendy Kruger
Sara Lovell-Albee
Mariah McGill
Tabitha McGlynn
Mark McMillen
Carol McQuillen
Laurie Metcalfe
Danielle Palmer
Lianne Petrocelli
Leisa Pollander
Carrie Premsagar
Cathy Reitz
Vicky Senni
Sarah Tousignant
Ruth Vargus
 
Organizations represented include: Building Bright Futures, Birth to Five, Sunrise Family Resource Center, Thaddeus Stevens School, Burlington School District, Sunshine and Daydream Child Care,  Howard Center, Williston School District, Chittenden Supervisory Union,  The Sara Holbrook Community Center, Orchard School, Burlington Children’s Space, State of Vermont Department of Health, Mountain Village School,  Community Loan Fund,  Child Development Division, Blue Mountain Union School, Vermont Foodbank, Winston Prouty School, Let’s Grow Kids, Green Mountain Children’s Center.
 

2016 VLN Reunion
Mark your calendars!

 
Friday, October 14, 2016
2nd annual Vermont Leadership Network Reunion!
DoubleTree Hotel in South Burlington, Vermont
3-10pm

On Friday, October 14, 2016 come join fellow VLI, VSLP, & ECLI graduates as we enjoy and evening of delicious food, tasty drinks, lively music and inspirational entertainment.

In lieu of a keynote speaker this year, we are interested in hosting a 1 hour Ted (type) Talk event in which various alumni offer to present a 10-minute talk on a subject of interest to them (and fellow alumni). So, keep your eye out for a “call for talks” request coming in late summer and be sure to block Friday, October 14th on your calendar.

With a new VLI class graduating in June, and both VSLP and ECLI classes graduating this fall, our network is quickly growing to over 800 strong. If you’ve graduated recently or it’s been a number of years, we hope to keep you connected and inspired by other Vermont Leaders through these annual gatherings and look forward to seeing you there.

Nominations for the
Excellence in Leadership Award in honor of Jan Eastman


We are excited to invite your nominations for the seventh annual Vermont Leadership Institute Excellence in Leadership Award in honor of Jan Eastman.  Jan was the president of The Snelling Center from 1992 to 2006 and founded The Vermont Leadership Institute. 

The Excellence in Leadership Award is presented to a Vermont Leadership Institute alumnus/alumna who, since completing VLI, has made a significant contribution to Vermont and its community life, and has demonstrated skillful and innovative leadership and vision.

In keeping with Jan’s vision, the recipient demonstrates effective leadership through innovation, collaboration, and inclusion, being able to see the big picture while acknowledging and appreciating the importance of each individual contribution to the whole. The recipient of this award shares Jan’s commitment to mentoring the next generation of leaders and establishing new paradigms for effecting positive change. Most importantly, the recipient shares Jan’s passion and energy, humility and humor, commitment to public service and dedication to Vermont.

You can read about the first six recipients by following this link: http://snellingcenter.org/leadership/vermont-excellence-leadership-award/

Nominations can be sent via email and must be received by Friday, May 13 to be considered for this year. The award for 2016 will be presented at the VLI '16 Commencement luncheon on Saturday, June 4, at Basin Harbor Club.
 
How to nominate someone:  please email a letter to heidi@snellingcenter.org, with a description of how your nominee exemplifies the qualities and accomplishments outlined above.  If several people wish to nominate the same person, as has happened in the past, it is perfectly all right to send one letter with several signatures!

We look forward to receiving your nominations by May 13.

 

VSLP Class of 2016
UPDATE


The Class of 2016 has been actively engaged in the work of Knowing Thyself and Knowing Thyself in relation to systems and organizations. 

Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe joined the cohort at its session in January.    Her time with the class was focused on the AOE’s vision for education and her journey as a leader.   Her message was inspirational, personal and foundational for the group as they move forward in the Snelling Journey.

The cohort will meet again on April 7 and 8. The focus of the work will be in setting a “North Star” and beginning to develop metrics, evidence and data points for determining how they can think about transforming their system. This will be the basis for their work over the next 6 months.
 

SAVE THE DATES:
We have established the dates for VSLP 2018.  The application process will begin in January 2017.
 
July 11-14, 2017 
October 18-20, 2017
January 18-19, 2018
April 5-6, 2018
July 11-13, 2018
October 4-5, 2018
November 9-10, 2018

For more information please email Val Gardner at valg@gmavt.net
 
 


VLI Session 6 - Grafton

 

by Jamie Gage, VLI 2016


From March 16-18 2016, the Best Class Ever (also known as VLI Class of ‘16) came together for three days in Grafton to learn about human-centered systems in Vermont.
 
Headquartered at the historic Grafton Inn, one of the oldest continually operating hotels in the U.S., the session was a fascinating look at how we approach criminal justice, economics & poverty, corrections, and the emerging opiate issues in our state.  Co-led by Director Jane Arthur and former AHS Secretary Doug Racine, the class enjoyed presentations from several prominent leaders in the field of human services, including Paul Cillo of the Public Assets Institute, Sue Maguire from the full-service Molly Stark School in Bennington, and Mayor Chris Louras of Rutland whose Project Vision is now being widely recognized for its success in pulling together different communities in our 2nd largest city.
 
During Day 2, we toured the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield with prison management, ate lunch prepared by inmates, and enjoyed a lively panel discussion with several criminal justice experts about society’s role regarding punishment, restorative justive, and the concept of redemption. Afterward, we stopped in at the Great Hall in Springfield for another panel discussion about economic development and the importance of community investment led by Commerce Secretary Pat Moulton. There we witnessed firsthand the renaissance now underway in that once-thriving machine tool town whose industrial output made it a top ten bombing target of the U.S. during WWII.
 
In addition to the breadth of experiential learning, several noteworthy items emerged from the Grafton session with respect to VLI ’16. One member of the class announced that she would be running for the legislature in the fall; two other members coordinated and led key discussions around community development and the correctional industry; and a 4th was featured on the WCAX show “The :30” following an in-depth article she wrote about the realities of the so-called “benefits cliff” facing many Vermonters today. Several of the other VLI ’16 members were struck in new ways by the complexity of the issues facing our state, the need to better understand others’ perspectives, and the fact that there are no easy answers – but plenty of opportunities for tomorrow’s civic and moral leaders.
 
The session also marked a proud moment for me as a Vermonter. Many of the problems we face today are the result of old, flawed or broken systems, and it was heartening to see disparate groups of people collaborating to acknowledge and help fix those systems. Whether tackling the issue of opiate addiction, helping low income Vermonters gain educational opportunities, or revitalizing our downtowns, the best solutions are found through an open exchange of new ideas and a deep sense of commitment to others. At Session 6, both of these attributes were on wide display - a great harbinger for the future of Vermont.
 
 
Jamie Gage
General Manager, Vermont.gov
VLI Class of 2016

Alumni Spotlight



CONGRATULATIONS Andra!
 

Andra Bowen, VSLP 2012
Andra Bowen   (VSLP ’12)  Assistant Principal of Bethel Elementary School is the recipient of the NAESP Assistant Principal of the Year Award.
 
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VLN Reunion
 

On Friday, October 14, 2016 come join fellow VLI, VSLP, & ECLI graduates as we enjoy and evening of delicious food, tasty drinks, lively music and inspirational entertainment.
In lieu of a keynote speaker this year, we are interested in hosting a 1 hour Ted (type) Talk event in which various alumni offer to present a 10-minute talk on a subject of interest to them (and fellow alumni). So, keep your eye out for a “call for talks” request coming in late summer and be sure to block Friday, October 14th on your calendar.
With a new VLI class graduating in June, and both VSLP and ECLI classes graduating this fall, our network is quickly growing to over 800 strong. If you’ve graduated recently or it’s been a number of years, we hope to keep you connected and inspired by other Vermont Leaders through these annual gatherings and look forward to seeing you there.
 
What: Vermont Leadership Network Reunion
When: October 14, 2016
Time: 3:00 - 10:00pm
 

SCG Events Calendar

April 7 & 8, 2016
VSLP Session 4 - Fairlee

April 28 & 29, 2016
VLI Session 7 - Arlington

May 19 & 20
Opening Session for ECLI

June 3 & 4
VLI Class of 2016 Commencement at Basin Harbor

October 14, 2016
2016 VLN Reunion at DoubleTree Hotel in Burlington
 
 
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