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Gender Equity in the workplace

Vermont Works for Women offers an array of services for employers to build on current efforts and initiatives to increase gender equity within the workplace. These services include professional development workshops, individualized consultation, youth engagement opportunities, and ongoing support, tailored to the needs of your company. Contact us for information on fees for services and availability.

Gender Equity workshop Series

Each of these three 90-minute workshops can stand alone, although we recommend offering the whole series as each workshop builds upon knowledge and understanding from the previous one.

busting gender bias

What messages did we receive growing up about our genders? How do those messages continue to influence our attitudes, beliefs and behaviors today? This workshop introduces participants to the language of gender and gender norms through facilitated small-group discussions using Change the Story VT’s “Let’s Talk Gender” conversation cards. This guided discussion addresses implicit bias and its effects in the workplace. We will explore the various benefits of gender equity and diversity in the workplace, and provide strategies and tools for inclusive internal and external messaging at your company or organization.

Engaging, interactive and informative.

 Workshop attendee

recruitment strategies for equity

Did you know that job seekers spend just 49.7 seconds reviewing a listing before deciding it’s not a fit? What do potential employees see when they visit your job listings? This workshop will provide a brief recap of the economic benefits of workplace diversity, and provide tools and strategies for attracting diverse candidates to your company or organization. We will review internal and external messaging, effective job descriptions, and best practices for interviewing for diversity. Lastly, we will talk about some benefits and supports that help to create a “human-friendly” workplace that will make any employee want to stay for the long haul!

the respectful workplace

Everyone deserves a safe, respectful workplace free from discrimination and harassment. Often, a lack of awareness and understanding can lead to a disrespectful work environment, despite the best of intentions. In this workshop, participants engage in facilitated conversations using Change the Story VT’s “Let’s Talk Harassment” conversation cards. This guided discussion provides important definitions and understanding about what sexual harassment is, how it affects people at work, and how to prevent it. Through interactive activities, we also examine “everyday sexism” that frequently shows up in subtle or overt ways, and develop “ready responses” that you can use at your business or organization.

Open and honest discussions are the backbone of any workshop and the facilitators did great! I think that the cards prompting discussions are invaluable.

 Workshop participant

Additional Gender Equity Services

Job Description and workplace culture consultation

Vermont Works for Women will review job descriptions and job postings to ensure they incorporate language that reflects the inclusive, welcoming culture you are trying to foster and that they encourage a diverse applicant pool. We will also review and provide feedback on your current or developing workplace culture and policies to encourage the success of women in the workplace, and give examples of how other VT companies have implemented similar policies. 

workplace focus groups

In Vermont’s current landscape, where 51% of our population is female, and females represent an untapped potential source of talent for many companies and industries, it is important to evaluate the climate of your workplace for current and future female employees.  Vermont Works for Women is available to help employers and organizations assess the working environment for women and gender non-conforming individuals in their companies and advise or make recommendations for improvements. Through a series of confidential focus groups with female employees, we gather information about how they experience the workspace as women, what is going well, and what could improve.  We then provide this feedback with recommendations to the management team. 

workplace affinity groups or employee resource groups (erg)

Affinity groups or ERGs are groups of employees who share the same interests, goals or identities. Successful ERGs are employer-recognized and provide numerous benefits to both employees and employers. They provide spaces for networking, mentorship and professional development, help to attract and retain employees, increase employee satisfaction, provide an engaging and fulfilling work experience, and help create more inclusive workplaces. VWW will help businesses initiate and establish ERGs that promote gender equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and identify leaders with capacity and interest in maintaining group momentum.

Gender Equity Advancement Roundtable (GEAR)

Employers who participate in our gender equity professional development and programming are invited to join quarterly Zoom meetings for further conversation, troubleshooting, consultation and presentations from gender and equity experts on a variety of topics. An added bonus is the connection to other companies and organizations in Vermont who are equally committed to gender equity in the workplace, sharing of resources and best practices, and ongoing consultation from VWW. Participation in the quarterly conversations is included with any service you select from our proposal.

Youth Engagement Opportunities

Vermont Works for Women’s youth programs for girls and gender non-conforming youth in grades 6-12 focus on providing youth with exposure to and hands-on experiences in nontraditional activities that lead to careers in underrepresented fields like STEM and trades. Paired with social and emotional learning to help navigate the gender norms and gender bias typically faced by adolescent girls, these programs empower girls to dream big. Our programs introduce young women local VT businesses and employers in their backyards so that they fully understand the wealth of career options available to them. Through partnership with VWW, employers have the opportunity to showcase their own female employees and participate in job shadowing and mentoring with youth to further develop a pipeline of the next generation of female employees in Vermont. There is no fee for participation besides donation of volunteer or in-kind time. Specific financial sponsorship opportunities are available for youth programs at a variety of levels if direct participation is not possible.


Pay Equity Toolkit

The Leaders for Equity and Equal Pay Toolkit is a free resource to empower small to mid-size employers (any organization with under 400 employees) with the tools to conduct in-house, DIY gender and racial pay equity reviews. The Toolkit includes the excel-based Equity Management Tool and the companion Pay Equity Playbook. We have also included an interactive Compensation Philosophy Worksheet, Pay Equity Plan Template, and Performance Rubric. 



Alison Lamagna

Alison Lamagna


Alison Lamagna
Director of Programs and Gender Equity
800-655-8900 xt. 104



Missy Mackin

Missy Mackin




Missy Mackin
Program Manager
800-655-8900 xt. 503