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Gender equity Advancement Roundtable

Gender Equity Advancement Roundtable, GEAR, logoVermont Works for Women’s Gender Equity Advancement Roundtable (GEAR) coalesces businesses, nonprofits, and advocates to further learn about best practices and policies for supporting women in the workplace and to collectively advance gender equity and economic justice in the state of Vermont.  

GEAR members receive an invitation to four roundtable sessions each year, where they have the opportunity to hear from gender and equity experts, consult with Vermont Works for Women (VWW) on best practices and policies, and network with Vermont businesses and professionals who are equally invested in supporting women’s economic independence. 

Gender Equity is our opportunity to create an economy in Vermont that works for all. Join GEAR today! 

Join us for GEAR 2023! In the second year of GEAR, we are exploring fresh topics and inviting new guest speakers to share their expertise with GEAR members. We have an early bird special! Sign up for GEAR 2023 by December 13 and get an invite to our final session of GEAR 2022 on December 14 from 12 - 1:30 pm, where members will hear from Kim Jordan, the Director of SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program at Pride Center of Vermont.

2022 Roundtable Sessions

 

March 16, 2022 

Agenda

Equity Check-In
Every session will begin with introductions and updates from each member. We will hear from GEAR members on how gender equity efforts are going in their business or organization. Have you implemented any new policies, practices, or supports in the workplace recently? Have there been any recent challenges or successes? 

Presentation/Discussion Topic
Human-Friendly Workplaces: Policies and practices that support women in the workplace are good for everyone! We’ll hear from Working Bridges about valuable resources employers can provide for their employees that address many of the typical barriers and can enhance retention and engagement in the workplace. 

June 15, 2022 

Agenda

Equity Check-In
Every session will begin with introductions and updates from each member.  

Presentation/Discussion Topic
Addressing Microaggressions in the Workplace: Overt sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior is becoming rarer in today’s workplaces. However, undercurrents of unconscious, and mostly unintentional, microaggressions rooted in gender norms and gender bias are still prevalent. We will engage in some activities and discussions on how to raise awareness of microaggressions and address them in the moment.  

September 14, 2022

Agenda

Equity Check-In
Every session will begin with introductions and updates from each member.  

Presentation/Discussion Topic
Allyship: What does it mean to be an ally and to support women, gender non-conforming, and other minority individuals in the workplace? We will explore how male allies can show up for their female colleagues and how allies can use their power and privilege to identify, interrupt and eliminate bias in the workplace.   

December 14, 2022

Agenda

Equity Check-In
Every session will begin with introductions and updates from each member.  

Presentation/Discussion Topic
We will be joined by guest presenter Kim Jordan, Director of SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program at Pride Center of Vermont. 

Membership Tiers*

Membership levels are based on organizational size:

  • Small (recommended for small businesses, nonprofits, and individuals): $75
  • Medium (recommended for medium-sized companies): $150
  • Large (recommended for corporations and large businesses): $250

*Current Gender Equity employer partners are eligible for one-year free membership in 2022.

Membership benefits 

  • Recognition on VWW's GEAR membership webpage 
  • Annual GEAR logo to share on business’ website and social media 
  • GEAR decal for business’ storefront 
  • Access to VWW’s job bank and Vermont Tradeswomen’s group to post open job positions 
  • One-time membership spotlight in VWW’s newsletter and social media 

Join GEAR

Questions? Contact our Gender Equity team at genderequity@vtworksforwomen.org today. 

Alison Lamagna

Alison Lamagna

 

Alison Lamagna
Director of Impact
alamagna@vtworksforwomen.org
800-655-8900 ext. 104

 

 

Missy Mackin

Missy Mackin

 

 

 

Missy Mackin
Program Manager
mmackin@vtworksforwomen.org
800-655-8900 ext. 503

 

 

 

Is your organization interested in connecting with female and gender-expansive students who want to learn more about future career opportunities in STEM and trades fields? Sponsor VWW’s one-day career exploration conference, Women Can Do. An investment in WCD is an investment in building a strong Vermont workforce and advancing gender equity. Learn more about ways to partner with us!

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