About Chittenden County BPE:

Since it’s inception in 2015, the Chittenden County BPE has engaged 30+ employers and over 250 people in this conversation.

Our next cohort begins April 17, 2019. The group is co-facilitated by Jessica Nordhaus, Lindsey Lathrop, and Emily Eley. You can meet them below.

Our 2018-19 cohort included:

  • Vermont Energy Investment Corp.
  • Logic Supply
  • SunCommon
  • City of Burlington
  • PC Construction
  • Tetra Tech
  • Dealer.com
  • Seventh Generation
  • Rhino Foods
  • Permanent Fund for VT’s Children
  • Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer, PC
  • Vermont Gas Systems
  • Vermont National Guard
  • Champlain College
  • Paul Frank + Collins
  • Burlington Electric Dept.

Download the BPE 2019-2020 Overview Sheet.

Interested in learning more? Contact: bpe@changethestoryvt.org

    A look at what you will get with the BPE: 
    • Access to a year-long series of virtual trainings and best practices to support individual and organizational learning
    • 10 monthly in-person exchange sessions designed to deepen learning and work on gender equity projects with your team
    • Support in creating a Gender Equity Plan for your org.
    • Personalized guidance to outline project(s) and goal(s)
    • Individualized recommendations on how to establish an internal “BPE team”
    • 90 minutes of on-site consulting with facilitators
    • Access to 2 larger networking events for you, your Senior Leadership team and colleagues
    • Visibility of your inclusion efforts through CTS’ network
    Past Business Participants in Chittenden County Cohort 

    “We have loved being part of Change the Story’s Business Peer Exchange and it has really helped us move forward equity conversations and policies organizationally. We have a newly formed Equity Committee that is planning multiple staff trainings around sexual harassment, implicit bias and racism for 2018. We’re also working on the language in our job descriptions and hiring processes, doing a wage and benefit assessment for all employees, working on engaging our board in these discussions, and lots more. We have a staff lunch planned for the Change The Story Conversation Cards toolkit and I’m excited to try it out! We had a goal of getting all of our managers to at least one BPE and I think we’re pretty close to achieving that goal.Chelsea Frisbee, Intervale Center
    Interested in learning more? Contact us!

    Jessica Nordhaus at jnordhaus@changethestoryvt.org

    Lindsey Lathrop-Ryan at llathrop@changethestoryvt.org

    Emily Eley at eeley@changethestoryvt.org

    2019-2020 Dates:

    April 17   |  May 22  |  June 19

    July 24  | Aug. 21  | Sept. 18

    Oct. 16  | Nov. 13   | Jan. 15, 2020

    Feb. 19, 2020

    About Chittenden County BPE Facilitators:

    Jessica Nordhaus (she/her): jnordhaus@changethestoryvt.org

    Jessica Nordhaus is the owner of Gear Shift Consulting, LLC, a Burlington-based consulting firm with a focus on education, politics and policy, and systems change. She also leads Strategy & Partnerships at Change The Story VT, presenting and running trainings and workshops on gender equity and diversity. Her entrepreneurial, design-informed approach to her work has deep roots: after graduating from Yale College she founded Horny Toad Activewear (now Toad & Co.); taught middle and high school English; managed Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger’s 2012 campaign; and advised Burlington/Winooski Partnership for Change on communications and community engagement. In 2015 she led City of Burlington efforts to design the Burlington Early Learning Initiative. Jessica’s passion for empowering young women goes way back to the end of the last century when she worked as a counselor for Camp $tart-Up, a residential entrepreneurship camp for young women in Albuquerque, NM.

    Jessica is a Fletcher Free Library Commissioner, co-founder of the Greater Burlington Women’s Forum and serves on the Advisory Board of Emerge Vermont. She is also a managing partner at a mid-size, rapidly growing family firm in the South End of Burlington that specializes in big dinners, bad jokes and lots of laundry.

    Lindsey Lathrop-Ryan (she/her): llathrop@changethestoryvt.org

    Lindsey Lathrop-Ryan is a Career and Business Coach at Lindsey Lathrop Coaching and owner of Catalyst Consulting Co. With the last decade of her career focused on developing the talent pipeline and  gender equity and diversity she is a frequent speaker and trainer at events, colleges, and workplaces. Lindsey helped create the Business Peer Exchange and Male Champions for Change to engage Vermont employers and male senior leaders in authentic dialogue about unconscious bias and the barriers that get in the way of women advancing at work. She also founded a job shadow program in Chittenden County to help young women explore careers and develop career skills.

    As a Coach, Lindsey helps her clients thrive by supporting them in defining what success really means to them. She is known for her passion to be a trusted resource, providing her clients with the tools and accountability they need to get to where they want to go. Lindsey is a lifelong learner and her education and training includes an MBA in Organizational Development from Clarkson University, a Certificate in Results-Based Accountability, and graduating from Leadership Champlain. She received the Rising Star Award from Vermont Business Magazine (Vermont’s 40 under 40) in 2012.

    Emily Eley (she/her): eeley@changethestoryvt.org

    Emily Eley is the founder of Emily Eley Coaching, a Career & Creativity Coaching service with a focus on returning to your authentic self and living out loud. Emily challenges her clients through coaching to tap into their buried creative side so that they can get unstuck, think outside the box, and get back to their roots to finally work in their most passionate space. Emily’s long passion for gender equity and systemic change was kicked into high gear in 2016 when she enrolled in Emerge Colorado, a women-led organization seeking to identify and train women to run for office. While living in CO, Emily worked as the Government Relations Coordinator for PeopleForBikes and contributed publications to multiple female-run organizations like Emerging Women and Women’s Wilderness. New opportunities brought Emily back to the East Coast where she worked for Central Jersey Family Health Consortium as a health educator for women and families in need.

    Emily serves on the Education and Healthcare Committees for NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking and is the co-founder of the Dining Room Collective, a women’s entrepreneur group in Montclair, NJ. Emily is an avid learner and loves listening to HBR’s Women in Work as well as Femtrepreneur while getting her 10,000 daily steps in. When not building her empire, she can be found lifting heavy objects and playing with her cats Zucchini and Lima Bean.