Chittenden County Business Peer Exchange

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 monthly meeting cycle begins in March. The group is co-facilitated by Jessica Nordhaus and Lindsey Lathrop. You can meet them below!

Our 2018-19 cohort includes:

  • 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 Description PDF

Business Peer Exchange commitment and benefits:
  • Attending monthly 2-hour cohort meetings, faciliated with latest research and timely content – for you and 2 colleagues
  • Plugging into 2 larger networking events for you, your Senior Leadership team and colleagues
  • 90 minutes of on-site consulting with Lindsey and Jessica (tailored to meet your organization’s needs)
  • Making a fiscal investment to participate by contributing an annual fee
Business Participants in Chittenden County Cohort (Current and Past)
“As SunCommon dives deeper into gender equity both in company culture and recruitment practices, it was so helpful to have Change The Story VT come and visit with our staff. By using the Conversation Cards as guides, we were able to start the conversation about how gender influences our daily routine at work and at home. I watched some of my male identified co-workers eyes open as they became more aware of challenges their female identified colleagues face because of their gender. Questions of how does bias, perspective and privilege all influence gender equity at our beautiful business are tough conversations to start and not shy away from, but after Friday’s workshop we feel more ready! Working with Jessica and Lindsey at the gender equity workshop, we were able to get the ball rolling and create a safe and open space for our focus group to jump into our work. By the train the trainer model, we look forward to integrating the Conversation Cards throughout the company and talk, learn and grow into an even more inclusive space.”
Nora Woolf, SunCommon
“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

About Chittenden County BPE Facilitators:

Jessica Nordhaus: 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: llathrop@changethestoryvt.org

Lindsey Lathrop-Ryan is a Career and Business Coach at FromWithin 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.