Mark your calendars for the second annual Making a Difference & Making a Living Conference on Friday, April 1. At the heart of this gathering is the essential question that many students at Green Mountain College ask: Can I pursue a career in which I make a positive difference in the world AND make a comfortable living? The College’s Office of Career and Personal Development has invited successful entrepreneurs and alumni from various professions to describe the personal journey they have taken toward engaging in satisfying and meaningful work.
The schedule of events:
2:30-3 p.m.: Registration (Withey Lobby)
3-4:45 p.m.: Six 10-minute TED-style talks presented by GMC alumni describing their personal paths to “making a difference while making a living” (Ackley Theater). Presenters include: Erin Fernandez ’95, director of Vermont Adaptive; Amy Hall MBA ’10, director of social consciousness for Eileen Fisher; Khanti Munro ’04, director of development and technical training at Same Sun; Phyllis Beloff Webb ’81, P’19, founder of the Magic Fluke Company; Jennifer Wilhelm ‘00, research associate with the NH Food Alliance at the University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute; and J. Justin Woods ’00, land use and sustainable development scholar at the Land Use Law Center for Sustainable Development at Pace Law School.
4:45-5 p.m.: Break/Transition
5-6:15 p.m.: Parallel sessions featuring GMC alumni serving as moderators and guest panelists.
Alumni Panels Panel 1: Natural Resources, Environmental Services, and Sustainable Agriculture
Panel 2: Education and the Arts
Panel 3: Business and Entrepreneurship
Panel 4: Government, Healthcare, Social Services and Nonprofits
6:15-7:30 p.m.: Informal networking with appetizers and drinks (the Gorge, Lower Level)
Students will have an opportunity to learn about various career paths, gather information about their area of interest, and acquire critical networking skills. Alumni will enjoy reconnecting with each other and engaging with current students in a meaningful manner.
The business community will have ample opportunity to network with students, alumni, and other employers.
We hope you will take this opportunity to be inspired by these stories and make new connections within this community of purpose-driven leaders.
This year’s event is free and open to the public: registration required!