16th Annual Breast Cancer Conference

News Release
Sept. 3, 2013

16th Annual Breast Cancer Conference

Friday, October 4th, 8-4 pm
Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center, South Burlington

A free event for survivors, caregivers and those whose lives have been touched by breast cancer, as well as the general public concerned about cancer and its prevention. Register online at www.uvm.edu/medicine/vtbreastcancerconference or by calling 802-656-2176.

Women Business Owners Network meetings

Williston – September 04
Topic: Re-Defining Clutter
Burlington – September 18
Topic: How to Tell Your Business Story

Central VT – September 11
Topic: Pricing in Today’s Market

Stowe – September 18
Topic: Hire Hard, Manage Easy

Middlebury – September 18
Topic: Essential Oils Revealed

Learn more here: www.wbon.org

Vermont Health Connect Public Forums
Join representatives from the State to learn about Vermont Health Connect, available health plans, and financial help.

Ludlow Public Forum
Tuesday, September 10: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Friends of Ludlow Auditorium, 37 Depot Street, Ludlow
South Duxbury Public Forum
Wednesday, September 11: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Harwood Union High School, 458 VT Route 100, South Duxbury

Jericho Public Forum
Wednesday, September 25: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Brown’s River Middle School, 20 River Road, Jericho

More events at VermontHealthConnect.gov Events Calendar

Prevent Child Abuse Vermont – Walks/Run 2013

Saturday September 14, at the State House in Montpelier
Saturday September 14, on the Green in Middlebury
Saturday September 14, on the Green in Norwich
Saturday September 21, at Battery Park in Burlington
Saturday September 21, at the Howe Center in Rutland
Sunday September 22, on the Bike Path in Springfield
Check-in at 8:00 a.m. • Walk at 10:00 a.m.
More info: www.pcavt.org.
Governor’s Early Childhood Summit Process
Hundreds of Vermonters who care about early childhood have attended focus sessions across the state this summer to inform a Vermont Early Childhood Framework that will be refined at the Governor’s Early Childhood Summit on October 29, 2013. Continued participation in the sessions and/or online survey options are critical to informing the content of the framework and the action plan that will follow. Learn more: http://governor.vermont.gov/blog-governors-early-childhood-summit

Positions Open: Customs and Border Protection Officers

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the largest law enforcement component in the Department of Homeland Security and is currently hiring Customs and Border Protection Officers in Vermont. This position offers the full range of Federal benefits including health and life insurance, paid vacation and sick leave and retirement. In addition, CBP may offer some candidates the added incentive of student loan repayment. Learn more.
Women’s Leadership Circle in Bennington County
Thursday, October 17th

The Women’s Leadership Circle of Vermont is a six-month intensive leadership program for a group of ten to twelve women in leadership who live or work in a given county, this time Bennington. Program outcomes include:
• Increased self-awareness of one’s strengths, weaknesses, needs, values and motivation.
• Greater understanding of the link between personal well-being and leadership, and ability to take action in support of one’s well-being.
• Introduction to a variety of leadership tools and concepts to increase leadership effectiveness.
• Increased sense of connection and support by engaging in a peer network.
Informational Sessions
• Manchester: Tuesday, 9/10 12:30-1:30pm @ Chamber of Commerce
• Webinar: Wednesday, 9/25 12:00-1:00 pm (virtual)
Learn more, contact program coordinator Gretchen Havreluk, (802) 779-2905. The WLC is a collaboration between Marlboro College Graduate School and Watershed Coaching, LLC.

Creative Writing Workshop: Breaking Silence: Writing Our Way To The Truth Of Our Lives
October 18 – 20, 2013

Beginning with an evening talk about the history and meaning of women’s diaries, journals and memoirs, participants will explore the enforced silence of “good girls and fine ladies” that kept women marginalized and invisible for centuries — until a few brave souls among them put pen to paper, which they have done (often surreptitiously) throughout history. Their courage and musings inspired others, including such 20th century writers as Virginia Woolf, May Sarton, Alice Walker, Gloria Steinem, Sharon Olds, Sylvia Plath and a host of others. Short readings and writing prompts will get the juices flowing and an advance reading list will be provided for those who want to explore this topic more deeply. Come prepared to be surprised by what you remember, reflect upon, write, laugh about, and share. Elayne Clift, M.A. a Vermont Humanities Council Scholar, is an award-winning writer and journalist and an adjunct lecturer in Literature and Gender Studies. Her work has been widely anthologized and appears in numerous publications internationally. A regular columnist for the Keene (NH) Sentinel and the Brattleboro (Vt.) Commons, and a reviewer for the New York Journal of Books, she has written for Women’s Media Service, Vermont Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor and many other publications. Her latest book and first novel, Hester’s Daughters, a contemporary, feminist retelling of The Scarlet Letter, was published in 2012. More info: Strong House Inn, 802-877-3337.

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 8 p.m. on Vermont Public Television, “American Masters: Billie Jean King” commemorates the 40th anniversaries of both the Billie Jean King/Bobby Riggs tennis match and the launch of the Women’s Tennis Association. King’s competitiveness on the circuit was matched by her egalitarian efforts on behalf of women. Cable and satellite channel information for VPT and available on demand at vpt.org/videos.
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