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The New Feminist Agenda: The Next Revolution for Women, Work and Family
Speakers - The New Feminist Agenda: The Next Revolution for Women, Work and Family


Ellen Andersen | Kelly Ault | Amy Boyd Austin | Donna Bailey | Susan Bartlett

Caroline Beer | Joan Blades | Jan Blittersdorf | Lynne Bond | Derek Burkins

Juliette Chatelut | Jennifer Hurley | Lisa Holmes | Jane Kitchel | Felicia Kornbluh

Madeleine M. Kunin | Annika Ljung-Baruth | Elaine McCrate | Fayneese Miller | Cheryl Mitchell

Gayle Nunley | Douglas A. Racine | Bill Stritzler | Lisa Ventriss | Jim Wall



Ellen Andersen

Ellen Andersen, an Associate Professor in Women's and Gender Studies and Political Science, specializes in American politics and public law. She is particularly interested in how individuals and social movements try to use the law to effect social change, a subject she has explored from several perspectives. Her book, Out of the Closets and into the Courts: Legal Opportunity Structure and Gay Rights Litigation (University of Michigan Press, 2005; updated in 2006), explores the promise and limits of legal mobilization as a tactic for advancing gay rights claims. One of her current research projects focuses on the politics of same sex marriage. Another looks at the multi-movement activism. She has also penned a series of articles on AIDS activism. Her work has appeared in a variety of professional journals, including the American Journal of Political Science and the American Sociological Review (forthcoming).

Professor Andersen is currently the president of the Sexuality & Politics section of the American Political Science Association. She has a 20-year history of activism on issues relating to sex and sexuality.

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Kelly Ault

Kelly Ault, since 2007, has engaged diverse constituencies in public education, leadership development and policy advocacy activities around Vermont's early care, health and education issues, as well as has coordinated statewide advocacy events. Kelly served as program director for the Northern Forest Alliance for a decade and has a Master's Degree in Environmental Policy (with a focus on Public Participation) from the State University of New York-College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She served on the Mama Says Board of Directors for three years, has worked as a free-lance writer on women's issues, and is a graduate of the Snelling Center for Government's Vermont Leadership Institute and the Midwest Academy's Advanced Organizing for Social Change Training.

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Amy Boyd Austin

Amy Boyd AustinAmy Boyd Austin, Collegiate Recovery Community Director, Health & Wellness RLC Director, CHWB Education & Outreach.

Amy Boyd Austin is proud to call herself an educator. With a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware, and a Master's in Social Service Management from Bryn Mawr College, she has found herself in many different realms - from prison to higher education, but all with the same goal - educating people so they can make informed and healthy choices for themselves. Amy has been bringing higher education to students at the University of Vermont for the past seven years. She has developed the Health & Wellness Residential Learning Community for students interested in exploring the six domains of health and wellness and how to incorporate them into their lives; and the Collegiate Recovery Community, a program of support for students who are recovering from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. She has additionally worked to provide education around issues of sexual health and healthy relationships to UVM students. Her second passion is social justice. Amy strives to infuse all her educative efforts with awareness raising, increasing knowledge and developing skills around issues of power and privilege. She currently co-facilitates a group of staff dedicated to exploring identities in an effort to gain knowledge and build self-awareness in order to provide support so as to do our best in working with diverse populations. Amy is also the mother of two small children (2 1/2 years and 5 months) and has experienced the struggles of being a working parent today. She believes strongly that our current systems for supporting working parents and childcare options are not where they should be and is actively working towards change.

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Donna Bailey

Donna BaileyDonna Bailey is the Co-Director of the Addison County Parent/Child Center in Middlebury Vermont and has been since 2000. She has worked at the Center since 1998. Donna earned her Bachelor's degree and M.Ed. at the University of Vermont and has worked as an educator and in human services. Donna is a passionate advocate for young people and is committed to societal change regarding issues of class, race, gender and justice in our world. She is a parent of an amazing young actress and circus performer. Donna lives in Bristol, Vermont.

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Susan Bartlett

Susan Bartlett lives in Hyde Park with her husband Bill in a great little house on a waterfall. Susan has a degree from the University of Vermont and got her Masters in Educational Administration from Johnson State College. She has worked in public schools and private schools. Susan had a successful shop in Stowe called Wool and Feathers. In 1991 she ran for the open senate seat for Lamoille County and became the first woman and first democrat to hold that seat. Susan was in the Vermont Senate for 18 years and was the chair of the appropriations committee for 12 of those years.

She currently works for Governor Shumlin as a special assistant.

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Caroline Beer

Caroline BeerProfessor Beer specializes in comparative politics and Latin American politics. Her research interests include democratization, institutions and women in politics. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and the Latin American Institute of the University of New Mexico. She was recently awarded a Fulbright-Hayes Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship. She has been invited to be a Research Fellow at the University of California, San Diego, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies during the spring 2011 semester. Her book, Institutional Change and Electoral Competition in Mexico, was published by the University of Notre Dame Press in 2003. She has also published in journals such as Comparative Politics, The American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Latin American Research Review, Latin American Politics and Society, Studies in Comparative International Development, and International Studies Quarterly.

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Joan Blades

Joan BladesJoan Blades is co-founder of and Berkeley Systems with her husband, Wes Boyd. She is also co-founder, and President of

She is on the steering committee of "Reuniting America: A Transpartisan Campaign of Political Reconciliation" (, a group engaging people from diverse political points of view in respectful dialogue that leads to creative, breakthrough solutions to the challenges facing our nation.

Joan is the author of Mediate Your Divorce, and is also an organizer of and a contributor to MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country: How to Find Your Political Voice and Be a Catalyst for Change. She lives in northern California with her husband and two children.

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Jan Blittersdorf

Jan BlittersdorfSince 2004 Jan Blittersdorf has served as President and CEO of NRG Systems where she has overseen tremendous growth, doubling the size of its workforce and extending its reach to over 145 countries around the word. Her focus on workplace excellence and sustainability has created a vibrant organization recognized for its unique practices and culture. Under Jan's leadership, NRG Systems was named a top small workplace by the Wall Street Journal in 2007; the company has consistently been recognized by Best Places to Work in Vermont; and it received LEED-gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its state-of-the-art green manufacturing facilities.

Prior to becoming President and CEO, Jan served as NRG Systems' Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, driving the creation of the company's financial systems, unique compensation package, and hiring and leadership development programs. Over the past twenty years she has helped shape the wind industry as it moved from a fringe sector to a mainstream source of power. In 2006, she was the first woman to be named Wind Woman of the Year by the Women of Wind Energy (WoWE), an organization that encourages and supports the advancement of women in the wind energy industry. She also serves on the board of directors for the American Wind Energy Association, as Chair of the American Wind Wildlife Institute , and on the board for the Institute for Sustainable Communities.

Jan received her bachelor's degree in professional nursing and human development from the University of Vermont. When she isn't serving her company or her community, Jan can be found spending time with family or sitting on the porch of her lake house with a good book in hand.

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Lynne Bond

Lynne Bond, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at UVM where she is also Interim Chair of the Anthropology Department and Director of UVM's Faculty Mentoring Program. Her scholarship and teaching have focused upon a variety of issues regarding women's development, family structures, and community approaches to promoting optimal individual and family development.

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Derek Burkins

Derek BurkinsDerek Burkins has spent the last eight years as a full-time father to two boys, now ages 7 and 8, sharing with them his love of music, sense of adventure, and a true devotion to Vermont and the outdoors. A scientist, teacher, and musician as well as a father, Derek earned an M.S. in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College and a B.A. from SUNY Potsdam in Geology and Secondary Education, with additional course work in music performance at the Crane School of Music. Before moving to Jericho, VT with his wife, Melody, he studied, taught, and practiced earth science around the world for over fifteen years -- in Alaska, Mexico, New York, Vermont, Washington, D.C., and Switzerland - with experiences ranging from leading field trips down the Rio Grande to teaching students on a working organic farm, as well as teaching both middle and high school science. As a parent, he has kept active as an educator and musician, serving as board chair of a local preschool, leading town commissions, volunteering in his sons' classrooms, and playing music for children, while also performing regularly as a singer/ songwriter in local clubs, cafes, and coffee houses. As a songwriter, he was a finalist in both the 2011 Vermont SolarFest and Advance Music singer-songwriter contests and Derek currently hosts a monthly "Songwriters In The Round" series in Richmond, VT bringing in other songwriters from around New England. He and his family happily reside in Jericho, VT.

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Juliette Chatelut

Juliette is a French exchange student at UVM for the 2011-2012 term. She currently studies at the Institute of Political Sciences of Aix-en-Provence and will graduate with a degree in Public Administration in 2014. She developed a strong interest in feminist issues a few years ago during her studies, and continues to explore these issues through classes in Women's and Gender Studies. Also, she is working on her thesis dedicated to the comparison of American and French Second Wave feminism. She takes advantage of this year abroad to see with new eyes the conditions of women in her native country and in the USA. In her free time, Juliette loves playing basketball and running with friends. She is also a big fan of cinema and enjoys especially watching independent films. She grew up in Toulouse, in the South of France, with her parents and her two sisters. Her mother, a biologist, is an example of a woman who succeeded professionally without compromising her family while she raised her three girls.

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Jennifer Hurley

Jennifer Hurley is the program coordinator for the Early Childhood Special Education Undergraduate and Graduate Programs at the University of Vermont in the Department of Education. Jennifer completed her PhD and post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Since arriving to Vermont in 2007, Jennifer's research has focus on the inclusion of children with disabilities in community preschools and how the mandates of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are being implemented with additional focus on the priorities of families and professionals for inclusive programs. More recently Jennifer's research focus has been on young children who are refugees and culturally and linguistically diverse who may qualify for special education services. This research has focused on the barriers and facilitators for service provision, the use of The Pyramid Model to support positive behavior and how to work effectively with interpreters during Individualized Educational Plan (I.E.P.) and Individualized Family Service Plan (I.F.S.P.) meetings. Jennifer is a primary investigator on a personnel preparation grant from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education that provides tuition money for early childhood special education teacher candidates in an effort to help elevate the national shortage of special education teachers. Jennifer is on the board of Trinity Children's Center. Early in Jennifer's career she worked as a Head Start teacher where she learned the importance of high quality affordable childcare for all families. Jennifer lives in Burlington with her husband and is the proud mother of a daughter in middle school and a son in elementary school.

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Lisa Holmes

Lisa Holmes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and is affiliated with the Women's and Gender Studies Program at UVM. She specializes in judicial politics, and her research focuses on the staffing of state and federal judiciaries in the United States. Her research has been published in a variety of journals, including Political Science Quarterly, American Politics Research, Judicature, The Justice System Journal, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and The Drake Law Review. Her current research project is an examination of the ramifications of the politicized appointment process for federal court judges. Professor Holmes' teaching interests include courses on Constitutional Law, Law and Politics, and Gender and Law.

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Jane Kitchel

Jane KitchelJANE KITCHEL of Danville, Caledonia County, was born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, on August 23, 1945; growing up in Danville on the family farm. Occupation: Public Administrator. Retired from the State of Vermont, former Secretary, Agency of Human Services. Jane was educated in Danville Schools, graduating from Danville High School in 1963; Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania (A.B., 1967); Toll Fellow, Council of State Governments, 1994. She is married to Robert Kitchel and they have one son. Jane is Former President, Board of Trustees, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium (St. Johnsbury, Vt.); Secretary, Danville Chamber of Commerce; Corporator, Northeastern Vermont Regional Corporation; Fairbanks Museum Fellow; Board Member, Vermont Food Bank, Member, Board of Directors of the Northeastern Vermont Area Health Education Center; Member, Danville Congregational Church.

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Felicia Kornbluh

Felicia Kornbluh is Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program, and Associate Professor of History, at the University of Vermont. She is the author of The Battle for Welfare Rights: Politics and Poverty in Modern America (2007), and a wide array of articles. In addition to her scholarship, Kornbluh has been an advocate for women's and children's issues for over twenty-five years.

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Madeleine Kunin

Madeleine KuninThe Honorable Madeleine M. Kunin served as the Governor of Vermont from 1985 to 1991. As a member of President Bill Clinton's administration, she served as Deputy Secretary of Education of the United States from 1993 to 1997 and United States Ambassador to Switzerland from 1996 to 1999. Former Governor Kunin was Vermont's first and, to date, only female governor and the first woman in U.S. history to be elected governor three times. During her tenure as Governor, she focused on the environment, education, and children's issues. She appointed the first woman to the State Supreme Court and created the family court system. Former Ambassador Kunin is the author of Pearls, Politics, and Power: How Women Can Win and Lead (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2008) and Living a Political Life (Vintage, 1995). Former Ambassador Kunin is the recipient of numerous awards for work in the environment, education and human services, including the Dean's Medal for Public Service from Columbia University, School of Journalism. Former Ambassador Kunin received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a Master of Science degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, a Master of Arts degree from The University of Vermont, and numerous honorary degrees from over 15 different institutions.

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Annika Ljung-Baruth

Annika Ljung BaruthAnnika Ljung-Baruth is a lecturer in Women's and Gender Studies and English, specializes in 20th century literature and phenomenology, the representation of women in literature and in the media, and feminist theory and philosophy. Current research areas include the field of ecofeminism, and the connection between the oppression of women and the exploitation of nature in Western society and globally. An additional research area is the development of feminism as a component of public policy and culture in Scandinavian social democratic societies.

Annika Ljung-Baruth has received scholarships from Stockholm University, The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, and The Sweden-America Foundation. Recent articles include "The Virtue of Responsibility: Femininity, Temporality, and Space in Michael Cunningham's The Hours" and "In Search of a Moral Erotic Standard: Female Subjectivity and Eros in Dorothy Canfield Fisher's Rough-Hewn and The Brimming Cup", both published in Springer's book series Analecta Husserliana.

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Elaine McCrate

Elaine McCrateElaine McCrate has been a faculty member at UVM for 25 years. She has taught a variety of classes including courses on gender inequality, racial inequality, labor-management relations, and econometrics. Her research has explored gender and racial disadvantage in the labor market. Currently she is exploring work schedule instability and unpredictability: estimating its extent in the US, Canada and western Europe, measuring its incidence by gender, race, and immigrant status, discussing its implications for the gender division of labor between the market and the household, and considering its relationship to labor turnover.

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Fayneese Miller

Fayneese MillerFayneese Miller is dean of the College of Education and Social Services and professor of Human Development, Educational Leadership and Social Policy at the University of Vermont. Dr. Miller is a social psychologist who specializes in the psychosocial development of youth, with special emphasis on alienation, social identity, and cross-racial friendships. Dr. Miller serves on the U.S. Department of Justice's National Truancy Prevention Association (NTPA) Board. Her work includes a study on perceptions of racial/ethnic bias for the Rhode Island Supreme Court and a project on school-based truancy courts for the Rhode Island Family Court. She was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science Task Force on diversity in higher education and the Annie Casey Foundation and Joint Center for Political Studies focus group on reproductive health. Dr. Miller is a member of the Vermont State Board of Education.

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Cheryl Mitchell

Cheryl MitchellCheryl Mitchell lives on a three-generation sheep farm; home base for her teaching, research, and social justice work. Her particular interests are issues that affect vulnerable families (child care, health care, education, social policy, housing, immigration, youth justice and economic justice). She is fascinated by the relationships between people, place, spirit, and social action. She co-created the Addison County Parent/Child Center, the Vermont Parent/Child Center Network, the Addison County Community Trust (a housing and land preservation trust), the Vermont Children's Forum (now Voices for Vermont's Children), the Vermont Early Childhood Educator Licensure Project, and the Addison County Farm Worker Coalition. She served for ten years as Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Human Services under Governor Howard Dean. She is currently President of Treleven, Inc. and serves on the Boards of the Vermont Children's Hospital, Nomadicare, the Permanent Fund for the Well-being of Vermont Children, and Beacon Hill Friends House.

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Gayle Nunley

Gayle Nunley, Ph.D., is the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Internationalization and Associate Professor of Spanish. Gayle joined the faculty of the University of Vermont in 1988. She completed her Ph.D. in Romance Languages at Princeton University (B.A. Dartmouth, M.A. Middlebury, M.A. Princeton), specializing in 19th-20th century Spanish literature and film. Her research has focused on comparative avant-garde literature and film of the 1920s and 1930s and, more recently, on strategies of cross-cultural representation. Her book Scripted Geographies (Bucknell University Press 2007) falls into this latter category, as does her current book project, nearing completion, entitled Booking Passage: Spanish Women's Travel Writings (19th Century through 1936). She enjoys teaching a wide variety of courses in both Spanish language acquisition and on themes more closely related to her own areas of research, including a first-year seminar on how the Spanish Civil War has been represented in literature and film and courses for UVM's Global Studies program on globalized mobilities and cultural identity.

Gayle has held numerous leadership and service roles at the Department and University levels including Chairing the Department of Romance Languages from 2003 to 2011; Faculty Senate Professional Standards Committee (1997-2001, Co-Chair 2000-2001); Director of European Studies; service on the Global & Regional Studies Executive Council; and the International Advisory Council (Co-Chair, Curriculum Subcommittee).

She was appointed Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Internationalization in July 2011.

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Douglas A. Racine

Douglas A. Racine, Secretary, Vermont State Agency of Human Services, was born on October 7, 1952, in Burlington Vermont. He graduated from Burlington High School in 1970 and from Princeton University with an AB in Politics in 1974.

He worked on U.S. Senator Patrick J. Leahy's first campaign for the Senate in 1974 and then worked for Senator Leahy as a legislative assistant in his Washington, D.C., Senate office through 1977. He returned to Vermont to work in the Senator's Montpelier office through 1978.

Doug joined the family business, Willie Racine's Jeep, Inc., in 1979 and worked with his two brothers in the business through the end of 2010. He continues as an owner and officer of the business.

Doug was elected to represent Chittenden County in the Vermont Senate in 1982, serving five consecutive terms through 1992. He was a member of the committees on Health and Welfare, Appropriations, Natural Resources, and Rules, and served as chair of the Committee on Natural Resources from 1987 to 1988. He was the President pro tempore of the Vermont Senate from 1989 to 1992.

Elected Lieutenant Governor in 1996, Doug served in that position until 2002.

He was an elected member of the Mount Mansfield Union School Board from 2004 through 2007.

Doug returned to the Senate in 2007, again representing Chittenden County. He served for two terms, serving as the chair of the Health and Welfare Committee, a member of the Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee, and as co-chair of the Vermont Child Poverty Council.

After a loss in the Democratic Party primary election for Governor in 2010, Doug joined the cabinet of Governor Peter Shumlin in January, 2011, serving as the Secretary of the Agency of Human Services.

Doug has served on various community and non-profit organization boards, with a special interest in children's issues and environmental issues. He currently resides in Richmond, Vermont.

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Bill Stritzler

Bill Stritzler is the Managing Director and Owner of Smugglers' Notch Resort in Vermont.

Bill is a graduate of Middlebury College and was employed by Wells Fargo from 1960 - 1974 where he was a Vice President of the Bank and President of the data processing subsidiary. Bill joined AT&T in 1974 and was there until 1987. He was a Corporate Vice President for new ventures and Vice President of Marketing for all US industries. He joined Smugglers' Notch Resort in 1987 as Managing Director and purchased the company in 1996.

Bill currently is a member of the Vermont Business Roundtable. He also is a Board Member of Butternut Mountain Farm (a privately owned maple sugar and Vermont products business). Bill is past Board Chair of the Vermont Business Roundtable, past Board Chair of the Vermont Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, past Board Chair of Vermont Public Television, past Chairman of the Vermont Economic Progress Council, past President of the Lamoille Economic Development Corporation, past Board Member of the School for Northern Studies and past Chairman of Copley Health Systems where he was a Board Member for nine years.

Bill lives in Cambridge with his wife, Viola, who is a Board Member of the Mary Bryan Art Gallery. His daughter, Lisa Howe, joined Smugglers' Notch Resort in 2002 after working in senior consulting jobs for many years. Lisa is Vice President of Smugglers'. His son, Mark, resides in California.

Bill is an ardent fly fisherman.

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Lisa Ventriss

Lisa VentrissLisa M. Ventriss is President and chief spokesperson of Vermont Business Roundtable, a non-partisan, non-political, public affairs organization comprised of 115 CEOs from among the state's most successful private sector and not-for-profit employers. Through thoughtful policy research and analysis, collaboration and advocacy, the Roundtable seeks to leverage the entrepreneurial capital of its members to benefit the welfare of all Vermonters on economic, social and environmental matters.

Prior to joining the Roundtable in 2002, Ms. Ventriss was President of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (1997-2002). Previously, Ms. Ventriss served as the Director of Government Affairs for the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation (1992-1997).

Ms. Ventriss currently serves on the boards of Champlain College; Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation; Maine Mutual Group; People's United Bank/Vermont Advisory Board (chair); University of Vermont; and, Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies. She also serves on the board of Mercy Connections (chair).

In 2009, Ms. Ventriss was appointed by Governor Douglas to the Building Bright Futures Council, which is organized to create a unified system of quality health, early care and education supports for young children and their families. She currently serves as co-chair. In 2010, Ms. Ventriss was presented with the Key Achieve Award by KeyBank, in recognition of her years of leadership and contributions to both the business and non-profit communities throughout Vermont. In 2011, Ms. Ventriss received the Youth Development Award, presented by the Greater Burlington YMCA in recognition for her tireless efforts in advocating for investments in quality early childhood education.

Ms. Ventriss is a native of Middlebury, VT and holds a Master of Public Administration and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Vermont. She is married and has three sons.

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Jim Wall

Jim WallJim Wall is the Managing Director Talent and Chief Diversity Officer for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. Jim's primary responsibilities include providing leadership to member firms in the areas of strategic talent management, recruitment, development, mobility, multiculturalism, and inclusion. Jim is also a member of the Board of Directors of Deloitte Central Europe. Prior to assuming his current role in 2004, Jim was the National Managing Director of Human Resources for Deloitte & Touche USA LLP. During the twelve years of Jim's leadership, the US member firm earned wide acclaim and recognition as an employer of choice. It has been ranked one of the "100 Best Companies to Work for in America" by Fortune magazine for seven years and one of the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" by Working Mother magazine for ten consecutive years.

Jim's insights on human resources issues have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fortune, and other publications. In 2002, Human Resources Executive magazine named him its Human Resources Executive of the Year. Jim is a member of the Advisory Council of the International Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Management Association International. He serves as a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Prior to joining Deloitte in 1984, Jim was the Director of University Housing and a member of the graduate faculty of Michigan State University, where he earned his Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at Saint Michael's College, where he most recently served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He also holds the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from that same institution.

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