Three of Vermont’s four 2016 gubernatorial candidates are teaching Bethel University classes this month. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to meet and learn from them in a small course setting!
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- Leadership and Management with Bruce Lisman, Thurs 3/24, 8:30 AM
Leadership and Management: Learn more about how to lead, the importance of leading, and what it means to lead others. This course is open to all 18 years of age and older; whether you are leading and managing others now or aspire to lead and manage others in the future. This course will provide insights, real life examples and advice from a highly respected manager who built a division of a large enterprise from $50 Million to $2.5 Billion in revenues overseeing 2,350 employees and 1,000 support staff. Learn whether or not you have the “stuff” to manage and lead others.Bruce is a native Vermonter, born in Burlington’s Old North End, educated in Burlington public schools. He successfully managed over 2,350 employees and 1,000 support staff in the financial services industry, oversaw a team who implemented sophisticated information technology systems, and provided business services in a more efficient manner. Bruce is a candidate for Governor of the State of Vermont and the only candidate who has led a business division the size of Vermont’s state budget, and he ran it successfully. http://www.lismanforvermont.com
- Building Resilient Communities with Sue Minter, Tues 3/29, 6:00 PM
When the rivers of Irene tore through our state in 2011, we learned about our vulnerabilities, and also our strengths. Communities in Vermont and across the country are learning how to better prepare for the “new normal” of our changing climate. This course will focus on the many lessons learned from Vermont’s recovery from the worst natural disaster in nearly a century — how communities came together to build back stronger — and also how other states are using our recovery as a model for their resilience. Sue will share strategies for community resilience — from Vermont to California — and encourage participants to share their own stories and ideas for how to make our communities and our state stronger and more prepared for the future.Sue helped lead Vermont’s recovery in the wake of catastrophic flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011. At the Agency of Transportation, she helped oversee the rebuilding of over 500 miles of damaged roads and bridges within four months. As Vermont’s Irene Recovery Officer from January 2012 to February 2013, Sue worked with residents, state agencies and local businesses to help get our state back on its feet.She served as Vermont’s representative to the White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. Sue was elected four times as a State Representative, and has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors. http://www.sueminter.com
- The Vermont Economy: Past, Present and Future with Matt Dunne, Thurs 3/31, 7:00 PM
Vermont has a long history of innovation, but over the last several years we’ve been facing a real challenge as the number of young people living in Vermont have continued to fall, startups have declined and poverty is rising. We have all of the difficult pieces – quality of life, great schools, beautiful downtowns and close proximity to major cities- but there needs to be an intentional strategy to move the economy forward. This one hour course will cover some of the history of innovation in Vermont, lessons learned in other parts of the country during my work at Google and AmeriCorps*VISTA, and explore the types of investments that could allow Vermont to rebuild a vibrant economy.After graduating from college in 1992, Matt was elected by his community to the Vermont House. Matt served in the legislature for seven years while also helping grow a Vermont-based software company to over 100 employees and went on to serve in the Clinton Administration as the Director of AmeriCorps*VISTA. He served two terms in the Vermont Senate, where he focused on economic development strategies. For the last eight years, Matt has headed up Community Affairs for Google, managing his team out of the old Tip Top Bread factory in White River Jct. Matt lives with his wife, Sarah Stewart Taylor, and their three children in the same farmhouse in Hartland where he grew up. http://www.mattdunne.com
Mark your calendars for March, 2015! Bethel University will be back in town.
The Bethel Revitalization Initiative heard from people all year long, asking when Bethel University will be happening again. We’re very excited to announce that it will be back again in 2015 for the month of March.
Want to get involved?
It takes a lot of preparation, energy and ideas to make BU happen, and we’re starting now. We want to hear from you if you’re interested in contributing in any way – offering ideas, volunteering to spread the word, help plan or hang posters, or add a fantastic new component.
Here are four great ways to get involved:
- Come to the informational meeting next weekWhen: Tuesday, November 18, 7 PM
- Where: Bethel Town Hall
- What: Hear about BU, share your ideas to make it better, and get involved!
- RSVP: let us know you’re coming!
- Sign up to be a volunteer
- Can’t make the meeting but still want to be involved? Don’t want a major role in planning, but still want to help out somehow? We can find a role for you! Send us a message and let us know you’re interested in helping out.
- Start dreaming… Want to teach a course? Want to take a course? We’ll be putting out information on those opportunities after the new year. And join our new email list so that you can be sure to get news & announcements about Bethel University.
- Have a great idea to make BU even better? Get your thinking caps on, dream some big dreams, and leave us a comment or drop us a line and share your ideas.
- Tell everyone you know!
- Share our post on Facebook, in email, or send it to any of your friends who might be interested.
- We’re also helping other VT towns to start their own community universities this year. Know someone nearby who might be interested? Pass the word!