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GBWF Lunch | Put Your Money Where It Matters | Thurs. Mar. 28


GBWF Lunch | Put Your Money Where It Matters | Thurs. Mar. 28

Greater Burlington Women's Forum presents: Put Your Money Where It Matters: An Introduction to 'Impact Investing' for Women

If you find yourself asking these questions, this lunch is for you!

How can I, as an individual, directly promote the economic development of Vermont? 

I’m not a millionaire but I want to support local businesses, what can I do? 

Can I make money through investments while doing good for society and the environment? 

Investing can be an intimidating word - it makes us think of ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ and volatile stock markets - but it doesn’t have to be scary. Impact investing (as we’ll talk about it) is about putting your money where your heart is. Whether you have $20 or $200,000 to set aside, our panelists are here to discuss approachable strategies and dispel the myth of ‘investing’ as something reserved for big-shot executives.

Our panelists support individuals looking to manage their money intentionally. During this lunch discussion, we’ll consider a spectrum of impact opportunities such as the power of credit unions, supporting local businesses, and directing your dollars towards women-owned enterprises. They’ll get you thinking about setting aspirational, long-term goals as well as practical steps to take now for putting your assets to work where it matters most to you.


Joy Hastings - Mascoma Bank 

Yvonne Garand - VSECU 

Louisa Schibli - Milk Money 

Moderator: Aditi Datta - Vermont Innovation Commons

Panelist Bios

Joy Hastings - Mascoma Bank

Yvonne Garand - VSECU.  Yvonne is the Chief Brand and Marketing Officer at Vermont State Employees Credit Union (VSECU). Throughout her career, she has helped lead organizational growth and performance by creating and evolving a sustainable brand, and culture that brings the brand to life. Yvonne recognizes that with rapidly changing technology, expansive growing marketing disciplines and the need to integrate digital into the ecosystem to meet consumer demands, leaders must find ways to foster empowerment for innovation, differentiation and agility. At VSECU, Yvonne focuses on brand advocacy, organizational engagement, marketing, business development, customer relations and community development.  

Louisa Schibli - Milk Money.  Louisa is the co-founder of Milk Money Vermont, an equity crowd-funding platform that connects Vermonters with VT businesses looking for growth capital,  and a partner with Vermont Works Management Co. She is a risk-taker who thrives on the ability to find creative solutions to any problem. Louisa has been an entrepreneur for over 15 years, specializing in high tech and business development.

Aditi Datta - Vermont Innovation Commons.  After graduating from Skidmore College in 2013, Aditi moved to Colorado to begin a career in brand strategy, specializing in building online brand personalities and innovative marketing solutions. Inspired by the power of the private sector to influence change, Aditi moved to Vermont to attend the Sustainable Innovation MBA program. After graduating, she joined Select Design, a Burlington-based brand strategy and product development agency, as the lead Account Manager for Pepsi. Most recently, Aditi joined the team at the Vermont Innovation Commons - a movement building organization on a mission to advance the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the state.  

Bring a lunch, listen, learn, share, and network with women in our community. The program closes at 1:15pm with time for participants' announcements (job openings, services available, upcoming events...). The space is available until 1:30pm for informal networking.

Please register to save your seat at the table (no need to print out a ticket, though!).

BY DONATION. For our events to be accessible and affordable for all women, we rely on your contributions! We ask for a $5-$15 sliding scale donation at the door—credit card, cash or check (payable to Greater Burlington Women's Forum). To make your contribution online, please click DONATE.

Special thanks to the legal firm of PRIMMER PIPER EGGLESTON & CRAMER PC, our Founding Business Supporter; DUNKIEL SAUNDERS, Community Supporter; MERCY CONNECTIONS, our Fiscal Agent, providing fiscal oversight and tax-exempt status; and to MAYOR MIRO WEINBERGER, our Event Host Sponsor.

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We hope you can make it!

Cheers, Greater Burlington Women's Forum Leadership Team:

Aditi Datta, Alexandra Carroll, Alexa Clauss, Amy Barcomb, Belinda Dejesus, Carina Driscoll, Charlene Wallace, Christine Beall, Elise Greaves, Jessica Meller, Jessica Nordhaus, Lauren Purcell, Leah Perkinson, Lola Houston, Louisa Schibli, Mary Dowd, Stephanie Segretto, Thea Wurzburg 

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