VCET and Hotel Vermont co-founded the Female Founders Speaker Series in 2016. Celebrating female entrepreneurs from around the state, the series aims to share what it takes to start a company from the ground up. Each speaker shares the story of their business, including what it took to get started, lessons they’ve learned, and where they hope to go in the future.

We wrapped up Season 5 in March of 2021, and look forward to returning to Hotel Vermont in person for Season 6. Stay informed about future events by signing up for our mailing list here, and see below for event recordings from all past seasons!

Fast Facts!

Events to date

19

Funds raised for VT nonprofits

$12K+

Attendees

1,400+

Past speakers


Education Technology
Josie Jordan, LiFT Learning
Kelly Scannell, Upright Education
Stephanie Zak Jerome, Visual Learning Systems

Starting a Farm
Gabby Tuite,Old Road Farm
Brooke Giard, June Farm
Rose Thackeray, Union Brook Farm
Amber Skye Arnold,
SUSU CommUNITY Farm

Pivot
Wangene Hall,
Global Village Cuisine
Marina McCoy,
Waste Free Earth
Jean Hamilton,
ShiftMeals

Athletes
Orla Walsh, Spartan Race, Broken Skull Challenge, Million Dollar Mile
Barbara Ann CochranB.A. Cochran Coaching
Laura Farrell, 
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports

Restaurateurs
Cara Chigazola Tobin,
Honey Road
Jaclyn Major,
Butch & Babe’s
Eliza Greene,
Homestyle Hostel & Main & Mountain

How to Make The Best Ideas Win 
Jules Pieri, The Grommet

Forestry and Wood Products
Jess Glasscoe, Vermont Farm Table
Colleen Goodridge, Goodridge Lumber
Carina Driscoll, Vermont Woodworking School

Libations
Dani Casey, Foam Brewers
Sas Stewart, Stonecutter Spirits
Deirdre Heekin, La Garagista Farm + Winery

Journalism and Press
Paula Routly, Seven Days
Anne Galloway, VT Digger
Nicole Ravlin, People Making Good PR

Makers Matter
Sarah Beal, Common Deer
Jennifer Kahn, Jennifer Kahn Jewelry
Britt Witt, Red House
Tessa Valyou, New Duds

Sustainability and Personal Care
Akshata Nayak, The Orange Owl
Kate Williams, 1% for the Planet, Vermont Yak Company
Montana Burns, Atlas Acupuncture
Magda Van Dusen, Brio Coffeeworks

Building a Global Brand in Vermont
Donna Carpenter, Josee Larocque, Anne Marie Dacyshyn, Beth Steele, and Elysa Walk, Burton Snowboards

Energy
Dori Wolfe,
Wolfe Energy
Beth Sachs, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

Tech
Marguerite Dibble, GameTheory
Ann Pettyjohn, Green Mountain Software

The Arts
Natalie Miller, Vermont Comedy Club
Bess O’Brien, Kingdom County Productions

Food and Beverage
Jen Kimmich, The Alchemist
Allison Hooper, Vermont Creamery

Design and Manufacturing
Corinne Prevot, Skida
Sascha Mayer and Christine Dodson, Mamava

Wellness
Jovial King
, Urban Moonshine
Sarah DeGray, REV Indoor Cycling