Stay tuned for the recording of Female Founders: Tech!

VCET and Hotel Vermont co-founded the Female Founders Speaker Series in 2016. Celebrating female-identifying 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.

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Events to date


Funds raised for VT nonprofits




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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jovial King
, Urban Moonshine
Sarah DeGray, REV Indoor Cycling