The Greater Burlington Women’s Forum is excited to present a lunchtime event that will make finances fun. We know that seems impossible but this interactive event will include personal stories and strategies, engaging conversation, access to local resources and practical ways to manage and thrive.
We’ll kick off the conversation with a brief look at how to have inclusive conversations about finances within your household. Do you take a divide and conquer approach to budgeting, paying bills and planning for the future? Are you having open, honest conversations about money at home? Our panelists will discuss some of the challenges and unconscious biases that women often face when it comes to finances and strategies to work through them.
Breaking out in small groups, Andria Denome of Baystate Financial will walk us through an exercise in setting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time Based) financial goals based on your individual needs. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions, hear from your tablemates and share personal strategies for success. We’ll wrap up with a quick rundown of resources and support services available locally to help you manage money.
The women’s forum is pleased to introduce a series of forums designed to engage everyone. With an overarching theme of money, work, and law, we’re going to offer panels that give you insights and some practical ways to manage these basic realities of our lives. This is Episode 1: Budgets and Savings.
Connie Beal (she/her), Working Bridges Initiative Director
Connie leads training development, innovation, and supports a team of skilled and caring Resource Coordinators. An exciting part of her work is convening the Working Bridges employer network to identify and design strategies, partnerships and pilots to elevate resources and identify gaps in supporting the ever-changing needs of Vermont's diverse workforce. She is also a Resource Coordinator and helps individual employees at workplaces navigate various community resources related to housing, childcare, transportation, health care, and more. Helping individuals find stability, thrive, and reach their goals is a key driver of her work. Prior to Working Bridges, she was the Senior Resource Coordinator at Vermont 2-1-1, a 24/7 health and human service helpline serving Vermonters. She has experience working for nonprofits in the anti-violence and substance use prevention fields, as well as public health experience in the public sector. She holds a BA in Psychology from Colby College and Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Vermont. She is a graduate of Leadership Champlain, class of 2019. Connie maintains work-life balance by escaping to a Vermont mountain top, playing with my young children, and eating plentiful amounts of dark chocolate.
Andria Denome (she/her), Financial Advisor
Andria provides holistic financial planning and education for both individual and organizational clients. She identifies client goals and priorities through relationship-building and works with a team of advisors at Baystate Financial to provide dynamic solutions for every stage of life. Her professional passion projects include increasing awareness and accessibility of ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) investing, and working with companies to implement employee financial wellness strategies. She’s a graduate of UVM’s Sustainable Innovation MBA Program and has a background in family business. When she’s not in the office or visiting businesses, she can be found playing in the snow or biking to the beach.
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.
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Our sponsors for this event include People's United Bank