Vermont’s Emerging Leaders Gather at Vermont Granite Museum June 20

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Emerging leaders from across Vermont will be gathering at the Vermont Granite
Museum in Barre on Thursday, June 20 for a night of wood-fired pizza, rousing
speakers, and progressive, with a lower-case p, politics.

Hosted by New Leaders Council Vermont (NLC VT), ‘Building a Progressive
Future: A Night with NLC Vermont’ begins at 6 PM and is open to the public.
The night will feature speakers such Lucy Leriche, vice president of public
policy for Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund and Mary Mouton, executive
director of Washington County Mental Health. Donations made for tickets will
include a dinner of wood-fired pizza and a drink from Woodbelly Pizza,
desserts from Nutty Steph’s, and live musical entertainment.

New Leaders Council Vermont is a growing nonprofit leadership training
program that equips emerging progressive leaders with the skills they need to
succeed in their community, business, and politics through a free six-month
training institute.

“Investing in the next generation of Vermont leaders is critical to the
future health and sustainability of our state and communities, and that’s
our mission at NLC VT” says Eric Covey, founding director. “I’m excited
to celebrate the graduation of our inaugural cohort on June 20, and invite
the community to join us for a night of fun to meet our amazing fellows who
will leave their NLC experience better equipped to tackle real problems in
our state with community-centered solutions.”

This past year, 14 young professionals from across the state comprised New
Leaders Council  Vermont’s inaugural cohort. Having just completed the
final session of the NLC Institute, the June 20 event aims to introduce the
organization to the broader community, build support for future cohorts, and
help those interested in joining next year to learn more.

“The fellowship has provided me and my cohort the opportunity to grow
professionally in the areas of campaign management, strategic communications,
and coalition building. I'm excited to see how each of us, collectively and
individually, work to make sustainable changes that positively impact our
communities,” says Jilliene Johnson, an inaugural NLC Vermont cohort member
who works as the diversity, engagement, and professional development director
in the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Students at the University of

To find more information on the event, purchase tickets, or donate to support
NLC VT, visit

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 7:00pm