EmpowR names five Vermont 'change-makers' to co-creator team

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Mon, 03/21/2022 - 10:43am -- ken@vermontbiz.com

EmpowR, a social-justice movement dedicated to building cultures of empathy, healing, community and accountability centered in equity and belonging, has named five Vermont residents to its team of co-creators. They are:

  • Claire Wheeler of Montpelier, director of inclusive entrepreneurship at Mercy Connections and former owner and operator of RE:WORK, a strategic design, facilitation and consulting business.
  • Jennifer Grossi of Bradford, co-founder of Summer Street Music Series and The Listening Project, both in the state's Upper Valley region.
  • Ornella Matta-Figueroa of Greensboro, co-director of SafeArt, a Central Vermont-based nonprofit of trauma-informed practitioners working closely with Vermont school systems.
  • Saudia LaMont of Morrisville, a member of the Lamoille County Mental Health Board of Directors and a Democratic candidate-in-training with Emerge Vermont.
  • Stacy Burnett of Jericho, a clinical social worker and psychotherapist who operates a private practice to address the behavioral impacts of trauma healing.

Each EmpowR co-creator brings a different lens and layer to heart-centered wholeness, cultural emergence and transformative justice. The team’s collective experiences inform how EmpowR approaches relationship and trust-building, embraces courage and vulnerability, identifies new group norms and processes, reconfigures relationships with time and expectations, deconstructs how success is defined and measured, and cultivates different patterns of communication to release and heal from racism, classism, sexism, ableism, patriarchal dominance and white supremacy culture.