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LSEVT Orientation + First Session

The Leadership Southeast Vermont program has recommenced after our COVID hiatus, with a record-breaking 19 participants from all over Southern Vermont. This cohort of leaders has had two sessions so far, an Orientation Session and Regional Culture and History Day.

In Orientation, students learned what to expect in the upcoming classes. They also reflected on their own personal leadership styles and places where they could improve. Students also met their teams, who they will be working with on their group projects throughout the course. We had wonderful presentations from Allison Hopkins from Mt Ascutney Regional Commission. Susan Westa from Windham Regional Commission, and Ross Gibson, a Leadership Educator from The Richards Group. Thank you to SEVCA in Westminster for allowing us to use their building.

In the second session, held in Windsor, VT, participants learned about Regional Culture and History. The day started with a series of presentations about the men that made an economic impact on Springfield and the Precision Valley, and the history of some of the local towns and their accomplishments. After the morning of presentations, the class got to enjoy the beautiful autumn day with a walking tour of Windsor, learning about the influential architecture and inventions that started there. The tour ended at the American Precision Museum where we were handed over to their knowledgeable staff for a tour through time and innovation. The students learned about how Windsor, and the surrounding towns, helped change the way we think about mass production. After regrouping at the Waypoint Center, we headed to our last stop, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park, where we got a tour of his artwork and the historical context.

Our next session will be in November, at the River Valley Technical Center, where the participants will learn about the education system in Vermont.

For more information about Leadership Southeast Vermont please visit our website: or Contact Taylor Drinker at

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