Hunger Action Conference 2012

The 6th Annual Vermont Foodbank Hunger Conference presented by National Life Group was held on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 in Burlington, VT at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center.

The video below features an introduction from Vermont Foodbank Board Member, Margie Stern as well as full opening remarks from Governor Peter Shumlin, John Sayles, Vermont Foodbank CEO, Mehran Assadi, President & CEO, National Life Group, and the full General Session with Dr. Steven L. Robbins: Your Brain is Good at Inclusion…Except When It’s Not!


About keynote speaker, Dr. Steve Robbins.

A powerful storyteller with a powerful story to tell, Dr. Steve L. Robbins has an unmatched ability to inspire people even in the midst of disrupting and challenging the way they think about the world. Born in Vietnam, Dr. Robbins immigrated to the United States when he was five years old. He and his mother faced many challenges as Vietnamese immigrants in a new land, during a time when there was much anti-war and anti-Vietnamese sentiment.

Working through and rising out of the challenges of poverty and discrimination Dr. Steve Robbins brings insightful perspective on issues of leadership, inclusion and innovation, and the power of caring. Drawing on his compelling life journey, Robbins’ shares intriguing stores, laugh-out-loud humor and a keen understanding of human behavior.


Many thanks to all our supporters, including:

Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Vermont Butter and Cheese

King Arthur Flour


Nikon Precision

Gardner's Supply

Vermont Technical College

Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf

Lead Communications Sponsor

Communications Partner



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