2014 Hunger Action Conference Agenda



7:30 -8:30


Registration, continental breakfast, and Networking Marketplace 


Opening Plenary: Welcome 

  • Dr. Douglas O. Lantagne, Dean & Director of University of Vermont Extension and Chair of Vermont Foodbank Board of Trustees
  • The Honorable Peter Shumlin, Vermont Governor (invited)
  • John Sayles, Vermont Foodbank CEO



General Session with Keynote Speaker Kim Weitkamp – nationally known humorist, speaker and storyteller



Networking Marketplace and Refreshments  




  • The Art of Telling Your Story with keynote Kim Weitkamp 
  • Mindfulness in Leadership with Kim Nolan, WholeHeart, Inc. 
  • Round Table Discussion on Whole Systems Collaboration with John Sayles, Vermont Foodbank CEO; Linda Ryan, Director of Samaritan House & Co-chair of the Governor’s Council on Pathways Out of Poverty; Molly Scott, Senior Research Associate, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Center; and Paul Dragon, Chief Administrator, Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity. Workshop will be facilitated by Monica Hutt, Director of Policy and Planning, Vermont Agency of Human Services. 



Networking Marketplace & Luncheon

Senator Bernie Sanders (pending Senate schedule)



Plenary Session: World Café Activity with Jeff Mandell, MS



Networking Marketplace and Refreshments 




  • Every Day Ethics and Ethical Leadership with Martha Maksym, Executive Director, United Way for Chittenden County - workshop full; pre-registration required to attend 
  • Ignition Point: Creating an Elevator Speech That Cannot Be Ignored with keynote Kim Weitkamp 
  • Re-Establishing Social and Economic Mobility with Jesús Gerena, Family Independence Initiative (FII-Boston)



Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Social.  Ice cream donated by:





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Workshop Descriptions


Mindfulness in Leadership with executive director, Kim Nolan from WholeHeart Inc
This mindfulness-based workshop is user friendly and aims toward having fun while learning accessible techniques to address the stress of our fast paced lives. The teaching style is based on presentation, personal reflection, and experiential learning. By the end of the training session, you will have been introduced to mindfulness practices to improve focus and concentration as well as skills to facilitate a sense of inner stillness and resilience when faced with life’s challenges. Together we can explore ideas of how to incorporate these practices in real-world situations that arise in your work life.

During the Round Table Discussion on Whole Systems Collaboration, speakers Molly Scott, Senior Research Associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Center; Linda Ryan, Director of Samaritan House & Co-chair of the Governor’s Council on Pathways out of Poverty, Paul Dragon, Chief Administrator of the Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity and John Sayles, Vermont Foodbank CEO, will provide their perspective on how collaboration is key to leveraging the power of sharing information and resources for progress in addressing large issues of hunger and poverty. This session will be facilitated by Monica Hutt, Director of Policy and Planning for the Vermont Agency of Human Services.


The Art of Telling Your Story with keynote Kim Weitkamp
Story is one of the most powerful tools in our communication tool bag and yet it is one of the most underutilized. In this session you will learn why story works to and how story works...all in a fun and applicable way that will yield great fruit for your organization.


Afternoon Plenary Session: World Café Discussion led by Jeff Mandell, MS
Often the work of an anti-hunger movement worker seems like a never-ending struggle. The new face of hunger is growing and at times it can feel overwhelming. At times you may feel overworked, underfunded and hopeless. And yet, within this feeling, there is hope. Today in this World Cafe conversation, you will have the opportunity to share your stories of successes, inspiration and hope. You will leave this discussion refreshed, rejuvenated and inspired to take on this vital work your community needs.


Learn more about Jeff's Vermont Institute on Health & Wellness:

Vermont Institute on Health and Wellness


Re-Establishing Social and Economic Mobility, with Jesús Gerena, executive director of the Family Independence Initiative
Family Independence Initiative (FII) is a national nonprofit which leverages the power of information to illuminate and accelerate the initiative low-income families take to improve their lives. Using hard data and compelling stories, we are sparking a movement to transform the stereotypes, beliefs, practices, and policies that undermine families’ efforts to get ahead.


  • Learn more about Jesús' Family Independence Initiative:


Jesus Gerena


Every Day Ethics and Ethical Leadership with Martha Maksym, executive director of the United Way for Chittenden County
What does "ethics" and “ethical leadership” really mean in these challenging times? How do our personal values interact with our work, our decision making and our leadership? How do we resolve the tension among our personal values, our business interests and the common good? Explore these questions and more in a compelling and thought-provoking discussion about Ethical Leadership.


Ignition Point: Creating an Elevator Speech That Cannot Be Ignored with Kim Weitkamp
The term, Elevator Speech, is thrown around in the business and nonprofit world all the time. The problem is that many organizations and their team of people do not know how to create an authentic elevator speech. In this session, you will walk away with your own personal elevator speech that will create an experience where the person listening will have to engage in conversation that will open doors. 


Leading Sponsor



Conference Sponsor


City Market2


Conference Co-Sponsors


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont


Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf


Efficiency Vermont


Gardener's Supply


Mutual of America


Vermont Creamery



Media Sponsory





Communication Partner


CommonGood Vermont


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