13 December, 2017
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Chewing on Leadership, hosted by Vermont leaders creates a potent platform for relevant questions and meaningful dialogue about current events.  This 60 min conversation looks at what inspires us in our work and ways to impact with leaders and change makers across Vermont


What Shapes Your Leadership?

With Hal Colston and Susan McCormack

Wednesday December 13th, 12pm-1pm. Zoom Web Conference

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Dr. Hal Colston

After teaching and serving as the Director of Catering at New England Culinary Institute (1989), Hal created the Good News Garage (1996) and NeighborKeepers (2006) as a social entrepreneur.  He received an honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree from Saint Michael’s College (2000) for creating Good News Garage.  Appointed by Governor Peter Shumlin in 2011 as Executive Director of SerVermont, Hal now serves as Director of Partnership for Change since 2013.  He has served on numerous boards and has been an advocate for social justice in Vermont.  Hal was named the 2014 Vermonter of the Year by the Burlington Free Press. He is a 2004 graduate of VLI and sits on the Snelling Center Board.


Susan McCormack

Susan works side by side with organizations and communities to engage people in productive conversations that lead to change.  She specializes in framing policy issues for public discussion, designing effective public processes and fostering constructive dialogue and action among colleagues, citizens, policy makers and community leaders.

In addition to her consulting practice, Sue recently served as the Community Liaison for Creating Community Solutions, part of the National Dialogue on Mental health.As Community Liaison for CCS, she assisted groups and individuals across the United States as they organized community dialogues on mental health.  She also helped to spearhead Text, Talk, Act, a CCS initiative which uses a combination of text messaging, social media and face to face dialogue to engage young people across the country in conversations about mental health.

Sue recently co-coordinated the Heart & Soul of Essex, a two year citizen led initiative funded by the Orton Family Foundation to identify shared community values, foster collaboration and increase civic participation among two linked municipalities.

Previously, Sue was Program Director for Community Development at Everyday Democracy (EDD). During her tenure at EDD she assisted many people and communities around the country with their work to create and sustain public dialogue and problem solving. While at EDD, Susan co-authored Facing Racism in a Diverse Nation, a discussion guide being used around the country to help communities address race relations and racial equity. Susan continues her affiliation with Everyday Democracy as one of sixteen Senior Associates.

Sue also served as the Director of Leadership at the Snelling Center for Government, running the Vermont Leadership Institute, and the Vermont School Leadership Project.