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GMC hosts conference, “Making a Difference & Making a Living”

Friday, April 7—POULTNEY—On April 7, Green Mountain College (GMC) will be hosting its third annual Making a Difference and Making a Living Conference. At the heart of this gathering is the essential question many ask: How do you create a career in which you can make a positive difference in the world and make a comfortable living?
This conference gathers together successful GMC alumni and community leaders from various professions to provide insight into the personal journey they have taken toward engaging in satisfying and meaningful work. Guest speakers will present TED-style talks and sit on career panels, allowing students and other attendees to gain inspiration from leaders in their field, gather information about specific areas of interest, and ask questions about the job search process.
Featured speakers include Steve Conine, co-founder and co-chairman of Wayfair (the largest online retailer of home furnishings and housewares in the U.S.), and Chuck Lacy, prior president of Ben & Jerry’s. GMC alumni speakers include Chris Hilke, ‘99, National Wildlife Federation, and Khanti Munro, ‘04, VP of Same Sun of Vermont; among others.
“Our students and alumni are empowered to create careers that are fulfilling on multiple levels – 97 percent of GMC graduates are employed, in graduate school or otherwise gainfully engaged. 95 percent of graduates surveyed are satisfied or very satisfied with their current position,” said Robert (Bob) Allen, GMC president. “Many of the speakers at this year’s career conference are recent GMC graduates, leading the charge in fields ranging from alternative energy, to environmental resource management, to sustainable agriculture, to higher education. Who better to speak to those students soon to graduate, and to anyone seeking to make a positive mark on the world, then those who have found success while staying inspired?”
Following the presentations, conference participants will be invited to gather in the Gorge to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, complimentary beverages and conversation at the networking reception. This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are limited. Register at

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