Women’s Leadership Conference features Vermonter Bethany Bosch

Vermont resident Bethany Bosch may have completed a solo swim across the English Channel on Aug. 31, 2014, but she didn’t do it alone. She will talk about her path to becoming a world-class athlete, and how it was in part shaped by strong mentors, in her keynote address at the 2015 Women’s Leadership Conference from Vermont Women in Higher Education (VWHE). The conference, planned for March 26 and 27 at Killington Grand Resort, is expected to draw higher education professionals from across the state, as well as business leaders and women working in non-profit and related fields. The 2015 theme is “Better Together: Mentoring for Success.”

Bosch, 29, is the 500th woman and one of 1,912 swimmers since 1875 to swim across the English Channel. She accomplished this great feat in 17 hours and 34 minutes. In addition to completing this lifelong goal, another goal of the swim was to raise money to open a pool in Rutland. Bosch, a Wallingford resident, said she intended “to use this adventure to give back to swimming and to Rutland by raising funds to build an aquatic center. Such a facility could add so much to our community and way of life.” During her keynote address, Bosch will share what it means to be mentored, and the experience of benefitting from strong relationships that lead to growth through challenge.

The pre-conference on March 26 features two keynote speakers: Comedian Josie Leavitt, who presents “Finding Your Voice Through Humor;” and leadership coach Kerry Secrest, who will present “Building Strong Networks.” The VWHE conference includes workshops on topics including mindful leadership, mentoring millennials, creating professional development plans, and more. This year, VWHE is once again partnering with Dress for Success Burlington to sponsor a clothes swap to benefit the organization. The non-profit provides professional attire, career development tools, and a network of support to disadvantaged women to help promote their economic independence.

For information and to register for the conference, visit www.vwhe.org