Leaving a legacy of leadership

Former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin speaks at the Emerge Vermont celebratory Legacy and Leadership cocktail reception at Shelburne Museum on Oct. 10. Photo by Lynn Monty
Former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin speaks at the Emerge Vermont celebratory Legacy and Leadership cocktail reception at Shelburne Museum on Oct. 10. Photo by Lynn Monty

A host of democrats joined together at the Emerge Vermont celebratory Legacy and Leadership cocktail reception at Shelburne Museum in Shelburne on Oct. 10.

Emerge Vermont encourages and trains women to run for office, get elected and seek higher office. They offer an intensive, six-month training program. Two of the 2015 program graduates spoke at the event, as did Former Gov. Madeleine Kunin and special Keynote Speaker New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan.

Student speakers Jessica Racine and Pabitra Bhattarai are both Cheryl Hanna Scholarship Recipients. The Cheryl Hanna Scholarship Fund supports emerging female leaders with tuition assistance. Hanna was a Professor of Constitutional Law at Vermont Law School. In her work, she consulted regularly with state and national organizations on gender equity issues. She was an early supporter of Emerge Vermont. The fund honors her legacy. She died in 2014.

Emerge Vermont Legacy and Leadership Legendary Sponsor Sallie Soule supported the event because she is enthusiastic about Kunin’s efforts on behalf of Emerge. “I am immensely grateful to Madeleine for her efforts throughout the years helping women enter the political scene, now through Emerge Vermont, and way back in 1986 when she was so supportive of my first race for the Vermont House from Shelburne/Charlotte, and then again when I ran for a Chittenden County Senate seat in 1980.”

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