The Vermont Economy Talks, what’s on your mind?


May 19, 2021 | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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In Vermont, we enjoy talking about a lot of things: our values, our communities, our incredible outdoors. But one thing we do not always find so interesting is the topic of our economy. In fact, sometimes we avoid the conversation altogether.

But here is the thing. Without a sustainable, healthy, and thoughtful approach to economic growth, the future of Vermont and the way of life that many values could be deeply at risk. Without new and scalable sources of revenue – and more of the people and business who can help drive it – it will only become more difficult to fund the kind of opportunities, social and equity resources and environmental stewardship that make Vermont, Vermont. If the events of the past year have taught us anything, it is that both our health and our economy shouldn’t be taken for granted. The time is now to learn and be engaged in understanding our economy on both a state and personal level.

Join Lori Smith, Executive Director of the Vermont Futures Project, to engage and learn more how employers and human resource leaders are key players in a new economic campaign, The Vermont Economy Talks, a platform that will humanize economic concepts, business growth and opportunity and how they relate to our future economy.  Lori will be joined with Kelly Krayewsky from Revision Military to present a coordinated effort giving a greater voice to businesses and their employees on the way we talk about our economy through data and dynamic conversation.

The Vermont Futures Project is a research and education organization focused on using data, partnerships, and policy development to secure Vermont’s economic future.

About our Speakers:

Lori A. Smith, Vermont Futures Project, Executive Director

Lori Smith has over 30 years of healthcare knowledge and how it relates to behavior change and organizational impact. She has worked in the field of wellness for over 20 years as thought leader and change agent. She has spent most of her career helping employers create happy, healthy and well environments so individuals can bring their best selves to work each day. In 2017, Lori discovered her “encore career” with the Vermont Futures Project as the Business Development Partner helping secure Vermont’s economic future through data, research and education. In 2019, Lori stepped into the role of Executive Director supporting a great team and a dedicated Board of Directors.

Kelly Krayewsky, Revision Military, Director Brand & Government Affairs

and Vermont Futures Project Board Member

 Kelly Krayewsky currently serves as the Director of Brand & Government Affairs at Revision Military – the global leader in ballistic protective eyewear for the military. She joined Revision in 2007 as a customer service representative, and over the past 14 years has advanced through the organization to her current role.  Kelly is driven by Revision’s purpose to be relentlessly dedicated to protect vision, and works closely with the head of HR on culture and employee initiatives. Kelly joined the Vermont Futures Project’s Board in 2020 to represent a manufacturing company committed to growing in Vermont and participate in initiatives that help Vermonters thrive now and in the future.


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