Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is photographed at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park.

Will misconduct reports hold back women’s careers?

NEW YORK — Some women, and men, worry the same climate that’s emboldening women to speak up about sexual misconduct could backfire by making some men wary of female colleagues. Forget private meetings and get-to-know-you dinners. Beware of banter. Think twice before a high-ranking man mentors a young female staffer. “I have already heard the rumblings of a backlash: ‘This is why you shouldn’t hire women,’” Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg wrote in a recent post .

Community College of Vermont graduates march into the Shapiro Field House at Norwich University in Northfield. Vermont housing advocates worry the rising cost of higher education is making home ownership seem unobtainable.

Is student debt placing home ownership out of reach?

It’s almost carved in stone: Get a good education and a good-paying career will follow. While there are no guarantees in life, few would dispute that more education and training increases the likelihood of a better job with better pay. But that higher education isn’t getting any less expensive. For many, it means taking out loans to cover at least a portion of the cost of a four-year education and beyond. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, all those student loans now add up to $1.4 trillion in debt.

Poulin joins VTAIP

MONTPELIER — Carol Poulin, of Noyle W. Johnson Insurance in Montpelier, has become the newest member of the Vermont Association of Insurance Professionals. Membership in the association is an industry commitment to the insurance community through leadership development, career enhancement and creation of relationships with other industry connections. The VTAIP meets monthly and encourages outside community members to join us at our dinner meetings to connect and network with insurance-related professionals. For more information, contact President Tammy Lawrey at 229-5660 ext 110.  

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Small move a big deal for antiques dealer

RUTLAND TOWN — Even a small distance can make a big difference in retail, as Michael Bishop learned when he moved his antiques shop, Popular Pioneer, into the former Polaris dealership building about 438 feet west of its previous location on Route 4, next to Bikram Yoga. Popular Pioneer opened for business at the new digs Nov. 27. The previous location “was good for what it was, but it wasn’t as good as this,” he said, emphasizing the new space offers a chance to develop a robust retail strategy. Two immediate benefits of the new space are big windows and easy parking.

Maria Padin MD

Padin wins Emmott Fellowship

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Maria Padin is one of 18 women from 15 health-care organizations selected for the Carol Emmott Fellowship, a one-of-a-kind program for accomplished professionals who have demonstrated potential to ascend to senior-executive and board-level roles. Padin was named chief medical officer of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in November 2015. In this role, Padin focuses on clinical and physician-related responsibilities specific to the academic medical center. She joined Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord in 1997 in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Padin earned her medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School, and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Maine Medical Center.


VMEC hires Wuthrich

RANDOLPH — The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center has hired Carla Wuthrich to its statewide team as a professional manufacturing and business growth advisor. Wuthrich joined VMEC in October after 25 years of experience working at IBM and GlobalFoundries in engineering, management and transformation. She brings to VMEC her experience leading, facilitating and coaching from the executive suite through to the front lines. Wuthrich works from a home office based in Hinesburg, and can be reached at cwuthrich@vmec.org or 734-1227. Hosted by Vermont Technical College since 1995, VMEC operates as a nonprofit with a primary mission to strengthen and empower Vermont manufacturers.

Wetzel named nurse of year

WAITSFIELD — Clayton S. Wetzel III, Waitsfield Elementary School’s nurse, has been selected as the Vermont school nurse of the year. Annually, the Vermont State School Nurses’ Association recognizes a school nurse for outstanding achievement and service. “In addition to his strong daily practice, Clayton serves as a leader for our school and district, representing us on our district’s school health advisory council, furthering community health through liaisons with outside parties from dentists to psychologists, and helping to draft work around health and wellness for our district,” said school Principal Kaiya Korb. Wetzel began working at Waitsfield Elementary in 2012, starting in a part-time position/job share position, while also working in several other neighboring schools. He took over full time in the fall of 2014.

Reade Brower, who owns 18 weeklies and four of the seven daily newspapers in Maine, in Rockland, Maine, Oct. 25, 2017.

The unassuming media mogul of Maine (and Vermont)

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ROCKLAND, Maine — Reade Brower cuts an unassuming figure for a media mogul. On a drizzly October day here, he could be found tucking into a grilled cheese sandwich with bacon at the Home Kitchen Café, clad in a Hawaiian shirt, shorts and a Red Sox cap. The owner of the Rutland Herald and Times Argus was wearing shoes, which he often foregoes, like he had when he ran a recent marathon. Appearances aside, however, Brower’s footprint on this state’s newspaper industry is enormous. He owns 18 weeklies and four of the seven daily newspapers in Maine, and his presses print the other three.


VPR’s Dillon takes reporter role

COLCHESTER — News director and longtime Vermont Public Radio news reporter John Dillon will take on a new role as senior reporter for the New England News Collaborative beginning in January, VPR announced today. The collaborative, which VPR joined in 2016, is the largest media collaboration of its kind in the region, with the goal of in-depth reporting on issues that have an impact beyond state borders. Dillon also will play a key role in planning the future of the collaborative, as well as working with NPR to develop its vision for regional news hubs. “John has been at VPR from the time the station began to build its news department,” said John Van Hoesen, senior vice president and chief content officer at VPR. “With this change, VPR’s reporting team will be well positioned to provide the in-depth news Vermonters want and need.”


Treasurer’s Office searching for owners of unclaimed assets

Call it Vermont’s version of lost and found. The state treasurer is trying to find the owners of $80 million in unclaimed assets. Over the years, the amount of unclaimed assets turned over to the state on an annual basis has grown from $3.5 million in 2002 to $10.4 million last year, raising the total to $80 million. Treasurer Beth Pearce said the state has done a good job of making companies that hold those assets aware of the unclaimed property law. In turn, that’s allowed the state “to get more money out the door” to the rightful owners, she said.