WBON Gratitude Conference

We are back in-person for the WBON 2022 Conference at the scenic Echo Leahy Center in downtown Burlington. The theme of the event is GRATITUDE. We want to display our gratitude for our members and supporters by providing space for organic connection while introducing exciting speakers who will inspire us to embrace gratitude in our everyday lives.

11:00 – 11:15 Introduction
11:15 – 11:30 Presentation Getting The Most Out of Your Conference Experience
11:30 – 12:00 Keynote Finding Gratitude in Unexpected Places with Joni B. Cole
12:00 – 12:10 Update from WBON Board
12:10 – 1:00 Lunch Provided by Sugarsnap Catering
1:00 – 1:15 Embodied Presence Exercise With Christine Badalamenti Smith
1:15 – 2:00 Panel In Her Own Words: The Thriving Women Business Owners Panel
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 3:00 Interactive Workshop Gratitude for Self with Deb Chisholm
3:00 – 3:40 Endnote The Power of A Pause with Lisa Danforth
3:40 – 3:55 Collect Surveys & Hold Raffle
3:55 – 4:00 Closing
4:00 – 5:00 Open Networking


I have a special code. How do I use it?

Click on the “Tickets” button. At the top of the resulting ticket form, click on “enter promotional code” and type in your special code.

Will you be offering refreshments during the event?

Lunch will be provided by Sugarsnap catering. Also, snacks and beverages will be on hand throughout the day. Contact us at info@wbon.org to discuss any dietary restrictions.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Send us an email at info@wbon.org.

What is the refund policy?

We know that the unexpected can happen. If you need to cancel for any reason you can receive a refund up until September 19th. Questions? send an email to info@wbon.org.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. We are saving trees and going digital for conference registration.

What Covid protections will be in place?

We will be providing masks and hand sanitizer, use of both is encouraged. We will not be requiring mask use nor proof of vaccination.

Meet Our Speakers


Mary Catherine Jones


Joni B. Cole

Joni B. Cole


Finding Gratitude in Unexpected Places

Our family and friends, our co-workers and employees, our teachers and mentors, our good fortune and successes…Acknowledging all the good things in our life offers so many physical and psychological benefits. But what if we expanded our sense of gratitude to those people or circumstances that we typically think of as obstacles or setbacks, but end up offering surprising rewards? 


JONI B. COLE is the author of six books, including two writing guides, Good Naked: How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier (listed as one of the “Best Books for Writers,” Poets & Writers), and Toxic Feedback: Helping Writers Survive and Thrive. She founded her own writer’s center, and is a popular teacher and speaker at a variety of academic programs, writing conferences, and nonprofit organizations. Joni is also the creator of the podcast Author, Can I Ask You? and a contributor to The Writer magazine. She is currently completing her second collection of personal essays due for release in fall 2023 from University Press of New Mexico.




Lisa Danforth

Lisa Danforth

Lisa Danforth Coaching

The Power of A Pause

To create the impact and income we desire, we need to have clarity about what we want and HOW we go about getting it. Not everything matters equally, in life and business. The power to create out future is in the Pause.

Key Takeaways:

  • Pausing before responding will improve every relationship
  • Pausing improves health- physical, emotional, financial, and more
  • Build boundaries, not resentment, by pausing
  • Not everything matters equally
  • Pausing connects you to short-term actions and long-term goals


LISA DANFORTH is a Business Growth Strategist and Leadership Coach. Her mission is to help people create a saner approach to success so they can build a business that will sustain the life they want to live, not consume it. Lisa is a 30-year, five-time entrepreneur. She’s a Certified The ONE Thing Facilitator, Certified Co-Active Coach, and graduate of Tara Mohr’s Playing Big Facilitators Course. Her clients have dubbed Lisa “the hand-holding ass-kicker,” she matches just the right amount of push with a dose of love.



Interactive Workshop

Deb Chisholm

Deb Chisholm

Deb Chisholm Coaching, LLC

Gratitude For Self

As women, we most often focus on our gratitude for others, and things in the world around us. In this interactive workshop, you will flip the focus around to *you*! Yes, you…because you have endured a time in your business like no other for the past 2 ½ years. Meaningful self-gratitude is experienced at a deep level – it makes a difference for us. We will focus on how to feel self-gratitude, using your values, your strengths, and self-encouragement. You will gain a deeper appreciation for the amazing energy and hard work you managed during the pandemic years.


DEB CHISHOLM is a professionally recognized life coach, school counselor, educator, parent educator, and facilitator who dedicated her 40-year education career to helping people of all ages recognize and assert their positive personal power. Deb has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and a Master’s in School Counseling. She is a Certified Masteries Coach International Association of Coaching), and a Board Certified Coach. Deb is the owner of Deb Chisholm Coaching, LLC, and the creator of MePower® Empowerment Programs.



In Her Own Words: The Thriving Women Business Owners Panel

There has been much focus on the struggles of the last two years, but amidst the challenges we have witnessed women business owners adapting, finding their footing and even thriving. This panel presentation, hosted by our emcee, will give these 6 women business owners a platform for discussing their successes and what they have learned about adapting their professional and personal lives to an ever-changing landscape. Their real life experiences will be told in the spirit of honesty, humor and gratitude in this uplifting presentation. Get to know some of our local heroines.

Kristabeth Atwood


Rites of Passage, LLC

Kristabeth Atwood

Kristabeth Atwood, M.Div., is a Pastor for People Who Don’t Do Church and the founder of Rites of Passage, LLC. Kristabeth brings her pastor’s heart to help people through the spiritual, emotional, and practical aspects of life’s changes through ceremony, spiritual companionship, grief support, and life transition planning.


Marie Eddy, MS, GCDF, CCSP


Eddy Career Services

Marie Eddy

Marie Eddy is a certified career services provider. In 2018 she started her business Eddy Career Services, a full-service career counseling company. Her business is based on a unique combination of experience in the employment industry, education and counseling. She works with people wherever they are on their career journey. Her goal is to increase clients’ confidence as they navigate the job search process. She also provides workshops and consultation to companies on career-related topics.



Kimberly DuBrul, PCC, CRP


Kimberly DuBrul Coaching

Kimberly DuBrul

Kimberly DuBrul, PCC, CRP has been coaching clients to reach their goals and to live their best lives for over 20 years. She recently received two certifications- Reinvention and Well Being. Kimberly is always excited to reinvent in all areas of her life. Positive mindset and gratitude are at the foundation of all that she does.



Christine Badalamenti Smith

Yoga Therapist


Christine Badalamenti Smith

Christine Badalamenti Smith is a Yoga Therapist, Mindful Outdoor Guide, environmental activist, and author.  Christine’s mission is to help people feel at home, alive, and powerful in their bodies and in the natural world.  She believes people who feel whole, safe, and empowered will be better stewards of their lives and our planet.  



Julia Scott


J.Scott Marketing

Julia Scott

As brand champion to clients, a trained listener, and marketing strategist, Julia Scott has her dream job. The cherry on top is nurturing her growing team. When Julia is not taking charge for clients, she loves to be in the woods, grow (some of) her own food, and wake up early.



Andrea E. Bacchi

Digital Marketing Specialist

Think Dynamic Digital, LLC

Andrea E. Bacchi

Andrea E. Bacchi, is a Digital Marketing & Business Solutions Specialist at her online-based company, Think Dynamic Digital, LLC and a Marketing Consultant with the Vermont Small Business Development Center. She is also a lifelong learner, volunteer, musician (trumpet), foodie, techie, and hearing health advocate, and is dedicated to solving problems, building brands, and inspiring people.




Thank You to Our Conference Sponsors

Movement Mortgage
Nedde Real Estate
Lyz Tomsuden Graphic Designer
The Quiet Activists
Genesis Consulting
Vermont Community Loan Fund
Peoples Trust Company
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Runway Auto

Thank You to Our Annual Partners

Conference Partner Clute Wealth Management
Conference Partner Marketing Partners
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Conference Partner Runway Auto
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