On a mission to close the gender gap



Over four decades of combined experience in leadership development, entrepreneurship, coaching, consulting, educational innovation and strategic planning.

Our team

lindsey lathrop (she/her)




About Lindsey

Lindsey is an ICF Certified Executive Coach and business owner of Lindsey Lathrop Coaching. Lindsey co-founded the Business Peer Exchange to engage businesses and their leaders in shifting workplace culture towards gender equity and inclusivity. She partners with Change The Story VT, an initiative to fast-track women’s economic security in Vermont. As a passionate advocate for women and girls, Lindsey frequently teaches salary negotiation workshops and coaches women on managing money, time, and decision making. In her previous life, Lindsey co-led a non-profit that helped students develop career and life skills through work-based learning. She was recognized as one of Vermont’s 40 under 40 and loves finding new ways to lead with her strengths. Follow Lindsey at lindseylathrop.com/blog or @coach_lins.

About Jessica

Jessica is passionate about putting gender equity front and center in every workplace conversation. Her day job is Director of Strategy + Partnerships for Change The Story VT, an initiative to advance women’s economic status in the state of Vermont. Her other day job, as co-facilitator of the Business Peer Exchange and principal at Gear Shift Consulting, LLC, is to help employers apply a gender lens to …well…everything. Immediately after graduating with a degree in American Studies from Yale, Jessica set out on an entrepreneurial path, founding Horny Toad Activewear (now Toad & Co.). She then swerved into education, community organizing, school reform, political consulting, public policy, non-profit development and equity work. When she isn’t traveling the state speaking and presenting, she is a managing partner at a mid-size, rapidly growing family firm in Burlington, Vermont that specializes in noisy dinners, bad jokes and lots of laundry.

“I want to share as someone who has taken part in this [Exchange] in the past, how much in a year it has really moved the conversation forward in terms of diversity and inclusion in our organization at VGS and to me it’s been invaluable.”

Tiana Smith, PMP

Director of Climate and Innovation, Vermont Gas Systems