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  • Rutland Rising: Professional Job Talks & Advice

    Rutland Rising: Professional Job Talks & Advice

    On Fridays this fall, at 12 noon ET, Dr. Michael Shank, in partnership with Castleton University, will host a professional development series featuring successful leaders in the business community, in city, state and national government, and in the nonprofit sector. Speakers will discuss how to successfully market yourself in today’s […]

  • Sharing Stories

    Sharing Stories

    RUTLAND HERALD 09/05/20 By Michael Shank Storytelling: it’s the one thing that has the potential to cut through the political noise and allow us to see each other in a new way. It’s why we love films, books and television series so much. We’re drawn to stories. And as our […]

  • Rutland Roundtables: Your Story, Your Vision

    Rutland Roundtables: Your Story, Your Vision

    Sign up below to share your story and your vision for Rutland’s future! Hosted by Dr. Michael Shank, the Rutland Roundtables take place virtually over Zoom/phone every Wednesday evening in September at 6 p.m. ET. After filling out the form below, you’ll be emailed the zoom/phone call-in information for the […]

  • My Motivation: Make Vermont Even Stronger

    My Motivation: Make Vermont Even Stronger

    RUTLAND HERALD 08/25/20 By Michael Shank I’d like to tell a story I’ve never told in print before. I’ve written hundreds of policy-oriented pieces for local and national newspapers — including the Rutland Herald, regarding Vermont-specific policy — but I’ve never told this story because it’s very personal. I’m telling […]

  • Michael Shank Running for State Senate as an Independent

    Michael Shank Running for State Senate as an Independent

    BRANDON REPORTER 08/19/20 By Lee J Kahrs BRANDON — A well-known Brandon activist, educator and volunteer has announced his run for Rutland County Senator as an Independent. Michael Shank made the announcement Aug. 16 on Facebook. “Hi friends – Taking a leap here. Feeling like now more than ever before […]