The Center for Leadership and Innovation ~ Developing Successful Leaders & Driving Innovation

About CLI

Why the Center for Leadership and Innovation?

Who We Are:

The Center for Leadership and Innovation (CLI) in partnership with UVM Continuing and Distance Education was created to address the needs of developing leaders and growing companies in Vermont.

An article the Center for Leadership and Innovation at the University of Vermont in the Champlain Business Journal

What We Do:

CLI offers a Professional Certificate in Leadership and Management, one and two day management development seminars, week-long intensive programs for professionals and in-house corporate training solutions. Additionally, we are a point of access for area businesses to a variety of UVM resources.

How We Can Help:

Through our seminars, intensive summer programs, corporate training and the VFBI, the Center for Leadership and Innovation is poised to support your business to compete in a global economy. As a portal to University of Vermont resources, CLI can provide you and your business leadership training, access to academic expertise and research partnerships, student internship opportunities, graduate and undergraduate education, and other University initiatives. Understanding your needs, we can help your business go from knowledge to action.

Your educational opportunities through the Center for Leadership and Innovation include:

CLI Staff:

Tracey Maurer
Director of New Business Development

Center for Leadership & Innovation Director of New Business DevelopmentTracey is a Senior Program Developer and she also leads the corporate training team. Tracey is responsible for business development, outreach, professional development, and executive education within UVM’s Continuing Education department; she joined the University in 2008.

Before joining Continuing Education Tracey worked as an Account Executive in New York City for McCann Erickson, and in Vermont for Jager, Dipaola, and Kemp (JDK) Design. Tracey’s background has been focused on business development, sales, account management and marketing.

In 1994 Tracey founded Kids Vermont, a magazine and website for Vermont families. For fifteen years she served as editor, co-publisher, and marketing director before selling the business.

Tracey has served on the University of Vermont’s Staff Council and Personal and Professional Development Committee. She has been a board member for the Conference on Management, Executive and Professional Development Programs. S is active with local, national and International professional associations. As the Director of corporate training Tracey is energized by working with clients to identify and address their needs and visions.


Alison Maynard
Director, Center for Leadership and Innovation

Director of the Center of Leadership and Innovation Alison MaynardAlison has been at UVM Continuing Education for over ten years, and during that time she has held a variety of positions including Director of the Vermont Business Center, Operations and Enrollment Management Team Lead, and State Outreach Coordinator. She has worked with diverse audiences to create professional development learning opportunities and experiences. Her other higher education experiences include the Center for 4-H Youth Development at the University of Minnesota and University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Alison completed a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Vermont. She is a native Vermonter, who studied abroad in Freiburg, Germany, and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and worked as a teaching assistant in Salzburg, Austria.

Alison’s non-profit and community service experiences include special events planning and fundraising at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She has been active in the program planning committee of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, and she is a member of the Lake Champlain Workforce Investment Board part of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. In 2011 she joined the Child Chair Resource board of directors and is serving as chair of the fundraising committee.


Christian Manley
Program Planner

Center for Leadership & Innovation Program Planner Christian Manley
Christian has over 9 years of experience in the business world and has held a variety of roles in Sales & Sales Operations, Marketing, Customer Service, Client solutions, and process improvement work. He has worked in a range of fields including Real Estate, Retail & Tourism, and in the Automotive Marketing & Technology industry. He is curious and an avid researcher and he enjoys working with people on business and marketing ideas. He lives in Colchester and he enjoys outdoor activities, skiing, playing music, traveling, film making, eating interesting food, exploring, and working on a variety of creative side projects.


Alessandra Capossela
Student Advisor

Center for Leadership & Innovation Student Advisor
Alessandra joined the Continuing and Distance Education advising team at UVM in June of 2013. She holds an M.A. in International Education with a focus on Higher Education from NYU, where she also worked as a Global Academic Services Specialist in their Office of Global Programs.

In addition to advising for CLI, Alessandra works with students in the Guaranteed Admission Program, the TEFL/TESOL Certification Program, and students participating in Faculty-Led Programs Abroad at UVM. In addition to her background in higher education, Alessandra has also had substantial experience working in customer service and support and in language teaching.


Christina Economou
Program Coordinator

Center for Leadership & Innovation Program Coordinator Christina Economou
Christina graduated from UVM’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in May 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Studies. She focused on Sustainability Education in Higher Education during her senior year and is enjoying working at a University known for their sustainable programs and initiatives. She is originally from Marblehead, Massachusetts and has been enjoying everything Vermont has to offer from skiing to Burlington community events to the views of the mountains over Lake Champlain.

In addition to supporting programs within the Center for Leadership and Innovation, she works on many programs within the environment portfolio.