Vermonter of the Month: Victoria Lloyd
Earlier this month, we celebrated World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and the one-year anniversary of the Attorney General Office’s Elder Protection Initiative (EPI). Over the last year, EPI has participated in statewide working groups, undertaken enforcement actions and criminal prosecutions, and advocated to strengthen laws and agency coordination to protect older Vermonters and vulnerable adults. Through this work, we met our June Vermonter of the Month, Victoria “Tori” Lloyd—a tireless advocate raising awareness and supporting prevention of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
After years in service to the State of Vermont as an investigator with Adult Protect Services, Tori formed a nonprofit group designed to bring together public and private stakeholders to prevent and mitigate financial exploitation. The group, Financial Abuse Specialist Team of Vermont or FAST, was formed in 2011 and seeks to end exploitation of elders and vulnerable Vermonters. Building on the success of the Vermont chapter, Tori formed FAST of America four years later in 2015, bringing her advocacy efforts and technical assistance nationwide.
Currently, FAST of Vermont is focused on educating professionals who provide direct services to older Vermonters about the topic of financial exploitation. It is also working to expand statewide coordination in addressing financial exploitation, including through the use of case reviews and the creation of a rapid response team to financial exploitation.
To that end, in June 2018, Tori organized a tristate conference on financial exploitation for Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine FAST members and other professionals (including the EPI) working to remedy and prevent the financial exploitation of elders. Tori’s organization, FAST of VT, also recently hosted a convening between the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and public and private stakeholders from across Vermont regarding the financial exploitation of older adults.
The need for advocacy like Tori’s is clear—by 2030, 1 in 3 Vermonters will be age 60 or older. Nationally, of this 60+ age cohort, 1 in 10 adults experience some form of mistreatment each year. This mistreatment can include physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment, financial exploitation (often by family members or caregivers), and psychological and emotional abuse.
Thank you, Tori, for fighting to ensure that older and vulnerable Vermonters are able to age with justice, dignity, and respect.WEB
Women's Economic Opportunity Conference
Senator Leahy has proudly hosted the Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference (WEOC) for more than 20 years. Each year this highly anticipated event brings together hundreds of Vermont women for a full day of workshops and presentations on how to navigate workplaces, grow businesses and succeed in a modern economy.
Since 2017 WEOC has partnered with Change The Story VT, an initiative to make sure that policy, programs and philanthropy are working together to improve women’s economic status in Vermont. This natural alliance has allowed WEOC to offer more workshops and reach more women across the state. The first year of this partnership alone yielded workshops from how to negotiate higher salaries, to being mindful while leading companies.
This conference supports and encourages women wherever they are in their careers, with resources and workshops for women at all stages of professional and personal development. Whether networking to find a job, navigating a difficult workplace or launching a home business, WEOC has a workshop to help out.
Each year the conference features a keynote address where speakers offer personal stories and life lessons to motivate and inspire. Past keynote speakers include Mary Alice McKenzie, Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, VPR’s Jane Lindholm, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and equal pay activist Lilly Ledbetter.
“The talented speakers and enlightening workshops at the Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference reflect the depth of talent, professionalism and entrepreneurial spirit of women in our great state,” Senator Leahy said. “Vermont has made significant progress encouraging female entrepreneurs, but we cannot turn back the clock. I am proud to encourage the continued growth of women-led businesses and the success of female professionals.”
Protect Your Family's Money from Scammers and Fraudsters will be presented by Victoria Lloyd. Victoria Lloyd, Esq. is the founder and principal of Athena Advocacy, which focuses on providing guardianship, fiduciary, and care advocacy services. She leads a team serving clients throughout New England with individually tailored services. Victoria is also called upon to provide training on financial exploitation for private sector entities, law enforcement, and public agencies. Ms. Lloyd founded and has chaired FAST (Financial Abuse Specialist Team) of Vermont since 2012.
The conference is held at the Vermont Technical College in Randolph and is offered at no charge for registration or lunch.WEB
National Guardianship Association ConferenceWEB
Vermont Ethics Network
The Vermont Ethics Network website contains information and resources on advance directives, health care decision making, and current topics related to health care ethics, end-of-life care, palliative care and pain management.WEB
What is NAPSA?
The National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) is a national non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization with members in all fifty states. Formed in 1989, the goal of NAPSA is to provide Adult Protective Services (APS) programs a forum for sharing information, solving problems, and improving the quality of services for victims of elder and vulnerable adult mistreatment. Its mission is to strengthen the capacity of APS at the national, state, and local levels, to effectively and efficiently recognize, report, and respond to the needs of elders and adults with disabilities who are the victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, and to prevent such abuse whenever possible.WEB