Women’s Lecture Series

Women are amazing! Each Tuesday this summer we will host a remarkable woman who will speak on an interesting topic of their choice. Come early and enjoy a fabulous buffet meal.   Dinner is served at 6pm in the Program Tent, followed by our lecture. Price to attend the dinner and lecture is $20.00, and must be paid upon reservation. Lectures can be attended for $10.00 if dinner is full. These events sold out each week last summer, so don’t wait to register. Refunds will only be given if the reservation is cancelled at least 48 hours in advance. Men may attend in July, if accompanied by a woman. Please call 518-668-9690 to make a reservation or use the links below.  Planning to register for all the talks click here

2018 Women’s Lecture Schedule

June 26 – Melissa Clark, Founder of The She Shift
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Melissa Clark is founder of The She Shift. Melissa offers products and services, to promote and empower women and businesswomen. Services include business consulting, speaking presentations, empowering books, a podcast and inspirational apparel. Melissa will share her story, experiences and what led her to The She Shift, in hopes of inspiring and empowering other women.

Melissa has 15 years of marketing experience and prides herself on being authentic and professionally relatable. With these attributes, Melissa has established a strong network of connections and business relationships, in addition to a large social media following. In addition to Melissa’s marketing experience, she is a certified Reiki level one and two practitioner. Reiki is a Japanese healing art, focusing on balancing energy. Melissa is also an author, released her first children’s book, in 2015 and Melissa is working on books for women in business. Melissa is also a mentor for young women and entrepreneurs. She has a background in communications, fundraising and event planning.

Melissa is involved with several networking groups and has been named a “Woman of Distinction,” by “Women of Distinction” magazine and “Ms. New York, Woman of Achievement” for 2016, by the Woman of Achievement organization, in addition to receiving many other honors, including being named one of the, “100 Empowering Women,” of her college sorority, in honor of their centennial year. Melissa’s passion and mission, with The She Shift, is to inspire and empower other women and assist them in building their authentic self and/or business.


July 3 – Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Landscape Painter
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Jane returns for her third year in Wiawaka’s Artist in Residence Program and will share her experiences of being a female artist in the 21st century. A life-long resident of New York’s Hudson Valley, Jane Bloodgood-Abrams paints landscapes inspired by the Northeastern US as well as the works of 19th Century artists, including the Hudson River School, Luminist and Tonalist painters. The artist received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and a Bachelor of Studio Artsdegree from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. She was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists, and is listed in “Who in American Art” Ms. Bloodgood-Abrams’ work has been chosen for numerous regional, national, and international exhibitions, including the New York State Biennial, The Mohawk -Hudson Regional, The Bienniale in Florence Italy, as well as exhibitions in Austria and Germany. She has been an Artist in Residence through the Catskill Center and was selected for a Rhine-Hudson Artist Exchange in Cologne, Germany. The artist has been awarded grants from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and was recently a finalist for the prestigious Basil H. Alkazzi Award for Excellence. Jane Bloodgood-Abrams paintings’ are included in numerous corporate, museum and private collections.

July 10 – Lisa Adamson, Curator
This lecture is sold out
The Lake George Historical Society’s Lisa Adamson will present a presentation on Teri Gay’s research and the book the Historical Society published about Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz in Lake George… “Spirit of Presence and Place”. The book “is an overview of our area and how the geography of place impacted the artists, and how their” presence” impacted our history,” said Adamson.
Lisa Adamson is the curator of the Lake George Historical Museum located on Canada Street in Lake George Village.


July 17 – Marta Szabo, Writer-artist
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Marta Szabo, author of the memoirs The Guru Looked Good and The Imposters, co-director of Authentic Writing, will describe the curving journey of her writer’s life. Along the way she will discuss what she has learned about what it means to be a writer-artist, the difference between writing and publishing, what the bright lights, black holes and blind alleys are in a lifelong artistic pursuit. Marta is known for her ability to connect with an audience, to bring forth what we have in common, and to ignite the natural flame of inspiration and creativity burning uniquely in each person.

July 24 – Laura Griffen-McDermott, Cornell Cooperative Extension
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No longer business as usual. Laura McDermott, Cornell Cooperative Extension regional agriculture specialist and member of the Climate Smart Farming team, will talk about the extensive evidence of an increasingly erratic climate and how this effects local, national and worldwide agriculture including your backyard garden.  Ms. McDermott will discuss ways that farmers, gardeners and all food consumers can take advantage of changes while also decreasing their contribution to disastrous consequences.  She will demonstrate some of the tools available to farmers to help them navigate this challenging situation.


July 31 – Carol McCarthy, Professor Emeritus
This lecture is sold out

Carol will present her  “Mansions of Millionaires’ Row on Lake George” presentation.  Lake George and Millionaires’ Row has such rich history, stories and historical significance that needs to be shared. Please join us for a journey of elegance and history while Carol McCarthy takes us on a “tour” of selected mansions on Millionaires’ Row on Lake George.  A few of the elegant mansions that have survived in some way since the turn of the 20th century will be explored through a series of vintage photos. Please dress in Victorian garb or a hat to add to the festivities if you like.
Carol McCarthy is a Professor Emeritus in the Business Administration Department of Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York.  McCarthy is a strong women’s advocate and has served on the Board of Wiawaka Center for Women on Lake George for over a decade. Carol is a frequent lecturer on the History of Millionaires’ Row and the History of the Sagamore Hotel. Carol has been fortunate enough to live on two of the Millionaires’ Row properties and has spent many years enjoying the splendor of Lake George


August 7 – Sandra Weber, Storyteller 
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In this lively program of portrayals, stories and songs, Sandra Weber presents the wild spirit of Adirondack women. Dressed in period costume, she delivers dramatic narratives of women such as pancake-flipper Mother Johnson, poet/model Jeanne Robert Foster, TB patient Martha Reben, suffrage martyr Inez Milholland, abolitionist Mary Brown, and hotelier Lydia Smith. Audience members have commented: “Sandra Weber is a stitch.” “I didn’t know that women’s history could be so exciting and fun.” “Best show I have ever seen. “ “Your enthusiasm and passion for these women spreads to the audience and they carry it home in their hearts.” Sandra Weber of Elizabethtown has spent more than twenty years as an author and independent scholar with a focus on the Adirondack Mountains and women’s history. Her books include: Breaking Trail: Remarkable Women of the Adirondacks (co-author, Peggy Lynn), Mount Marcy, The Finest Square Mile, Adirondack Roots, and The Woman Suffrage Statue


August 14 –  No lecture due to Lake George Music Festival Concert

August 21 – Fannie Glover, Understanding Four Generations in the Workplace
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This workshop identifies generational differences as they currently exist in today’s workforce.  It examines four generations:  Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen X’ers, and Gen Y’ers populations.  Participants learn how age differences in the workplace can positively impact productivity, quality and the relationships between work teams and managers.  Each generation’s value system development is explored with regard to its behavioral influences at work.  Through the use of varied activities, and discussions; participants learn and further develop strategies to motivate and interact with generation more effectively. 

Ms. Glover is the Director of Business Leader Engagement/Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the Early Care and Learning Council in Albany, NY.  She is heavily experienced in human resources, management and strategic planning.


August 28, Kate Dudding, Storyteller
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Award winning storyteller Kate Dudding shares stories of women —  well-known Mary Martin, and  lesser known Barbara Johns, Jerrie Cobb, Ruth Coker Burke and Olivia Bouler. Once you’ve heard their stories, you’ll never forget them.
From Clifton Park, NY, Kate Dudding specializes in true stories about people who made a difference. She has told stories at many venues in the Northeastern US. Each of her first four CDs has received a national storytelling award. In 2010, she won the story slam (competition) at the National Storytelling Conference in Los Angeles. Visit her web site http://www.KateDudding.com to watch her tell some of her stories.