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Inspire & Ignite:
Women in Business Conference

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Friday March 7, 2025

This conference is open to women and all who identify as women.

Inspire & Ignite: A Conference for growth and inspiration for women in business. Join us for a day of networking, learning and empowerment with interactive workshops and panel discussions led by successful women in business.

Inspire & Ignite is an opportunity to build your professional skills, connect with women throughout the Adirondacks, and build bridges over the challenges we face in business.  

Women in Leadership and Impact Awards

Three amazing women are awarded at the conference for the The Mountain Mover, The Trailblazer, and The Pathfinder awards.

2024 Award Winners:

The Mountain Mover: Lauren Richard, Small Business Specialist with Adirondack North Country Association  

The Trailblazer:  Kelly Metzgar, Executive Director of Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance

The Pathfinder:  Lisa Brown, founder and CEO of CST Group


2024 Inspire & Ignite Conference

What our attendees said about the 2024 Inspire & Ignite Conference:  

“Inspire and Ignite Women in Business Conference was such an enriching experience. To be surrounded by strong, successful women who share like values and struggles in their professional and personal lives, was empowering.” – Laura LaBarge, Recreation Director Town of Tupper Lake.


"It was an incredible experience to see such camaraderie and support for fellow women in business coming together in a beautiful location. The sessions were well thought out, appealing to a variety of interests. Empowerment was the perfect way to end a great day!" – Holly Vassar, Hemisphere Business Solutions

"LOVED this event so much. I felt so connected to the women who presented and attended. It was inspiring and uplifting. Well done!!" - Anonymous


"Thanks to the SLACC for organizing this women's conference that I didn't know I needed until it was happening all around me.  I appreciated the company of many professional women from many walks of life, each of us sharing the conference experience.  The sessions were thoughtfully organized. Rachel and her team were agile when changes needed to be made.  There were so many delightful touches, from the tiny succulents donated by the excavator to the pink goodie bags to Mindy Audlin's jigsaw puzzle team-building game.  I look forward to next year!"  - Martha Spear, Martha Spear Consulting


"The Women's Business Conference put on by the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce was rewarding to say the least. Stepping into a room full of women pursuing their passions through business brought a levity of inspiration and motivation. The central intention of making connections to support one another weaved throughout our time together and left us feeling encircled with courage and confidence within community. Thank you so much and I hope this becomes an annual gathering!" - Colleen Corrigan, Sacred Explorations-Life Transitions Doula

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