Past Events​​

The Women's Leadership Initiative invites you to our 3rd Annual Wine and Cheese Social

 Thursday, September 6th @ 5:30PM
MacAllaster House: St. Lawrence University
54 E. Main Street, Canton 
Keynote Speaker:
Erin Draper, Managing Director, Clarkson Ignite
Formerly Director of the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship at Clarkson University 
This event will “kick-off” our 2018-19 professional women’s programming series. 
Learn more about networking opportunities WLI offers professional women of the North Country throughout the year
as well as ways to get involved in our organization.  
Please RSVP by Friday, August 31 to Samantha Johnson at [email protected]
We encourage you to spread the word and bring friends who might like to join the fun!

Relaxation & Conversation

Wed. 4..18.18 | 5:30-6:30PM | Jernabi Coffee House, Potsdam​​

Facilitated by: Dr. Zhaleh Semnami-Azad & Dr. Sahar Milani


Women Entrepreneurs of the North Country

​SAT. 3. 24.18 | 10:00—11:30AM | Jake's on the Water,  Hannawah Falls

Christine Compeau, Jake's on the Water
Kristy Hayes, Taglio Salon
Meg Kenniston, Noco Made
Audrey Roberts, Maple Rock B&B
Molly Williams, Millennial Currency

Sponsored by SUNY Canton

Community Connections Conference

Friday-Saturday, November 3-4, 2017
Location: SUNY Potsdam

Taking Flight: Breaking Barriers

On November 3rd a group of professional women heard from Kathryn Hughes,  aircraft senior counsultant and occupational medicine physician, and on November 4th college women also heard from Kathryn Hughes

Let's Unwind: Networking Happy Hour

​Come network with professional women in the area during this casual happy hour filled with nice conversation, snacks, and wine! 

5:00PM—6:30PM on Friday, October 20, 2017
@ High Peaks Winery, 805 Pickle St.. Winthrop, NY

Cooking Demo & Tips for Busy Women

​Rosie of Big Spoon Kitchen will offer valuable tips on saving time with meal prep, and how to eat healthy on a tight schedule. Join her for a cooking demo, recipe ideas, and a sampling of some delicious dishes to make when time is scarce. Cost is FREE for YWLI members.

5:00PM—6:00PM on Thursday, September 21, 2017
@ Big Spoon Kitchen, 6510 State Highway 56, Potsdam, NY

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2017 Professional Women's Series

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Location: Mama Lucia's, Potsdam

Leading From the Bottom Up:
How to Take a Leadership Role Without the Title

Join NCYWLI for our March gathering as part of our Spring 2017 Professional Women's Series.

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Panel Discussion

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Location: St. Lawrence University

Achieving Work-Life Balance

Mental health, physical health, and family. Can you really do it all? Come hear from Beth Larabee, Associate Director of Career Services at St. Lawrence University and Julia Rapczynski, Wellness Coordinator/ Counselor at SUNY Potsdam on how they've been able to achieve a healthy work-life balance.

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Coffee Gathering

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Location: SUNY Canton

White House Amplification

Please join the professional women of the Young Women's Leadership Institute for an informal networking event where Dr. Dayle Smith, Dean School of Business from Clarkson University will lead a discussion on the White House Amplification strategy.

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Community Connections Conference

Friday-Saturday, November 4-5, 2016
Location: SUNY Canton

Unapologetically YOU:
Breaking Through, Taking Risks, and Being Authentic

On November 4th a group of professional women heard from Deirdre (Dede) Scozzafava, Commissioner of the New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal, and on November 5th college women heard from Sarah Angel-Johnson, Girl Scouts of the USA Chief Alumnae Officer.

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Community Connections Conference

Friday-Saturday: November 6-7, 2015
Location: SUNY Canton and Clarkson

Women of Resilience

Brought together college students from the Associated Colleges, Paul Smith’s College and women leaders from the Canton-Potsdam area.To kick-off the event, Mary Peterson, Commissioner at Vermont Department of Taxes, was our keynote speaker on Friday, November 6 at 4:00 p.m. at SUNY Canton. On Saturday, November 7, we had the opportunity to empower our students through workshops, a panel discussion and networking reception. We had a number of highly motivated women who facilitated the workshops.

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Community Connections Conference

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Location: St. Lawrence University

Brought together students from the four colleges and women leaders from the community to discuss women’s leadership, initiate mentoring relationships, and offer ideas about future programming.  Approximately 100 students participated in the conference along with 25 women leaders.  The speakers for the event were Dr. Dayle Smith, Dean of the School of Business at Clarkson University and Dr. Kristin Esterberg, President of SUNY Potsdam.