SARANAC LAKE | Over 100 women attended the Women in Business Conference “Inspire and Ignite” on March 7 hosted by the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. The conference was held at the Paul Smith’s Visitor Interpretive Center and women from throughout the North Country attended to connect and learn through keynote speakers, guided networking, breakout sessions, and activities. The conference was held during National Women’s History Month and the day before International Women’s Day; the global holiday promoting the achievements of women and encouraging activism and equal rights.

Businesses large and small were represented; there were women who are running their own businesses to women representing large businesses including industries in hospitality, manufacturing, healthcare, local government, information technology, banking, education, real estate, outdoor recreation, non-profits, and more. Women traveled from Massena, Malone, Plattsburgh, Potsdam, Keene Valley, Watertown, Wilmington, Tupper Lake, Lake Placid, and Saranac Lake and surrounding areas to participate in the day. Keynote speaker Devan Robinson spoke about The Power of our Thoughts and emphasized how thoughts can be a force for both creation and destruction, shaping our actions and our success.

“I am absolutely blown away by the diversity of talents and experiences represented by the women of the Adirondacks. This conference has given us a powerful way to learn, grow and connect with each other,” said Mindy Audlin, morning keynote speaker and conference participant.

Three women were honored during the day with the Leadership and Impact awards. Lauren Richard, Small Business Services Coordinator from the Adirondack North Country Association, was awarded The Mountain Mover, an award that recognizes someone who brings her authentic self to the workplace. Lauren was described as kind, smart, and always willing to help anyone in need. She helps small businesses and entrepreneurs and goes above and beyond in many projects; she is truly a team player.

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