Our story begins in 1914 when, concerned about the social and political impact of economic change on the spirit of the industrial workforce, the lay leadership of the YMCA, including William E. Dodge, Jr., J. Pierpont Morgan, John Wanamaker and Cornelius Vanderbilt, influenced the YMCA to serve as a catalyst for defining and supporting positive employee practices in the emerging industrial workplace.
In 1918, the YMCA created a unique opportunity for industrial leaders to meet on the shores of Lake George to discuss the most pressing human issues in business. Early conference agendas addressed then controversial issues such as class struggle, collective bargaining, guaranteed minimum wage, experimentation in profit sharing, equal pay for women, and the abolition of child labor.
Over the decades, Silver Bay YMCA Conference and Family Retreat Center on the shores of Lake George has been the ideal location for team building & leadership training. Silver Bay’s waterfront campus is 700-acres within the Adirondack Park of New York State has a variety of accommodations for attendees to recharge. The site provides activities for all ages so that attendees can bring family members to build connections on a more personal level.
For 100 years the Leadership Forum has thrived based on a fundamental belief that LEADERSHIP MATTERS. Today, our purpose is to connect leaders who inspire meaningful change throughout the world and we are deeply proud of our legacy of leadership. We welcome all who share our passion to become part of this century old movement to recognize, develop, and support leaders through Incubating Leadership.