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.
For over 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.