Adirondack Roundtable

The Adirondack Roundtable is an arts and humanities program modeled on Boston’s Copley Roundtable, a discussion group of civic leaders that would invite speakers to present at informal mid-week luncheons. Our Adirondack Roundtables are breakfast presentations, and each summer we bring three to four world-class presenters to speak on topics of national and international importance in the fields of politics and foreign policy, economics and finance, philosophy and philanthropy, and the visual and performing arts. John C. Bogle is Chair Emeritus of The Adirondack Roundtable.


Past Roundtable presenters include Andrew Lack (NBC News, SONY, Bloomberg News); Jack Bogle, (Founder and former President of Vanguard Funds); James Burrows (tv producer and director, Friends and Cheers ); Madeline Kunin, ( former Governor of Vermont and Ambassador to Switzerland); Gretchen Morgenson, (business writer for the New York Times); Paul Dunkell, (Chief Conductor, Westchester Symphony Orchestra); Sanford Weill, (former President, Citigroup); Chris Noth (actor); David Cuthell, (Turkish Studies professor and Director, Columbia University); and Jules B. Kroll, (world wide private investigator, detective, and security and risk evaluator)


Adirondack Roundtables are held in the Mountain View Room of the Whiteface Visitors and Conference Center on Main Street in Lake Placid. The programs begin at 8:30 a.m. with a buffet breakfast; speaker presentation starts at 9, lasts from 30-40 minutes, and is followed by an often spirited Q & A. session. The program ends by 10:30, but discussions at the tables may continue at will.

Audience is limited to 100. The cost of admission is $30 per person for each Roundtable if reserved ahead of time and $35 per person for walk-ins.




Saturday, July 7: John C. Bogle American investor, business magnate, and philanthropist. He is the founder and retired chief executive of  The Vanguard Group. Reflections on the Stock Market, a 70 Year Career and Placid Lake.“

Saturday, July 14: Peter Kiernan New York Times Award-winning author, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and adviser to businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations. “American Mojo Lost and Found. The Crush of Middle Class and Battling Their Way Back. What is Next?

Saturday, August 4: SPEAKER CHANGE- Dr. Lee Ann Sporn ** Dr. Sporn is a Professor of Biology and coordinator of the new Human Health and the Environmental Program at Paul Smith’s College and has collaborated with the New York State Department of Health for the past five years, studying the ecology of Lyme disease emergence in the North Country. “The Emergence of Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases in the North Country: Insights from the Field” is the topic of Dr. Sporn’s talk.  Dr. Curt Stager, originally scheduled for the August 4th Roundtable, will present next summer.
**Please Note: This Roundtable will be a held at The Lake Placid Crowne Plaza, 101 Olympic Dr, Lake Placid, NY





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2016 Adirondack Roundtable Recap:

Saturday, July 9Bob & Lee Woodruff – Journalists, Authors & Founders, The Bob Woodruff Foundation, “Standing Up for Heroes; Transforming the Lives of Veterans”
Lake Placid Conference & Visitors Center, Main Street

 Photos Courtesy of
Jordan Craig

Saturday, July 23: E. John Rosenwald, Vice Chairman JP Morgan & Jack Bogle, Chairman/Founder, The Vanguard Group “Wall Street & the Financial Markets: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow”
VENUE CHANGE – Simply Gourmet/Dack Shack, Saranac Ave
** Limited Seating, Reservations Encouraged**

 Photos Courtesy of
Jordan Craig

Saturday, August 6: Elaine Shannon, Journalist, Time Magazine “Financing War & Terrorism: The New Players”
Lake Placid Conference & Visitors Center, Main Street



For reservations or further information about the program (including any suggestions you might have for future Roundtables), please contact the Lake Placid Institute at 518-523-1312, or by regular mail at the Lake Placid Institute, P.O. Box 988, Lake Placid, NY 12946.