Fireside Chats

Fireside Chat at 2015 Women and Leadership ConferenceFireside chats, planned Sunday and Tuesday evenings at the conference are smaller more intimate gatherings that are typically among the most talked about highlights of the conference. This year's Fireside Chats will take place in a variety of locales on campus, rather than in front of an actual fireplace, but will maintain the same flavor and feeling as past years. They are sure to be inspirational as well as thought-provoking — and, as a bonus, can be extraordinary venues for networking!

Women's Leadership and the Arts

Susan MadsenSunday 11 June | 7:30 – 9:00 pm | Lake Theater

Facilitator: Susan Madsen, Utah Valley University

This fireside chat will highlight the talents of 10-12 conference attendees. It will be an evening of music, poetry, readings, and more. All of the pieces being performed will be original works focused on women and leadership. Susan Madsen, the host of this session, will be performing a song she has written for the event, alongside a host of other talented conference attendees. Come, relax, and enjoy!

Performers (in order of performance):
Jan Cardwell, "Future Women Leader's Fashion Forecase" (Art)
Cathleen Clerkin, "I'm Still Here: Women, Resilience, and Art" (Art)
Anne Muli, "I am Girl, I am Woman" (Poem)
Kristi Kremers, "You Are Made of Stars" (Reading)
Rebeccah Nelems, "The Claim" (Music)
Cindy Pavell, "Living in the Hallway" (Poem)
Barrie Zucal, "She Leads" (Poem)
Randal Thompson, "The Reflection in the Mirrors is What Others See" (Reading)
Val Swan, "Where I'm From" (Poem)
Susan Madsen, "The Call" (Music)


Val-Kill Eleanor Roosevelt Life and Home

Manuela RooseveltSunday 11 June | 7:30 – 9:00 pm | Ram Dass Library

Facilitators: Manuela Roosevelt, The Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership

Frank Futral, The National Park Service

"The greatest thing I have learned is how good it is to come home again." Eleanor Roosevelt

Frank FutralThis simple statement expresses Eleanor's love for the modest house she called Val-Kill. The only National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady, Val-Kill welcomes visitors in the style of Mrs. Roosevelt. Hosted by family member Manuela Roosevelt, Val-Kill Board Chair, and Frank Futral, a material culture historian with the National Park Service specializing in the interpretation of America social history, attendees will hear personal stories and learn about the partnership founded by another former first lady, Hillary Clinton. Expect to be inspired by the courageous leadership embodied by Eleanor Roosevelt, her social justice advocacy, and her enduring legacy. You will also learn how an all-volunteer organization transitioned to a non-profit in public-private partnership and models collaborative co-sponsorships in this fireside chat.

Frank Futral is a material culture historian specializing in the interpretation of America social history. He grew up in Houston, Texas and received his B.A. in American Studies and M.A. in Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. He moved to the Hudson Valley 18 years ago to join the staff at Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites as Curator. Frank has developed several exhibits for the National Park Service on the topic of Val-Kill. He writes and lectures on craft, furniture and decoration, historic landscapes and gardens, entertaining and domestic service. Frank also serves as co-leader of the National Park Service LGBTQ Employee Resource Group. He currently resides in Kingston, New York.


Remember Who You Are

Gloria BurgessSunday 11 June | 7:30 – 9:00 pm | Sanctuary

Facilitator: Gloria Burgess, Seattle University

Gloria J. Burgess loves nothing more than inspiring you to create a bridge from what was… to what is... to what can be. This fireside chat is an invitation to step into gracious space to remember who you are and remember your soul's desire. Using reflection, music, images, poetry, and conversation, we will embrace an attitude of learning and leading that will equip you to serve as an instrument of healing and transformation. Gloria is the best-selling author of Legacy Living, Flawless Leadership, and Dare to Wear Your Soul on the Outside.


Courage on the Front Line

Clare ShineTuesday 13 June | 7:30 – 9:00 pm | Cabin by the Field

Facilitator: Clare Shine, Salzburg Global Seminar

In these polarized times, the gains made by women in their organizations, communities, and personal lives can no longer be taken for granted. Looking up and out, engaged women and men have the opportunity and the responsibility to break the mold and maintain momentum for next generations. Clare Shine sees being yourself, accepting your multiple identities, as a key asset and source of courage for effective leadership. Now running a distinguished nonprofit that challenges present and future leaders to tackle issues of global concern, Clare will draw on stories from her unusual career to explore ways in which women from all walks of life can 'bend the curve' and accelerate positive change.


Four Decades of Winemaking: One Woman's Story of Wine, Women, and Politics

Phyllis FederTuesday 13 June | 7:30 – 9:00 pm | Ram Dass Library

Facilitator: Phyllis Feder, Clinton Vineyards

I remember the Fireside Chats of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and often wondered if Eleanor was the inspiration behind these messages as she was a remarkable woman and great communicator. I am delighted to be part of this event. My topic will be "Wine, Women, and Politics" wherein I will share my experiences with mentoring and leading other women within the field and anecdotes associated with all three arenas.

Phyllis Feder happily joins the ranks of women of "a certain age." And, although she does not share equal billing with the likes of Hillary Clinton and Gloria Steinem, she takes pride in the accomplishments of women in all spheres of creative and innovative thinking. Her career has embraced work in the non-profit sector and as a principle with the world-famous graphic design group, Push Pin Studios. In 1988, Phyllis married Ben Feder and joined in expanding the reputation of Clinton Vineyards and Winery as a leading part of agriculture in Dutchess County. At age 81, she is the most senior owner and operator of a vineyard in New York and possibly the United States.


Leadership: A Matter of How to Be

Frances HesselbeinTuesday 13 June | 7:30 – 9:00 pm | Sanctuary

Facilitator: Frances Hesselbein, Frances Hesselbein Institute

Leaders who are women bring a special dimension to the work of their organizations. Diversity of gender, race, culture, and background in our leadership teams strengthens and enriches our organizations, but that is not the reason leaders who are women, do what they do. Frances Hesselbein will share leadership imperatives in a time as challenging and as difficult as any of us have faced in a long time.