The 6th Annual 

– July 24 – 25, 2021 –

At the heart of our mission is the drive to support the women of Plymouth State by building a strong community, through mentorship, and philanthropic scholarship support. We do this by inspiring women to dedicate time to their personal wellness, to set an intention of growth, and build a network of support so they may thrive. In turn, we give back to help the next generation. Never before in the history of the Women’s Leadership Summit has this support been more critical.

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Weekend Agenda 

Saturday, July 24, 2021 

-Squam Lake Boat Cruise, 4:30 P.M.
Depart from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center boat launch
Charter on Squam Lake by the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. 
Laugh with friends over snacks and drinks while learning about the natural history of Squam Lake. We will Look for majestic Bald Eagles, and listen for the haunting call of Common Loons. Hear about the people who have lived on its rocky shores for over 5,000 years. Cruise this beautiful lake for approx 90 minutes, where On Golden Pond was filmed nearly 40 years ago.

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (603) 968-7194

-BBQ Dinner in Waterville Valley, 7:00 P.M.
Following the boat cruise, pack your cooler with your favorite beverages (BYOB) and join us out under the tent in Packard Field in Waterville Valley.  The Sunset Grill will be putting out some of their famous BBQ. Load up your plate, find a comfy spot, and reconnect with your WLS friends.

Parking for Packard Field is in the Golden Eagle Lodge Parking lot. 

Sunday, July 25, 2021

-Morning Gathering and Check-In, 7:45 A.M.
Packard Field under the tent, coffee station, activity check-in with group leaders, and  brief remarks

-Activities, 8:30 A.M.
Guests depart on their adventures
Click on each for  activity descriptions:

WLS Basecamp
Activity Leader: Anne Poirier of www.shapingperspectives.com 
Welcome to WLS Basecamp!  We ask only one thing: bring your unique self and an open mindset.  We will move through the day at your pace, sharing activities and information to support you on the most important journey we take…the journey through our lives.
Wear comfortable clothes, shoes, and a layer for being outside, and pack a snack for yourself, in case you get hungry on our journey.  Base camp will be a camp you won’t want to miss.

Yoga with a gentle hike
Activity Leader: Hellen Rita
Experience the power of a yoga practice dedicated to slowing down reconnecting and discovering the health benefits of innate, mindful movement. Following the yoga class, connect with nature by participating in a gentle hike in the valley.

Easy Hikes
Fletcher’s Cascade
Activity Leader: Dianne Rappa and Denise Normandin
This easy out and back hike heads up the Drakes Brook valley to the Fletchers Cascade, a picturesque series of chutes and ledges that begins on the boggy summit of Flat Mountain. This is a 3.2 mile out-and-back hike and takes approximately 1.5-2 hours.  
Distance: 3.2 miles

Big Pines Path
Activity Leaders: Patti Biederman and MarryLynn Costa
This is a short, easy out and back trail that leads to the banks of the Mad River where there are some enormous White Pine trees. Start your hike at the Livermore parking lot. You will walk in past the information stand and fee area and almost immediately take a left onto Livermore Road.

Moderate Hikes
Snow’s Mountain
Activity Leader: Julia LeFleur and Ava Tyler
Snows Mountain is one of the smaller, more humble mountains located within the White Mountains National Forest. This hike will take you to places such as Greeley Ledges, Elephant Rock, and Fletcher’s Cascade. These smaller and less popular locations give this mountain its charm. You don’t need to worry about finding more than a handful of other people on this mountain at any one time, even in peak hiking season. What it lacks in grandeur it makes up for in solitude and the quaint little landmarks that scatter its slopes. 3.8 miles 

Goodrich Rock
Activity Leader: Madeline McElaney and Jen Morris
The hike to Goodrich Rock begins in the Livermore Road parking lot. Walk past the information stand and fee area and turn left down the gravel path. After a short walk you will reach a small meadow with an intersection. You will then continue straight through the meadow, over a bridge, and back into the woods. Almost immediately after crossing the bridge you will take a left onto the Greeley Ponds Trail.  
The straight path, lined with pine trees, gently slopes uphill until joining with the banks of the mad river. Shortly after this, you will see the Goodrich Rock Trail on your left. The narrow trail climbs somewhat steeply up to a set of stone and wooden steps. From there it levels off, crosses a small brook, and leads you to the Davis Boulders. The trail winds through broken-open chunks of granite and under a cave-like passageway.  
After passing through the boulder field, you will re-enter a conifer forest. When Goodrich Rock comes into view, the trail will circle around the backside of the rock leading you to a wooden ladder. Climb up the ladder to the top of Goodrich Rock and enjoy the views of Waterville Valley Ski Resort, Tecumseh, the Sandwich Range and the valley below. As this is a frequently traveled destination, hikers are asked to be careful of the outcrop communities of lichen and balsam trees growing in this precipitous habitat. Distance is 3.9 miles.

The Scaur
Activity Leader: Lauren Lavigne and Sheryl Brochu 
The Scaur is a rocky hill that juts out of the northeast portion of the Valley. It offers beautiful views of the Ski Area, the Valley, and the Mountains that encircle it. Take in the wonderful views of Waterville Valley, Mount Tecumseh, and the Sandwich Range and then return the way you came. Or, if you would like to explore further, you could continue to follow Irene’s path to the Waterville Flume. Distance: 4.2 miles, about 2 hours moving time.

Panther Hunt Adventure Trail
Activity Leader: Matty Leighton and Alison Legor Darnell
Join us for the 3rd annual Panther Hunt Adventure Trail – a delightfully different WLS activity! Based on the English children’s game of Hares and Hounds, the PHAT is suitable for all ability levels. This lively walk/run in Waterville Valley led by two “hares” will challenge participants to collaborate, solve puzzles, and make it to the end of the trail together while having a great time. If you like scavenger hunts, puzzle games, and making new friends while enjoying the outdoors, the Panther Hunt Adventure Trail is for you! Length approximately 3 miles; options on trail will allow you to choose your difficulty level as you go. Short refreshment breaks included. Sturdy hiking shoes (waterproof a bonus!), insect repellent, sun screen, and tall socks recommended. Can you catch the hares? What will your Panther Name be? Find out on the Panther Hunt Adventure Trail!

Mountain Biking
Activity Leader: Allie Stoddard and Sarah Staub
https://www.waterville.com/biking

Come one, come all to experience the scenic trails at Waterville Valley by bike! Don’t have a bike? No problem! You can rent them at Waterville Valley’s Adventure Center $27/2 hrs or FREE with the Freedom Pass if you are staying at Waterville Valley. We will ride for about 2 hours, per the rental window, on a variety of fun trails. All riding abilities welcome!  There will be 2 leaders available for both an easy/scenic and a more strenuous/advanced ride. Additionally, there is an opportunity to ride the Snow’s Mountain Chairlift and do a downhill ride if there is interest ($15 for the lift pass or FREE with the Freedom Pass). 
Waterville Valley offers an exciting biking experience suited for all ages and ability levels. Become familiar with our town traveling on paved roads, pick up some speed on our lift serviced trail system, or explore the National Forest in a new way on the valley’s vast cross country trails. Bring your own bike or check out our well tuned rental fleet including road bikes, fat bikes, full suspension bikes, and more. 
The cost of bike rentals is: $27/2h or $32 for a 1/2 day. That is for a hard tail bike. If the rider wants to upgrade to a full-suspension or fat tire bike it is a bit more expensive.

-Lunch and Closing Remarks, 12:30 P.M. 
Packard Field under the tent, catered by the Sunset Grill with a variety of wraps, salads, and other goodies. Refuel after your morning activities and get together once more before departing. 

Please contact Lauren Lavigne if you have any questions
l_lavign@plymouth.edu | (603)535-2763 
 

Thank you to our generous 2021 sponsors!

Summit Sponsors: Mid-State Health Center

Presenting Sponsors: CG Studios, Shaping Perspectives, Hammond Wheeler RealtyPeabody & Smith Realty

Buffet Sponsors: Biederman’s Deli & Pub, Chase Street Market

Activity Sponsors: Basic Ingredients BakeryThe Common ManDressers UnlimitedSki FanaticsMinuteman Press, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Waterville Valley Recreation Department, Enlighten Nutrition & Wellness 

Women’s Circle of Giving Scholarship supports non-traditional (22 years of age and older) female students at Plymouth State, who have real financial need. Your contribution directly supports the education of women who are taking a chance and working hard to create a bright future by earning their degree. Join a circle of support from across the community united in the support of these deserving recipients.

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Join WLS in Supporting the Strength and Conditioning Open Laboratory 

WLS is proud to support the Strength & Conditioning Open Lab and future generations of leaders in wellness. We invite you to be e a part of WLS’s next philanthropic goal with a gift to the Strength & Conditioning Open Lab. 

The S&C Lab aligns itself with WLS’s values by:  

  • Contributing to the health and wellbeing of our PSU students, athletes, and alumni; 
  • Providing equity, space, and opportunities among learners and educators; 
  • Preparing students to become leaders in the health and human performance industries through state-of-the-art equipment, expert instruction, and endless opportunities to engage with the community through hands-on learning. 

Together, We Ascend. 

Questions?
Contact Lauren Lavigne at (603) 535-2763|l_lavign@plymouth.edu