An Independent School • Grades 5-12

Lakeside Lecture Series

The Lakeside Lecture Series brings speakers of national renown to Lakeside to address the community on topics of interest. Speakers address students during the day, both at Upper School assemblies and in smaller groups, and speak to the larger Lakeside community in the evening.

Lakeside School alumni, parents and guardians, students, and faculty and staff are invited to attend evening lectures. Lectures are free of charge, and RSVPs are appreciated. When possible, we post videos of each evening event.

The remaining 2019-2020 Lecture Series speakers will be announced fall 2019. 

2019-2020 Lecture Speakers

Bill Gates '73

Dan Ayrault Memorial Lecture - celebrating Lakeside's centennial
Oct. 2, 2019

Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates '73 will speak about the transformative experience of his own Lakeside education, the role of liberal learning in an increas­ingly specialized society, and the extraordinary challenges and opportunities today's students will encounter in the coming decades. "As we look ahead into the next century," he has said, "leaders will be those who empower others." 

The Lakeside Lecture Series is made possible through individual endowments established by members of the Lakeside community. Each series has a distinct mission.

  • The Belanich Family Speaker on Ethics and Politics supports a lecture or debate on political, ethical, or philosophical subjects, with the intent of promoting open discussion.
  • The Mark J. Bebie ’70 Memorial Lecture sponsors speakers on topics related to the environment, technology, education, and other subjects that were of interest to Bebie.
  • The Dan Ayrault Memorial Endowed Lecture honors the memory of Dan Ayrault, head of school from 1969 to 1990. Honoring Ayrault’s passion for education, lectures are designed to foster a robust exchange of ideas.
The speaker selection committee includes 11 members drawn from the faculty, staff, parents/guardians, alumni, students, and trustees. They are tasked with selecting speakers from diverse backgrounds in order to expose Lakeside students to differing perspectives on a range of topics. Views and opinions expressed by speakers are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Lakeside School.

The committee is happy to receive suggestions for future speakers. Email the speaker selection committee at

Time: Lectures begin at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.

Location: St. Nicholas Hall, Lakeside Upper School

Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. RSVPs are appreciated. Contact us at 206-368-3606 to request special accommodations.