Star Speakers Confirmed & Invited
JUNE 26 – 28, 2015
NEW THIS YEAR!!! ALL SUMMIT ACTIVITIES UNDER ONE ROOF!! Colorado Convention Center – Mile High Ballroom, Breakout Rooms, Bellco Theater, Concourses and Food Service Open for our Use
This is a Draft Program Blueprint, Subject to Change
Hyatt Regency is the conference hotel for lodging and pre/post Summit hospitality.
|| Friday 6/26
||Exhibitor Move-In, Food Concession Open
||Citizen Action Workshops A (11 options)
||Break, Sponsor/Host Suite open – all weekend, sponsored – set lounge style with conversation
and work areas
||-Citizen Action Workshops B (11 options)
-Engage 2 Win -Melanie Sturm
||Break (expanded Food Concessions open, entertainment in Exhibit Area), box office open
||Ticketed Reception for Host Committee and Sponsor only — Mile High Ballroom at the
||Summit Vision Dinner Mile High Ballroom Convention Center for Host Committee and
-Hugh Hewitt, national radio talk show host, Salem Broadcasting Network, “The Conservative Challenge for 2016”
||Bellco Doors Open
||Summit Grand Opening
-Rafael Cruz, father of presidential candidate Ted Cruz, “Why I Chose America”
-Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder, Tea Party Patriots, “Calling all Patriots”
-Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator, “How I Would Lead” with Q&A by
-Byron York, columnist Washington Examiner and Fox News contributor
||-Speaker Book Signings
-Movies – up to four films, all in Convention Center
-Red Carpet Media Party Bellco Lobby Lounge Area for Teens
-Under 30 Reception – Mile High Ballroom Pre-Function Area
||Sponsor/Host Suite closes at Convention Center, Parties and movies over
||Exhibits Open, Ballroom Doors Open, Host/Sponsor Suite Open
||Plenary Session A
-Tony Perkins, Family Research Council, “Faith, Family and Freedom Indivisible”
-Panel: “Decline of the Mainstream Media” featuring:
-Larry Solov, president/CEO, Breitbart News Network
–Warren Smith, vice president, World News Group
–Nick Adams, best-selling Australian author, columnist and commentator
-Ronald Lauder, American businessman and president of the World Jewish Congress, “The Fatal Triangle: Israel, Iran, America”
-Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor, “How I Would Lead” with Q&A by Byron York
-Carly Fiorina, former CEO, Hewlett-Packard, “How I Would Lead” with Q&A by Byron York
||-Lunch Break – Exhibits Open – Book signings
-Summit Vision Luncheon: “Why the Left Wants to End Discussion”
-Guy Benson, political editor, Townhall magazine
-Mary Katharine Ham, editor-at-large, Hot Air and contributing editor, Townhall
||-Plenary Session B, beverages provided, banquet seating
-Rick Perry, former Texas governor, “How I Would Lead” with Q&A by Byron York
-Arthur Brooks, president, American Enterprise Institute, “Opening the Conservative Heart”
-Panel: “A Roadmap for Replacing Obamacare” featuring:
-Philip Klein, author, Overcoming Obamacare
-John Goodman, author, A Better Choice: Health Care Solutions for America
||Break – Book Signings, Exhibits Open
||-Citizen Action Workshops C (11 options)
-Engage2Win- Mealanie Sturm
-Hispanic Freedom Rally and Concert, Libertad Vive’ Festival”
-Daniel Garza, Libre Initiatiave, plus the
-Alex Campos Band (Alex Campos is a Columbian Christian singer, nominated for a Latin Grammy)
||-Leadership Awards Banquet– all Hosts/Sponsors, Gold Passes, plus all who purchase the
optional ticket. Convention Center Mile High Ballroom
–David Horowitz, The Freedom Center, “Winning the War of Ideas”
-Food concessions and entertainment in the lobbies – box office open
||Summit Gala Evening
-Dr. Ben Carson, author and retired neurosurgeon, “How I Would Lead” with Q&A by Byron York
-Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, “How I Would Lead” with Q&A by Hugh Hewitt
||4 movies in the convention center
||Fitness or Recreational option
||-Exhibits and Registration Open
-Doors Open and Breakfast Snacks – Mile High Ballroom Convention Center
||Plenary Session C
-Interfaith Chapel with Spencer Tillman, CBS Sports analyst and former NFL running back, “Scoring in the Red Zone”
-Katie Pavlich, Fox News, debates “Gun Control Endangers Us All,” vs. opponent to be announced
-Panel: “Restoring a Dynamic Economy”
-Larry Kudlow, news anchor The Kudlow Report, CNBC, author, columnist and
-Arthur Laffer, economist and former member of President Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board
-Steve Moore, Forbes contributor and distinguished visiting fellow, The
-Dick Morris, political author, commentator and former advisor to President Bill Clinton; “Conservative Call to Action”
||-Summit Capstone Session
-Speakers: Nigel Farage
-Conservative Job Fair sponsored by Leadership Institute in rooms 702-706
||Optional meetings/Engage 2 Win Persuasion Bootcamp
*Childcare onsite via licensed sub-contractor option–Call 303-963-3424 for more information
Book Your Stay at the Denver Hyatt Regency
The 2015 Western Conservative Summit will be held near the Hyatt Regency in downtown Denver. The Denver Hyatt Regency boasts some of the most spectacular views of the Denver Skyline and is close to many other fantastic downtown Denver attractions.
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
650 15th Street
Denver, CO 80202
If calling in your reservation be sure to mention that you are with the “Centennial Institute – Western Conservative Summit 2015″.
Driving Directions & Map
2015 Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities Reach 4000 Activated Citizens from all over the West!
Exhibit booths start at $750. Exhibitors can attend Summit sessions with an Exhibitor Silver Pass for another $100
If you have questions about being an Exhibitor for the Summit, please contact:
Sponsorships start at $10,000, program ads at $1,500, host committee memberships at $10,000. Each includes all Summit sessions.
For more information about being a Corporate Sponsor for the Western Conservative Summit 2015, please review the Sponsorship Information Brochure and the Sponsorship Opportunities Form.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please complete the Sponsorship Agreement Form
If you have questions about sponsorships, ads, or host committee, please contact:
Shining City Scholarships
High School Juniors & Seniors attend the Summit for free!
2015 Western Conservative Summit: “Your Story: Freedom Alive”
Colorado Convention Center: June 26-28, 2015
The West’s premiere gathering of leaders in policy, culture and American enterprise. Students will meet and hear from high profile officials, influencers and media personalities. Small group discussions will zero in on current issues of the day in the context of expert presentations.
Every student will learn how our government works, increase their grasp of history and understand America’s economic engine. Ideas and materials presented at the Summit will add value to school assignments, college applications, discussion and debates. For Shining City Scholars, the meals will be provided, as well as a couple of dynamic social gatherings.
If you know a bright high school student, urge them to apply!
A regular registration including meals, materials and all sessions sells for $475. The Scholarship program enables select high school students to attend at no cost.
Guidelines and Overview for Shining City Scholarships
Shining City Scholarship students will check in at the Western Conservative Summit with the student coordinator and will be expected to stay and participate in all summit events and discussion groups.
Schedule and Times:
Friday afternoon, scholars will need to check in between 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency and will have a Shining City Scholars orientation at 4:30 p.m. Scholars will have a dinner provided before the program at Bellco Theater that night. Event will end and scholars will be able to be picked up at 10:30 p.m.
Saturday morning, check in will be at 8:45 a.m. Attendance is required for the entire day and all programs. Students will be ready for pickup at the Bellco at 9:30 p.m. Meals provided.
Sunday morning, check in is at 8:45 a.m., the program will conclude by 1:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency.
Transportation and lodging will not be provided. Families are responsible for student’s transportation and lodging. If your scholar wishes to stay downtown at the hotel, parents are responsible for their arrangements and overnight supervision. Parents of Shining City Scholarship qualify for the Silver Pass discount price. Discounted hotel reservations available at (888) 421-1442.
Students are expected to be attentive and dress business casual while in attendance at the summit.
Shining City Scholarship students will complete a brief assignment at the end about their experience while at the Summit and what they learned and can take away from their experience. Scholars will receive a certificate from Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University verifying their successful completion of the program and weekend.
Applying for the Shining City Scholarship
To apply for Shining City Scholarships, visit the Summit Registration website or contact email@example.com
Frequently Asked Questions 2015
Food and Attire
What meals and food are included?
Light snacks and beverages will be provided throughout the weekend in the Mile High Ballroom. Summit attendees will find or bring their own meals during program breaks at the lunch and dinner times.** A number of food and beverage concessions will be open all weekend at the Convention Center. There are many options in downtown Denver for dinner and lunch. There will be no general sessions going on during the meal times – instead everyone will have a chance to stretch their legs, visit exhibits, connect with colleagues and discuss the sessions over independent meals.
EXCEPTIONS – **Those who purchase passes or tickets with special meals included.
**Students attending the Summit as part of the Young Conservatives Leadership Conference and students attending as Shining Future Scholars will have special arrangements which include their meals while at the Summit.
**Sunday morning the refreshments in the general session will be similar to a light Continental Breakfast available to all attendees.
Where can we go to get our meals?
Multiple food concessions will be open on-site. There are dozens of eateries for all styles and price ranges within walking distance of the Convention Center. We will provide a map with multiple options listed and pinpointed with your final confirmation materials. You are also welcome to bring your own “picnic.”
What is the Dress Code?
In general, our Summit delegates choose business casual attire. As with any event held in a ballroom or theater, a light sweater or jacket is recommended for temperature fluctuations. Comfortable shoes are recommended for enjoying the exhibit area and for walking throughout the Convention Center. Denver in summer can present delightful late afternoon rain showers, so an umbrella is not a bad idea.
(Shuttles and assistance for transit between the hotel and the Convention Center will be provided for those who need/prefer not to walk or in case of weather.)
Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center
The Summit headquarters hotel provides a lovely and convenient way to get the most from the event. Special group rates are available by calling 1-888-421-1442. Hotel reservations are separate from Summit registration and are the responsibility of each individual/group.
Other options for Local Lodging
Denver does have many other lodging choices in the downtown area as well as the suburban areas served by the light rail transit system. For a list of campgrounds and RV parks, click here.
Location and Logistics
All programs and exhibits at the Convention Center! New this year!
Registration, Exhibits, Workshops, Summit headquarters, Refreshments will all be at the Colorado Convention Center.
What about parking?
The Colorado Convention Center has self-parking on site. Rates are as follows:
– Up to 8 hours: $12.00, Up to 12 hours: $15.00, up to 18 hours: $17.00 and up to 24 hours: $25.00
– There are a number of public pay lots throughout downtown.
Is parking included for hotel guests?
Hotel guests will pay the same flat daily rate as visitors to the hotel, and it will be added to your hotel bill.
Can I get there using public transportation?
Yes! There are 2 light rail (RTD) stops within a block of the Convention Center. For schedules and maps go to www.rtd.denver.com
Colorado Convention Center meets ADA standards for accessibility in its rooms and public areas. Event team members will be available to assist.
Need airport transportation?
There is no shuttle provided by the Hyatt Regency. We suggest Super Shuttle, taxi or private car.
Money and Registration
Are there refunds if I’m unable to attend?
Through April 24 – full refund less a 25% cancellation fee
April 25 – June 19 – full refund less a 50% cancellation fee
After June 19– no refunds
You may substitute or transfer your registration to another person at any time by calling 866-455-8500 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there books/videos/products for sale at the Summit?
There will be a bookstore throughout the Summit, as well as a number of exhibitors who will bring a variety of interesting, informative or just-for-fun offerings including attire, jewelry, accessories and stickers. Speakers’ books, CD’s and DVD’s will be available. DVD sets of the Summit sessions will also be available for purchase onsite and after the event. Most will accept cash, credit or check.
Program and Schedule
How will I know who is speaking when? Who are your confirmed speakers?
We maintain a somewhat flexible agenda in order to accommodate last minute availability of special and high profile speakers. Although unconventional and a bit nerve wracking, the benefits of our flexibility more than outweigh the mild uncertainty as we discover what wonderful surprises develop.
Are there breakout sessions or small group discussions?
The primary programs for the Summit are the plenary/general session events in the Convention Center Mile High Ballroom and the Bellco Theater at the Convention Center. Everyone at these events will hear the same message at the same time. Seating in the Ballroom is at round tables and seating at the Bellco is theater style with excellent sightlines from anywhere in the house. Some speakers will engage in Q & A from the floor or via text/twitter submissions. Networking and visiting is encouraged during the breaks. There will be a number of book signing meet and greet opportunities with select speakers.
In addition to the large general sessions, there will be a range of workshops every afternoon. These workshops allow for more interaction and discussion with each other and with the presenters.
Can children attend the Summit?
Teens and young teens will find the program engaging and we welcome them to register at the highly discounted Under-30 Silver Pass rate. Young people age 16 – 20 should also consider registering for the Young Conservatives Leadership Conference for the full week, which includes the Summit (yesevents.com/WCS2015). High School juniors and seniors may also apply to participate in the Summit as a “Shining Future Scholar” (contact email@example.com).
We do not suggest bringing young children who would find the proceedings too long for their attention span or who would create a distraction by their presence. This year, KiddieCorp is pleased to provide a children’s program during the Centennial Institute’s Western Conservative Summit 2015. You can learn more and register for childcare here.
For a concentrated dip into the Summit without a full registration, kids and family members may enjoy a single evening ticket for the Bellco Theater on Friday night or Saturday night only. These single event tickets at $25 each allow for a fun and informative night out without committing to the entire Summit. This is a great option if your family has sports tournaments and games, races or other programming going on that weekend.
We welcome credentialed media at the Western Conservative Summit. Please contact Jim Czupor at firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-759-8989 to register. Thank you.
Western Conservative Summit – Past Years
2014 Western Conservative Summit
Didn’t get to go to the Western Conservative Summit 2014? Watch this to see what happened. New year, new faces, new speakers, more fun. #WCS14
2013 Western Conservative Summit
Over 2000 delegates met in Denver in July of 2013.
New This Year! Childcare option!
This year, KiddieCorp is pleased to provide a children’s program during the Centennial Institute’s Western Conservative Summit 2015. KiddieCorp is in its twenty-ninth year of providing high quality children’s programs and youth services to conventions, trade shows and special events. We take caring for your children very seriously.
If you would like more information on KiddieCorp or if you’re interested in signing your kids up for childcare, visit the WCS15 KiddeCorp page.
Shabbat at the Summit