Western Conservative Summit 2020

June 12-13, 2020
Colorado Convention Center

Two inspiring days that will lift your spirits
and restore your faith in America.

Registration will open soon!
Watch Western Conservative Summit 2019 videos  Click HERE!

2019 Confirmed Speakers

Questions about registration?

Call 866-455-8500  ♦  Email wcsinfo@yesevents.com

VIP Summit Pass – $500 per person
We invite you to join us as a VIP attendee and supporter of the Western Conservative Summit. The VIP Summit Pass offers an up-close and personal view of the event, including Reserved Seating in the front half of the ballroom, back-stage passes to the VIP lounge, special photo opportunities with main speakers, a seat at the William L. Armstrong Awards Dinner and more!
Summit Pass – $225 per person
Includes a two day access to the main stage, exhibit hall, workshops, book signings and more! (meals on your own; option to add Armstrong Gala for additional fee).
Summit Pass – Table of Ten – $202.50 per person
Includes a two day access to the main stage, exhibit hall, workshops, book signings and more! 10% Discount for purchasing a table for ten guests (meals on your own; option to add Armstrong Gala for additional fee).
Patriot Pass – $150 per person
Discounted two-day pass offered to those under 30, Veterans, Active Military, Seniors- 60 and over, Educators, and Clergy. (meals on your own; option to add Armstrong Gala for additional fee).
Single Day Pass – Friday OR Saturday – $125 per person, per day
Includes a one day access to the main stage, exhibit hall, workshops, book signings and more. Choose Friday or Saturday to enjoy the Summit. (meals on your own; option to add Armstrong Gala for additional fee).
Single Session Pass – $50 per person, per session
Choose one or more Session Passes to attend the session of your choice. Your purchased pass(es) will be valid for that specific session(s) only. (meals on your own; option to add Armstrong Gala for additional fee).
William L. Armstrong Gala Dinner – $75 per person*
Our annual Saturday night dinner gala celebrates the conservative leadership of William L. (Bill) Armstrong. Purchase includes a formal plated dinner, awards presentation, entertainment, and speakers.

*Purchase of a Pass is required (i.e., Summit Pass, Day Pass, Patriot Pass or similar).

Colorado Convention Center

700 14th St

Denver, CO 80202

2020 Schedule Coming Soon

Friday – July 12, 2019

8:00 AM Registration Begins Grand Concourse
  Exhibit Hall Opens Four Seasons Ballroom
8:20 AM Doors open – VIP Seating Mile High Ballroom
8:30 AM Doors open – General Admission Mile High Ballroom
9:00 AM Opening Session Mile High Ballroom
  Speakers include Dr. Donald Sweeting, Jim Daly, Brent Bozzell, Daniel Mark, Sec. Ben Carson, and Abby Johnson.
10:45 AM Book signings Four Seasons Ballroom
11:00 AM Workshops – Round #1 Rooms 501-507
  501 Film Screening: Like Mother Like Child  
  502 David Horowitz’s Messaging 4 the Heart  
  503 Stop Complaining, and Take Back Your Country By Taking Back Your Community
  504 Three Punches to Knock Down Democratic Socialism
  505 The Case for Liberty  
  506 The Future of Conservatism: Roger Scruton, Jordan Peterson, and the Bible
  507 Lessons Learned from Marijuana Legalization  
12:10 PM Book signings Four Seasons Ballroom
12:20 PM Doors open – VIP Seating Mile High Ballroom
12:30 PM Doors open – General Admission Mile High Ballroom
1:00 PM Afternoon Session Mile High Ballroom
  Speakers include Jenna Ellis Rives, Jennifer Fielder, Amy Oliver Cooke & Michael Fields, Frank Gaffney, Andrew Brunson, M. Zuhdi Jasser, and Ken Starr (interview with Jimmy Sengenberger).
3:10 PM Book signings Four Seasons Ballroom
3:30 PM Workshops – Round #2 Rooms 501-507
  501 Grassroots Training, Program One  
  502 Activism in the Digital Age  
  503 Donor Disclosure and Religious Liberty: The Threat is Real
  504 No Safe Spaces, a film by Dennis Prager and Adam Carolla
  505 The Heartland Institute on Socialism  
  506 Overcoming Attacks on Religious Freedom: Wisconsin Case Study
  507 God’s Not Dead in Europe… Yet  
4:40 PM Book signings Four Seasons Ballroom
6:30 PM Doors open –VIP/General Admission Mile High Ballroom
7:00 PM Evening Session Mile High Ballroom
  Speakers include John Andrews, Johnnie Moore, Tom Fitton, Wil Armstrong, Dr. Donald Sweeting, Kevin Jackson, Under 30 Speech Winner, Charlie Hurt, Dave Kubal, the Western Caucus Panel with Rep. Ralph Norman (SC-05), Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO-05), and Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-04), Sen. Cory Gardner, Charlie Kirk, Donald Trump Jr.
     

Saturday – July 13, 2019

8:00 AM Registration Begins Grand Concourse
  Exhibit Hall Opens Four Seasons Ballroom
8:20 AM Doors open – VIP Seating Mile High Ballroom
8:30 AM Doors open – General Admission Mile High Ballroom
9:00 AM Opening Session Mile High Ballroom
  Speakers include Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO-05), Nadine Maenza, David Azerrad, Grover Norquist, Justin Haskins, Dr. Jeff Myers, and Brigitte Gabriel.
10:45 AM Book signings Four Seasons Ballroom
11:00 AM Workshops #3 Rooms 501-507
  501 Grassroots Training, Program Two  
  502 Connecting Across the Spectrum  
  503 The Culture of Suppression: Can Campus Free Speech be Saved?
  504 Mitigating Chaos: Priorities for Immigration Reform and Border Security
  505 From Equal Pay to Paid Leave: How to Fight the Left’s Wooing of Women
  506 The Secret Battle of Ideas  
  507 Big Challenges in the Fight for Freedom and Liberty  
12:10 PM Book signings Four Seasons Ballroom
12:20 PM Doors open – VIP Seating Mile High Ballroom
12:30 PM Doors open – General Admission Mile High Ballroom
1:00 PM Afternoon Session Mile High Ballroom
  Speakers include Kelly Shackelford, Bob Fu, Adam Brandon, Rachel Burgin, Gary Marx, Larry Elder, Tim Chapman, Antonia Okafor, and Kristen Waggoner.
3:10 PM Book signings Four Seasons Ballroom
3:30 PM Workshops #4 Rooms 501-507
  501 Grassroots Training, Program Three  
  502 Cutting the Red Tape: The Regulatory Action Center
  503 A Better Path for Public Lands – The Transfer of Public Lands to Willing States
  504 Poll Tested: Conservative Policy Solutions that Can Win
  505 The Case for Liberty  
  506 Stealing Presidential Elections: The Fight Over the Electoral College  
4:40 PM Book signings Four Seasons Ballroom
5:00 PM Doors open – Dinner Tickets Holders Only Mile High Ballroom
5:30 PM Armstrong Awards Dinner Mile High Ballroom
  Speaker includes Award Winner Dr. Robert George and Judge Vance Day. Special performances by Biff Gore and his band, joined by perfomer Noah Lis.
6:30 PM Doors open –VIP/General Admission Mile High Ballroom
7:00 PM Evening Session Mile High Ballroom
  Speakers include David Horowitz, Bob McEwen, Benny Johnson, Dr. Albert Mohler, Michelle Malkin, Dan Crenshaw, and the Freedom Caucus Panel, Moderator Will Witt with Rep. Ken Buck (CO-04), Rep Paul Gosar (AZ-04), and Rep. Chip Roy (TX-21).

Friday, July 12 – Workshop Round #1

11:00 Am – 12:00 PM

Room 501 Film screening: Like Mother Like Child
Patriot Voices
Film screening + paid family leave discussion: “A young woman’s loss of a child causes her to spiral into a grief from which her husband and mother cannot draw her out, and unearths deep secrets from her past….” Following the preview of the film there will be a panel discussion on paid leave and how paid leave advances the pro-life cause.
Room 502 David Horowitz’s Messaging 4 the Heart
Lonny Leitner, Chief of Staff, American Majority
David Horowitz said, “[We] need to stop talking like accountants and administrators and start speaking to the voters’ hearts.” Learn why intellectual analysis fails to work against the moral arguments, and how to start looking at defending our positions from a moral and emotion-filled standpoint.
Room 503 Stop Complaining, and Take Back Your Country By Taking Back Your Community
Kathleen Chandler, Coalitions Manager, Independence Institute
We all want to turn our country around. So, what can we do? You can turn the tables by investing a few hours a month giving back to your local community. Whether you’re a millennial or a retiree, we need your help! Don’t waste your time and breath talking to like-minded friends… make a real difference! Change the Politically Correct culture to the American Culture.
Room 504 Three Punches to Knock Down Democratic Socialism
Paul Prentice holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Connecticut, writes extensively on Biblically-Based Free-Market Economics, and is an Economics Fellow at the Centennial Institute. Helen Raleigh, CFA, DTM, is an Immigration Policy Fellow at the Centennial Institute, a Senior Contributor at the Federalist, and author of “Confucius Never Said.”
This session will arm you with effective strategies and impact talking points to win your next debate against democratic socialists.
Room 505 The Case for Liberty
Steve Rabb, Liberty Found
Liberty Found is a powerful drama crafted entirely from the words and speeches of the Founding Fathers and their contemporaries. The one-man performance is a dramatic narrative that builds, and ultimately culminates, with a standing, cheering ‘Call to Liberty’ moment for all patriots!
Room 506 The Future of Conservatism: Roger Scruton, Jordan Peterson, and the Bible
Dr. Stephen Shumaker, Professor of Politics, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Colorado Christian University, Michael Plato, Assistant Professor of Intellectual History and Christian Thought, School of Theology, CCU, and Dr. Tom Copeland, Professor of Politics, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, CCU
The striking popularity of Sir Roger Scruton and Jordan Peterson reveals the Left’s “culture of repudiation’s” tendency to foster deeply dissatisfied, broken men, as well as the continuing relevance of the Bible for sustaining a broad based conservatism among religious and nonreligious citizens alike. The panel will explore the prospects for building such a conservatism from the perspectives of Scruton’s traditionalism, Peterson’s psychology, and the Bible as a significant source of both.
Room 507 Marijuana Legalization: The New Realities
Doug Robinson and Henny Lasley, Smart Colorado; Luke Niforatos, Smart Approaches to Marijuana

Friday, July 12 – Workshop Round #2

3:30 PM – 4:30 pm

Room 501 Networking: Win Friends and Influence People at Western Conservative Summit
Ben Woodward, Deputy Director of Career Programs, Leadership Institute
Room 502 Activism in the Digital Age
Emily Stack, Grassroots Director, FreedomWorks
In order to combat fake news and the Left’s online narrative, FreedomWorks is committed to teaching and educating activists on how to effectively use social media. Come learn how to effectively use Facebook, Twitter, and other vital networks.
Room 503 Donor Disclosure and Religious Liberty: The Threat is Real
Moderator: Amy Oliver Cooke, Independence Institute; Dr. Jameson Taylor, Mississippi Center for Public Policy; and Shayne Madsen, Director, Political Law Center, Independence Institute
Jack Phillips’ livelihood and personal safety have been threatened; the state of Colorado has persecuted him simply because he refused to bake a specific cake that violated his religious beliefs. Imagine if he had donated to a church or cause – along with thousands of other people who share his beliefs – and those names were made available in a government database that any angry, agenda driven activist can search. Across the country, federal and state lawmakers have considered bills or regulations to force nonprofit organizations to report the names and addresses of their supporters to the government. What if making a charitable donation meant exposing you and your family to discrimination or retaliation? Would you still have the courage to give?
Room 504  No Safe Spaces, a film by Dennis Prager and Adam Carolla (90 minutes)
Movie Screening
Room 505 The Heartland Institute on Socialism
Justin Haskins, Editorial Director, Research Fellow
Room 506 Overcoming Attacks on Religious Freedom: Wisconsin Case Study
Matt Batzel, National Executive Director of American Majority
During the recent Wisconsin Supreme Court election in April, the Left attacked a conservative judge for helping to start a Christian school. This training workshop will examine what happened in that election and how the conservative judge was able to overcome the attacks on Religious Freedom. You will walk away with tactics you can use if you are running for office or supporting a candidate who is attacked for their religious beliefs.
Room 507 God’s Not Dead in Europe… Yet
Dr. Tom Copeland, Professor of Politics, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Colorado Christian University
Learn how to separate fake news from the deeper religious currents of Europe – and why there may be reason to hope.

Saturday, July 13 – Workshop Round #3

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Room 501 Kickstart Your Career in the Conservative Movement
Ben Woodward, Deputy Director of Career Programs, Leadership Institute
Room 502 Connecting Across the Spectrum
Rachel V. Burgin, Grassroots Leadership Academy
The ability to connect with someone who has a differing opinion than yours is a great quality to have. This program will give you the tools needed to successfully engage and share your beliefs with non-like-minded in a positive and constructive manner.
Room 503 The Culture of Suppression: Can Campus Free Speech be Saved?
Charlie L. Copeland, President, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and Jennifer Kabbany, Editor-At-Large, The College Fix
Free speech is under attack on campuses across the country. Students with “alternative” (often conservative) viewpoints have been subjected to harassment or forced to jump through bureaucratic hoops in order to express their views. In just the past year, ISI students have been kicked off campus, blocked from reporting at meetings and events, and received death threats. What can students do to expose this kind of discrimination, and how can students enforce the rights given to them under the First Amendment?
Room 504 Mitigating Chaos: Priorities for Immigration Reform and Border Security
Moderator: Cully Stimson, the Heritage Foundation, Hans von Spakovsky, the Heritage Foundation, Thomas Homan, previous director of ICE, Fox News contributor, and The Hon. John Hostettler, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Room 505 From Equal Pay to Paid Leave: How to Fight the Left’s Wooing of Women
Patrice Onwuka, Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women’s Forum (IWF)
Room 506 The Secret Battle of Ideas
Dr. Jeff Myers, Ph.D., President, Summit Ministries
Bad ideas infect us like viruses, but we’re not helpless. We can understand the times in which we live and respond confidently with a reasonable, intelligent Christian worldview. Here’s how.
Room 507 Big Challenges in the Fight for Freedom and Liberty
Travis Korson, Director of Public Policy, Frontiers of Freedom, John Fund, Columnist, National Review, and George Landrith, President and CEO, Frontiers of Freedom
Join Frontiers of Freedom for a panel discussing emerging policy issues on the front lines of the battle for freedom and liberty. This “Hot Topics” panel will feature issues that are relevant to today’s public policy debates.

Saturday, July 13 – Workshop Round #4

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Room 501 The Real Nature of Politics
Stephen Rowe, Deputy Director of Digital Training, Leadership Institute
Room 502 Cutting the Red Tape
Daniel Savickas, Federal Affairs Manager, FreedomWorks
For years the Left has won regulatory battles through public comments. That’s why we created our Regulatory Action Center. Come learn how FreedomWorks can help you take the fight to the deep-state bureaucrats!
Room 503 A Better Path for Public Lands – The Transfer of Public Lands to Willing States
The Hon. Jennifer Fielder, CEO, American Lands Council
We all want safe, vibrant communities, abundant outdoor recreation, healthy air, water, and wildlife. But federal control of half of all land in western America is producing just the opposite. This workshop will cover the compelling reasons and methods for freeing public lands from ineffective federal bureaucracy and increasing local stewardship to prevent wildfires, improve access, and wisely use our natural resources. Participants will receive current updates and learn how to become an active part of real solutions for our public lands — now and in the future. For more info, visit American Lands Council in the exhibit hall (booth #707).
Room 504 Poll Tested: Conservative Policy Solutions that Can Win
Tim Chapman, Executive Director, Heritage Action for America and Wes Anderson, Founding Partner, OnMessage, Inc.
Not all conservative policy proposals have a majority of Americans’ support. Heritage Action for America has commissioned a polling project to find out what conservative policies can win a majority of Americans’ approval. Unlike typical political polling about who is up and who is down, this polling attempts to inform conservatives how to advance our agenda now and in the future.
Room 505 The Case for Liberty
Steve Rabb, Liberty Found
Liberty Found is a powerful drama crafted entirely from the words and speeches of the Founding Fathers and their contemporaries. The one-man performance is a dramatic narrative that builds, and ultimately culminates, with a standing, cheering ‘Call to Liberty’ moment for all patriots!
Room 506 Stealing Presidential Elections: The Fight Over the Electoral College
Trent England, Director of Save Our States

2019 William L. Armstrong Award Recipient: Dr. Robert George

Saturday, July 13, 2019 – 5:30 pm

Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. Professor George has served as Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. He has also served on the President’s Council on Bioethics, as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and as the U.S. member of UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology. He is a former Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award.


2018 William L. Armstrong Award Dinner Pictures

Western Conservative Summit 2019 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.

We have contracted a special rate of $219 per night (single/double occupancies), plus tax and applicable charges, for our guests of the Western Conservative Summit 2019.  Book through the link below to receive the discounted rate. Rate is subject to availability.

Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
650 15th Street
Denver, CO 80202
Reservations: 1-888-421-1442
Driving Directions & Map

For reservations over the phone, mention “Centennial Institute – Western Conservative Summit 2019.″

UPDATE: Our deadline has passed, but there may still be rooms available… book now! First come, first serve. The discounted rate will be honored upon availability.

Sponsorships allow organizations to reach our attendees in a variety of ways. From main stage speakers to attendee packet inserts, advertisements, workshops, and more, there are many ways sponsors can share their message with the thousands of Western Conservative Summit attendees.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Western Conservative Summit, please contact Antonette Smith at asmith@ccu.edu.

Presenting Sponsor

Additional Sponsors:

ACT for America

Liberty Found

Frontiers of Freedom

No Safe Spaces

* Exhibitor registration is now closed. *

Exhibiting at the Western Conservative Summit is a great opportunity to get your information to conservative grassroots activists. Receive specific details in our Exhibitor Brochure, including exhibit hall hours, shipping your materials, move-in information, exhibitor guidelines, and more.

Want to be an exhibitor? Complete the Exhibitor Application to get the registration process started.


2018 Exhibit Hall Photos

Working media can attend complimentary, pending approval. Credentialed media are allowed to attend main stage events (no meals are provided), in addition to access to the Summit Media Hospitality Lounge.

For any further inquiries, please email Jim Czupor at zjames@interprogroup.com

To register for media credentials, click HERE. 

Student Opportunities

Young Christian Conservative Leadership Conference

Discover your potential, envision your future, and be inspired for freedom at the Young Christian Conservatives Leadership Conference (YCCLC).

You’re invited to spend an extraordinary week at Colorado Christian University with like-minded young Christian Conservatives, enjoying the Colorado summer, while gaining the knowledge and skills to be a citizen who can not only identify key issues facing our nation today, but understand what it takes to affect change within them.

Who’s invited?

Young Christians age 16-20 who desire to work on leadership development, learn about politics in a free society, make new friends, and share ideas about America’s future – all within a Christian worldview.

Experience the Western Conservative Summit 2019

YCCLC ends at the Western Conservative Summit 2019 — the largest gathering of conservatives outside of Washington, D.C. — where you will hear from prominent political and conservative culture leaders from all over the U.S. as we seek to advance faith, family and freedom.

Registration will open in Spring 2019.

Click HERE for additional conference information.


Shining City Scholars

We are no longer offering scholarships for the Shining City Scholar program.

If you were a previous Shining City Scholar and still attending high school, please contact us about special rates for this year’s Western Conservative Summit: scs@ccu.edu.


Under 30 Speech Contest

Red Alert Politics is known for their “30 Under 30” awards which highlight young, right-of-center leaders who are making an exceptional impact on their campuses or in their communities. In particular, they seek to highlight those who champion the principles of liberty, personal freedom, good citizenship, and free enterprise.

For more information about entering the contest, click HERE.

The Washington Examiner is the proud sponsor of our national under-30 conservative speech contest.

In the midst of our keynote speeches at the Western Conservative Summit, we are reserving ten minutes for the winner of our national Under-30 Speech Contest. This is YOUR moment to become a conservative star – speaking before thousands of attendees and hundreds of media outlets.

Submit your ten-minute speech via YouTube. The winning speech will be determined by the Western Conservative Summit organizers and the Washington Examiner. The theme for the 2019 Western Conservative Summit is Defending Religious Freedom and America’s First Amendment, and speakers are encouraged to consider the theme in their speech topic. Videos will be judged by conservative content, the number of views, thumbs up, and more.

Contestants must be United States citizens and under the age of thirty. Travel and accommodations will be covered. Winner will receive VIP access to the Western Conservative Summit.

Video submissions must be received by midnight, Sunday, June 16, 2019.

Click here for details and to submit your video.

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration & Purchases

Are there refunds if I’m unable to attend?

Through May 2 – full refund less a 25% cancellation fee

May 3 – June 28 – full refund less a 50% cancellation fee

Beginning June 29 – no refunds

You may substitute or transfer your registration to another person at any time by calling 866-455-8500 or emailing wcsinfo@yesevents.com.

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.

Food and Attire

What meals and food are included?
Light snacks and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the weekend. A number of food and beverage concessions will be open all weekend at the Convention Center. Summit attendees will find or bring their own meals during program breaks at the lunch and dinner times.**

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 with special meals included.

For students participating in Young Christian Conservatives Leadership Conference or Shining City Scholars, there will be special arrangements for meals while at the Summit.

What is the Dress Code?
In general, our Summit delegates choose business casual attire. As with any event held in a ballroom, a light sweater or jacket is recommended for temperature fluctuations.

Comfortable shoes are recommended for enjoying the exhibit area and for walking throughout the Colorado Convention Center. Denver in the summer can present delightful late afternoon rain showers, so an umbrella is not a bad idea.

Trams are available between the front door of the Colorado Convention Center and the conference area, in case assistance in necessary.

Lodging

Hyatt Regency Colorado Convention Center
The Western Conservative has partnered with the Hyatt Regency at Colorado Convention Center to receive a discounted guest room rate. For more information, visit the Hotel tab on the website. We encourage you to book your room through the Hyatt Regency so we can continue to offer discounts each year.

Location

All programs and exhibits at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St, Denver CO 80202.

Main stage, Registration, Exhibits, Workshops and WCS18 headquarters are located 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.
  • Visit the CCC parking page to learn how to pay for parking and special rates for electric/hybrid cars.

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 Colorado Convention Center. For schedules and maps go to www.rtd.denver.com

Visit Getting to the Center for more information about modes of transportation.

Accessibility/ADA
Colorado Convention Center meets ADA standards for accessibility in its rooms and public areas. Event team members will be available to assist. Online information is available.

Need airport transportation?
There is no shuttle provided by the Hyatt Regency. We suggest Super Shuttle, taxi, Uber/Lyft, or private car.

Program and Schedule

How will I know who is speaking when? Who are your confirmed speakers?
The schedule will be published closer to the event. That said, expect that schedule to change. 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 Mile High Ballroom at the Colorado Convention Center. Everyone at these events will hear the same message at the same time. Seating in the Ballroom is at round tables and 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 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 Summit Pass rate.

Young people age 16 – 20 should consider registering for the Young Christian Conservatives Leadership Conference for the full week, which includes the Summit. High School juniors and seniors may also apply to participate in the Summit as a Shining City Scholar.

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.

Guests under 18 years old are required to be registered and to attend the event with an adult. No admittance is allowed otherwise.

Security Policy & Prohibited Items

All guests are subject to search.

Please arrive early. Anyone entering the Convention Center for an event is subject to a reasonable search including, but not limited to, metal detection and/or a bag search. Security reserves the right to inspect personal belongings of suspicious nature. This includes bags/backpacks, purses, coats, and hats. Your experience will be much like an airport so it is highly recommended that you arrive early.

In the event that prohibited items are revealed during a search, the guest will be permitted to return to their vehicle with the item or the item will be confiscated. Venue management reserves final decision on items allowed into the event.

Prohibited Items:

Your security check experience will be much like an airport’s security process. Please ensure that you do not bring any of the following items:

  • All outside food or beverages including alcoholic beverages
  • Illegal drugs
  • Laser pointers (devices will be confiscated and patron is subject to ejection)
  • All recording devices (audio, video & cameras as stipulated by the event. Recording media is subject to confiscation)
  • Weapons or any items construed as weapons (firearms, knives, sticks, chemical spray devices etc.)*
  • Air horns, bullhorns or other distracting noisemakers
  • Animals (service animals are the only exception)
  • Personal property that is potentially hazardous to other patrons (wallet chains, jewelry with spikes, etc.)

*Guests with concealed handgun permits are not allowed to carry handguns into the facility.