Western Conservative Summit 2017

July 21-23, 2017

Colorado Convention Center

Attend the largest gathering of conservatives outside of Washington, D.C.
3 days of stellar speakers, workshops, policy analysis, outstanding panels, priceless networking, exhibitor trade show, inspiration, and more! All to advance faith, family, and freedom for our future.

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Listed below are invited as well as confirmed speakers for the 2017 Western Conservative Summit. This list will update regularly so be sure to check back in!

Summit Pass: $200

Ticket for the weekend’s events, including main sessions, workshops, book signings and more! (meals on your own; option to add Armstrong Gala for additional fee).

Summit Single Day Passes: $120

Ticket for single day events, including main sessions, workshops, book signings and more! (meals on your own; option to add Armstrong Gala for additional fee).

Patriot Pass: $100

The Summit Pass for under 30s, Veterans, Military, Educators, Clergy. 50% off (meals on your own; option to add Armstrong Gala for additional fee).

Armstrong Gala Dinner: $100

Our annual Saturday night (7/22) dinner gala celebrating the conservative leadership of Bill Armstrong. Includes dinner, entertainment, and speakers.

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July 21-23, 2017

Colorado Convention Center | Denver, CO
Subject to Change

Friday 7/21

12:00pm – Registration Begins in the Grand Concourse
1:30pm – Workshops Round 1 in Convention Center 400 + 500 Rooms
3:00pm – Exhibit Hall Opens in Four Seasons Ballroom
3:30pm – Workshops Round 2 in Convention Center 400 + 500 Rooms
5:00pm – Dinner Break
6:00pm – Doors Open to Mile High Ballroom
7:00pm – Opening Session in Mile High Ballroom
Speakers: Ambassador John Bolton; Senator Cory Gardner; Katie Pavlich; William Mumma of the Becket Fund; Cal Thomas; Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA; Colorado Governor Candidate Victor Mitchell. 

Saturday 7/22

8:00am – Doors Open to the Mile High Ballroom
8:30am – Morning Session in Mile High Ballroom
Speakers: Honorable Bill Bennett; Senator Tim Scott; Frank Gaffney; Montse Alvarado of the Becket Fund; Jim DeMint and Mark Meckler of Convention of States; Dr. Jeff Myers of Summit Ministries; Bob Beauprez of The Western Way.
11:30am – Lunch Break
1:00pm – Afternoon Session in Mile High Ballroom
Speakers: ALEC panel featuring State Senator Owen Hill; State Representative Perry Buck; City Councilwoman Ellen Troxclair, State Representative Isaac Latterell, moderated by Charles Hurt of the Washington Times; Chad Fleming of the 75th Ranger Regiment.
2:30pm – Take Action! Program
3:00pm – Workshops Round 3 in Convention Center 400 + 500 Rooms
5:30pm – William L. Armstrong Awards Banquet (ticket required)
Speaker: Dr. James Dobson. Entertainment provided by Biff Gore and his big band.
7:00pm – Evening Session in Mile High Ballroom
Speakers: Dr. Jay Sekulow; Freedom Caucus panel featuring Representative Ken Buck, Representative Paul Gosar, Representative Jody Hice; Colorado Governor Candidates Doug Robinson and George Brauchler; Rich Bratten and Principles of Liberty; Dr. Donald Sweeting; Under-30 Speech Contest Winner.

Sunday 7/23

9:00am – Doors Open to Mile High Ballroom
Exhibit Hall Open in Four Seasons Ballroom
9:30am – Final Session in the Mile High Ballroom
Speakers: Ken Blackwell of Family Research Council; Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life; Os Guinness; Michael Farris of Alliance Defending Freedom; Warren Cole Smith of the Colson Center. Worship provided by Jeremi and Amy Richardson of Avalon.
12:00pm – Summit Concludes

Friday 7/21 – Begins at 1:30pm

Room 403 – Communicate Your Values to Change Law, Part 1
Dena Espenscheid, Leadership Institute

Room 404 – Make an Impact on your Local School District
Pam Benigno, Ross Izard, Independence Institute

Room 405 – Climate Change – Fraud & How Carbon Dioxide is Beneficial
Jay Lehr, Heartland Institute

Room 406 – Social Media in a Post-2016 Election World
Nick McIntyre, American Majority

Room 407 – A Behind the Scenes Look at Americans for Prosperity-Colorado
Tamra Farah, Jesse Mallory, Patti Kurgan, Americans for Prosperity

Room 503 – From Government Run to Parent Controlled: Education Savings Accounts and the Next Generation of School Choice
Lindsey Burke, Heritage Foundation

Room 504 – Fundraising in the New Era of Millennial Conservatism
John Burtka, Rachael Jurado, The American Conservative and Joshua Thifault, Turning Point USA

Room 505 – How we make a positive impact and save the Republic!
Derrick Wilburn, Casper Stockham

Room 506 – Religious Liberty Ad Fontes: The Curious and Consistent Example of Elder John Leland
Earl Waggoner, Professor, Colorado Christian University, Fellow, Centennial Institute

Room 507 – War of Worldviews
Don Hood, Dave Stoecker, Worldviews, Calling & Culture Inc.

Friday 7/21 – Begins at 3:30pm

Room 403 – Communicate Your Values to Change Law, Part 2
Amy Lunde, Leadership Institute

Room 404 – Take Back Your Country by Taking Your Community
Kathleen Chandler, Independence Institute

Room 405 – Educating Millennials on the Constitution
Veronica Harrison, Neal Schuerer, Heartland Institute

Room 406 – Campaign Planning for Success
Matt Batzel, American Majority

Room 407 – Housing and Urban Development Grants — Blessing or Poison Pill?
Francone, Kevin Lundberg, Casper Stockham, Kim Monson

Room 503 – Creating Pathways of Opportunity for Returning Citizens
Gerard Robinson, American Enterprise Institute

Room 504 – Policy, Regulation, and Culture – Will Traditional Social Values Survive?
Debbie Chaves, Colorado Family Action

Room 505 – Why Christians should be Conservatives and Why Conservatives should be Christians
Doug Groothuis, Professor, Denver Seminary, Fellow, Centennial Institute

Room 506 – Constitutional Law and Your Rights
Dr. Jenna Ellis, Professor, Colorado Christian University, Fellow, Centennial Institute

Room 507- How Can Millennials Rediscover Liberty?
Jimmy Sengenberger, Millennial Policy Center

Saturday 7/22 – Begins at 3:00 pm

Room 301 – Regulation Without Representation
Harriet Hageman, Property Rights Attorney Roman Buhler, The Madison Coalition

Room 302 – Women and Work: Winning the Debate on Family and the Workplace
Hadley Heath Manning, Director of Policy, Independent Women’s Forum
Heather Madden, Director of Operations and Policy Research, Independent Women’s Forum

Room 303 – Moving the Middle: Why moderates aren’t listening to conservatives
Allen Fuller, Principles that Matter

Room 403 – Telling the Truth to the Next Generation
Don Hood, Dave Stoecker, Worldviews, Calling & Culture Inc.

Room 404 – Israel: Land of Creation
Richard Liverance, Government of Israel Ministry of Tourism

Room 405 – Moral Aspects of Fossil Fuels
Bettie Grande, The Heartland Institute

Room 406 – Crisis Communications for Campaigns
Lonny Leitner, American Majority

Room 407 – Debt Crisis? We can fix that. Over Regulation? We can fix that. What else can we fix?
Former Senator Jim DeMint, Christopher Lacount, Convention of States

Room 503 – Conservatives: Reclaim Leadership on Conservation Issues or Lose Millennials
Benji Backer, Greg Brophy, Sarah Hunt, Ash Mason, The Western Way

Room 504 – Making Innocent Until Proven Guilty Fashionable Again: The Case for Pre-trial Justice Reform
Marc Levin and Panel, Right on Crime

Room 505 – Rein in Big Government with Article VI, not V
Robert Brown, The John Birch Society

Room 506 – Emerging Conservative Policy Issues
John Fund, Travis Korson, Andrew Langer, Frontiers of Freedom

Room 507 – Winning the Secret Battle of Ideas Over America’s Future
Dr. Jeff Myers, Summit Ministries

2017 William L. Armstrong Gala

William L. Armstrong

Saturday evening, July 22, 2017 is the annual William L. Armstrong Gala. This a fun evening of food, entertainment, and conservative speakers at the Western Conservative Summit. Tickets to the Gala are separate from the Summit pass.

William L. Armstrong was a follower of Christ, husband, father, grandfather, US Senator, Colorado Christian University President, businessman, and friend to all. William L. Armstrong provided the visionary leadership to create the Western Conservative Summit.

The Centennial Institute salutes the farseeing leader of today, unselfed, undaunted, who urge us towards the high peaks of freedom.

Book Your Stay at the Denver Hyatt Regency

The 2017 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
Phone: 1-888-421-1442
Driving Directions & Map

If calling in your reservation be sure to mention that you are with the “Centennial Institute – Western Conservative Summit 2017″.

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Shining City Scholarships

High School Juniors & Seniors attend the Summit for free!


2017 Western Conservative Summit: “Making Goodness Fashionable”

Colorado Convention Center: July 21-23, 2017
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 focus 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!

The Scholarship program enables select high school students to attend at no cost. A value of $300.

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.

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 Summit 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 while at the Summit about 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 centennial@ccu.edu


Exhibiting at the Western Conservative Summit is a great opportunity to get your information to conservative grassroots activists. If you are interested in exhibiting, please fill out this application form. If you have questions, contact Dawn Grubb at Dawn@Legacyevents.com. You can also view the exhibitor handbook here.


Our sponsors are key to the success of the Western Conservative Summit. It is a great way to reach our nation’s grassroots activists. If you are interested in sponsorships, please contact Antonette Smith at asmith@ccu.edu.

Media Registration

Working media can attend for free pending approval. Credentialed media are allowed to attend all main stage events (no meals are provided) and will receive access to the Summit Media Lounge.

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

Click here to register for media credentials.

Frequently Asked Questions 2017

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 or tickets with special meals included.

**Students attending the Summit as part of the Young Conservatives Leadership Conference and students attending as Shining City Scholars will have special arrangements which include their meals while at the Summit.

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, 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!
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 – July 13 – full refund less a 50% cancellation fee
After July 13 – 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.

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 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 Summit 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. 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.

Past Western Conservative Summits

Western Conservative Summit 2016

Western Conservative Summit 2015

Western Conservative Summit 2014

Western Conservative Summit 2013