Blaze Your Own Trail CWLG Conference

Monday, April 29 2019, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM [MST]

6901 Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO, 80003, United States




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Event Information

Monday, April 29 2019, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM [MST]

About the Event

The first CWLG Conference is dedicated to improving your skill set and growing your network to take your career on any trail you'd like.

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Cancellation policy

We'd prefer that you transfer your registration to a colleague. Cancellations will be accepted through April 1, minus a $5 processing fee.

About the Organizer

CWLG is committed to advancing the role of women and helping them succeed in the public sector. The mission of CWLG is to provide holistic professional development, networking, and career building opportunities that allow women to succeed in public service.


Event Speakers

Kelly Houghteling
Assistant Town Manager, Town of Wellington

Mark Deven
City Manager, City of Arvada

Megan Williams
Community Relations Manager, Frederick

Happy Haynes
Executive Director of Parks and Recreation for the City and County of Denver

Alisha Janes
City of Brighton

Jariah Walker
Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority

Erin Brown
Deputy Chief of Staff for the City and County of Denver

Catherine Sweeney
Consultant & Professor

Amy Moreno
Diversity Education Program Manager, University of Colorado

Michelle Kivela
Town Administrator, Town of Parker

Mattie Gullixson
Senior Regulatory Analyst, City of Colorado Springs

Philip Rodriguez
City Manager, City of Brighton

Melissa Wiley
Manager of Denver Peak Academy, City and County of Denver

Johanna Walker
Speaker, Trainer, Storytelling Expert

Benilda (Benny) Samuels
Chief Operating Officer, Nurse-Family Partnership

Bobbi Peckham
President, Peckham & McKenney, Inc.

Rachel Granrath

Heather Geyer

Laura Savage

Nina Vetter

Hannah Wilks

Dannette Robberson

Michelle Oeser

Victoria Simonsen

Jacque Wedding-Scott

Kimberly Konczak

Rachel Summers

Patti Garcia

Monica Mendoza

Jessica Humphreis

Cindy Kamigaki

Michelle Kivela

Lauren Mueller

Kimberly Swearingen

Laurie Cozzetto

Georgia Roberts

Karen Daly

Melissa Mata

Kara Winters

Lyndsey Paavilainen

Emily Hogan

Kirstyn Jovanovich

Taeler Houlberg

Trish Stiles

Theresa Booco

Ali Van Deutekom

Carol Cosby

Jessica Prosser

Lorie Gillis

Charise Canales

Enessa Janes

Lucienne Petrocco

Allison Trembly

Dawn Quintana

Sandra Casaus

Michelle Eddy

Allison Scheck

Regina Welch

Chrissy Stapleford

Suzanne Leclercq

Amy Jacob

Corren Lind

Danette Ruvalcaba

Lynette White

Alison Digan

Lor Pellegrino

Barbara Opie

Michelle Parker

Alisha Reis

Sebawit Bishu

Marianne Schilling

Katie McCune

James Mann

Sharon Israel

Tanya Ange

Kimberley Curtis

Charity Young

Heather Meierkort

Darrin Tangeman

Jacquelyne Kremser

Alisha Janes

Philip Rodriguez

Ryan Johnson

Joanna Crosby

Catherine Duarte

Skye Miller

Kim Newcomer

Janna Hansen

Carly Lorentz

Alison Rhodes

Lindsay Schwerman

Christy Woodward

Angela Wilson

Victoria Runkle

Summer Campos

Kristi Ritter

Justine Bruno

Kirsten Silveira

Susan Barkman

Portia Hensley

Jessica Skibo

Sherry Nalbach

Liesel Hans

Kerstin Claspell

Jamie Desrosier

Kristin Sullivan

Cate Eckenrode

Melonie Matarozzo

Madeline Hoffman

Erin Dietrich

Jennifer Hoffman

Paula Jensen

Christine Rucobo

Heather Balser

Tamara Moon

Sophie Porcelli

Pam Acre

Samantha Ziegler

Rosa Kougl

Linda Haley

Carol Stotts

Jennifer Robinson

Brandy Copeland

Crystal Mariscal

Meredyth Muth

Amy Collins

Amy Wells

Audrey Donovan


Diane McBride

Debbie Wilmot

Kimberly Brown

Kelley Collier

Abby Dallmann (Musfeldt)

Rhea Silverkorn

Kathy Hodgson

Kimberly Dall

Rachel Rogers

Kristen Davis

Shannon Wallace

Jill Mendoza

Ruth Bruski

Karen Casey


Kimberly Overholt

Lucy Cordova

Katie Holbrook

Myrna Garibay

Jennifer Pearson

Nicole Fuller

Sarah Moss

Karlyn Tilley

Kathleen Sickles

Abby Fitch

Brenda Hannu

Maria Morales

Jacquelyn English

Kathryn Mortensen

Kathy Viveros

Laura Morris

Laura Brown

Event Schedule

  • April 29, 2019
08:00 AM
08:30 AM
08:30 AM
09:00 AM

Welcome and Overview of Day


Kelly Houghteling

Mark Deven

Megan Williams

09:00 AM
09:30 AM

Morning Keynote


Happy Haynes

09:30 AM
10:30 AM

Own Your Expertise


In this session, we’ll explore how credibility works--and works unfairly--in the world. As leaders in local government, we have a front-row seat to see how collective community voices come together to shape policy and the future of our communities and organizations. Using resources from the Op-Ed Project, this interactive conversation seeks to explore how knowledge and expertise are generated and why this matters for the future of our communities and our profession. Participants will walk away with bold ideas, a deeper sense of what they know and stand for, and actionable steps for moving forward.

Alisha Janes

10:45 AM
11:45 AM

Building Credibility


Everyone needs to know how to interview and write a killer elevator speech. This session will provide some takeaways for both but will also help you identify the gaps in your resume so that you can start to take steps to fill them before that next job opportunity comes along.

Jariah Walker

Bobbi Peckham

12:00 PM
01:00 PM

Lunch and Keynote: “Lead Authentically”


Erin Brown

01:15 PM
02:15 PM

Communicate with Confidence


Negotiations, asking for more responsibility, calling out sexism in the workplace, presenting an idea and executing it. This panel is prepared to help you learn how to have difficult conversations about what matters most. Be sure to submit your questions during the morning break.

Jaye Amoako

Catherine Sweeney

Amy Moreno

Michelle Kivela

02:30 PM
03:30 PM

Connecting for a Stronger Colorado


Fast & Furious style- 5 presentations at 10 minutes each Networking is not a game of collecting business cards and shaking hands. True networking is about building meaningful relationships. At this session you will learn how to turn conversations into connections that ultimately strengthen the entire state through collaboration.

Megan Williams

Mattie Gullixson

Philip Rodriguez

Melissa Wiley

Johanna Walker

Benilda (Benny) Samuels

03:45 PM
04:45 PM

Dive in: Speed Mentoring


Practice your new skills and get to know some amazing mentors! There will be five 10-minute small group mentoring sessions. Before you begin, there are some ground rules to follow for this session: 1. No more than five people can be with one mentor at a time 2. Ask only one question during each 10-minute session - everyone in the group should have a chance, even if they are shy or quiet 3. Rotate to a new mentor for each 10-minute session - get some variety and give others a chance to do the same

05:00 PM
05:10 PM

Choose your own adventure: Take-home dinner, happy hour or both!