Colorado Press Women was proud to host the successful national conference Sept. 7-9 at the Adam’s Mark in Denver. Included below are links to summaries of the week’s events.
200+ attend Rendezvous in the Rockies
More than 200 journalists and communicators attended Rendezvous in the Rockies, the National Federation of Press Women’s annual conference, Sept. 7-9 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in downtown Denver. The conference, organized and hosted by Colorado Press Women, drew 75 first timers, an NFPW conference record.
Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper welcomed attendees Saturday morning, Sept. 9, and discussed his mayoral campaign and transitioning from running a microbrewery to running the city of Denver.
KEYNOTE ADDRESSES — Attendees also heard keynote speakers T.R. Reid, Rocky Mountain bureau chief for the Washington Post; Patty Limerick, University of Colorado-Boulder history professor and director of the Center of the American West; Tad Bartimus, syndicated columnist and 28-year Associated Press correspondent; Jeannette Walls, MSNBC.com columnist and author of The Glass Castle; and Heloise, syndicated columnist and longtime NFPW member.
WORKSHOP ROUNDUP — Two days of concurrent professional development workshops drew large audiences and standing-room-only attendance at several sessions.
HONORS AND AWARDS — Conference highlights included recognition of the accomplishments of CPW’s Communicator of Achievement Joyce Davis at Friday night’s banquet, when NFPW bestowed the national Communicator of Achievement Award. NFPW presented the national 2006 Communicator of Achievement award to Betty J. Packard, a management consultant of San Francisco, Calif. First runner-up for NFPW COA was Vivian Sade-Rosswurm. Saturday night, CPW members raked in 22 awards in categories ranging from short story, entertainment, religion, enterprise writing and continuing coverage writing to editing, writing for the Web and brochure design.
The silent auction generated more than $3,000 for the NFPW Education Fund, which provides professional development grants to members. This year, the fund provided 19 first-time conference attendee grants.
TOUR SUMMARIES — Press Women members and guests enjoyed numerous sights of Colorado, including in Colorado Springs, Breckenridge and Boulder. Another group headed to Red Rocks and the historic Brown Palace Hotel. In addition, about 150 people attended receptions Thursday night at the Colorado History Museum and Friday night at the Denver Press Club.
I loved the conference. The speakers were all so stimulating, from Patty Limerick to T.R. Reid to the Pakistani woman. I had to leave Saturday morning to be back home for my mother’s 85th birthday party, and I hated to miss what I am sure were equally stimulating speakers that day. The hotel was superb, I loved seeing old friends, and it was a great conference — pat yourselves on the back!
— Mary Jane Skala
I enjoyed all aspects of the outstanding Colorado conference. The tours were a great introduction to your beautiful state, the receptions were delightful, and I was most impressed with all of the speakers and panelists in the sessions I attended.
Over and above the broad strokes of delivering these things in spades, there was such great attention to the innumerable details of making a really good conference hum. I don’t think anyone who hasn’t worked on something of such scope can really understand what it takes to put on a seemingly flawless event. Getting the smallest of details right makes all run smoothly.
Many thanks to each of you (and your generous sponsors) for all of the careful thought, time, use of your many talents, treasure and energy to give your NFPW colleagues across the U.S. an unforgettable Rendezvous in the Rockies.
It was professional and dynamic, it offered something for everyone in the session strands, and it was welcoming and fun. Collectively, you all hit one out of the park.
— Katherine Ward
Delaware Press Association