Join the excitement of
2025 conference planning

Now that the 2024 NFPW conference has concluded and CPW’s invitation to “The Next Frontier” has been extended, it’s time to line up sponsors, engage colleges, identify speakers and specific topics, and organize pre- and post-conference tours for next year’s conference in Golden, Colo., Sept. 11-13.

Conference co-chairs Karen Petersen and Gay Porter DeNileon laid out a high-level vision for the programming at the recent conference in St. Louis, Mo.

The theme “The Next Frontier” spotlights Colorado’s prominence in the tech and aerospace industries and its role in confronting climate change, protecting women’s reproductive rights and addressing other pressing social issues, as well as its forward-thinking media landscape, which is a model for community-based journalism, specialty coverage, media literacy and support for a free press.

“We need our fellow CPW members to help us hone that theme and make this a conference people want to attend,” says Porter DeNileon. “Our members’ expertise and connections will be key to showcasing our great state and its talent, and we hope some of you will be presenters. It’s a great way to increase your own visibility and network.”

“We welcome anyone who wants to be part of curating a not-to-be-missed conference featuring dynamic speakers, compelling content and amazing pre- and post-conference tours,” says Petersen. “This will be fun!”

The conference hotel is the Denver Marriott West in Golden, and CPW is preparing to host 130-150 national members. CPW distributed a survey about tour preferences to conference attendees in St. Louis, and their responses will guide CPW’s planning for those popular conference highlights.

Immediate committee activities will include reaching out to Colorado colleges and universities to engage journalism students and faculty in the conference and securing sponsors to offset costs.

“It may seem early to start planning now for September 2025, but considering college curriculum planning and corporate budget cycles, it’s not,” says Petersen.

A kick-off meeting for detailed planning will be held in July; Porter DeNileon hopes to host it at her home in Arvada but we will gladly engage interested members on Zoom if necessary. Please contact Porter DeNileon and Petersen to let them know of your interest and availability. A meeting will be set accordingly.