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Plan now to join us for our 42nd Annual
CWBA Convention "ALL RISE!" to be held May 17-19, 2019
at The Sebastian-Vail in Vail, Colorado.


Need CLE info or handouts from last year's Convention? Click here


Here's a sneak peek at a few of our 2019 confirmed speakers!

Luncheon Keynote Speaker:
#MeToo, TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund & Lawyering for Gender Justice in the Current Climate 

Sunu Chandy, Legal Director at the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) in Washington, D.C., will discuss current policy and litigation in which the NWLC has taken a leadership role, challenging efforts to roll back civil rights laws in education, healthcare, and the workplace. In addition, she will discuss the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund, housed at the NWLC, which works with the Center’s Legal Network for Gender Equity to enable more individuals who experience workplace sexual harassment or related retaliation to find legal representation and case funding. She will also provide an overview of NWLC’s work for the advancement and protection of women’s rights and the rights of all people to be free from sex-based discrimination.

Friday Afternoon Workshop:
True Grit and a Growth Mindset: Traits That Predict Success For Women in the Law

Dr. Milana L. Hogan is the Chief Legal Talent Officer at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where she oversees the firm’s talent management initiatives, including the formal assignment systems, mentoring and career development programs, performance evaluations, diversity and inclusion initiatives, human resources, formal training curricula, and all aspects of the firm’s worldwide recruiting efforts. Prior to joining Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in 2006, Dr. Hogan worked in the New York office of Dickstein Shapiro LLP, and before that in the New York office of Milberg LLP. In addition to her work at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Dr. Hogan is the Vice Chair (and Chair-elect) of the Professional Development Consortium. She also serves as a liaison to the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession and she is the Co-Chair of the ABA’s Grit Project. Dr. Hogan recently published her first book, Grit, The Secret to Advancement, on the impact of grit and growth mindset on the success of women lawyers. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Brown University and she holds a Doctor of Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, Phil, and their four young children (ages seven and under).

Distinguished Guest Plenary Address: 
Negotiation Unleashed 

A highly sought-after speaker and coach, Elizabeth Suárez is dedicated to helping professionals unleash their potential by transforming them into skilled negotiators and decision makers. As the daughter of immigrants, she understands first-hand the importance of hard work and perseverance in achieving success. After climbing the ranks of corporate America, she authored the bestseller book The Art of Getting Everything and launched Negotiation Unleashed – a coaching and training platform for professionals.

Elizabeth holds an MBA degree from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and a BS degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University. She completed the Executive Management Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Other sessions include:

  • Keynote Breakfast: “Using Design Thinking to Spur Innovation and Collaboration: How Every Organization Can Supercharge Diversity & Inclusion Efforts” with Jennifer Winslow and Leila Hock from Diversity Lab

  • Our popular Judicial Roundtable featuring 10 federal and state judges from around Colorado, this year paired with a concurrent "Outside The Courthouse" roundtable featuring esteemed in-house, transactional and government counsel 

  • Saturday afternoon concurrent breakout sessions:
    • Cyber Threats and the Impact on Your Legal Practice" with a Special Agent from the FBI Denver Cyber Crimes Task Force, in conjunction with Ed Hopkins
    • "Litigating Online Speech Cases: Perspectives from Both Sides of the Bar" with Ashley Kissinger of Ballard Spahr and Cassandra Kirsch of The Law Office of Cassandra M. Kirsch
  • Annual Dinner and Passing The Presidential Gavel Presentation
  • Sunday morning "Rise To Action" Breakfast Panel
  • and more!

We anticipate more than 200 attendees, many of whom have their own firms or are leaders at law firms and other organizations around the state.

View our at-a-glance schedule here

The CWBA's prestigious Mary Lathrop Trailblazer Award will presented during the Convention during a reception at
6 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019.  This year's honoree is Alli Gerkman.  Read about the history of the award, and see a list of previous recipients here

Other Convention events:

  • Fireside chat with this year's Judge In Residence Justice Melissa Hart - Saturday, May 18, 7:30 - 8:15 a.m. in The Sebastian's Library.

  • Saturday night Dance Party with Jammin' DJs and photo booth fun
  • Sunrise hike:  Sunday, May 19, 7 - 8:30 a.m. - meet in The Sebastian lobby.
  • Childcare and Family Activities (separate registration)

Convention Registration Cancellation Policy: Full registration refunds will be made for cancellations received through May 5, 2019. No refunds after May 5, 2019.



The Sebastian-Vail is once again our host hotel for 2019. Call now -- hotel sells out early!
Group rate for Luxury Plaza Hotel Rooms:
- $159 per night for two nights or more
$189 for one night

Call the Hotel Reservations Department:
866-708-2353; ask for CWBA discount group code #10A8I8. 
Deposit required for reservation.

  • Discounted daily resort fee of $10. 
  • Valet parking service available for a discounted rate of $15 per day per vehicle.
  • 20% discount on all regularly priced Bloom Spa treatments, plus 25% discount on all regularly priced spa retail items. (Advanced spa reservations highly recommended.)
  • Dog-friendly hotel rooms optional based on availability.

Special Discounts also negotiated for you at our Partner Overflow Hotels:

Call the Hotel Reservations Department:
(303) 389-3301; must ask for CWBA group rate. 
Mountain King rooms $175++ per night. Deposit required for reservation. Resort fee extra.

  • - 25% spa discount
  • - Overnight valet parking available for $30 per vehicle, per night.

Call the Hotel Reservations Department:
(800) 654-8312 or 970-479-5656 or by email at reservations@sonnenalp.com; request the
CO Women's Bar Association group rate. 

  • Junior Suites $155++ per suite/per night.  Rate does not include breakfast. Deposit required for reservation.
  • - Discounted $20 resort fee per room, per night.
  • - Discounted $15 per vehicle, per day valet parking.
    - 15% off all spa treatments for registered hotel guests.
  • - Golf discount: $105 per player, includes golf, cart, and range balls. 

Must book through Passkey Online Reservations website.
Run of House rooms $125 ++ per night. Identify yourself as part of the Colorado Women's Bar Association to receive special rates. 
Deposit required for reservation. No daily resort fee.

Call the Hotel Reservations Department:
(800) 859-8242, Option 1;
request the CO Women's Bar Association group rate, or reference the group code VC2COW. 

- Lodge Room $127++ per night. 
- Deluxe Room $157++ per night. 

Deposit required for reservation.
- Discounted daily resort fee: $15 per day
- Discounted valet parking: $10 per vehicle, per day

Call the Hotel Reservations Department: 800-420-2424; request the CO Women's Bar Association group rate, or book online by clicking here.

- Superior Room $159++ per night. 
- Deluxe Room $199++ per night. 
- Grand Deluxe Room $284++ per night.
- Junior Suites $359++ per night.

Deposit required for reservation.
- Waived daily resort fee
- Discounted spa services: 15% off prior to 2 p.m., 10% off after 2 p.m.
- Discounted valet parking: $10 per vehicle, per night

Hotel Block Reservations Note: Most block rates expire April 16, 2019. Please book your rooms early to get the best rates available.


Interested in sponsoring Convention?

our sponsorship packet with levels and benefits information. 

s usual, we have various sponsorship levels and other marketing opportunities. Sponsorship levels begin as low as $500 for a Friend of the CWBA sponsorship and peak with our Golden Gavel sponsorship at $7,500.

Please contact CWBA Executive Director Kim Sporrer for more details: 303-831-1040, execdir@cwba.org.



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Colorado Women's Bar Association • P.O. Box 1918 • Denver, CO 80201
Telephone (303) 831-1040 • Email: execdir@cwba.org

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