September 20th – Sky Ute Casino

With every challenge, there is opportunity. What we do now will determine how we evolve as a community. What we invest in now identifies our priorities. What we value now defines our community. Our Opportunity is Now.

Summit Schedule

8:00 – 8:30         Check-In and Networking Breakfast (Main Banquet Room)

8:30 – 8:50         Welcome and Opening Remarks (Main Stage)

8:50- 9:40            Keynote by Chris Schembra: The Future Success of our Community is Human Connection

9:45- 10:00         Break

10:00 – 11:00    Breakout Sessions Morning Track

  • The Science and Art of Being an Engaging Leader                                            (Bingo Room)
  • Principals and Practice of Meaningful Connections and Communication   (Room C)
  • Digital Advantage: Leveraging the Intersection of Humans & Data              (Williams Room)
  • Winning Change: The Synergy of Communication and Self-Leadership      (Peabody Room)
  • Workforce Housing Solutions Roadmap                                                             (Bonny Kent Room)

11:10 – 11:50    Lunch

11:50 – 12:40    Keynote by Sally Thornton: The Future of Teams

12:45- 1:35         Keynote by Andy Ellwood: The Power of Community and Collective Knowledge

1:35 – 1:45          Break

1:45 – 2:45          Breakout Sessions Afternoon Track

  • The Power of Community and Collective Knowledge Workshop                  (Bingo Room)
  • Creating an “Own It” Culture                                                                                (Room C)
  • Digital Advantage: Leveraging the Intersection of Humans & Data            (Williams Room)
  • Winning Change: The Synergy of Communication and Self-Leadership    (Peabody Room)
  • Healthy Workplace Conflict Management                                                         (Bonny Kent Room)

2:50 – 3:40          Keynote by Michael O’Brien: People Don’t Change! They Grow…

3:40 – 3:55         Closing Remarks

4:00 – 5:00          Chairman Circle Reception and Business Showcase (Patio)

2023 Keynote Speakers

Sally Thornton

CEO of Forshay

An instigator on how to thrive in the future of work, Sally is the CEO of Forshay, a firm that focuses on how people can do their best work through executive recruiting, interim experts, and optimizing teams through increased engagement and applying design thinking to make work better.

Chris Schembra

Best Selling Author

Chris Schembra is the Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of “Gratitude Through Hard Times”. USA Today calls him their “Gratitude Guru”, he’s a founding member of Rolling Stone Magazine’s Culture Council, and he sits on the Executive Board at Fast Company Magazine.

Michael O’Brien

Founder & CEO of BluePrint Toolset

Michael O’Brien is the Founder and CEO of BluePrint Toolset, a measurement and development framework of organizational cultures, leaders, teams, and individuals. His consulting expertise has enabled hundreds of organizations to achieve their goals through transforming their culture, experiences, and helping others with their leadership journeys.

Andy Ellwood


Andy helps leaders embrace their unique talents and overcome obstacles on their road to success. Andy has built one of the fastest-growing coaching practices in New York City over the past two years after more than a decade of launching, funding, and selling startups.

Platinum-Keynote Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Animas Surgical Hospital 

SEH Inc. 

Durango Chamber of Commerce 

Bank of Colorado 


The Payroll Department 

Farha Roofing 

Osprey Packs 

The Gable House 

Fast Signs 

Region 9 

Shaw Solar 

Durango Motor Company 

City of Durango 

Bank of the San Juans 


Ascent Digital


Bronze Sponsors

ASAP Accounting and Payroll 

The Wells Group 

FCI Constructors 

Durango Land and Homes 

Pueblo Community College of the SW 

The Durango Herald 

Nunn Construction 

Jaynes Corp 

San Juan College 

Agile Space Industries 

Rocky Mountain Home and Ranch 

Durango La Plata County Airport 

The Community Foundation (SWCF) 

Tafoya Barrett and Associates 

Alpenglow Properties 

Bank Central 

The Strater Hotel