CWA Announces First Sessions for 2023 CWA Summit

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Session content will be focused on core topics for different employee types, building on a theme of collaboration

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Boulder, Colo., 2/7/23The Climbing Wall Association (CWA) announces the first round of educational sessions that will highlight the 2023 CWA Summit. 13 sessions have been announced, featuring a collection of industry experts and groundbreaking thought leaders touching on the most important topics in the indoor climbing industry to help attendees take their climbing gym business to the next level.
In the spirit of this year’s theme of collaboration, all sessions during the conference are designed to fit together. This will create an atmosphere where attendees, no matter what position they are in, can impact their gym and grow in their role, or acquire the new skills needed to take the next step in their career.

The 2023 CWA Summit will feature six attendee types that will help target content to fit specific roles within a climbing gym community:
• Executives
• Managers
• Staff (focused on the customer journey)
• Routesetters
• Start-ups
• Programmers

Each of these attendee types will have sessions focused on core collaboration topics that impact all levels of the organization, including Risk Management, Organizational Culture, Business Growth, and Leadership.

“In order to impress the importance of collaboration, we want to share how each role at a gym impacts these core topics. All attendees will have concurrent sessions diving into these topics so organizations can make sure all members are on the same page and moving in the same direction,” says Paula Horwitz, Executive Director of the Climbing Wall Association.

The core topics were identified through research with CWA members and the CWA Summit Content Committee, representing the most pressing needs of the industry.

View a sampling of the session announced on the CWA Summit website here: View Sessions. Register now and be sure to receive updates as we release the full list of sessions later this spring.

“These are sessions you won’t want to miss! We are thrilled to have so many great speakers ready to present informative, engaging, and productive sessions at the CWA Summit,” says Paula. “We are blown away by the quality, skillsets and experience of the speakers that want to be part of our CWA Summit. We are sure that every attendee is going to gain knowledge and skills that will translate directly into reaching the next level of success.”

Other sessions with topics more specific to each role will also be available for attendees to choose to attend, including Community Culture, Competitions, Membership Growth, Program Development, Routesetting for Leadership, and Technology.

The 2023 CWA Summit will take place in Pittsburgh, Pa. from Wed., May 17th, 2023, through Fri., May 19th, 2023. Pre-conference workshops will begin on Mon., May 15th, 2023. You can view a full breakdown of the pricing, register for the conference, book your discounted hotel stay, learn about special events surrounding the CWA Summit, and learn more at

More details on the event will be announced in the coming weeks, including information on additional session speakers, event highlights, afterparties, vendors, additional content, and more.

About the CWA Summit
The CWA Summit is the indoor climbing industry’s premier trade show and conference strategically designed to provide professional development, networking opportunities, industry related news, and inspiration to continue to move the industry forward. Hosted by the Climbing Wall Association, the 2023 CWA Summit will be located in Pittsburgh, Pa., at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center from May 15-19, 2023. The CWA looks forward to welcoming attendees representing climbing facilities of all sizes, colleges and universities, recreation centers, military installations, top manufacturers, and more.
For more information and ongoing updates, visit the CWA Summit website.

About the Climbing Wall Association (CWA)
The CWA is a not-for-profit (501c6) industry trade association serving the needs of commercial climbing facility owners and operators, manufacturers of climbing walls and climbing wall equipment, skilled professionals, and other key industry stakeholders. The Climbing Wall Association imagines a world where everyone has access to climbing walls and the work to achieve that mission is rooted in serving those that provide that access. As the indoor climbing industry grows, the CWA continues to lead in providing the resources necessary to nurture the sport of climbing and industry stakeholders that support it advocacy; the development of industry standards; publication of relevant industry news, data and analysis; facilitating certification and professional development programs; and producing community-building and educational events.

Contact: Matt Pucak,
Manager of Communications & Member Engagement
Climbing Wall Association
Phone: 720.287.6685

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