CWA Summit: Full Seminar Lineup Announced

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2023 CWA Summit in Pittsburgh
2023 CWA Summit in Pittsburgh
All images courtesy of Climbing Wall Association

Less than two months away, everyone’s talking about the CWA Summit!

The lineup of educational sessions was recently announced and is shared with you below. The Summit is also focused on enhanced networking opportunities, with the new Coffee & Collaboration event this year designed for that purpose. Of course the Expo Hall is the center of the action, where brands show off their latest products and services for climbing gyms.

Learn More About the Sessions Here

Register to Attend the Summit Here

Expo Hall Hours

Wed May 17 – 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu May 18 – 4:30pm to 8:00pm
Fri May 19 – 9:00am to 12:00pm

Pre-Conference Certification Courses

Work at Height Certifications – SPACE AVAILABLE
Mon May 15 to Wed May 17
8:00am to 4:00pm
Location: ASCEND Point Breeze

CWI Provider Course – SPACE AVAILABLE
Tue May 16
8:00am to 5:00pm
Location: ASCEND South Side

Coffee and Collaboration

Coffee & Collaboration

Coffee and Collaboration is a dynamic networking experience at the 2023 CWA Summit. In addition to coffee, breakfast bites and conversations, those that register for this free, add-on event will get a mix of rapid-fire networking, career and business development, and important conversations. Those interested must be registered to attend the CWA Summit, and the first 100 individuals to register for Coffee & Collaboration will receive custom coffee mugs at the event.

Wed May 17 – 8:00am to 11:30am
Thu May 18 – 7:00am to 7:55am
Fri May 19 – 7:00am to 7:55am

Learn More About the Sessions Here

Register to Attend the Summit Here

Sessions for Executives

The Global Future of Climbing: Understanding the Evolution of Emerging Markets
Hosted by Veronica Baker, Global Climbing Initiative

Dr. Seuss Presents: Financing for Your Gym
Hosted by Spencer Richman

Embracing Vulnerability as a Strength
Hosted by Sejal Lakhani

Anatomy of a Claim: An Executive’s Guide to Claim Handling
Hosted by Will Jorgesen, Monument Sports Group

Don’t Wait for Someone Else to Fix It: 8 Essentials to Enhance Your Leadership Impact
Hosted by Chuck Wachendorfer

The First 45 Minutes: How to Navigate a Crisis
Hosted by Jessica Nunez

The Art of Offboarding
Hosted by Michele Hecken

Business Expansion Panel: Lessons Learned From Multi-Gym Owners
Hosted by Joel Graybeal

Gym Owner Roundtable
Moderated by Alice Kao & Kenneth Cronin

Sessions for Managers

Climbing as a Tool for Developing Mental Health and Resilient Communities
Hosted by Lor Sabourin

Develop High Service HR
Hosted by Mardi Roberts

Digital Marketing for Climbing Gyms
Hosted by Ty Morrison-Heath, Adventure a Day Marketing

Technology’s Place in the Modern Climbing Gym
Hosted by Miura Hawkins

Industry Practices Committee: Update & Discussion
Moderated by Garnet Moore, CWA

The Economy in 2023 and Beyond
Hosted by Dr. Matt Roberts

Auto Belay Roundtable
Moderated by Garnet Moore, CWA

How to Get Full-Time Engagement From Your Part-Time Employees
Hosted by Chris Stevenson

Sessions for Programming Teams

Fostering Mentorship: Gym to Crag Programming
Hosted by Jorge Maldonado

Navigating Eating Disorders: Youth Climbing Teams
Hosted by Jillian Yatsko

Optimizing Youth Program Operations
Hosted by Eliza Keegan, Momentum Gyms

Your Application Process Sucks, But It Doesn’t Have To
Hosted by Marisa Hoff

AAC Town Hall: The Future of Climbing Inside and Out
Hosted by Billy Dixon, AAC

Programming Roundtable
Hosted by Nicole Brandt

Case Study: Careers for Women in Climbing
Hosted by panel of women from across the climbing industry

Sessions for Staff (Customer Journey)

Building Your Network
Hosted by Bix Firer, Headwall Group

Bootcamp for Your Frontline
Hosted by Marisa Hoff

Why Certification
Hosted by Heather Reynolds, CWA

Ways to Grow Your Membership Revenue
Hosted by Samantha Wallin

Use Your Outside Voice: Telling Stories to Foster Community
Hosted by Rachel Hailey

Lifelong Lessons in Leadership
Hosted by Chris Stevenson

Sessions for Start-Ups

Insurance 101: Front Line Risk Management, Indemnity Agreements, COIs, Accident Response, and More
Hosted by Will Jorgenson, Monument Sports Group

Managing Up, Down and Sideways
Hosted by Vanessa Brias

How To Finance Your Business

Build & Strengthen Your Climbing Community With Creativity
Hosted by Leslie Kim, Dynamite Starfish

Sessions for Routesetters

Modern Event Chiefing as Professional Development
Hosted by Blake Green

Siege the Southeast: Planning a Collaborative Competition Series Across Multiple Gyms
Hosted by Hayley Moran

Routesetting Committee Update
Hosted by Garnet Moore, CWA

Growing a Routesetting Program: Just Add Water
Hosted by Justin Wright


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