Recently, a friend invited me to a seminar about women’s health held by a chiropractor who practices in a nearby town. Now it wasn’t exactly the way I wanted to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon, but she presented the information with the right amount of enthusiasm and real-life examples with good information nuggets that it kept the audience engaged and asking questions.

Good speakers can make or break an event, as we probably can all attest. I’ve always been able to plug into good speakers at Meetings Industry Council of Colorado’s Annual Educational Conference and Tradeshow, which is March 27 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. This year’s opening general session will feature a three-person, industry expert panel discussing the Changing Space of Meetings. The lunch keynote by Dan Thurmon addresses Perform-ability: How To Be Your Best When It Matters Most.

There also will be many breakout sessions, ranging from emerging technologies and the latest in design and décor to professional resilience and successful leadership attributes. The afternoon is topped off with an industry tradeshow. Colorado Meetings + Events is always proud to be a sponsor of this 13th annual event as it brings together MIC’s 13 meeting, event and hospitality member organizations, all of which are state chapters of national associations and local, grassroots organizations.

Registration also is now open for our annual Best of Colorado readers’ choice awards on the evening of March 25 at the Denver Art Museum. The MIC conference and our celebration are always scheduled for the same week to build major excitement and create outstanding networking opportunities for the state’s meetings and events industry. Don’t miss out on being among the first to find out the winners in 20 voting categories and the Hall of Fame inductees for 2013!

Beth Buehler
Editor, Colorado Meetings + Events

Photo: Gaston Photography, featuring MIC keynote speaker Tim Gard keeping the crowd ultra engaged with fork glasses and more last year.

Location: Less than an hour away from Fort Collins, Denver and Boulder, Longmont is very much centralized on northern Colorado’s Front Range. Made up of a combination of certified creative and historic downtown districts and St. Vrain State Park on its outskirts, Longmont is a lively scene for those who appreciate a mix of urban and outdoor living.


It’s easy to meld urban adventures with brewery or culinary experiences that are sure to leave attendees grinning.

1. Pair an artistic adventure at the brand new Board & Brush creative studio at The Exchange in Old Town with a stop at Copper Muse Distillery or Infinite Monkey Theorem winery, located in the same open-air plaza.


The world’s largest fly-fishing industry trade show crushed attendance records with its Denver homecoming in October 2019 after a seven-year run in Orlando. The International Fly Tackle Dealer Show’s (IFTD) registration partner, Experient, verified that 2,251 attendees took part in the event, which is a 97 percent increase over 2017 numbers (1,141) and a 137 percent increase over 2018 (950).