Colorado Council Annual Conference:  Power Up!

 "With great power, comes great responsibility" Spider-Man

December 5 - December 6, 2019

Join us at the 2019 Colorado Council Annual Conference and Power Up! with fellow high school counselors and college admissions professionals! This will be the perfect way to recharge your batteries after the first semester of the 2019-20 school year. Opening up this year’s conference will be keynote speaker, Amma Marfo, offering applicable ways to incorporate humor into our professional lives. Enjoy informative, inspirational and energizing sessions including sessions from Marfo on how to navigate difficult conversations. On Friday, we will end conference with keynote speaker, Dr. Angie Paccione, the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Registration is now closed.  We will accept walk-in registrations at the registration table.

View Breakout Sessions
View Pre-conference Agenda


Cheyenne Mountain Resort
3225 Broadmoor Valley Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80906


There are very few rooms left at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. First option, call the Cheyenne Mountain Resort at 719-538-4000. Ask for the "CCHS/CR Annual Conference Rate" to receive the conference room rate of $109/night through November 4, 2019. If they are full use the alternative option.

Alternative is Courtyard by Marriott Colorado Springs South just 1.7 miles from Cheyenne Mountain Resort. You can receive the rate of $109/night by calling the hotel, 719-226-5006 and ask for the group rate for: Colorado Council Annual Conference.

If you are interested in extending your stay in Colorado Springs over the weekend, there is still availability at Cheyenne Mountain Resort and you can take advantage by calling the Cheyenne Mountain Resort at 719-538-4000. Ask for the "CCHS/CR Annual Conference Rate" to receive the conference room rate of $109/night through November 4, 2019. We encourage you to explore Colorado Springs, it is for this reason we are able to offer the $109/night rate. The Cheyenne Mountain Resort will extend the conference rate for three days before and after the event so you can enjoy the Colorado Springs area. In addition to the welcome packet when you check in to your room, click here for some resources to assist with planning. 

Exhibitors & Sponsors

The Colorado Council invites you to become a sponsor or exhibitor at our Annual Conference!

Reasons to become an Annual Conference sponsor:
• Demonstrate your support for the Colorado educational system before this key constituency
• Generate new contacts and renewed interest for your services
• Meet over 400 attendees from high schools, colleges/universities, state educational offices, non-profit organizations and education-related private companies
2019 Colorado Council Annual Conference Sponsorship Opportunities


Professional Development

Professional Development hours are available for those who attend! New this year, we are making Professional Development available to you for both one-day and two-day attendance. Instead of paper certificates provided in the past, we will email your certificate after the conference for the day(s) that you attend. This email will be sent to the email address we have on file with your conference registration. Participants will receive 6 continuing education hours for one-day attendance, and 12 hours for the full conference.

Annual Conference Pricing

Member Cost Graduate Student & Retiree Cost Non-Member Cost
Before Nov. 1, 2019 Before Nov. 1, 2019 Before Nov. 1, 2019

2 Day - $175

1 Day - $125


2 Day - $250

1 Day - $200

Starting Nov. 1, 2019 Starting Nov. 1, 2019 Starting Nov. 1, 2019

2 Day - $200

1 Day - $150


2 Day - $250

1 Day - $200

 *Please note that refunds will not be given after November 15th.

Keynote Speakers

Thursday, December 5, 2018

Amma Marfo

Amma Marfo is a thoughtful yet incurably silly independent higher education professional, writer, and editor based in Boston, MA. She is a dynamic and sought-after speaker on topics such as leadership, group dynamics, creativity, and incorporating your values into your work and larger goals. She speaks on college and university campuses across the country, and has partnered with organizations like HubSpot, Wayfair, and General Assembly. Her other interests include live comedy, surfing, trivia, and gluten-free cooking/baking. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @ammamarfo.


Friday, December 6, 2019

Dr. Angie Paccione

Dr. Angie Paccione was appointed executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education by Gov. Jared Polis, assuming the role on Jan. 10, 2019, and unanimously confirmed by the Senate Education Committee on Jan. 17, 2019.

Dr. Paccione has more than 20 years of experience in secondary and postsecondary education. She was a high school teacher, coach and administrator at Smoky Hill High School in the Cherry Creek School District before earning a Ph.D. in education and human resource studies from Colorado State University (CSU). There, Dr. Paccione served on the CSU faculty for nine years as a teacher educator in the “Project Promise” program, a nationally recognized program of excellence in teacher preparation for mid-career professionals. She also conducted research in the teacher education field, examining educators’ life events that led them to become committed to issues of diversity and inclusion. Her findings informed a teacher preparation program and were later published in Teacher’s College Press, which has been cited in over 75 academic papers. 


Conference Schedule

Day 1
8:00am-11:45am: Pre Conference Sessions:
  • 2-year College Representatives
  • 4-year College Representatives
  • New High School Counselors
  • New College Admissions Counselors
11:00 am-5:15 pm: Exhibits Open
11:00 am: Conference Registration Opens
11:45 am-1:20 pm: Opening Lunch, Keynote Speaker: Amma Marfo
1:30 pm-2:30 pm: Breakout Session 1
2:45 pm-3:45 pm: Breakout Session 2
4:00 pm-5:00 pm: Breakout Session 3
5:00 pm-6:00 pm: President's Reception - Cash Bar
6:00 pm-7:30 pm: Dinner and Awards Ceremony
7:30 pm-10:00 pm: Game/Casino Night

Day 2
7:30 am: Registration Opens
8:00 am-12:00 pm: Exhibits Open
8:30 am-9:30 am: Breakout Session 4
9:45 am-10:45 am: Breakout Session 5
11:00 am-12:00 pm: Breakout Session 6
12:15 pm-2:00 pm: Closing Lunch/Business Meeting, Keynote Speaker: Dr. Angie Paccione


Conference Sponsors

Cum Laude Level Sponsorship