Colorado Council Annual Conference

“The Power of Play

Rejuvenating Your Inner Child” 

When: Thursday, December 1, 2022 and Friday, December 2, 2022

Location: Embassy Suites and Conference Center, Loveland, CO 80639 

Lodging: Embassy Suites and Conference Center

Registration costs: REGISTER HERE

  • Standard Member: November 21 or later: $200.00
  • Non-Member: $230.00
  • One Day: $120.00
  • Session Presenter (max 3 per session): $95.00

Pre Conference: Sign up for Pre Conference here!

Pre Conference schedule:. 
Topics for high school:
  1. 504/IEP transition 
  2. NCAA  
  3. SAT/ACT 
  4. Competitive college/scholarship applications—what selection committees are looking for
  5. What’s going on at the state and CDE - 

Topics for College

     1. The admissions profession

     2. Travel

     3.  Application reading

     4. Working with students and families

After one hour we will come together.  Topics for both groups 

  1. FERPA and security
  2. Principles of good practice/ethics
  3. School partnerships and college access
  4. College readiness/Equity
  5. The essay and letters of rec 
  6. Balancing responsibilities
  7. Financial aid
  8. Professional development
  9. The high school visit

Professional Development: 6 hours of PD per day will be offered from CCHS/CR for attendees



 Schedule of Events


Thursday, December 1st

Before the conference Starts

7:00-8:00 Check in/Continental breakfast

8:00-11:30 Pre Conference

11:00-11:45 Keynote Lisa Dimino White book signing

11:45-12:00 Welcome

12:00-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:30 Keynote

1:45-2:30-Session 1

2:20-3:00 Snacks available in hallway

2:45-3:45- Session 2

4:00-5:00- Session 3

5:30-6:15 Presidents reception/Cash bar

6:30-7:30 Dinner/Awards

7:30-8:30 Entertainment/Comedian Sam Adams 

8:30-10:00 Cash bar/Social/Games

Friday, December 2nd

7:30-8:30 Check in/Continental breakfast

8:15-9:15- Session 1

9:30-10:30- Session 2

10:45-11:45- Session 3


1:00-2:00 Keynote Nancy Norton/Raffle baskets


 Meet the Keynote Speakers and Entertainer!

Thursday Keynote Speaker: 


Lisa Dimino
Keynote Title: "7 Tiny Tweaks That Lead to Jumbo Amounts of Joy"

Known as "The Joy Seeker", Lisa Dimino White has over 20 years of experience in marketing and communications management. She now focuses solely on her passion - inspiring others to actively seek out and create more joy for themselves, their communities, and all of humankind. She believes that most people are pretty darn amazing and too often don't recognize their own greatness. She’s on a mission to change that. We all have struggles, but they don't define us. No matter what challenges we’re faced with, there's always joy to be found - if we know where to look.

In addition to her Amazon best-selling book “Bursting with Happiness”, she shares her joy strategies via her two podcasts, speaking to groups and organizations all across the globe, and through her work as a certified professional coach.  Her biggest bursts of joy are her husband of 22 years Jonathan and her two kids, David (14) and Catherine (10). Learn more about Lisa at


Friday Keynote Speaker: 


 Nancy Norton


Award Winning Standup Comedian

Hilarious & High Energy, Intuitive & Interactive

Sometimes just Super Dorky 

Keynote Speaker on the “The Power of Humor”

Dry Bar Comedy Special just released, “Super Dork”

Comedy Album “4th of 3” 

Nancy Norton receives 5 STAR REVIEWS  from clients, clubs and event planners by reading her audience, being fully present, connecting and bringing the right kind of funny for the crowd. 
2021 BEST OF THE FEST SHOW with Jay Leno- Burbank Comedy Festival
2019 CHAMPION  40th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition
2018 WINNER Boston Comedy Festival – FIRST WOMAN TO EVER WIN IT!
Custom Keynotes:  “The Power of Humor- Laugh and Grow Rich!”    There are all kinds of riches and Nancy wants us all to live a more fulfilled, empowered and enjoyable life embracing THE POWER OF HUMOR which is often paired with her experiential Improv Team Building Workshops, “Practicing Playful Presence.”   Some topics addressed in her keynotes and workshops:  Health, Stress relief, Team Building, Resilience, Job Retention, Family, Childrearing, Adoption, Trauma, and Problem Solving.
Norton tours nationally headlining clubs, festivals, conferences and events doing Standup Comedy and Keynote Speaking.  Nancy has also toured internationally on several USO tours entertaining the troops in Europe, Asia, Iceland and the Pacific.
Nancy draws material from everyday life experiences and growing up in a big Ozark family, working as a nurse, being a single mom, spending months in Nepal adopting her son and yes, there are a few airplane jokes.  Universal truths and authentic experiences make Nancy’s humor accessible.
Norton is a regular Headliner at the famous A-rated Comedy Club, Comedy Works in Denver.
Comedy specials, albums and more: “Nancy Norton, Super Dork” produced by Dry Bar Comedy, Comedy Album, “4th of 3” produced by BSeenMedia, available wherever music is sold, A&E’s "Evening at the Improv" now available on Amazon Prime Video, Nickmom Night Out on Nickelodeon, one-person show, "The Yellowish-Green Girl" on PBS.
Nancy Norton lives in Colorado and balances comedy, speaking, and workshop engagements, writing, producing podcasts with being a single mom to her active and creative teenage son.  Nancy adopted her son as an infant in Kathmandu in 2005 - a magical journey that would not have had a happy ending without the help of humor.
Press links featuring Nancy Norton:

Thursday Entertainer: 


 Sam Adams


On the pages and the stages, Sam Adams wins over
his audiences with a funny, laid-back and profanityfree
style of comedy and storytelling.
Sam’s career in entertainment started in 2009 at age
49, after he became the Great American Comedy
Festival’s most unique prize winner. Sam won the
festival’s amateur contest, then took second place
against the professionals as a last-minute
In 2018, the “True Color” video clip taken from Sam’s
Dry Bar Comedy special generated over 10 million
Facebook views in less than 72 hours. The clip now
has nearly 40 million social media views worldwide.
As a sports journalist Sam Adams covered many of
the world’s high-profile sporting events, from Super
Bowls to the Olympics. In 2019 Sam was the first
African-American sports journalist inducted to the
Hall of Fame for the prestigious Denver Press Club —
the oldest press club in America.