National President's Blog

The WEN National Board has been busy planning the 2019 WEN National Conference! As we recently announced, it will be held at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Conference Center in the beautiful state of Colorado from March 27-29.

In line with our theme of "Perseverance: Be Energized, Be Bold, Be You!”, Colleen Jarrott, National Programs Director, and her conference co-chairs - Sally Hallingstad (WEN-Colorado) and Valerie Green (WEN-DC) secured outstanding volunteers from a number of chapters for the planning committees. Thank you to those who have offered their services and are working so hard to create a memorable National Conference for WEN members.

Registration for the Conference opened October 1, so please register now to receive the best registration rates (early bird rates are available through January 4) and ensure optimum hotel availability. We do expect our discounted-rate room block at the stunning Gaylord Rockies to sell out.

Keynote speakers have been confirmed and include:
  • The Honorable Dawn DeBerry Stump, Commissioner, United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission
  • Dr. Christine Mann Darden, retired NASA engineer who was featured in the book, Hidden Figures
  • Alice Jackson, President, Xcel Energy-Colorado
  • Sandy Asch, Founder, Organizational Excellence LLC, and best-selling author

More details about the agenda and speakers are available on the Conference website, and updates will be posted as they are finalized.

The Conference Team is currently looking for sponsors to help underwrite our keynote speakers and event costs. If your company is interested in supporting the WEN 2019 National Conference, please view the Sponsor Prospectus and contact Sally at with commitments or questions.

On behalf of the National Board, thank you for your continued support of WEN. I look forward to seeing many of you next year in Colorado!

Rachel Miller
WEN National President