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Volunteer Leadership Conference

Thanks for attending the 2019 CMC Volunteer Leadership Conference!

Collaboration - Learning - Community

Post-Conference Resources


Keynote Resources:

Keynote speaker Chris Warner presented High Altitude Leadership.  Click links below to watch the keynote and view the accompanying handbook.

Watch Keynote Handbook


Seminar Resources:

2019 Schedule of Events


Each day of the weekend will offer unique opportunities to learn, network with your fellow leaders, and develop new skills and leadership techniques. We encourage you to participate in as much of the weekend as you can. 


Friday, August 16, 2019


People looking at CAMP USA Gear

Mix and mingle with your fellow CMC leaders and with top outdoor companies. Check out, try on, and experience some of the latest and greatest in outdoor gear. Drinks will be provided. 

  • 5:00 - 7:00pm - Gear Expo and Happy Hour at the American Mountaineering Center
  • 7:00 - 9:00pm - NEW! CMC is proud to host the No Man's Land Film Festival.  Films celebrate the full scope of woman-identified athletes and adventurers, undefining what it means to be a woman in adventure, sport and film.    Screening followed by a panel discussion meant to foster dialog of woman and leadership in our outdoor community.  Admission is free for conference attendees. 




Saturday, August 17, 2019


Full day of seminars focusing on leadership, culture, and education.  Keynote speaker Chris Warner presents, High Altitude Leadership: What the world's most forbidding peaks teach us about success.Chris Warner on K2

  • 9:00 - 10:40am - Welcome and Keynote Speaker, Chris Warner
  • 10:50 - 11:50am - Morning sessions 
  • 12:00 - 1:00pm - Lunch Provided
  • 1:10 - 2:10pm - Afternoon sessions
  • 2:10 - 2:30pm - Afternoon sessions
  • 3:30 - 4:30pm - Happy Hour and Networking

Click here for the schedule of Saturday seminars

Click here for Saturday seminar descriptions


Sunday, August 18, 2019



Outdoor skills clinics and outings around Golden. Hosted by outdoor brands and CMC members. 

  • 7:00 - 8:00am - Farewell Breakfast 
  • 8:15am - early afternoon - skills clinics and outings 

Click here for the schedule of Sunday clinics and outings

Click here for lineup of Sunday clinics and outings




How to participate in The CMC Leadership Project & Volunteer Leadership Conference?

To take part in both the Volunteer Leadership Conference and The Leadership Project, you must be a Club member and certified trip leader, school director, or school instructor. If you are not a trip leader or instructor yet,  no problem. Let us help you get there so you, too, can take part in this program. While each group has specific requirements for becoming a trip leader, generally, we recommend you have the following qualifications: 

  • Be a current CMC member that is at least 18 years of age
  • Have been on at least five (5) CMC group outings
  • Current certifications in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR
  • Attend a trip leader school or seminar
  • Lead a "check-off" trip with an existing trip leader there to certify you are ready to lead

Again, these are recommended qualifications. Each group has their own qualifications for trip leaders, so please reach out to your local Group to find out specifics. 

Volunteer Leadership Conference Sponsors


Presenting Sponsor

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Supporting Sponsors

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