CMU students hosting leadership conference

The Colorado Leadership Network will host the first West Leadership Conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 4 at the Avalon Theater, 645 Main St.

The Grand Junction-based network started four years ago with a mission to promote the virtues of leadership and to “empower people to become better leaders,” according to the network’s director, Brian Watson. Watson, a 25-year-old Colorado Mesa University business student, put together the leadership conference and hopes to make it an annual event.

“The West Conference is local leaders coming together to develop leadership goals and take them into the marketplace,” Watson said. “We hope to develop leaders for tomorrow and pour them back into our community.”

The event will feature six speakers from the Grand Valley. Home Loan Chief Executive Officer Jamie Hamilton will speak about how leaders can use their influence to help the community. Light Gives Heat Owner Dave Hansow will talk about the beauty in the risk of chasing one’s dreams. Downtown Vineyard Church Pastor Paul Watson will discuss the role of a church in a community.

Colorado Mesa University President Tim Foster and District 51 Superintendent Steve Schultz will speak about creating a vision for an organization and leading with limited resources, respectively. Finally, Kevin Brock, owner of the Grand Junction Chick-fil-A, will discuss using leadership to bring change to a community.

Tickets to the conference are $49 apiece and available for sale at For every ticket purchased, the network will donate a ticket to a local high school or college student. Anyone with questions about the conference or how to get a donated ticket can email Watson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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