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Symposium winter 2013 - 2014

Friends, Neighbors & Supporters:

Gracie Slick once famously sang “feed your head.” Although of another time, and undoubtedly in another context, The Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit and the Vail Symposium share at least two commonalities. First of all, the Surrealistic Pillow album in which White Rabbit was featured is circa 1967. The Vail Symposium hails from the same near neighborhood, 1971. Close enough for tie-dyed kissin’ cousins anyway. What else the song and the Vail Symposium share – albeit via very different means – is the goal of expanding consciousness and, in expanding consciousness, to promote one’s personal growth and one’s awareness. This has been the goal and the mission of the Vail Symposium for what is now two years into our fifth decade of service to, and membership in, the Vail community. By presenting timely, thought-provoking programming, the Symposium provides a forum to challenge, stimulate, inspire, and sometimes, to even spark a previously unconsidered commitment. Every action, after all, begins with the ember of a thought. Without your support, of course, none of this happens. To our financial supporters; thank you. To our selfless volunteers, you are at times the glue and at times the emollient that keeps the locomotive running. To our staff, words are not enough although “tireless”, “committed” and “indebted” come to mind. As the new Chair, I find myself in the footprints of those larger than myself and upon the foundation of what my predecessors have created, it is my aim to both “stay the course” and to take the Vail Symposium in new and unexplored directions. There will remain the staples to be sure: world affairs, public policy, politics, and controversy. There will remain the arts, of course, portions of which among our programming we intend to grow. But there will be new and un-ploughed fields to explore as well; the world is a quickly changing place and one of our goals must be to keep up, be apprised, and engage you in the conversation. I am looking forward to the journey and to taking it with all of you! And in so doing, I hope and trust that we may continue to count on your kind and generous support. Descartes posited, “I think, therefore, I am.” Think, therefore, and be. And let’s together, feed our heads. With sincere best regards,

Rohn K. Robbins, Chairman, Board of Directors


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Dear Friends, Sometimes it’s a good idea to mix things up. For many years, the Vail Symposium has presented programs in the winter and summer months that stimulate thought and provide life-long learning opportunities for the residents and visitors of the Vail Valley. The last few years, it has been hard to find dates in the summer that don’t conflict with our sister organizations like Bravo, the International Dance Festival, the Jazz Foundation, and others. And, with longer days and incredible weather in the summer, attending programs at 5:30 p.m. on weekdays can be challenging. So for the first time, we are going to present our traditional programming only in the winter and primarily collaborate with other organizations during the summer. You will notice that we have stepped up our Winter Program Series with high-profile speakers and very hot topics. Next summer you will see only one unique, signature Vail Symposium event with a different format on the topic of educational reform. It is our hope that you will not only attend many of the winter programs, but also the programs we present next summer in collaboration with other organizations in the Valley. It has been my privilege to serve as the President of the Vail Symposium for the last three years. I believe we have become one of the iconic organizations in the Vail Valley. And I sense our best days are ahead of us. Thank you for your support,

Alby Segall President, Vail Symposium

Year in Review: 2013 Support from the community makes our programs possible. Only 9% of our income comes from ticket sales, the rest comes from in-kind, individual, and corporate donors. Thank you—you make our programs possible!

2013 Program Highlights • No Labels co-founder Mark McKinnon gave a very timely presentation about Congress and how No Labels has brought thousands of Democrats, Republicans and everything in between together in order to break down party lines in the interest of solutions and progress. • Renowned free solo rock climber Alex Honnold sold out the Donovan Pavilion with approximately 285 attendees and kicked off the 2013 Wells Fargo Unlimited Adventure series. • Vail pioneers Elaine Kelton, Merv Lapin, and Terry Minger packed the house at The Grandview in February when they gathered together to tell stories from the past 50 years of Vail and shared insights and advice for planning the future. • The September Living At Your Peak Series taught over 300 participants how meditation and consciousness can help lower stress, boost energy, prevent disease, improve relationships, help you sleep better at night, and focus during the day.


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I n t r o d u c i n g t h e NEW Vail Symposium Membership You exercise your body, right? If you work out regularly, you probably have a gym membership too. Or maybe the gym’s not your thing, but movies and TV shows are so you have a Netflix subscription. If reading’s your passion you might have an Amazon Prime membership and if you like to buy in bulk there’s a good chance you belong to Costco. And why is that? Because it’s easier and less expensive to be a member than it is to pay for every gym session or movie download? Because you like having unlimited access to the things you love? Because you enjoy the extras that come along with your membership? Chances are you enroll in membership programs for all of the above.

And where do you go for unlimited access to learning? To the Vail Symposium, of course. Your mind craves exercise as much as—if not more than—your body does. With over 30 programs a year on subjects ranging from politics to education, from meditation to economics, the Symposium gives you an opportunity to learn, think and keep your mind growing and healthy. That’s why we created our new membership program. With a Vail Symposium membership, you’ll get two tickets to all of our regular programs for the entire year. And that’s not all. You’ll also enjoy extras like advance invitations to intimate dinners with our speakers and discounts at local businesses like the West Vail Liquor Mart, Steam Master, Lucca Bruno, the Antlers at Vail, and more! Plus you’ll be making sure the Symposium can continue to produce interesting, relevant and important programs. At our standard program price, two tickets to 30 programs over the course of a year would cost you $2,100. A Vail Symposium membership only costs $1,000 per year. That’s unlimited access to learning for less than half the cost you’d pay at the door. Think of it as a gym membership for your mind.

Sign up today at or by calling 970-476-0954, then flip through this brochure to learn more about the Winter 2013/14 lineup and rest easy knowing you won’t miss a thing.

Ways to Give Only 9 percent of our income comes from ticket sales. The rest comes from your private donations. All donors receive complimentary tickets based on level, advance notification and registration for events, direct mailing of program brochure, weekly e-Newsletter, and acknowledgement in the program brochure and website.


New this season! Become a Member of the Vail Symposium for $1,000/year and receive two tickets to all of our regular programs plus discounts at select local businesses.


Individual program and series sponsorships allow you to demonstrate your commitment to the community.

new Donor Levels Patron $2,500+ Member

$1,000 – $2,499

Major Donor

$500 – $999


$50 – $499


Speakers choose Vail for its destination. Help us sweeten the deal with frequent flyer miles and other financial means.

Visit our website to make a gift today! For additional information about how to support the Vail Symposium and associated benefits, please call Alby Segall at (970)476-0954. The Vail Symposium is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization in accordance with Federal Tax Law and is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.

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From the biggest issues of the day to the deepest issues of the soul, TEDxVailWomen is an unforgettable conference. In true TED fashion, it’s a riveting, fastpaced, day-long Xperience. TEDxVailWomen is an annual, independently organized TED event. This year’s theme is “Naturally” and features eight women from around the world who are leaders in conservation, art, photography, sustainability, biking, education and health. The event will feature a live stream from the TEDWomen 2013 conference being held in San Francisco December 4 – 6, live music, meals, and talks from digital education landscaper Mikela Tarlow, founder of the International League of Conservational Photographers Cristina Mittermeier, General Manager of Giant Bikes Elysa Walk, Dr. Susan Canney of the Mali Elephant project, Founder of Walking Mountains Science Center Dr. Kim Langmaid, health advocate Christina Danyluk, conservation artist Asher Jay, and conservation photographer Morgan Heim.

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dec. 05

location: edwards interfaith chapel | edwards time: 9:00am - 7:30p.m. tickets: $75 at the door | $65 in advance | $25 students to register:

T h e S e c r e t Wo r ld o f I nt e r n at i o n a l Fina nc e David Rubenstein | Hot Topics How does hyperinflation in Zimbabwe affect food prices at your local grocery store? What do fluctuating interest rates and the flow of capital in Europe have to do with your mortgage? How does the United States national debt and debt ceiling really affect your life? Today, the value of foreign exchange trading in just one day is more than one hundred times the value of goods and services traded in an entire year. As a result, the central banking system, international finance, lending and trading has become so complex it can make your head spin. That’s why we’re bringing an expert to Vail to help explain it all. David Rubenstein is best known as the founder and CEO of the Carlyle Group, a global firm that deals with private equity, real estate, market strategies, and fund of funds. Before starting the Carlyle Group, Rubenstein practiced law in private practice and worked in government advising presidents. Rubenstein will be interviewed by Richard Bard. Sponsored in part by Wells Fargo.

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dec. 28

location: the grand view | lionshead parking structure time: 5:00p.m. reception | 5:30p.m. presentation tickets: $35 at the door | $25 in advance | $10 students


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S t e m C e l l s : Th e Fu tu r e o f M e d i cine is now Panel | Living At Your Peak There’s a little myth that many doctors tell their patients. It’s causing millions of people to live with constant pain and debilitating chronic conditions. What is this myth? That aches and pains, fatigue and diseases are all just a part of getting older. Perhaps there was a time that was true, but not anymore. Your body knows how to repair itself, combat disease and regenerate. But sometimes – especially as you get older – your body needs help getting healing cells to where they need to go to fix the problem. This is where stem cell treatments come in. Stem cell therapy is a groundbreaking, minimally invasive procedure that uses your own cells to stimulate the body to fight disease and repair damaged joints, tendons and ligaments. Join Dr. Scott Brandt, Dr. Stan Jones, Dr. Kristen Comella, and U.S. Congresswoman (D-CO) Diana DeGette as they engage in a discussion about the history and future of stem cell therapies. Moderated by Adam Katzen.

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jan. 10

location: the antlers at vail | vail time: 5:00p.m. reception | 5:30p.m. presentation tickets: $35 at the door | $25 in advance | $10 students

Avo i di ng D i s a s t e r : H o m ela nd Sec uri ty in t h e 2 1 s t Centu ry Gary Hart | Hot Topics When you think about Homeland Security, what comes to mind? Do you think about protecting your family? The September 11 attacks? Our governmental policies? The fact is that Homeland Security means different things to different people. But one thing is certain. Homeland Security is a truly massive enterprise that’s just getting bigger. New laws, mandates, regulations and strategies are being created daily that you may never hear about. But they affect your life. Since retiring from the United States Senate, Gary Hart has been immersed in the world of Homeland Security. He is currently a scholar in residence at the University of Colorado, chairman of the American Security Project and the Council for a Livable World. Join us for this in depth program where we will explore the sweeping overhaul of U.S. national security structure in the 21st century and learn more about how we are meeting the complex security threats of the modern world. Hart will be interviewed by Rohn Robbins.

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jan. 23 10

location: the grand view | lionshead parking structure time: 5:00p.m. reception | 5:30p.m. presentation tickets: $35 at the door | $25 in advance | $10 students

Lif e Afte r L if e : Ex p l o r ing th e Ne a r- D e at h Ex p e r i e n ce Dr. Raymond Moody | Living At Your Peak What can near-death experiences (NDEs) teach us about life? Dr. Raymond Moody has spent over 50 years researching the afterlife, and has written twelve books, including the bestseller “Life After Life,” on the subject. He’ll share stories from the people he’s interviewed who have experienced NDEs, details from his research and talk about how these lessons can help you live a better life. Dr. Moody is a leading authority on the ‘near-death experience’—a phrase he coined in the late seventies—and has appeared on Oprah, as well as on hundreds of other local and nationally syndicated programs. He has an M.D. from the Medical College of George and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Virginia.

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jan. 30

location: the grand view | lionshead parking structure time: 5:00p.m. reception | 5:30p.m. presentation tickets: $35 at the door | $25 in advance | $10 students

On Top of t h e Wo r l d :

What Cl i mbi n g t he Worl d ’ s H ig h es t P eak s Can Tea c h us a bout L i v i n g L i f e o n t h e G r o u nd Panel | Unlimited Adventure Climbing mountains has been used ad nauseum as a metaphor for living life. It makes sense. To bag an 8,000 meter peak you have to struggle, persevere, prepare, adapt and work as a team. It takes proper planning, trust and a positive outlook to achieve this seemingly insurmountable goal (getting to the summit). It’s not an easy task to climb the world’s highest peaks – but doing so can teach you a great deal about living life, leadership and relationships here on the ground. Join renowned mountaineers Ellen Miller, Jon Kedrowski, Eric Alexander and Dick Pownall for a snowshoe hike in Beaver Creek followed by a discussion about what mountain climbing has taught them about living balanced, fulfilling, successful lives. Discover how struggling at 24,000’ can prepare you for dealing with anything life tosses your way. Walk away with a new outlook on how you approach the world and new tools that you can use to effectively steer through this obstacle course we call life. Panel moderated by Adam Katzen. Sponsored in part by Beaver Creek Resort Company. Meet at The Beaver Creek Club at 3:00 p.m. for the snowshoe hike. Please dress warmly and bring your own gear. Call our office at 970-476-0954 for more information.

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feb. 06

location: the beaver creek club | beaver creek time: 3:00-4:30p.m. snowshoe hike | 5:00p.m. reception 5:30p.m. presentation tickets: $10 | ticket includes guided hike & presentation


Af t e r S h o c k :

T h e Pas t, P r es en t a n d F ut ure of D o d d - Fr ank

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Barney Frank | Hot Topics Back in 2008, we were facing the largest financial collapse since the Great Depression. We needed a guide to help navigate the muddy waters of a recovery plan. Enter the esteemed Congressman and Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Barney Frank. Frank was tasked with shepherding one of the most expensive and unpopular bills in recent history through Congress. He had to explain why it was necessary, build support and get the bill passed through the House. The bill would eventually pass and become a law. Today we know it as the Dodd/ Frank Wall Street Reform bill, or Consumer Protection Act. Frank will teach us about the corrupt ways of Washington, tell us the story behind this now infamous bill and discuss where the $700 billion in TARP bailout funds went. He will also talk about the future of banking and the role government is currently playing (and should play) vis a vis regulation of the financial services industry. Frank will be interviewed by Richard Bard. Sponsored in part by Wells Fargo.

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feb. 13

location: the grand view | lionshead parking structure time: 5:00p.m. reception | 5:30p.m. presentation tickets: $35 at the door | $25 in advance | $10 students

Marke t i n g C o l o r a d o : Ma k ing the P i e B i g g e r V S Ta k i ng a Slic e Panel | Hot Topics I have a dollar. You have a dollar. I give you my dollar. You give me your dollar. We both have a dollar. I have an idea. You have an idea. I give you my idea. You give me your idea. We both have two ideas. That is the difference between dollars and ideas. With ideas, you keep what you have by giving it away. Collaboration is a fantastic way to generate ideas, develop an industry and build a business. Fighting over a small pie is an idea rooted in fear, scarcity and small-mindedness. But so many businesses do it. There is a better way. By increasing the size of the pie instead of trying to get a bigger slice, everyone wins. This winter we are bringing three experts to Vail to talk about marketing Colorado: CEO of Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Kelly Brough, Colorado’s Chief Marketing Officer Aaron Kennedy, and President of Sander Marketing Steve Sander.The conversation will focus on what we can do to increase the $17 billion tourism industry so that everyone is successful, not just a few businesses that have massive marketing budgets and control a lion’s share of the market. Moderated by Rob LeVine. Sponsored in part by The Club at Cordillera.

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location: timber hearth grill | the club at cordillera time: 5:00p.m. reception | 5:30p.m. presentation tickets: $35 at the door | $25 in advance | $10 students

Own i ng Y o u r F e a r : H ow to Per fo r m i n t h e M i d s t o f C r isis & Ch a o s Stephen Koch | Unlimited Adventure How can you make fear work to your advantage? Is it possible to do your best work even in the midst of a chaotic, stressful situation? Stephen Koch knows about fear—he’s snowboarded down most of the world’s biggest mountains and is the only person to have done so. Koch will share his experiences and translate them into what it takes to prepare yourself for any challenge and how to thrive, even in crisis. Koch is a professional speaker, climber, snowboarder and mountain guide and is a pioneer in the field of Snowboard Mountaineering, a term he coined. His list of alpine ascents and descents include some of the most notable firsts anywhere in the world, most of which have never been repeated. He is the first person to snowboard all the major Teton Peaks in Wyoming, and the first and only person to snowboard on all Seven Summits, the highest peak on each continent.

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feb. 28

location: donovan pavilion | vail time: 5:00p.m. reception | 5:30p.m. presentation tickets: $10

Th e F utur e o f E d u c at io n: Th e Ro le of U ni ons in S c h o o l s Panel | Hot Topics Are teacher unions friend or foe when it comes to education reform? Frederick Hess and Randi Weingarten are both working to improve the education system in America, but they both have different visions and different opinions on how to make it happen, and they stand on opposite sides of the union debate. Frederick Hess is a Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. He is the author of the Education Week blog “Rick Hess Straight Up” and several influential books on education. Hess also serves as executive editor of Education Next, on the Review Board for the Broad Prize in Urban Education, and on the Boards of Directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and the American Board for the Certification of Teaching Excellence. Randi Weingarten is the current President of the American Federation of Teachers and the former President of the United Federation of Teachers. In 2013, the New York Observer named Weingarten one of the most influential New Yorkers of the past 25 years. Washington Life magazine included Weingarten on its 2013 Power 100 list of influential leaders. Moderated by Rohn Robbins. Sponsored by Slifer, Smith & Frampton.

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mar. 4

location: the grand view | vail time: 5:00p.m. reception | 5:30p.m. presentation tickets: $35 at the door | $25 in advance | $10 students


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T h e T r u t h a b ou t GMOs

Debate | Hot Topics

Is the practice of creating genetically modified organisms (GMOs) ethically sound? Are foods made with GMOs safe for you and your family? How should these foods be labeled? What are the myths and realities of GMOs and how do they impact our lives? Join two GMO experts—Jeffery Smith and Gregory Stock—from opposing sides of the debate for a moderated conversation about the truth behind GMOs. Jeffrey Smith is the Executive Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology and a leading spokesperson on the health dangers of GMOs. He’s the author of two books on genetically engineered foods, the international bestseller “Seeds of Deception” and “Genetic Roulette - The Gamble of Our Lives”, which he produced as a film in 2012. Dr. Gregory Stock, a biotech entrepreneur, bioethicist, bestselling author and public communicator is a leading authority on the broad impacts of genomic and other advanced technologies in the life sciences. He founded the influential Program on Medicine, Technology and Society at UCLA’s School of Medicine in 1997 and served as its Director for ten years. Moderated by Rohn Robbins. Sponsored in part by the Cordillera Valley Club.

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mar. 13

location: the cordillera valley club | cordillera time: 5:00p.m. reception | 5:30p.m. presentation tickets: $35 at the door | $25 in advance | $10 students

Pro of of H e av e n : A Neurosurge on ’s J ourn e y in to t h e U n k now n Eben Alexander | Living At Your Peak Is there life after death? Religious leaders and followers around the world would assert that, yes, there is, while scientists have traditionally denounced the existence of heaven, and argued that near-death experiences (NDEs) are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon and author of the bestseller “Proof of Heaven”, was one of those scientists until a rare illness attacked his brain in 2008 and sent him into a seven-day coma, during which, he says, he journeyed into the afterlife. Hear his story for yourself in Vail this winter. Dr. Alexander is a member of the American Medical Association and various other professional societies. He has served on the editorial boards of several journals and taught at Duke University Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and the University of Virginia Medical School. He is currently an attending neurosurgeon.

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mar. 20 14

location: donovan pavilion | vail time: 5:00p.m. reception | 5:30p.m. presentation tickets: $35 at the door | $25 in advance | $10 students

H igh er Consc i ous n e ss , S ubt l e P er cept io n & Hea li ng: B e c o m in g t h e New Hu m a n Dr. Jane Katra | Living At Your Peak Dr. Jane Katra will share her research experiences in the fields of Telepathy, Remote Viewing, Precognition, Psychokinesis, Distant Mental Influence of Living Systems, and Near-Death Studies, and discuss how functional MRI studies show the neuroplasticity of the human brain, affirming our ability to override the influences of our experiences and environment with attentional training. Dr. Jane Katra holds a Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of Oregon where she taught in the 1980’s. She is listed in Who’s Who of American Women, and co-authored the books “Miracles of Mind: Exploring Nonlocal Consciousness & Spiritual Healing”, and “The Heart of the Mind: Using Our Mind to Transform Our Consciousness” with physicist Russell Targ. Her work has been featured in “Reinventing Medicine” by Dr. Larry Dossey, and in Science of Mind, Natural Health, and Spirituality and Health. Sponsored in part by the Cordillera Valley Club.

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location: the cordillera valley club | cordillera time: 5:00p.m. reception | 5:30p.m. presentation tickets: $35 at the door | $25 in advance | $10 students

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P o ker Tourn am e nt John Vorhaus | Fundraiser Sponsored in part by Cordillera. Start practicing your poker face and get ready to go all in when Vegas comes to Vail for one night benefitting the Vail Symposium this winter. Author and poker expert John Vorhaus will be on hand to play at various tables and offer tips throughout the evening. A b o u t J o h n V o rha u s John Vorhaus is the only poker strategist/ theorist to have written for all four major poker publications: Card Player, Poker World, Poker Europa, and Poker Digest. His first poker book, “The Pro Poker Playbook”, published in the mid1990s, earned the praise of Mike Caro, America’s Mad Genius of Poker, who wrote, “With this book, John Vorhaus goes beyond his own stature as one of the great poker writers...he comes of age as an important poker analyst.” His second poker book, “Killer Poker: Strategy and Tactics for Winning Poker Play”, hit the bookstores in late 2002, soon followed by “Killer Poker Online: Crushing the Internet Game”, which rushed to the top of the Amazon sales chart. The third book in the series, “The Killer Poker Hold’em Handbook”, was released in 2004. Outside the poker realm, Vorhaus works as a scriptwriter, screenwriter, and story development consultant. He is perhaps best known for his book “The Comic Toolbox: How to be Funny Even if you’re Not”. He’s a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University and a member of the Writers Guild of America. He has taught writing at Northwestern University and the American Film Institute.

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location: the lodge & spa cordillera | cordillera time: 6:00p.m. tickets: $250/seat | $1500/table (7 seats/table)

Perfect Pairings:

An Exc l u s i v e E v e n ing w i t h M a s t e r S o m m elier s

Film Screening | Fundraiser Sponsored in part by West Vail Liquor Mart. There are only 135 Master Sommeliers in North America. In fact, only 211 professionals worldwide have earned the title Master Sommelier since the first Master Sommelier Diploma Exam in 1969. Two of them, Jay Fletcher and Sean Razee, hail from Colorado and will join us for an evening in Vail this winter. They will select the perfect wines to pair with hors d’oeuvres and dinner catered by Big Delicious Catering and be on hand to answer questions following the screening of SOMM. The evening will benefit the Vail Symposium.

Photo Credit: Forgotten Man Films/Samuel Goldwyn Films

A b o u t S OMM SOMM takes the viewer on a humorous, emotional and illuminating look into a mysterious world—the Court of Master Sommeliers and the massively intimidating Master Sommelier Exam. The Court of Master Sommeliers is one of the world’s most prestigious, secretive and exclusive organizations. The exam covers literally every nuance of the world of wine, spirits and cigars. Those who have passed have put at risk their personal lives, their well- being and often their sanity to pull it off. SOMM takes you on the ultimate insider’s tour into a world of obsession, hope, and friendship in red, blanc and sometimes rose. (c) Samuel Goldwyn A b o u t J ay F l e t c h e r In 1993, after several years of working his way up in the local restaurant scene in Aspen, Fletcher came across an advertisement for an introductory course offered by the Court of Master Sommeliers. He earned the title of Master Sommelier just three years and four months after signing up for the introductory course. He was the 30th American to join the Court. Fletcher currently serves as the Executive Director of Fine Wine and Master Sommelier for Southern Wine and Spirits of Colorado. He is also the current Chairman of the Court of Master Sommeliers, American Chapter. He is the Cellar Master for the Guild of Sommeliers’ extensive wine collection, an accredited Bordeaux Educator from the L’Ecole du Vin in Bordeaux, France, and a Commandeur d’Honneur from the Commanderie du Bontemps of the Medoc, Graves, Sauternes, and Barsac. About Sean Razee Sean Razee, MS, AIWS works as Beverage Director for Vail Resorts’ Mountain Dining Division, overseeing all 10 resorts’ beverage programs. Sean holds the wine service industry’s most prestigious credential of Master Sommelier, as well as a diploma from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust and the title of Certified Sake Professional. Sean maintains a down-to-earth approach to wine and food, and believes strongly in removing the formality and pretense surrounding wine. Striving to become a “highly-acclaimed” home chef, Sean spends much of his free time cooking, exploring exotic markets, and finding innovative food and wine combinations.

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feb. 15

location: donovan pavilion | vail time: 6:00p.m. – 9:30p.m. tickets: $180* *Includes hors d’oeuvres, dinner & wine pairings, viewing of the documentary SOMM and a Q&A session with two Master Sommeliers.


calendar of events TEDxV a i l W o m e n Thursday, December 5, 2013 Edwards Interfaith Chapel | Edwards

The Secret World of International Finance David Rubenstein | Hot Topics Saturday, December 28, 2013 The Grand View | Lionshead Parking Structure

Stem Cells: The Future of Medicine is Now Panel | Living At Your Peak Friday, January 10, 2014 The Antlers at Vail | Vail

Poker Tournament John Vorhaus | Fundraiser Friday, January 17, 2014 The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera | Cordillera

Avoiding Disaster: Homeland Security in the 21st Century Gary Hart | Hot Topics Thursday, January 23, 2014 The Grand View | Lionshead Parking Structure

L i f e Af t e r L i f e : Ex p l o r i n g t h e N e a r - D e a t h Ex p e r i e n c e Raymond Moody | Living At Your Peak Thursday, January 30, 2014 The Grand View | Lionshead Parking Structure

On Top of the World Panel | Unlimited Adventure Thursday, February 6, 2014 The Beaver Creek Club | Beaver Creek

T h e P a s t, P r e s e n t a n d F u t u r e o f D o d d - F r a n k Barney Frank | Hot Topics Thursday, February 13, 2014 The Grand View | Lionshead Parking Structure 18

P e r f e c t P a i r i n g s : A n Ex c l u s i v e E v e n i n g with Master Sommeliers film screening | Fundraiser Saturday, February 15, 2014 Donovan Pavilion | Vail

Marketing Colorado: Making the Pie Bigger vs Taking a Slice Panel | Hot Topics Thursday, February 20, 2014 Timber Hearth Grill | The Club at Cordillera

Owning Your Fear Stephen Koch | Unlimited Adventure Friday, February 28, 2014 Donovan Pavilion | Vail

The Future of Education: the role of unions in Schools Panel | Hot Topics Tuesday, March 4, 2014 The Grand View | Lionshead Parking Structure

T h e T r u t h A b o u t GMOs Panel | Hot Topics Thursday, March 13, 2014 The Cordillera Valley Club | Cordillera

Proof of Heaven Eben Alexander | Living At Your Peak Thursday, March 20, 2014 Donovan Pavilion | Vail

H i g h e r C o n s c i o u s n e ss , S u b t l e P e r c e p t i o n & Healing: Becoming the New Human Dr. Jane Katra | Living At Your Peak Thursday, April 3, 2014 The Cordillera Valley Club | Cordillera *All dates, venues and events are subject to change. Please visit for the most up-to-date information and to purchase tickets.


Colorado Mountain College Spring 2014 Continuing Education Classes Outdoor Adventure

4Backcountry Bootcamp, SYN# 80607 2/7, 2/8 and 2/9 with an evening prep class on 2/5 3 days, and 2 nights at stunning Vagabond Ranch in the Never Summer Range North of Granby. Guided backcountry skiing and riding, avalanche awareness and companion rescue skills.

4Backcountry Hut Trip for Women, SYN# 80605 2/22 and 2/23 with an evening prep class on 2/18

Join this not-to-be-missed trip: learn equipment selection, route planning, and basic avalanche awareness!

Culinary Adventure

4Flavors of Japan, SYN# 79935 Monday, 1/13, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Learn a new skill. Get into a hobby.

Savor the tradition, lore, and key ingredients of Japanese cooking.

4Chocolate Works I and II, SYN# 79947 and SYN# 79948 Wednesdays, 2/5 and 2/12, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Discover how to temper chocolate and gain skills for making various chocolate treats and decorations.


4Breads, SYN# 79952 Tuesday and Wednesday, 2/25 and 2/26, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Arts and Language


Spend two delicious days learning the art of bread-making!

4Ceramics, SYN# 80679 Tuesdays, 1/14 – 4/01, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Slab and coil construction, wheel throwing, glazing and firing.

4Ballroom Dancing, SYN# 80647 Tuesdays, 3/4 – 4/8, 7:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m. Foxtrot, Waltz, Swing, Salsa, Tango, Cha Cha and more.

4French for Travelers - Beginner and Advanced Beginner SYN # 80676, Beginner, Mondays and Wednesdays, 1/13 – 2/5, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. SYN # 80695, Advanced Beginner, Wednesdays, 3/26 – 4/30, 6:00 p.m.– 8:30 p.m. Practice listening and speaking using conversations and dialogues heard in everyday life.

Check the Class Schedule for MORE!


venue directions The Antlers at Vail

680 W. Lionshead Place | Vail | 970.476.2471 From I-70, take exit 176 and proceed west on South Frontage Road toward Lionshead. Take a left on West Lionshead Circle from the Frontage Road. (It is immediately following the Pedestrian Bridge.) Follow the road as it curves to the left, the Antlers is at the bottom of the hill.

Donovan Pavilion

1600 S. Frontage Rd. | Vail | 970.477.3699 From I-70, take exit 173 (West Vail) and proceed south and continue east on S. Frontage Rd. parallel to I-70. The Pavilion will be 0.7 mile on the right. Look for the large stone sign and a playground.

Edwards Interfaith Chapel

32138 U.S. Highway 6 | Edwards From I-70, take exit 163 (Edwards) and proceed south onto Edwards Access Rd. Turn right onto US HWY 6. Continue for 1.8 miles. The chapel will be on the left.

The Grand View | Lionshead Parking Structure

395 E. Lionshead Circle | Vail Vail’s newest community space on the third floor of the Lionshead Welcome Center. From I-70, take exit 176 (Vail) and proceed west on S. Frontage Road towards Lionshead. Turn left into Lionshead Parking Structure. Free parking after 3:00 p.m.

The Cordillera Valley Club 1844 Beard Creek Trail | Edwards 970.926.1017 |

The Club at Cordillera (Timber Hearth Grill)

101 Legends Dr. | Edwards 970.926.5950 |

The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera 2205 Cordillera Way | Edwards | 970.926.2200

the beaver creek club

103 Offerson Rd. | Beaver Creek | 970.754.5170 From I-70, take exit 167 (Avon) and proceed south on Avon Road. Stay straight to go onto Village Road and head up toward Beaver Creek Village.

P a r k i n g : For most Vail and Beaver Creek venues, we ask that you please utilize public parking structures. Call our office at 970.476.0954 for specific parking information. 21

do n o r s

Th e Pat r o n s ’ C i r cl e a n d Fou n d e r s ’ 40 r e cog n i z e s d i s t i n ct commu n i t y m e mb e r s w ho co n t i n u e d to mak e a mult i - y e a r comm i t m e n t to t h e Va i l Sympos i um . W e t ha n k t h e s e do n o r s fo r suppo r t i n g ou r fu t u r e by p r ov i d i n g t h e fou n dat i o n fo r ou r o r ga n i zat i o n .

PATRONS ’ CIRCLE Pete and Pat Frechette Richard Gretz and Doris Dewton David and Barbara LeVine Charles and Sandy Lloyd

F OUNDERS ’ 40 Michael and Marci Balk Richard and Pamela Bard Gary and Carolyn Cage David and Marcia Christofferson Jo-Ann Churchill Charles Dolan and Susan Mackin Dolan


Fairfield County Community Foundation Peter and Carole Feistmann Allan Finney and Nancy Gage Harry and Susan Frampton Ben and Holly Gill Katherine Gold Alan and Barbara Goncharoff Bob and Judy Holmes Al and Kathy Hubbard

LUMINARY Alpine Bank Antlers at Vail* Richard and Pamela Bard Betteridge Jewelers Big Delicious Catering* The Club at Cordillera* Colorado Mountain Express* Donovan Pavilion* Jay and Kirk Huffard Dale and Jeanne Mosier Mountain Living* Kirit Pathak The Piton Foundation Steadman Philippon Research Institute Vail Daily* Vail Resorts Echo* Wells Fargo

Jay and Kirk Huffard Reese and Alberta Johnson Art and Elaine Kelton Alan and Judy Kosloff Rob LeVine and Evelyn Pinney Deb and Dan Luginbuhl Tony and Barbie Mayer Terry Minger Dale and Jeanne Mosier

*Denotes gift made wholly or partially in-kind

Priscilla O’Neill Kathi Renman Jim and Bobbie Ruh Bernie and Suzanne Scharf Alby Segall Myrna and Don Sigman Rod and Beth Slifer Marjorie Vickers Kyle Webb and Allison Krausen


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LIGHTHOUSE ThriveMD Timothy Belber Pete and Pat Frechette Gary Gilman Pepi and Sheika Gramshammer Richard Gretz and Doris Dewton Kat Haber* J.P. Morgan Andy and Lynn Kaufman Rob LeVine and Evelyn Pinney David and Barbara LeVine Charles and Sandy Lloyd Priscilla O’Neill Don and Mary Rogers Jim and Bobbie Ruh Slifer Smith and Frampton/VARE Town of Vail*


BEACON Aberle Investment Management Dierdre and Ronnie Baker Michael and Marci Balk Richard and Pamela Bard Centennial Bank Gary and Carolyn Cage Michael Carlisle* David and Marcia Christofferson Jo-Ann Churchill Charles Dolan and Susan Mackin Dolan Peter and Carole Feistmann Kraig Forbes Harry and Susan Frampton Allan Finney and Nancy Gage Tom and Margie Gart Ben and Holly Gill Katherine Gold Alan and Barbara Goncharoff Bob and Judy Holmes Al and Kathy Hubbard Jay and Kirk Huffard Reese and Alberta Johnson Art and Elaine Kelton Alan and Judy Kosloff Rob LeVine and Evelyn Pinney The Loewenstern Foundation

*Denotes gift made wholly or partially in-kind

Deb and Dan Luginbuhl The Mayer-Phillips Foundation Tony and Barbie Mayer Terry Minger Dale and Jeanne Mosier Mountain Digital, Inc.* ThyssenKrupp Integrity Real Estate Advantage Priscilla O’Neill Fairfield County Community Foundation Kathi Renman Rohn and Deb Robbins Jim and Bobbie Ruh Bernie and Suzanne Scharf Alby Segall* Myrna and Don Sigman Rod and Beth Slifer Richard and Pam Smith United Way of Eagle River Valley Marjorie Vickers KH Webb Architects* Kyle Webb and Allison Krausen George and Betsy Wiegers

do n o r s

LANTERN Todger and Shannon Anderson Spa4ThePink Roger and Margo Behler Jim and Connie Cameron Carol Cockrum Stan and Mary Ellen Cope Steve and Amy Coyer Crazy Mountain Brewing Company* Andrea Eddy Buck and Holly Elliott Artie and Jodi Israel John and Kerma Karoly Maricela Luevanos Mark Martin Tony and Barbie Mayer Brenda and Joe McHugh Nina McLemore, Inc.* Doug and Anne McNeill Walter and Leila Mischer Steve Negler Peggy Nicholls Diane Pitt Red Bull* SER Inc.* Shaw Electric The Broadmoor* Stephanie Uberbacher Kevin and Regina Valice Walker Fine Art* Eric Wiseman Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa* Zip Adventures of Vail*


*Denotes gift made wholly or partially in-kind

CANDLE Ronnie and Dierdre Baker Beaver Creek Lodge* Bonnie Blecha Pam Brandmeyer Joerg and Rita Braun Jeff and Diane Brundage Alexandra Christy Robert Croteau and Karen Nold Bol* Tom and Wendy Divinere Education Foundation of Eagle County Jim and Cookie Flaum Vail Valley Foundation* Steve and Lee Gulotta Martha Head Barbara Hibben Patti Johnson Shane Kleinstein Michael and Andrea Leeds

Charlie L’Esperance Peter MacDonald Fletcher MacNeill Wade Mahanke UPS Old Forge Pizza Co.* Taste of Vail* Bill and Jacque Oakes Jim Palenchar and Liz Lynner Ebby and Lex Pinson Mark Pittman Riverwalk Wine & Spirits* Jason Rudofski Kenneth and Connie Scutari Sage Hospitality* Vivian Teets Gregory Thomas Vail Chophouse* Vail Valley Medical Center Ace Hardware LLC Alyn Park and Jay Wissot

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S PARK Peter Abuisi Sandi and Larry Agneberg Judd and Gretchen Babcock Tom and Tess Backhus Jack and Shirley Beal Ruggs Benedict* Colorado Mountain College* David and Adriana Bombard Alice Boone Gus and Eleanore Bramante Bennett and Arlene Brummer Don and Joan Chambers Dick Cleveland and Kathy Langenwalter TJ Conners Kim and Bill Cox Coyote CafÊ* Local Joe’s Edwards* Peter Dann Alan and Silvia Danson Fred and Ines Distelhorst Abigail Dixon Charles Dolan and Susan Mackin Dolan Arthur and Arlene Elkind Anne Esson Sandor Falk Gail Ferry

Linda Hryckowian and Raymond J. Finn, Jr. John and Terry Forester Georgia Fox Morris and Mikki Futernick Eddie Gingras Charles Goodin Marshall Gordon Anne Hintz Barbara Hogoboom John and Pam Horan-Kates Michele and Scott Hovey Linda Hutson Han M. Kang Steve and Mary Sue Katz Elizabeth Keay Karen and Bob Kern Collier and Ann Kirkham Laurie and Terry Kleisinger Bud and Betsy Knapp Kent Erickson and Barbara Krichbaum Lanie Lapin* Kathleen Ligare William and Ann Loper Ed and Barbara Lukes Hank Mader Jack and Leslie Manes Marjorie Marks Diana Mathias Mary Jane and Frank Miller Marie H. Millman Thomas Moorhead Richard Jackson and Cheryl Moskal

FRIEND S Thomas and Dee Mulvihill Lisa Muncy Suzette and Michael Newman Chris Offutt Old Forge Pizza* Dorothy Parsons Bill Pierce Lisa Ponder Kathi Renman Claggett/Rey Gallery* Pearl Rieger Strung From the Moon* Bob and Barbara Rosen Route 6 CafĂŠ* Judith Whetstine and Bob Rush Richard and Aline Sandomire Carole Schragen Sondra Slappey Sudi Sloan Robin and Kathy Smith Stephen and Nancy Snyder Brian and Paige Sodergren Lois and Bert Solomon Les and Madeline Stern Mimi and Woody Stockwell Barry and Evelyn Strauch Kathie Talbot Terra Bistro* Ti Amo* Valbruna* Laura Tumperi Norm Vogel Robert Warner Albert and Susan Weihl Dennis and Anne Wentz Tommy White David and Kristin Williams Zino*

*Denotes gift made wholly or partially in-kind

Charles and Kay Bertrand Margaret Blazek Kay Christensen Martha Cole Curious Theater Company* Cherry and Dan Gallagher Nancy Gladstone Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park* Sue Goodin Dwight Henninger Doreen Somers Mary Lamb Lucas Mike Mathias Sharon McKay-Jewett Bob Moroney Marka Moser Suzette and Michael Newman Susan Pollack William Powell Racines Restaurant* Oscar Sevilla Norm and Sarah Smith Robyn Specthrie Marla Steele Ti Amo Ristorante* Judy Van Bergen Jennifer and Jake VanBeelen Deborah Webster Donna Whittington Hap and Nancy Young

thank you to our sponsors We ask you to please support these valuable Vail Symposium sponsors; they are incredible assets not only to our organization but also to our community as a whole.

Mountain Digital, Inc.

Riverwalk Wine & Spirits

A special thanks to our 2013 Living At Your Peak Sponsors


Pamela and Richard Bard Timothy Belber Gary Gilman Kirit Pathak Spa4ThePink

G e t I n v o lv e d ≥ Volunteer

There are many ways to help the Symposium thrive:

≥ Spread the word ≥ Friend us on Facebook & Follow us on Twitter ≥ Be an intern ≥ Assist speakers during their visit ≥ Submit a program idea ≥ Donate tickets ≥ Attend an event

Everything we do would not be possible without the brains and brawn of our exceptional volunteers. Thank you for all that you do!

Mark Luzar Erin McCuskey Terry Mutter Charlie Owen

A very special thank you to our volunteer Volunteer Coordinator Jeanne Mosier, We don’t know what we would do without you!

Jean Peterson Ebby Pinson Jane Reisinger Deb Robbins Beth Levine Rosen

Donna Abbruzzessi

Bill Douglas

Pegasus Rumaine

Nancy Berg

Mark Dubovy

Lois Schwager

Heidi Bintz

Anne Dunlevie

Doreen Somers

Lori Brown

Denisse Favela

Jared Staber

Kate Burchenal

Kyle Fowler

Kris Sunderland

Gracie Campbell

Teodor Georgiev

Rita Thompson

Bridgett Courtois

Kat Haber

Kip Tingle

Michelle Darken

Carla Hagan

Deb Travers

Mason Davey

Anne Hatch

Vali Watts

Kim Denning

Beth Justice

Philip Weddle

Dorian Dima

Debbie King

Leila White

Abby Dixon

Melissa Kirr

Sarah Whitmore

Susan Mackin Dolan

Laurie Kleisinger

Scott Winnegrad

Dale Mosier

Rob LeVine

Emily Zeigler







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President Alby Segall Program Director Adam Katzen


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Vail Symposium Winter 2014 Program Book  

Dates and descriptions of all our Winter 2013-14 programs and events.

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