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letter from the executive director Dear Friends, Neighbors and Fellow Lifelong Learners,

Whew! 2015 was one for the Vail Symposium record books. We increased the total number of programs for the year by 50% over 2014 and blew total attendance numbers out of the water with a 26% increase over 2014. In fact, we saw a five-year high for summer attendance numbers over the Summer 2015 programming season. How cool is that? We did a few things differently this year. Among others, we presented more workshops, took some programs outside and dug in with strong programs in July and August, smack dab in the heart of the summer season. I want to thank you for trusting us as we tried some new things, and not only for trusting us but also for joining us on the journey. The Symposium exists for our community and, really, it belongs to our community. Our programs and everything we do, whether a new idea or a tried and true staple, are for the enjoyment and learning pleasure of those visiting and living in the Vail Valley. I thank you for trusting our Board, committee members, staff and volunteers to put together season after season of programming we think you’ll find enriching and valuable. Please don’t hesitate to let us know what else we can do differently to better serve you. All of us here at the Symposium love what we do and we love sharing it with you, but none of it is worth it without your support. So don’t hold back, let us know what you think. You can always reach me on our office line at 970-476-0954 or by email direct at Thank you again for your trust, support and enthusiasm over the past year. Here’s to another year of ideas, discourse and lively conversation at the Vail Symposium! Kind regards,

Tracey Flower executive director


letter from the board chair One of my favorite sayings derives from the Talmud. It goes like this:

“To save one life is to save the world entire. To fail to save one life is to condemn the entire world.” It is the butterfly effect writ large. What we do and how we do it has repercussions—ripples if you will—that go out into the world and create a larger impact. So what does this have to do with the Vail Symposium in general and our winter programming in particular? Well . . . everything. Forty five years ago, the Vail Symposium was formed to bring people together, to explore ideas, and to take that collaboration out into the wider world. It exits not only to prompt thinking and consideration, but also to stimulate action, personally taken. We have been told from time to time that one program or another was “life changing.” That makes us smile. And even if not life changing in every instance, what we hope to offer is the view from a different perspective, the consideration of things possible, whether curing disease via new therapies, brokering world peace or summiting an impossible peak. What we intend to do is to inspire. This winter season we will offer you our menu of Hot Topics, starting with the timely topic of death with dignity, exploring, distracted driving, marketing to the luxury mindset, the 8 laws of change and more. Our Adventure Series will include the sky diving author of "Learning to Fly", and Jessica Martin, who mountain biked 15 of Colorado's 14ers. We will continue our Financially Speaking series with esteemed speakers from government, industry and the entrepreneurial world. Among our featured presenters will be former Denver Mayor and former Secretary of the Department of Transportation, Frederico Peña. We will entertain and provoke with our Living at Your Peak and Consciousness series including the brave new world of stem cell therapy and the great “out there,” which astrobiology, extraterrestrials and the quest for life among the stars. And there is so much more. Like the breadth of our programing, I shift from the Talmud to Bruce Springsteen, noting, “You can’t start a fire without a spark.” Our tent is broad. The flaps are open. Come in. Consider new ideas. And take home a little light. We look forward to taking the journey with you. With all best wishes,

Rohn K. Robbins chairman, board of directors




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2015 year in review


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executive director Tracey Flower

development director

advisory council

Tim Swift

Michael Balk Pam Bard Pam Brandmeyer Doris Dewton Kat Haber Elaine Kelton Michael Losier Jamie Metzl Liana C. Moore Brian Nolan JK Perry Kathi Renman Pamela Smith

program & development manager Ashley Cawthorn

marketing manager John O'Neill

board of directors chairman Rohn K. Robbins treasurer Rob LeVine Gary Gilman Kathy Kimmel Laurie Kleisinger Andy Kaufman Jill Lammers Jeanette McMurtry Dale & Jeanne Mosier Don Rogers James C. Ruh

honorary board chair emeritus Karen Morter Terry Minger Priscilla O’Neil Ebby Pinson

mission The Vail Symposium is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to yearround lifelong learning for the Vail Valley community through educational programs that are thought-provoking, diverse and affordable. 5

2015 YEAR IN REVIEW • The annual January event focusing on stem cell research and application drew over 100 people to Vail Mountain School in its second year. Doctors David Karli, Christopher Centeno and Maynard Howe led an in-depth discussion about currently available regenerative therapies and what to expect from these treatment options in the future. • Four years ago the Symposium convened a panel to discuss whether or not marijuana should be legalized in Colorado; in January we revisited the topic with another panel, this time to reflect on the year that had passed since voters answered the “legal or not” question with a resounding yes. Panelists examined the merits and flaws of marijuana legislation in a lively discussion. C-SPAN caught the action on camera and the program continues to air on national television today. • Film returned to the Symposium in a big way in 2015 with three outdoor screenings. The audience was delighted to a stunning setting at the Little Beach Park in Minturn, $2 Crazy Mountain Beers and fine film selections curated by the Vail Film Festival. • Consciousness Series fans were treated to compelling talks by Dr. Eben Alexander, Dr. Julie Beischel and Jeff Olsen over the winter. The summer was highlighted by Dr. Sue Morter’s explanation of bridging science, spirit and the human possibility.

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SUPPORT THE SYMPOSIUM DONATE TODAY! We invite you to join our audience, team and family. Only 10% of our income comes from program ticket sales. The Vail Symposium can and will continue to offer affordable, thought-provoking and diverse programming with your support.

A donation of any amount is enough to make a difference in our community. Make a donation online through or mail checks, made out to Vail Symposium, to: P.O. Box 3038, Vail, CO 81658.

summary of membership levels & benefits All members (starting at $50) receive a newsletter, opportunity to purchase tickets to programs in advance of the general public and discounts at participating local restaurants and retail shops.

SPARK MEMBER {$100 - $249}

SPOT LIGHT MEMBER {$2,500 - $4,999}

• Admission for two to a program of your choice

• Admission for four to all programs for one year • An invitation for two to our annual Major Donors’ recognition event

CANDLE MEMBER {$250 - $499} • Admission for two to your choice of two programs

LANTERN MEMBER {$500 - $999} • Admission for two to your choice of four programs

TORCH MEMBER {$1,000 - $2,499} • Admission for two to all programs for one year • An invitation for two to our annual Major Donors’ recognition event

FLOOD LIGHT MEMBER {$5,000 - $9,999} • Admission for six to all programs for one year • An invitation for two to our Major Donors’ recognition event

ARC LIGHT MEMBER {$10,000 AND ABOVE} • Admission for eight to all our programs for one year • An invitation for two to our Major Donors’ recognition event

Anyone giving at the Torch Member level or higher qualifies as a major giver and a member of the Lighthouse Society. General program tickets and member passes are transferable. Tickets and passes are not valid for fundraisers, workshops or other events deems “special” unless otherwise noted. Member passes are valid for one year from donation date.

For additional information about how to support the Vail Symposium and a complete list of benefits, please contact Tim Swift at 970-306-1934 or 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 7

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A LETTER FROM THE PROGRAM COMMITTEE Greetings Vail Symposium Members and Attendees, We are extremely proud of this winter’s program. We work very hard to present a wide variety of presentations and panel discussions for our community each year. Our goal is to always find presenters who have significant expertise and stellar presentation skills; hopefully, we have accomplished that with this season of programs and we will continue to strive for excellence in this area in the future. This program season has 22 presentations, 3 workshops and several other special efforts, including our support of TEDxVail. We are constantly looking for ideas for future sessions and, in particular, for opportunities to connect with potential presenters 1-2 years out. I ask that any of you approach our Executive Director, Tracey, myself or any Vail Symposium Board or staff member with ideas or contacts that you think we should consider. Many of our top presenters have come to us through your ideas and recommendations, and we have become adept at networking with these people to present program seasons which, year after year, continues to be better than the last. Thanks for supporting us financially and with your attendance, Dale Mosier Chairman, Vail Symposium Program Committee TedXVail-2016-SymposiumAd-5.5x5FAv2-press.pdf



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january 8, 2016 | 2-9pm

2016 THEME: NATURALLY sessions: globally • grateful • sustainable • extreme

speaker lineup schedule + tickets talks designed to spark deep discussion and connection



R I G H T- T O - D I E : D E AT H W I T H D I G N I T Y IN COLORADO with rep. lois court, dr. charles hamlin and carrie lucas | hot topics moderated by rohn robbins


Legislation to allow physician-assisted death for patients diagnosed as terminally ill has been highly controversial. Colorado declined to join Oregon, Washington, Montana, New Mexico and Vermont in legalizing a right-to-die law when House Bill 1135 was voted down 8 to 5 by the House Health and Human Services Committee in February of 2015. These three panelists, all specializing in right-to-die legislation in Colorado, will discuss the matter as it is reintroduced in the 2016 Legislative Session. Rep. Lois Court was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives serving House District 6 in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. She was the prime sponsor of House Bill 1135. Dr. Charles Hamlin is a retired surgeon in Denver. He is a member of both the National and Colorado Boards of Compassion and Choices. Carrie Ann Lucas is the co-leader of Not Dead Yet Colorado and a national board member of Not Dead Yet, a national grassroots disability rights organization. She is also founder and executive director of Disabled Parents Rights in Windsor, CO.

04 JAN

location: the donovan pavilion time: 5:30 p.m. reception | 6:00 p.m. presentation tickets: $25 in advance | $35 after 2 p.m. on event day $10 students & teachers

T H E 8 L AW S O F C H A N G E : HOW TO BE AN AGENT OF PERSONAL A N D S O C I A L T R A N S F O R M AT I O N with stephan schwartz | hot topics Martin Luther King Jr., Ben Franklin, Gandhi and Mother Teresa found a way to bend the arc of history to enact exacting and lasting change. After dedicating 16 years to the scientific and historical study of change, and drawing on his personal experiences throughout the Civil Rights Movement, scientist, historian, futurist and author of “The 8 Laws of Change,” Stephan A. Schwartz will reveal how the dynamics of change are learnable. Schwartz is a Distinguished Consulting Faculty of Saybrook University and a Research Associate of the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory of the Laboratories for Fundamental Research. He is the columnist and editor of the daily web publication in which he covers trends that are affecting the future. Citing fields of medicine, neuroscience, biology and quantum physics, Schwartz will discuss how any one person or small group—without great wealth, physical power or official position—can create successful lasting transformation.


Presented in partnership with TEDxVail. Sponsored in part by Antlers at Vail.


06 JAN

location: antlers at vail time: 5:30 p.m. reception | 6:00 p.m. presentation tickets: $25 in advance | $35 after 2 p.m. on event day $10 students & teachers

L E A R N I N G T O F LY : LESSONS FROM THE AIR with steph davis | unlimited adventure Extreme experiences are a compelling metaphor for life: managing fear, dealing with loss and embracing growth through discipline and calculated risk. Steph Davis, legendary climber, BASE jumper and wingsuit flyer, proposes learning to evaluate strengths and weakness with honesty and patience in order to go to the next level when the time is right rather than "just going for it" in high commitment moments, and re-examining the meaning of success. Davis began climbing in 1991, completed a Master’s degree in literature and one week of law school before moving into her grandmother’s hand-me-down Oldsmobile and moving to Moab, Utah. She has since become the only woman to free solo a 5.11 rated climb, the first woman to summit all peaks in the Fitzroy Range in Patagonia, the second woman to free climb El Capitan in a day and the first woman to free solo The Diamond on Longs Peak. She is the author of two memoirs, “Learning to Fly” and “High Infatuation.”


Presented in partnership with the Town of Vail Public Library, Girl PowHER and The Women’s Foundation of Colorado.

14 JAN

location: the donovan pavilion time: 5:30 p.m. reception | 6:00 p.m. presentation tickets: free

MARKETING TO THE LUXURY MINDSET with harlan bratcher and toby usnik | hot topics business edition moderated by jeanette mcmurtry Harlan Bratcher is the CEO of Reed Krakoff International LLC, which designs, produces and distributes women’s luxury ready-to-wear handbags, footwear and accessories. He was formerly the President and CEO of Armani Exchange. Toby Usnik is the Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer and International Director at Christies, the world’s leading art business collecting nearly $8.4 billion in 2014 from pieces of art, jewelry, photographs, wine and other collectibles. He was formerly the Executive Director of Public Relations for The New York Times. Bratcher will discuss consumer psychology and the luxury niche, or understanding the psychological triggers behind luxury, while Usnik will discuss how luxury is self-defined and known only when felt. They will discuss the psychological appeals of selling handbags for $25,000 and how a luxury brand positions its products to not only command these prices, but also to create the sense of actualization, sophistication and social superiority that accompanies with the products.


Presented by Alpine Bank

19 JAN

location: the grand view time: 5:30 p.m. reception | 6:00 p.m. presentation tickets: $25 in advance | $35 after 2 p.m. on event day $10 students & teachers 11


B I K I N G I N T H E BA C K C O U N T RY: RIDING COLORADO 14ERS with jessica martin | unlimited adventure With her own money, on her days off and purely for the sake of passion, Jessica Martin became the first female to summit and descend all of the legal-to-ride 14ers in Colorado… with her bike. On an aluminum 34-pound Yeti mountain bike, Martin, who is not a professional mountain biker, climbed and descended 14 14,000-foot peaks between July 31 and October 2 of 2015. The accomplishment came as byproduct for her love of “being out in nature, vulnerable, exposed and discovering.” Facing thin air, treacherous terrain, long hours and unpredictable trail and weather conditions, Martin came away from the feat with a profound appreciation for how the experience helped her grow, thrive and come alive. Her story is one that brings the awe of adventure close to home in a “she is just like you and me” fashion that strengthens, inspires and motivates anyone to challenge their own comfort zones.


Presented in partnership with the Town of Vail Public Library, Girl PowHER and The Women’s Foundation of Colorado.

21 JAN

location: the donovan pavilion time: 5:30 p.m. reception | 6:00 p.m. presentation tickets: free

STORIES I TELL MYSELF: GROWING UP WITH HUNTER S. THOMPSON with juan thompson | author series Telling the story of father and son, through 41 years together, Juan Thompson is the son of fearless outlaw journalist/writer Hunter S. Thompson. Renowned for his alcohol and drug-fueled, charismatic and manic first-person articles, Hunter S. Thompson carved his way into American households through political exposés and novels of bizarre experience, such as “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “The Rum Diary.” Thompson died at Owl Farm in Woody Creek, Colorado on February 20, 2005 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head while his son, Juan, daughter in-law Jennifer, and grandson Will were visiting for the weekend. In his book “Stories I Tell Myself”, due out in January 2016, Juan Thompson shares an intimate portrait of his father as a dad, writer, brother, husband and manic searching soul who grew up with the times he inhabited and dominated. Juan lived through it all and now tells this dangerous, complex and loving tale.


Presented in partnership with The Bookworm of Edwards.


25 JAN

location: the grand view time: 5:30 p.m. reception | 6:00 p.m. presentation tickets: $25 in advance | $35 after 2 p.m. on event day $10 students & teachers

STEM CELLS: EXPLORING THE RESEARCH PERSPECTIVE with dr. dennis roop, dr. vikas patel and dr. william hiatt living at your peak | moderated by rohn robbins Regenerative medicine continues to be one of the fastest growing and most exciting fields of medicine. Using emerging stem cell therapies, doctors are tearing down the barriers to health and wellness caused by tired treatments for chronic or life-threatening illness. This panel will focus on the research perspective of emerging therapies— what new therapies are being developed, where and how they are being developed and their clinical translation. Dr. Dennis R. Roop is the Director of The Charles C. Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology. He will speak specifically about developments in dermatology. Dr. Vikas Patel is the Chief of Orthopedic Spine Surgery at the University of Colorado. Dr. Patel will focus on translating promising discoveries through animal studies and eventually into humans Dr. William Hiatt is a Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology and President of the Colorado Prevention Center. Dr. Hiatt will specifically address developments in cardiology.


Presented in partnership with The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

28 JAN

location: vail mountain school time: 5:30 p.m. reception | 6:00 p.m. presentation tickets: $25 in advance | $35 after 2 p.m. on event day $10 students & teachers

O N S W E AT, S P O R T A N D D E T E R M I N AT I O N with alana nichols | unlimited adventure Alana Nichols is a two-sport phenomenon in wheelchair basketball and alpine skiing, having competed in four Paralympic Games, winning three gold medals and becoming the first female American to win Gold in both the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games. In 2014 she was inducted into the Warner Brothers “Superman Hall of Heroes”, with the inaugural class of real-life heroes and is a three-time Espy nominee. She is a 2015 Paracanoe World Cup and World Championships team member. Alana grew up in Farmington, N.M. and was an avid snowboarder until, in 2002, she landed back-first on a rock while attempting a backflip on her snowboard. The injury caused her to be paralyzed from the waist down. She shares her story of hope, picking herself up more times than she’s ever been knocked down and how adversity brings out and sharpens the true colors of an individual.


Presented in partnership with the Town of Vail Public Library, Girl PowHER and The Women’s Foundation of Colorado.

02 FEB

location: the donovan pavilion time: 5:30 p.m. reception | 6:00 p.m. presentation tickets: free



CONFESSIONS OF A PHONE ADDICT with matt richtel | hot topics family edition


You are in a bad relationship… with your phone. This funny, illuminating talk from Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Matt Richtel describes the startling neuroscience behind our compulsive use of technology. While hardly a screed against technology, the talk explores how and why we use our phones in the car in total defiance of common sense. The talk, by laying out the causes, helps explain how we might begin to take back control of our devices. Matt Richtel is a journalist for The New York Times, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for a series on distracted driving. He has written extensively on the impact on the human brain of living with a deluge of data from digital services. He is also a bestselling author. His book “A Deadly Wandering” also explored issues of distracted driving, was a New York Times bestseller and named best book of 2014 by The San Francisco Chronicle.

04 FEB

location: colorado mountain college at edwards time: 5:30 p.m. reception | 6:00 p.m. presentation tickets: $10 | free for students & teachers

NO MAN’S WAR: T H E I S O L AT I O N O F A M E R I C A’ S M I L I TA R Y A N D T H E I R FA M I L I E S with angela ricketts | author series The longest war in our nation's history has been fought by the smallest military in our nation's history. This is the only war fought without a draft, which allowed the war to endure without having a deep impact on the majority of Americans, except those who fought it and those who waited for them to return. This isolation of the American military and their families from the public has created a rift in the understanding of what military families endure to this day. Angela Ricketts is the author of “No Man’s War,” her own memoir of years married to an active-duty Army Officer. Her irreverent take on military life is fresh and honest, and her story has resonated with thousands of military and non-military families nationwide. Ricketts will detail the raw emotions and vulnerability of military families, and how a simple “thank you for your service” only broadens the lack of understanding.


Presented in partnership with The Bookworm of Edwards.


08 FEB

location: the bookworm | edwards time: 5:30 p.m. reception | 6:00 p.m. presentation tickets: $35 in advance | $45 after 2 p.m. on event day $15 students & teachers *Ticket price includes a copy of Angela’s book, “No Man’s War”

S P E A K I N G F I N A N C I A L LY : T H E E C O N O M I C S O F T R A N S P O R TAT I O N AND ENERGY POLICY with frederico peña in conversation with richard bard hot topics financial series In conversation with Richard Bard, Federico Peña, United States Secretary of Transportation from 1993 to 1997 and United States Secretary of Energy from 1997 to 1998 under the presidency of Bill Clinton, will discuss the challenges of producing major infrastructure projects and interaction with energy policy. Drawing on his years as the US Secretary of Transportation and US Secretary of Energy, Peña’s fireside-style chat with Bard is a unique opportunity to learn firsthand the intricacies of creating transportation resources from major roadways to aviation negotiation and energy management. Peña also served as Mayor of Denver from 1983 to 1991 and in the Colorado House of Representatives from 1979 to 1983. Peña developed the Clinton Administration’s Comprehensive National Energy Strategy, as well as the administration’s strategy for oil and gas development in the Caspian Sea region. Peña Boulevard, a freeway in Denver connecting Denver International Airport to Interstate 70, is named for him.


Presented by Alpine Bank

11 FEB

location: tba | vail time: 5:30 p.m. reception | 6:00 p.m. presentation tickets: $25 in advance | $35 after 2 p.m. on event day $10 students & teachers

ASTROBIOLOGY & THE REAL POSSIBILITY OF E X T R AT E R R E S T R I A L L I F E with nick schneider and jonathan fortney hot topics science edition


Major technological breakthroughs have set forth one of humankind's greatest challenges: racing toward the frontier of space and time in search of proof of extraterrestrial life. As humans are locating more earth-like planets and forging ahead with blossoming extraterrestrial discoveries on planets as near as Mars, science and philosophy come to a head with puzzling questions. In the fast growing field of astrobiology, researchers are not only asking themselves where we will find extraterrestrial life, but also calling in to question how we define life; and, given the expanse and age of the universe, whether or not extraterrestrial life has already found earth Nick Schneider is an associate professor in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado and a researcher in the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. His research interests include planetary atmospheres and planetary astronomy. He will discuss how scientists are tackling this mind-boggling subject with a particular emphasis on Mars.

15 FEB

location: tba time: 5:30 p.m. reception | 6:00 p.m. presentation tickets: $25 in advance | $35 after 2 p.m. on event day $10 students & teachers 15


C A N C H I N A AV O I D E C O N O M I C C R I S I S ? with jamie metzl | hot topics


With China’s investment and manufacturing-based growth strategy losing steam, the country will need to find a new model if it is to avoid stagnation or even economic crisis. China’s leaders have excellent plans for this transition, but major questions remain about whether they can realize these plans under the constraints of their current political system. Asia and foreign relations expert Jamie Metzl returns to discuss the bubbles, bottlenecks and problems facing the Chinese economy, China’s impact on American and global trade and the world implications of a sputtering Chinese economy. Jamie Metzl is Chief Strategy Officer at the biotechnology company, ORIG3N and a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council. He previously served as Executive Vice President of the Asia Society, Deputy Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senior Coordinator for International Public Information at the U.S. State Department and Director for Multilateral Affairs on the National Security Council.

25 FEB

location: tba | vail time: tba tickets: tba

HOW VIDEO GAMES ARE DEVELOPING THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW with john blakely and laura naviaux | hot topics family edition


Today more than 1.8 billion people play video games, and the industry has overtaken Hollywood as choice entertainment for children and adults worldwide. With the boom of games, society is dropping the tired attitude that video games are all bad, acknowledging how games are shaping lives for the better. Laura Naviaux is the Chief Publishing Officer at Daybreak Games, previously Sony Online Entertainment, where she is responsible for player cultivation and other marketing functions. John Blakely is Chief Product Officer at Sphero, an inventor of digital toys and games that entertain while teaching computer coding and other technical skills. Together, the two industry leaders will present how games are changing the world of play today by teaching life and job skills, opening up endless opportunities all while maintaining a healthy balance in the real and virtual worlds.


03 MAR

location: colorado mountain college at edwards time: 5:30 p.m. reception | 6:00 p.m. presentation tickets: $10 | free for students & teachers

N E A R A N D S H A R E D D E AT H E X P E R I E N C E S : F I R S T- H A N D A C C O U N T S , C A U S E S & E F F E C T S with dr. eben alexander, william peters and nancy rynes karen newell, co-founder of sacred acoustics, will moderate this discussion | consciousness series Building on previous Consciousness Series presentations about both Near Death Experiences (NDEs) and Shared Death Experiences (SDEs), this panel discussion dives deeper into the subject by taking a closer look at the causes as well as the after-effects felt by those who have experienced these phenomenon. Dr. Eben Alexander has spent the five years since his NDE reconciling his spiritual experience with contemporary physics and cosmology. By exploring our own consciousness, he discovered, we transcend the limits of the human brain. William Peters, founder of the Shared Crossing Project, will share case studies from his research in training people to have the Shared Death Experience. He will discuss the SDE, how it occurs, and its profound healing effects. Nancy Rynes will discuss her journey from a science-based skeptic to someone who experienced an NDE and now writes and teaches about how we can all bring a little bit of “heaven” into our lives on Earth.


Sponsored in part by Buck & Holly Elliott. Also sponsored in part by The Arrabelle at Vail Square.

14 MAR

location: the arrabelle at vail square time: 5:30 p.m. reception | 6:00 p.m. presentation tickets: $25 in advance | $35 after 2 p.m. on event day | $10 students & teachers

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UNLIMITED ADVENTURE 2016 speaker tba | unlimited adventure In 2016, the Vail Symposium celebrates the spirit and success of modern-day female adventurers. In partnership with the Town of Vail Public Library, Girl PowHER and the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, this year marks the first time the Symposium has hosted an all-female lineup in our Unlimited Adventure series. We’re excited to do so. Girls everywhere are moving in to their cars, climbing mountains (and jumping off them), skiing remote peaks, freediving with sharks, topping the podium at the world’s most prestigious competitions and so much more. The one thing the girls speaking at the Vail Symposium share beyond their gender and willingness to test ‘limits’ and carve out a piece of history, is their ability to inspire and motivate countless young girls to NOT follow in someone’s footsteps; instead, opting to blaze their own trail and conquer future frontiers hardly imaginable today. Stay tuned as we introduce the speakers here in the brochure and as the season progresses. Presented in partnership with the Town of Vail Public Library, Girl PowHER and The Women’s Foundation of Colorado.



OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCES with scott taylor and luis minero | consciousness series moderated by thomas d. abraham, a phd student of cognitive neuroscience,

consciousness researcher, and volunteer with the international academy of consciousness The confinement and expansion of consciousness is never more prevalent or more commonly experienced than in Out of Body Experiences (OBE). OBEs are so common that 1 in 10 people report to have experienced them. Severing the physical connection with the body, OBE experiences are often caused by brain traumas, sensory deprivation, Near Death Experiences (NDEs), dissociative and psychedelic drugs, dehydration, electrical stimulation to the brain and even dreams while sleeping. Luis Minero is the Director of the International Academy of Consciousness and has been studying out of body experiences for more than 30 years. Scott Taylor is a residential and Outreach program trainer for the Monroe Institute. In 1981 Taylor experienced a NDE that led him to research NDE and OBEs. Sponsored in part by The Arrabelle at Vail Square.


*One or more of these speakers may present a workshop on March 22, 2016, the details of which were yet to be confirmed as this brochure went to press. Stay tuned to for more information.

21 MAR

location: the arrabelle at vail square time: 5:30 p.m. reception | 6:00 p.m. presentation tickets: $25 in advance | $35 after 2 p.m. on event day $10 students & teachers

INSIDE THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL: A PA N E L D I S C U S S I O N with michael singh and robert einhorn | hot topics moderated by amb. christopher r. hill


The focus of intense international debate, the Iran Nuclear Deal and its implications continually evolve. As the deal’s battleground continues to blaze, two experts, moderated by Ambassador Christopher Hill, will investigate the deal’s most influential factors from the past, present and future. Robert Einhorn is a Senior Fellow in the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at the Brookings Institution. He served in the U.S. Department of State as assistant secretary and special advisor for non-proliferation and arms control during the Clinton and Obama administrations. Michael Singh is the Lane-Swig Senior Fellow at The Washington Institute. He formerly served as a senior director for Middle East affairs at the National Security Council, where, from 2005 to 2008, he devised U.S. National Security Policy toward the region stretching from Morroco to Iran with a particular emphasis on Iran’s nuclear activities. Ambassador Christopher R. Hill is the Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He is a four-time ambassador, nominated by three presidents, whose last post was as Ambassador to Iraq.


24 MAR

location: tba | vail time: 5:30 p.m. reception | 6:00 p.m. presentation tickets: $25 in advance | $35 after 2 p.m. on event day $10 students & teachers

THE EXOCONSCIOUS HUMAN with rebecca hardcastle wright | consciousness series Is our human consciousness defined by explorations in space and spirituality; by interactions with the extraterrestrial (ET) presence and UFOs? Is our species’ grand space enterprise centered in self? And the most fascinating question— are we the ETs we long to meet? This presentation explores how we are becoming Exoconscious humans though participation in space, spirituality, consciousness science, UFOs and ET experience. Exoconscious Humans develop their innate ability to connect and communicate with extraterrestrials. We are beginning to recognize that we share an identity. Exoconscious Humans are the pathfinders, the pace setters, the portals for imagining and creating our future. Rebecca Hardcastle Wright, PhD is the founder of the Washington, DC based Institute for Exoconsciousness. She teaches Exoconsciousness at International Metaphysical University. She was a member of Dr. Edgar Mitchell’s Quantrek international science team, researching zero point energy, the ET Presence and consciousness.


Sponsored in part by The Arrabelle at Vail Square.

28 MAR

location: the arrabelle at vail square time: 5:30 p.m. reception | 6:00 p.m. presentation tickets: $25 in advance | $35 after 2 p.m. on event day | $10 students & teachers

*This speaker will also hold a workshop on this topic. More information on

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PROGRAMS IN THE WORKS Due to the nature of evolving local, national and international current events, the Vail Symposium continues to plan and host programs throughout the winter. Some of those programs may not be listed in this brochure. Please visit, or visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for up-to-date program announcements and all related details.


CONSCIOUSNESS SERIES WORKSHOPS* *Please note: Consciousness Series Workshops qualify as a “special event” where Member and Donor passes are void unless otherwise noted. Please call our office at 970-476-0954 for more information.

Consciousness Workshop with William Peters

T H E S H A R E D D E AT H E X P E R I E N C E : PROFOUND EVIDENCE OF THE AFTERLIFE tuesday, march 15, 2016 | antlers at vail | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. tickets: $40 in advance | $50 at the door | $15 students, teachers & vvypa members In this workshop, William Peters will explain the phenomenon that Raymond Moody, MD, has referred to as the Shared Death Experience (SDE). The SDE is a profound experience whereby a loved one, caregiver or bystander shares in a dying person’s initial transition from this world into the afterlife. Studies indicate that the SDE has characteristics similar to those of the Near Death Experience. In this experiential workshop participants will learn the essential elements of the SDE, its profound healing benefits, and the leading edge methods that facilitate an SDE. William will share awe-inspiring accounts from his research as well as the current understanding of “how the SDE occurs” based on his work with over 100 participants in the Shared Crossing Training Program. •••

Consciousness Workshop with Eben Alexander & Karen Newell

ENGAGING YOUR FREE WILL tuesday, march 15, 2016 | antlers at vail | 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. tickets: $40 in advance | $50 at the door | $15 students, teachers & vvypa members Join #1 New York Times best-selling author Eben Alexander, M.D. and co-founder of Sacred Acoustics, Karen Newell, in an interactive workshop discussing free will vs. pre-determination. There is deep and profound meaning to our existence. We are here for a purpose: From our higher soul's perspective, we choose the events in our lives, including hardships and challenges. These events offer lessons through direct experience and relationships that assist in the over-arching evolution of consciousness. We manifest the gift of free will by our decisions and choices in our interactions with all sentient beings. With greater awareness, each of us must awaken to actively participate in this co-creative evolution of consciousness. As we become more aware of how our individual minds influence reality, what is really going on and how do we make sense of it? By going deep within using Sacred Acoustics sound recordings, we can purposefully engage and come to know that grander consciousness of which we are all a part. •••

Consciousness Workshop with Rebecca Hardcastle Wright

T H E E X O C O N S C I O U S H U M A N : AWA K E N I N G A N D A P P LY I N G E T C O N S C I O U S N E S S tuesday, march 29, 2016 | venue tba | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. tickets: $40 in advance | $50 at the door | $15 students, teachers & vvypa members The Exoconscious Human emerges from centuries of UFO sightings, ET experience, and space exploration. Collectively and individually we altered our consciousness, often without examining how or why these changes happened. This workshop offers the opportunity for personal and collective examination. If we don’t know who we are and where we are— how do we create a meaningful path forward? The workshop examines: how consciousness works—as brain and as field; what happens during a UFO and ET Encounter, charting changes in consciousness through and beyond the experience; Exoconscious abilities and applications and paths forward as an Exoconscious Human. 20

TICKET & GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION r e s e r v e i n a d va n c e a n d s av e Did you know you can receive $10 off the ticket price of most of the programs just by purchasing your tickets in advance? Just go to or give us a call at 970-476-0954 before 2 p.m. on the day of a program to receive $10 off the door price. Tickets must be paid for at the time of purchase to receive the discount. Students, teachers, Vail Resorts employees, Eagle County employees and members of the Vail Valley Young Professionals Association (VVYPA) may be eligible for an additional discount.

— ticket sales Please note all ticket and/or pass sales are final and non-refundable. Tickets and passes must be paid for at the time of purchase and are transferable. Complimentary tickets offered to donors per the benefit schedule are transferable.

— ticket donations If you are unable to attend a program, please call our office at 970-476-0954 to donate your tickets to area students. You will receive a tax acknowledgement letter for each ticket you return and the sincere gratitude of the Vail Symposium and local students.

— program offerings We are not a political organization. We strive to present speakers who can address thoughts and ideas from all viewpoints. Our speaker’s views do not necessarily represent the views of the Board and the Vail Symposium.

— t h i r d pa r t y m at e r i a l s No third party materials will be distributed or handed out at Vail Symposium programs, events or meetings without the prior consent of the Executive Director, Board Chair or Program Committee Chair. All materials must be submitted at least 48 hours in advance of a program, event, or meeting for consideration. No exceptions. No guarantees.

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SPEAKERS IN SCHOOLS S P E A K E R S I N T H E S C H O O L S I S A N I N I T I AT I V E T H E VA I L S Y M P O S I U M B E G A N A S A WAY T O B R O A D E N O U R E D U C AT I O N A L I M PA C T O N T H E C O M M U N I T Y. Last winter, speakers from our Unlimited Adventure series visited

the Eagle County Charter Academy in Edwards to share their stories with 7th and 8th grade science students. Captivated by tales of adventure, the students were exposed to topics such as climate change, geography, topography, filmmaking, current events and cultural diversity. “Each of the speakers made me believe that I can follow my dreams and become whatever I want to be,” wrote one student. It is powerful testimony like this that is bringing back - and expanding - Speakers in the Schools for Winter 2016 with increased speaker variety and more schools visited. Through the presentations of handpicked Unlimited Adventure and Hot Topics speakers, students will have the opportunity to learn from world-class athletes, adventurers and experts in an interactive experience. “It is an amazing opportunity for students to interact with inspiring figures in our world. The impacts will very likely be life-long for many,” said ECCA teacher Michael Moser. “Thanks so much for this unique, powerful opportunity.” Stay tuned to the Vail Symposium on Facebook for pictures and stories from this winter’s Speakers in the Schools.


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volunteer spotlight

TA N I A L A N D A U E R T A N I A L A N D A U E R V I S I T E D V A I L I N T H E ‘ 7 0 S W I T H H E R F A M I LY

as a teenager on ski trips. But in May of 1987, seeking a more rural life, she collected her belongings and moved to Vail permanently from Boston. She shed her big city roots from the Greater Boston area, taking her first local job managing the Hole in the Wall Restaurant in Avon. During the winter, she worked with Vail Associates on race crew in Beaver Creek. To this day Tania has stayed true to her found mountain roots, serving on the Eagle River Watershed Council Board and teaching skiing in the winters out of Lionshead. She first became involved in the Symposium last summer as a volunteer due to her desire to help out with programs discussing topics she felt were inspiring or of great interest. Particularly she enjoyed the Energy Medicine program with Dr. Sue Morter held at the Arrabelle (Summer 2015) and the outdoor film series held at Little Beach Park in Minturn (Summer 2015). Some of her favorite activities - away from the Vail Symposium - are skiing, biking, hiking, camping, pilates and yoga. "I hope that the Symposium will continue to grow", said Tania, "and continue offering such thought-provoking and interesting programming as they are now"


board member spotlight

D R . K AT H Y PA L A KOW K I M M E L F O R 3 0 Y E A R S , D R . K A T H Y P A L A K O W K I M M E L’ S F A M I LY H A S

been making visits to the Vail Valley from Denver, mostly as a weekend sanctuary after a busy week at work or school. In the winter, like many others, they came to ski. After recently retiring, Kathy and her husband, Neal, have now decided to make Vail their primary home. Kathy first became interested in the Symposium due to the diverse nature of program offerings. She enjoyed the intimate setting, being up close and personal with the presenters and having the opportunity to interact on the topics. So far, her favorite programs have been Dr. Enas Alsharea speaking on Internally Displaced Persons (Summer 2015), Jon Turk’s talk on adventure (Winter 2015) and David Rubenstein’s talk on International Finance (Winter 2014). She also enjoyed the discussion created by the debate on GMOs (Winter 2014) and the regenerative medicine panels held over the last three years. By trade, Kathy is a psychologist. She worked for a mental health agency then started a private practice. She also served close to 20 years as a volunteer on the Disaster Mental Health Team of the American Red Cross. She loves to ski, and enjoys hiking, biking, golfing and pickleball. Outside of sports she enjoys learning, reading, studying and attending many of the cultural events in the Valley. “I would like to see the Symposium continue to grow, offering locals and visitors what I consider to be a ‘jewel’ right here in our community,” she said. “Truly, it is for the love of learning.”



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Dale and Jeanne Mosier Rob LeVine and Evelyn Pinney Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate Neal and Kathy Kimmel Jim and Bobbie Ruh



Give Local For more information about the Slifer Smith & Frampton Foundation, visit: SSFFOUNDATION.ORG

Proud Supporter of Vail Symposium



LUMINARY MEMBER Alpine Bank Antlers at Vail*

$5, 000 AN D AB OVE

Colorado Mountain News Media

Slifer, Smith and Frampton Foundation

Donovan Pavilion*

Lisa and Tim Swift

Rob LeVine and Evelyn Pinney

Town of Vail

Dale and Jeanne Mosier

Vail Daily*

Mountain Living*

Vail Resorts Epic Promise*

PAT R O N S C I R C L E The Patrons’ Circle recognizes distinct community members who continue to make a multi-year commitment to the Vail Symposium. We thank these donors for supporting our future by providing the foundation for our organization.

Pete and Pat Frechette Richard Gretz and Dois Dewton David and Barbara LeVine Charles and Sandy Lloyd

The Vail Symposium remembers David LeVine, whose fondness for intellectual conversation was matched by his love of the Vail community. Through his generous support of the Vail Symposium he contributed to both. We will miss his voice in our conversations, his presence at our programs and we will remain forever grateful for his support.


$2, 500- 4, 999


John and Deborah Dakajos

Silent Auction Vacations*

Gary Gilman and Julie Stoxen

Town of Vail Public Library

Jay and Kirk Huffard

Venture Sports*

Neal and Kathy Kimmel

US Bank Foundation

Larkspur Restaurant and Events*

Terra Bistro*

Bobbie and Jim Ruh

LIV Sotheby’s International Realty*

MEMBERS $1, 000 - $2, 499

Rick Agett and Shelly Mellot Todger and Shannon Anderson Lynn and Jerry Anderson

Kroenke Sports and Entertainment*

Ronnie and Dierdre Baker

George and Lizette Lamb

Michael and Marcy Balk

Andrew Littman

John and Patti Bailey

Deb and Dan Luginbuhl

Richard and Pamela Bard

Nowell May

Jimmy and Marka Brenner

Tony and Barbie Mayer

The Curtis Hotel*

Steven and Susan Marton

Bill and Maggie Dedecker

Brenda and Joe McHugh

East West Resorts*

Frank and Allison Navarro

Buck and Holly Elliott

Priscilla O'Neil

Cindy Engles

Tony and Teressa Perry

Fairfield County Community Foundation

Drew and Patti Rader

Harry and Susan Frampton Tom and Margie Gart Ben and Holly Gill Pepi and Sheika Gramshammer The Grand View* Joan Harned Kenton Hopkins Artie and Jodi Israel Reese and Alberta Johnson Diane Pitt and Mitch Karlin

Art and Lindsay Reimers Kathi Renman and Jim Picard Debbie and Rohn Robbins Don and Mary Rogers Jim and Bobbie Ruh Philip Smith and Jean Graham-Smith Larry and Pat Stewart Laura Tumperi George and Betsy Wiegers Wyndham Resorts Vail

Dr. Andrew and Lynn Kaufman Laurie and Terry Kleisinger

*Denotes gift made wholly or partially in-kind



LANTERN $500 - $999

Mary Ellen Anderson Diana Bradley Pam Brandmeyer Jeff and Susan Campbell Carol Cockrum Steve and Amy Coyer Crazy Mountain Brewing Company* Jim and Cookie Flaum Michael and Emy Halpert John and Kerma Karoly Art and Elaine Kelton Nina McLermore* Peter MacDonald J.P. and Heather McInerny Dr. Sue Morter, LLC* Dorsey Smith-Seed Vivian and Peter Teets TJ Conners Jay and Amy Regan Riverwalk Wine and Spirits* Ruggs Benedict* Vail Vitality Center* Weston Snowboards* West Vail Liquor Mart* Women’s Foundation of Colorado


*Denotes gift made wholly or partially in-kind

CANDLE $250 - $499

Larry and Sandi Agneberg Bhakti Chai* The Bookworm of Edwards* Apex Dental* Canyon Wind Cellars* Stan and Mary Ellen Cope Alan and Silvia Danson Denver Art Museum* Edward’s Station* Fred Distelhorst Frinje* Charles Dolan and Susan Mackin Dolan Andrea Eddy Bob and Susan Gadomski Matt and Doris Gobec Golden Bear* Marshall Gordon Steve and Lee Gulotta Barbara Hibben Karen and Bob Kern Kent Erickson and Barb Krichbaum Jill Lammers Hank Mader Karen Nold and Bob Croteau Bill and Jacque Oakes Paragon Guides* Mimi and Keith Pockross Julie Peterson Keat Peterson and Katherine Hallet Mimi and Keith Pockross Erin Ratliff Kenneth and Connie Scutari Howard and Cathy Stone Vail Zip Adventures* Glen and Margaret Wood




$50 - $249

808 Distillery* David Staat and Nancy Alexander Apex Dental* Alpine Wine and Spirits*

William Elliott

Roger and Margo Behler

William and Cindy Elliott

Peter and Barbara Behrendt

Anne Esson

Peggy Bernstein

First Bank of Vail*

Charles and Kay Bertrand

Crosby and Sally Foster

Jane R. Blanch

Georgia Fox


Terri Fray

Alice Boone

Ann Fusco

Katie Boone

Morris and Mikki Futernick

Joerg and Rita Braun

Tom Gaylord and Sandy Hower-Gaylord

Phil and Sunny Brodsky C. Lee Rimel and Gracie Campbell Gary and Carolyn Cage LeRoy and Lavelle Carlson George Henry and Kathy Chandler-Henry

HaberVision* Dwight Henniger Barbara Hogoboom Linda Hutson Doreen Somers and Jan Idzikowski

Kay Christensen

Louise Ingalls

Dick Cleveland and Kathy Langenwalter

Eric Johnson

Colorado Wine County Inn* Ann Darby Denver Museum of Nature and Science* Abigail Dixon Sherry Dorward

Tait Johnson Bruce and Amy Karpas Elizabeth Keay Kitchen Collage Tess and Steven Kirchner Collier and Ann Kirkham Ben and Marlene Krell Land Title Guarantee Co.


Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park* Group 970* Jacquelyn Landt Syndey and Ken Lawder Alice Leeds Darlynne Littman Julia Littman Bob and Linda Llewellyn Mary Lamb Lucas Fletcher MacNeill Rosette Mare Donald McMahan Luc and Liz Meyer Robert Mingela Marka Moser Mountain Man Nut and Fruit Company* Katharine Nanda Suzette Newman Chris Offutt Deborah O’Neill Andie Ohde* Pano Boutique Vail Village* Patricia Penwill Ebby and Lex Pinson William Powell

Byron and Sally Rose Patricia Rowe Richard and Aline Sandomire Carole Schragen Les and Maureen Shapiro Charlie Sherwood Jim and Daphne Slevin Robin and Kathy Smith Stephen Snyder Roby Specthrie Michael Staughton SteamMaster Restoration and Cleaning, LLC* Les and Madeline Stern Barry and Evelyn Strauch Kathie Talbot Dan Telleen Mike and DJ Toughill Vail Jazz Foundation Inc.* Jennifer and Jake Van Beller Mia Vlaar Robert and Jill Warner Fraidy Aber and Tani Weiner Wine Cru of Colorado* Hap and Nancy Young Emily Zeigler

*Denotes gift made wholly or partially in-kind


THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – h e l e n k el l e r Just a simple ‘thank you’ does not even begin to describe the overwhelming gratitude we have for our sponsors. Our mission to provide thought provoking and affordable programming would not be possible without the backing of our community. We invite you to continue to support our valuable Vail Symposium sponsors and their mission to better our community.


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Volunteer Spread the word Friend us on Facebook & Follow us on Twitter Submit a program idea Attend an event

thank you to all of our 2015 volunteers

seeking winter 2015-2016 interns

Thank you to all of our past and future speakers, many of whom are also volunteers, for donating their time to share their knowledge and expertise with our community.

The Vail Symposium is looking for individuals who have strong writing skills, the ability to work independently, a passion for learning, the ability to learn quickly and a keen attention to detail. Main responsibilities include creating and distributing marketing materials, database maintenance, general administrative tasks and special projects that fit the individual’s skills. Must be willing to commit to at least 10-15 hours a week. Some nights required. Internships are unpaid.

2015 volunteers Donna Albani

Sue Lathrop

Lanell Avery

Tania Landauer

Nancy Berg

Erin McCuskey

Janet Bro

Deb Meese

Susan & Paul Chapman

Pat Montgomery

Abby Dixon Joanne Dye Susan Emenaker Anne Hatch Carla Hagan Patie Jansen Miah King Debbie & Tommy King Mary Lamb Lucas

Sara Monson Jeanne Mosier Suzette Newman Greg Obernessor Chris Perkins Debbie Robbins

interested in becoming a va i l s y m p o s i u m volunteer?

Joe Schmidt

Contact Ashley Cawthorn at

Sarah Smith


Leila White

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Kris Woodruff

on how to get involved!

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Right-To-Die: Death with Dignity in Colorado

1.6.2016 The 8 Laws of Change


Marketing to the Luxury Mindset

1.21.2016 Biking in the Back Country: Riding Colorado's 14ers

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Learning to Fly: Lessons from the Air

1.25.2016 Stories I Tell Myself: Growing up with Hunter S. Thompson

1.28.2016 Stem Cells: Exploring the Research Perspective

2.2.2016 On Sweat, Sport and Determination

2.4.2016 Confessions of a Phone Addict


3.3.2016 How Video Games are Developing the Leaders of Tomorrow

3.14.2016 Near and Shared Death Experiences

3.21.2016 Out of Body Experiences


No Man’s War

Inside the Iran Nuclear Deal: A Panel Discussion



The Economics of Transportation and Energy Policy

The Exoconscious Human

2.15.16 Astrobiology & The Real Possibility of Extraterrestrial Life

2.25.2016 Can China Avoid Economic Crisis?

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