Supporting Local Denver Events
October has been a busy month! Not only are we buzzing with the prep for the upcoming trade show busy season, but our calendars have also been steeped with community events. These events have instilled invigoration for supporting local businesses as well as ignited inspiration to elevate our own work.
Sustainability in Trade Shows – Panel Discussion
In conjunction with three great companies: New Hope Network, Eco Products and Justin’s Nut Butter, we participated in the Sustainability in Trade Shows panel at Boulder’s Sustainability Working Summit. Kevin Trainor, our Design Director, represented Condit on the panel and contributed to the rich discussion on progress made in the traditionally wasteful exhibiting industry and what new measures we can take to make trade shows greener.
Lindsey Arell of New Hope Network and Honeycomb Strategies discussed the successful yet tedious process of implementing a composting program at Natural Products Expo West, while Brooke Anderson of Eco Products explained the logistical intricacies of composting and recycling on a large scale. Kelsey Spencer detailed the measures Justin’s takes to make their exhibiting program as environmentally low impact as possible. Their tactics include using compostable sampling utensils, as well as renting and reusing their booth.
In addition to renting your booth, Kevin provided useful tactics for exhibiting greener. Eliminating carpet hugely reduces toxic waste, while fabric architecture lessens freight costs and fossil fuel expenditure. Choosing from our library of green products supports sustainable materials manufacturers and often lessens harmful waste at the end of the booth’s life.
Among 3,000 business professionals, the female employees of Condit attended the WFCO (Women’s Foundation of Colorado) annual luncheon. With the featured theme, Equal Pay, we were privileged to hear keynote speaker Billie Jean King. King has fought for equality and social justice since her career as a professional tennis player in the 1970’s. Her candor delighted us and her tenacity was contagious. Here are some of our personal takeaways:
“I feel so privileged to work for a company that values women’s equality in the workplace. Attending the WFCO luncheon and listening to Billie Jean King, and other strong women, share their stories is an unforgettable experience. I walked out feeling empowered, uplifted, strong, and part of something that is evolving and important! I appreciate Condit’s continued support of the WFCO, and the women they employ, invest in, and value!” Sarah Thompson, Account Executive
“Billie Jean was a riot and incredibly passionate. You want to be friends with her! Her advice to build your strengths and neutralize your weaknesses rang especially pertinent to me.” Jenny Koehn, VP Sales
“One thing that stood out for me was King’s comment about making a change one person at a time – ‘it’s a very slow process’. In our face-paced world, we all expect immediate changes, but we need to have patience and a steady vision for our women’s future, affecting one person at a time.” Liz Shepherd, Account Executive
Our team joined the natural products industry for an event awarding one outstanding food entrepreneur. Following a line-up of speeches and industry recognitions, Naturally Boulder named Marcus McCauley and his fermented hot sauce and chili seasoning brand, PicaFlor, the winner of the 15th annual Pitch Slam Awards! So what does that mean? It means Marcus will receive free booth space at the next Natural Products Expo West, $5,000 in cash and $20,000 worth of exhibit design from yours truly. We are thrilled to begin work with McCauley, the gregarious farmer and owner of PicaFlor!
Our culture and our people continue to thrive and drive us to be one of the best organizations in our industry. We love supporting local Colorado organizations and finding ways in which we can be more than just a partner in the trade shows industry. Have an event we should be attending or partnering with in the Denver Community? Contact us and let us know!