Tentative Schedule 

July 27-29, 2019


Saturday, July 27, 2019

12:30-1:00 pm            Check in 

1:00-2:00 pm              Welcome and Orientation

2:00-2:15 pm               Break 

2:15-3:15 pm               Keynote Presentation

Laurie Lewis (Rutgers University)

Focus: Implementing change in interorganizational networks. 

3:15-4:15 pm               Keynote Presentation 

Kirsten Foot (University of Washington)

Focus:  How race, gender and profession/class intersect with and influence interorganizational collaboration efforts to counter human trafficking.

4:15-4:30 pm               Break 

4:30-5:30 pm               Participant Research Presentations

5:30 pm-7:30 pm        Cocktail Reception, The Gant Aspen Hotel

Sunday, July 28, 2019

8:00 am                    Breakfast on your own

8:30 am-9:45 am       Participant Research Presentations

10:00 am-10:15 am    Break

10:15 am-11:45 am    Keynote Case Presentation

Ann Janette Alejano-Steele (Associate Dean of the College of Professional Studies, Metropolitan State University of Denver)

Focus:  Overview of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) and multiple facets of human trafficking, and its intersections with human rights, gender-based and intimate partner violence, immigration, exploitative labor, victims “worthy” of help, etc.

11:45 am-1:00 pm      Lunch  

1:00 pm-2:15 pm        Focal Case Presentation

Amanda Finger (Executive Director and co-founder of the Denver-based non-profit, Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking) and Maria Trujillo (Human Trafficking Program Manager at the Colorado Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice, Office for Victims Programs). 

Focus:  Overview of multilevel and multisector counter-human trafficking strategies in Colorado, including the CO Project and CO Council. Challenges in counter-trafficking efforts related to misconceptions, biases, communication, and organizing (that result from and/or result in political/cultural/class polarization). 

2:15 pm-2:30 pm        Break

2:30 pm-3:45 pm        Workshopping/discussing key questions together

3:45 pm-4:00 pm        Break 

4:00 pm-5:30 pm        Discussion:  How state-local and government-NGO counter-trafficking efforts are manifesting in Pueblo, CO.   Meeting of 2020 Aspen Engaged conference in Pueblo.

Enjoy Aspen!  Dinner on your own.

Monday, July 29, 2019

8:00 am-8:30 am        Breakfast

8:30 am – 9:45 am      Participant Research Presentations

9:45 am-11:00 am      Plenary Session

What can engaged scholarship look like in the future? The morning session will explore possible future areas for development regarding engaged scholarship. The focus will be on articulating potential resources, projects, collaborations, and events that will move engaged work further in organizational communication.



The purpose of this format is to develop projects still in progress. The Project-in-Focus format situates presenters at different tables. During each round of discussion, each presenter has 5-7 minutes to present followed by a table discussion with the participants. Participants will then rotate as an intact group from table to table. 

Research Spotlight

The purpose of this session is longer engagement with fewer projects that are completed or nearly so. The Research Spotlight format focuses in depth on engaged research endeavors. In each round, participants will select one of the Spotlight talks and join the presenters for a thirty-minute-deep dive into their research.


The purpose of this format is to discussion questions related to the conference raised by more philosophically leaning submissions. The Questions-in-Focus format invites presenters to describe the key questions raised in their work in plenary in 1-2 minutes followed by rounds of discussion. In each round, participants will rotate among tables to discuss these questions in the broader context of the conference theme. The session concludes with reflection by presenters in plenary.




Thank you for your interest in attending the Aspen Conference at the Gant Hotel in Aspen, CO.

Gant Hotel: 800.345.1471 The conference hotel, The Gant, is offering a 40% reduction on their rates for conference attendees who register by May 15, 2019 and a 30% reduction for those who register by June 15, 2019. Gant condos are ideal for sharing. Register by phone or at their registration portal

Conference participants have in the past also stayed offsite at the Annabelle Inn, the Aspen Mountain Lodge, and the Molly Gibson Lodge. Aspen is pedestrian friendly. Conference participants have also stayed in nearby Snowmass, which is approximately 25 minutes away. 

Most participants fly directly into Aspen (ASE). Those interested in the beautiful, mountainous, four-hour drive can also fly into Denver (DEN), but be advised that the mountain roads can back up during times of high traffic.

Hotel Share and Carpooling Program

To help participants manage the costs of the conference, we have a clearing house for those who would like to share a hotel room in Aspen and/or carpool for those who plan to fly into Denver. If you would like to participate, please contact us by July 1st. We will connect people as soon as they submit, so please consider letting us know of your interest as soon as possible.

Pamela Shockley-Zalabak, The University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Kevin Barge, Texas A&M University

Amy Way, Villanova University

Anna Wiederhold Wolfe, Texas A&M University

Elizabeth Williams, Colorado State University

Joshua Barbour, The University of Texas at Austin

Kathy Krone, The University of Nebraska Lincoln

Kirsten Foot, The University of Washington

Kristen Okamoto, Clemson University

Lacy McNamee, Baylor University