Networking is Invaluable at the Summit


Networking is what keeps bringing attendees back to the Campus Rec Leadership Summit. Read what they have to say about it.

Some would say that 2020 was a year of disconnection.

That’s why in 2021, the goal of the Campus Rec Leadership Summit is remaining the same: to connect attendees and sponsors, providing them an environment for networking.

In fact, that’s what past attendees have loved most about the event. “Attending the 2019 Leadership Summit was beneficial to reconnect with long-time colleagues, strengthen relationships with new acquaintances and make new connections with leaders in the field,” said Cody Frye, the executive director of Campus Recreation at Colorado State University. “While the slate of roundtable discussion was extremely valuable, the time between sessions and during social gatherings was just as valuable to follow up with colleagues on the subjects covered.”

This year, the Summit will be taking place in-person from June 16-18 at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. Forty campus rec executives will be invited for 2.5 days of networking, deep-dive roundtables discussions and fun.

The resort is located in the stunning Sonoran Desert and has plenty of amenities:

  • It offers upscale shopping, dining and entertainment in Kierland Commons.
  • It also boasts three golf courses.
  • It has an adventure water park and an onsite spa.
  • Finally, there is an up-to-date fitness studio.

For more information on the event’s details, including the event schedule, visit the event website.

Plus, there are extra precautions that will be followed based on CDC recommended safety regulations. There will be changes to room drop bags, handshaking practices, mask requirements, prepackaged food items, etc. You can view the full guidelines here. They will be updated based on the CDC’s recommendations.

networking at the Kierland Golf Club

However, despite the above changes, the networking and connecting opportunities have remained intact. Once again, connecting attendees and sponsors is really at the root of what the Summit is about.

“The Leadership Summit schedules numerous intentional opportunities for connection, conversation and collaboration among Recreation leaders,” said Monica Verity, the director of Recreation at Wellesley College. “The time is specifically geared toward executive level professionals to have fun but to also dive into high level issues directors are facing on our campuses in real time. I highly recommend the Summit for all executive level professionals but personally, as a smaller school professional, it provided the platform to build relationships and create mentorship bonds in a comfortable environment that is unique to the environment Peake Media creates that I haven’t found at other professional development conferences.”

If you are interested in attending or sponsoring the 2021 Campus Rec Leadership Summit, email for more information. Limited attendee spots remain.

Heather Hartmann is the editor for Campus Rec Magazine. She can be reached at

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