Connect Program Class of 2020


Date: September 2019 - January 2020

Session 1 – Los Alamos, September 25-28, 2019

The Connect Class of 2020 began with their first session on September 25-28 in Los Alamos. The program began with lunch and tour of the Valles Caldera, followed by a welcome dinner hosted by Roger Waterman & Emily McGay, Core Class of 2006 and 2009, respectively. On Thursday at Pajarito Mountain Ski Lodge, the class participated in introductions and a personal leadership skill building workshop with Phil Bryson, On the Edge Productions. The day concluded with dinner at the Bandelier National Monument. On Friday, the class heard presentations on a variety of subjects from respected experts in their field, followed by dinner at Bradbury Science Museum. The session concluded on Saturday with more presentations at the Pajarito Mountain Cliffs County facility.

Thank you to the following Sponsors of the Los Alamos Session: TechSource, Inc., Los Alamos National Laboratory, Bandelier National Monument, Crystal Springs Bottled Water, Janet Blair Consulting, Lexus of Albuquerque / Lexus of Santa Fe, Los Alamos County, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Phil Bryson – On the Edge, Ltd., and the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos.


Session 2 – Las Cruces, November 13-16, 2019

The Connect Class of 2020 met for the second time in November in Las Cruces. The program began with a Golf Clinic at the NMSU driving range and was followed by dinner at La Posta de Mesilla Restaurant. On Thursday, the class participated in a tour and Command Brief of White Sands Missile Range with presentations on a variety of topics from respected experts in their fields. The day concluded with dinner at Allen Theatres’ Launchpad Cafe. On Friday, the class heard more from industry experts on critical issues facing New Mexico, and New Mexico State College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences. The day closed with dinner at the Bobby Lee Lawrence Academy of Wine – Gerald Thomas Hall. On Friday, the final day of the session, the class met at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine to continue learning from speakers.

Thank you to the following sponsors of the Las Cruces Session: Allen Theaters, Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, Crystal Springs Bottled Water, La Posta de Mesilla Restaurant, Lexus of Albuquerque/Lexus of Santa Fe, New Mexico State University, Spence Asset Management, and STS of New Mexico.

Session 3 – Roswell, January 14-17, 2020

The final program session of 2020 was held in Roswell. The program began with a tour of Dean Baldwin painting and was followed by dinner at Pioneer Bank. On Wednesday, the class gathered at Eastern New Mexico University – Roswell to hear from speakers on topics relating to municipal, county, and state level issues and structures. Dinner that evening was held at the home of Bill & Sandra Davis. Thursday’s educational component was held at Roswell Museum and Art Center and featured speakers on the topic of education, including K-12 and higher ed. The class then toured MISTIC Inc. Matrix International Security Training Intelligence Center and Three Amigos Dairy.  The group finished the day with dinner at at the Historical Society of Southeast New Mexico. Friday’s activities included team building exercises at the New Mexico Military Institute led by Phil Bryson. The group then toured and had dinner at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art with their graduation ceremony following!

Thank you to the Sponsors of the Roswell session: New Mexico MEP, Pioneer Bank, Ragsdale Law Firm, Roswell Chaves County EDC, and Xcel Energy. As well as the In-Kind Sponsors: Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Crystal Springs Bottled Water, Bill and Sandra Davis, Dean Baldwin Painting, Eastern New Mexico University – Roswell, New Mexico Military Institute, Pioneer Bank, and Three Amigos Dairy.