Horizon planning for news media companies: an interactive retreat in a relaxed and confidential setting to identify growth paths over the next 3 years

Eligibility for an invitation

Must be a news media company

Must be a CEO, chair, or owner

Must be INMA corporate member

What to expect

The Roundtable aims to be what conferences are not:

  • More conversation and less presentation
  • Business casual attire encouraged (jeans, tennis shoes, no jackets)
  • Attendance capped at 50 participants
  • Programming geared to outcome-based set of practical scenarios
  • Peer connections in informal settings: hikes, golf, lunches, receptions, dinners
  • Strongly encourage: bring your spouse/partner

Our motto: Intimacy drives interaction.

Venue: The Sonnenalp

The Sonnenalp hotel is the crown jewel of Vail with its Germanic roots and vivacious personality, punctuated by world-class rooms, a warm and entertaining lounge, and spa — all against the backdrop of mountains, woods, and rivers.

Roundtable participants will enjoy a special room rate of only US$395 per night.

Topics to be covered

You will walk away with a competitive advantage: strategic insights, global perspectives, and the collective knowledge of peer c-suite executives. Among the topics we aim to address:

  • What is the real impact of global and industry forces on news media business?
  • How to balance business models going forward?
  • How to lead strategic innovation across the newsroom, product, marketing, and technology?
  • How to capitalise on technological disruption brought by data and AI?
  • Where to deploy capital ... whether to move your share price, your ROI, to manage debt, or otherwise maximise free cash flow for investment in transformation, including automation?
  • How to achieve a breakthrough in cultural change towards customer-centricity? And how to drive performance and manage risks?
  • Managing the talent crisis. How to acquire and retain young, digital talent? What are our competitive advantages?

What 2023 alumni said about the Vail Roundtable

“Great content and facilitation combined with strong networking opportunities. With such an ever-changing market it helps prioritise areas of key importance and leaves you with some inspiration.”

“It was highly relevant, stimulating, and extremely well-executed.”

“Interesting group of high-level people, great introductions, open discussions. A setting that’s unique in our industry.”

“A great new event with the INMA signature: very good balanced between input, reflection, discussions (in conference room, at dinners, on mountain) and a lot of fun. Great group and size.”

“I would suggest the Roundtable because of the intimate and relaxed environment that made it possible to network and create lasting connections with thought leaders while talking about really important topics affecting our industry.”

“It was a superb event. The presentations were excellent, supported by compelling research and drawing interesting thoughts and insights, as well as being well-presented by all of the Faculty. I think it was absolutely one of the best events I've attended.”

“Nearly every minute spent was worthwhile, from the presentations to the table conversations. I feel extremely re-energised from this experience, and I would love to have others know that as well.”

“An excellent opportunity, at the right time of year, to connect with leaders from across the world on what's working, what's not – and what opportunities lie ahead. A lot of ground covered in a short period of time. We don't get many chances to dedicate ourselves to this kind of process.”

“This is one of the most worthwhile industry events I have attended in years. As the CEO of my company, it is rare that the entire event is relevant to the work I am doing daily. There was not a single session at the Vail Roundtable that was not of interest and relevant to me. Kudos!”

“Well-organised event, with a mix of social and professional occasions. Keynote speakers were “on cue” and knowledgeable. Participants had a collection of experiences to share and came from media of different size and experiences in their digital path forward.”

“The right people gathered in one place and time.”

Questions? Contact INMA



Bonnie Nolan

Event Manager
Tel.:+1 608 206-7812

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Kelly Brown

Executive Assistant to CEO
Tel.: +1 214 923-7177

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