Women at Western Weekend

Due to ongoing concerns and preventative measures regarding COVID-19, the 2020 Women at Western Weekend has been postponed. Please contact the campus visit coordinator at visit@western.edu for more information.

Women at Western Weekend is open to all prospective or accepted female Western students and their families. Throughout the weekend, attendees will get to know current Western students, faculty and staff in an informal setting.

The first day of the event will familiarize attendees with Western’s academic offerings and allow them to explore the city of Gunnison together. The highlight of the day will be a presentation by keynote speaker Molly Bloom. On the optional second day, attendees will connect with admissions counselors, meet with financial aid staff and participate in an outdoor activity guided by Western’s Wilderness Pursuits program.

Keynote Speaker Molly Bloom

Headshot of Molly Bloom

Molly Bloom is an inspirational keynote speaker, entrepreneur, and bestselling author of Molly’s Game. She is best known for her memoir, Molly’s Game, which was adapted into an award-winning film of the same name by Aaron Sorkin. Bloom’s memoir chronicles her journey from college student to LA waitress to building and operating the largest and most notorious private poker game in the world. Her games featured hundreds of millions of dollars and players like Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, A-Rod, and Ben Affleck.

Bloom began her career as a world-class skier. While training as a pre-teen she was diagnosed with severe scoliosis and had to undergo surgery that the doctors said would end her athletic career. A year later, fully recovered, she was back on the slopes. She later joined the U.S. Ski Team and at 21 years old was ranked No. 3 in North America in moguls, but her Olympic dreams would go unrealized as she left the team to pursue other projects. This led her to what she thought would be a year sabbatical in LA.

Bloom was finishing her degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado – Boulder, and was in the process of applying to top tier Law Schools, when her assistant job turned her into an accidental entrepreneur, running one of  the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker games in the world, pulling in as much as $4 million per year. What happened next is where her story truly begins.

The film Molly’s Game, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, stars Jessica Chastain (as Molly), Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Brian d’Arcy James, and Chris O’Dowd. Bloom has appeared on numerous shows and in media outlets such as Ellen, Vice, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, Vulture, and has been asked to speak at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women, for companies like Blackrock Financial, SiriusXM Radio, and delivered the 2018 commencement speech at Colorado State University.



9:30-11 a.m.: Welcome, Check-in, & Breakfast Banquet                UC Ballroom

  • Open to all women on campus
  • Campus opening speaker presentation
  • Meta Major representatives introduction

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Meta Major Presentations                    Various Campus Buildings

  • Meta Major reps will take interested students to their academic building
  • Student volunteers will give a brief, informal tour on the way to designated building
  • Presentations will provide attendees insight to the department’s programs and an individual’s personal story/experience at Western

12:15-1:30 p.m.: Professional Development Breakout Sessions            Borick Business Building

  • Attendees will choose from four-five sessions, each with a different professional empowerment theme
  • Sessions will include speakers from professional backgrounds and businesses around the valley

1:30-2:30 p.m.: School of Business BBQ                        Borick front lawn (weather permitting)

  • Open to all of Western’s campus
  • Will include a club fair 

2:30 – 6 pm: Scavenger Hunt around Gunnison                    Various businesses/campus locations

  • Attendees will be given a list of places to attend and things to do for a chance to win a prize at the closing ceremony
  • Great opportunity for prospective students to familiarize themselves with the community and more of Western’s campus, as well as build stronger partnerships with local businesses
  • There will be a portal linked to the School of Business’s social media so students and their families can send in photo proof of landmarks they visit

6 pm: Closing Session/Dinner/Keynote Speaker                    UC Theater

  • Open to all of Western’s campus and the community
  • Award announced for most-involved scavenger hunt participant
  • Guest keynote speaker Molly Bloom
  • Q&A with Molly Bloom


9-11 a.m.: Open House with Admission Counselors and Financial Aid        Welcome Center

All Day: Outdoor group activity!                        Meet at University Center

  • Option 1: trip with Wilderness Pursuits
  • Weather permitting
  • Option 2: hike in Crested Butte
  • Groups will travel in Western vans for a short hike and a chance to explore Crested Butte.

Stay for free!

Campus visitors with access to personal transportation are eligible for one night of free lodging in Gunnison either the night before or the night of the Women at Western Weekend (while supplies last). Once you have registered for Women at Western Weekend, an email confirmation with a reservation code will be sent to you with more lodging details.