Country:  USA
Dates:  Friday November 15th to Sunday November 17th,
PreSummit Events:  Thursday November 14th.
Location:  El Conquistador Tucson, 10000 North Oracle Road, Tucson AZ 85704
Hotel Reservations:  Summit attendees will shortly be able to reserve hotel accommodations at a discounted room rate – please check back soon for more details.
Registration Fees:  Registration will open this March

2021+ World Color Forecast™

Every year CMG members analyze thousands of colors, attend numerous ChromaZone® Color Forecasting Workshops and CMG regional Conferences, and travel the globe in search of the next big thing. The result of all this hard work is the famed World Color Forecast™—a look at anticipated color trends from North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. The Forecast identifies 16 colors from each region, along with the influences and inspirations that define them, and provides a wealth of color insight to color-design professionals, allowing them the opportunity to focus on the most trending colors for a specific region in a given year.

Who Should Attend?

Global manufacturers, brands, and marketers understand the importance of color marketing to their bottom line. Your company will benefit from creating research fueled and validated products in colors that sell. As a project manager, product developer, designer, manufacturer, CMF designer, color specifier, and anyone who works with color for products you won’t want to miss the important color discussions.

You do NOT need to be a member of CMG to participate in the annual Summit. If you are interested in learning more about becoming part of Color Marketing Group please visit our Membership page to learn more or contact the office.

The Benefits of Attending

At the Summit, you’ll have access to amazing events and fascinating speakers, along with plenty of opportunities to share and collaborate with other professionals across all industries—people who, like you, are constantly searching for inspiration, for what’s next in color.


We’ll reveal our collection of regional forecasts from Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, and Latin America, and give you the first look at the 2021+ World Color Forecast™. You’ll come away with color cards and fan decks of these forecast colors so that you can begin to apply them into your product development workflow immediately.

• Join the latest color conversations helping you to succeed in your field and helping your company to achieve continued growth.

• You’ll network with individuals outside your specific industry, expanding your horizons and opening new areas for exploration.

• We provide an open-discussion atmosphere that will allow you to mix, mingle, and come away with lasting relationships and connections. The friends you make will form your “tribe” for years to come, and their energy and insight will prove invaluable.

• You’ll leave with newfound color revelations that will keep you, your company, and your clients well-versed in all things color.


8 AM – 10 AM:  CMG 101

(Recommended for new members and/or first-time participants.)

10:15 AM – 6PM:  CMG Color Power Seminar

9 AM–5 PM:  Future Thinking Workshop


FRIDAY, November 15

7:15 AM:  Attendee Breakfast

7:00 AM:  Facilitator Breakfast Meeting for Color Applications Workshop

(Facilitators MUST attend this session. Breakfast will be served in this room)

8:00 AM – 10:00AM:  General Session
President’s Welcome by Judith van Vliet, Clariant Plastics & Coatings (Italia) S.p.A., Merate, Italy

8:05 AM
2021+ Asia Pacific Forecast & Report

8:20 AM
2021+ European Forecast & Report

8:35 AM
2021+ Latin American Forecast & Report

08:50 AM
2021+ North American Forecast & Report

9:05 AM
CMG 2021+ World Color Forecast™

9:30-10:00 AM

10:00 AM-4:00 PM:  Color Applications Workshops (check your Summit Badge for workshop location)

If you have been to a Summit before, you know that our Workshops encapsulate the core of what the International Summit is about. Global interindustry teams will share how colors from CMG’s 2021+ World Color Forecast™ (which includes the North American Forecast, as well as the three International Forecasts from Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America) are being applied in current design projects. It’s a tidal wave of exposure, learning, and collaboration that unites us as color professionals and makes each of us stronger.

12:00 PM – 1 PM:  Lunch

6:00 – 8:00 PM:  Connect with your tribe at this year’s Cocktail Connection.

SATURDAY, November 16

7:30 AM:  Attendee Breakfast

8:15 AM – 12.30PM:  General Session & Guest Speaker Presentations

We are working to bring you an amazing line of up innovative, educational and visionary speakers. Combining creative talent with original thinking, our speaker line-up will inspire you with knowledge, insight and professional thinking. Check back for more details.

8:15 AM:  Summit Planning Committee

8:20 AM:  Executive Committee Updates

9:00 AM:  Guest Speaker Presentations

12:30 PM:  Explore Tucson

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of TUCSON. Lunch, dinner, and all side trips on this day are not included in the Summit registration, so be sure to plan ahead.

12:30 PM:  Declaration of Intent to Run for Executive Committee Office and Election of Executive Committee Officers


SUNDAY, November 17

8:00 AM:  Attendee Breakfast

9:00 AM – 12 Noon:  General Session

9:15 AM:  Keynote Speaker 

10:30 AM:  Comfort Break

10:45 AM:  Highlights from Thursday’s Future Thinking Workshop

11:00 AM:  Color Application Workshop Presentations

11:45 AM:  2020 Events and International Conferences

12 Noon:  Summit Ends

12:30 PM:  CMG Board of Directors Meeting and Lunch

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    Guest Speaker

    Amy Devers
    Artist, Designer, Maker, Podcaster and Emmy Award-winning television personality.

We will shortly reveal our 2019 Summit Guest Speakers.  In the meantime, enjoy highlights from our 2018 Presenters:


Amy Devers is an artist, designer, maker, podcaster and Emmy
Award-winning television personality.  A book smarts + street smarts double threat; Devers is armed with both formal education and practical hands-on experience. She’s earned an MFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, done a major stint as a chief prototype fabricator and machine shop foreman, and has spent years as an independent designer/builder of furniture, art and interiors. A fine artist as well as a  designer, she has exhibited internationally in galleries and museums.  She’s also made a name for herself on the small screen, demonstrating her skills and know-how as the host of several television series dealing with topics ranging from home improvement to high-end international design and architecture. She has been seen constructing her original furniture designs on DIY’s Freeform Furniture, building a viewer-spec’d log cabin on DIY’s Blog Cabin, carpenter-ing outrageous makeovers on TLC’s hit Trading Spaces, and traveling the world profiling the world’s leading designers and architects on Ovation’s Designer People.

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    Guest Speaker

    Dr Beau Lotto
    Founder & CEO of Lab of MisFits

Dr Beau Lotto is the Founder and CEO of Lab of Misfits, the world’s first neuro-design studio. Uncertainty and the brain’s need to resolve it is essential for thinking about not only branding and business, but design, leadership, and innovation. Misfits is a team of scientists, designers, and producers who discover the essential questions about the nature of uncertainty.  Their work provides a deeper, scientific basis for an organisations DNA & Strategy, creates content that expands PR & marketing potential, and strengthens its internal and external relationships. By focusing on how the perceptual brain resolves the fundamental challenge of uncertainty, The Lab of Misfits gives audiences and clients the opportunity to create … and more than this … to embody innovation. Their results inform and transform. They have worked with the Edelman Group and TJ Maxx, Golin, and L’Oreal, and are currently working with Cirque du Soleil.

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    Tom Palmaerts

    Tom Palmaerts
    Partner/Trend Chief, Trendwolves

Tom Palmaerts is a world wide keynote speaker and managing partner at Trendwolves – a full service trend and marketing agency with a focus on young consumers and modern families. He worked as a trend consultant for brands like Barry Callebaut, Samsonite, Clariant, Coca-Cola, Hello bank! and BNP Paribas Fortis.  As a futurist Palmaerts firmly believes in the power of the next generation.  “These creatives, entrepreneurs, and vibrant youth are creating thrilling waves. Most of these thrills stay underground – at the edge of society – but some of them cause disruptions and will influence your business.”

In 2008 Tom Palmaerts was awarded “Youth Trend Specialist of The Year” by the Dutch trendwatching platform Second Sight, as a result of his drive, originality, and  passion. Since 2012 he has been teaching ‘future thinking’ and ‘trend research’ at the University College Ghent.  In September 2013  Palmaerts received the award Trendwatcher of The Year 13-14 and the jury described him as “… activating and can bring things in motion.


If you’ve been to a Summit before, you know that our workshops encapsulate the core of what the International Summit is about. Global inter-industry teams will share how colors from CMG’s newly revealed World Color Forecast™ (which includes the North American Forecast), as well as the three International Forecasts (Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America), are being applied in current design projects. It’s a tidal wave of exposure, learning, and collaboration that unites us as color professionals and makes each of us stronger.

2018 Workshop options included:

Color Applications Workshops, Color,Material, and Finish (CMF) Workshop

Color, Materials, and Finishes Workshop

If your responsibilities include not only a color decision, but also the identification of key materials and finishes (CMF), this Workshop is for you. Join innovative suppliers, product developers, and designers to discuss the multi-dimensions of color, materials and finishes, and explore how materials, new processes, material, and finishes are driving the need for new colors and applications. Participants in this workshop will identify future CMF trends and how they might influence the new 2021+ CMG’s World Color Forecast™ revealed exclusively at the 2019 Summit.

Goal | the outcome of this workshop will explore the future of materials and finishes, particularly within the consumer goods, appliances, transportation, furniture, and sporting-goods industries.

Be sure to select your workshop when you register.

Colors in Home

Home is where the heart is! We spend much time at home with our families and friends, the colors we select for interior decoration, whether for walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors and accessories such as pillows, drapes, vases and other decorative items, must provide us with harmonious spaces that reflect our personalities and inspire us to live well. Participants in this Workshop will use colors from the 2021+ World Color Forecast™, revealed exclusively at the 2019 Summit, to identify three to five color palettes most suitable for the home industry.

Goal | the outcome of this Workshop is to determine the colors that will be seen in residential markets.

Be sure to select your workshop when you register.

Colors in Combination

Colors love to play with other colors, and as color professionals we love to be a part of that process. Participants in this Workshop will use colors from the 2021+ CMG’s World Color Forecast™ revealed exclusively at the 2019 Summit, to determine three to five palettes to create forward-thinking, directional color combinations for home décor, transportation, consumer products and technology industries.

Goal | the outcome of this workshop is to generate fresh and inspirational color combinations that can be applied in the relevant industries.

Be sure to select your workshop when you register.

Colors in Contract

Explore the nuance of color and color combinations in contract design markets, such as commercial, hospitality, healthcare, education, multifamily residential and more. Armed with the new 2021+ World Color Forecast™ revealed exclusively at the 2019 Summit, participants in this Workshop will identify the colors that will be important in contract markets, how they’ll be used, and why. Colors not included in the forecast can be added as necessary to illustrate a trend.

Goal | the outcome of this workshop will help designers interpret CMG palettes for contract applications.

Be sure to select your workshop when you register.

How to Prepare

Workshop preparation details WILL BE E-MAILED TO YOU UPON CONFIRMATION OF YOUR REGISTRATION. This gives you a good indication of what you are expected to prepare, think about and bring to the Summit.  All Workshop attendees are required to fully participate in the chosen Workshop.

Thursday, November 14th


CMG Color Power

Everyone knows what color is until they have to explain it.

Last year we introduced our new, dynamic, and interactive color training so our members could extend and strengthen their color knowledge and confidence. This year we have extended the time to continue your education on this colorful journey that is important to your career.

We will start with a lightening review of basic color theory and concepts including color vocabulary and scientific terms. Then you’ll improve your technical knowledge of color and color design. You will have the rare opportunity to play with color tools and materials from the 3 major tool providers, NCS, RAL, and X-Rite Pantone, all in one place. You will learn about these different tools and how they can effectively aid you in your color accuracy. Our goal is that you learn as you engage, in fun, hands on exercises and team work to develop your skills and improve your ability to communicate and describe color.

There is a lot of information and it is fast paced. Some of what you will learn will be the difficulties caused by metamerism, the language of color notating, and how to determine color notations for global products. This training is one of a kind.

To be able to use these tools, partake in these exercises, and learn these skills with these experts is an opportunity only offered to CMG members and Summit attendees.

This session is taught by color designers, Alicia Keshishian, Roz Kavander, and outstanding color experts from NCS, X-Rite Pantone, and RAL. This course is intense and includes short breaks and a quick lunch. Space is limited so register early to avoid disappointment.

About the Course Presenters

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    Alicia Keshishian

    Owner and Creative Director, Carpets of Imagination/ Chromalicious
    Board Member,  Color Marketing Group

Alicia Keshishian is an award-winning designer with more than 35 years of professional experience as an art director, graphic designer, surface designer, illustrator and color consultant. She currently produces a line of custom, handmade-to-order carpets and is a popular speaker, lecturer, and presenter on design and color. She has owned and operated her own textile business as well as designed for various industries and corporations including Papyrus, Bloomingdale’s, CBS Publications, and New York Magazine. She has studied with Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, and attended intensive Color Science courses at RIT, as well as color courses with NCS in Sweden. Keshishian is a Board Member of Color Marketing Group and continues to increase her knowledge of color through various educational pursuits while continuing to make art in her California studio.

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    Roz Kavander

    International Designer and Lecturer 

    Board Member,  Color Marketing Group

Roz Kavander has been in the world of design for more than 35 years. She is a renowned guest speaker and lecturer on color and color trends ,and has taught color and color trend forecasting for a major paint company in Canada. She is a longstanding CMG member and current member of the Board of Directors, as well as one of CMG’s Lead Facilitaors of the annual Toronto ChromaZone® Color Forecasting Workshop that occurs each May. She also participates on CMG’s Steering Committee to curate CMG’s North American Color Forecast. Kavander travels extensively to major design shows across the world observing trends in color and design and brings this knowledge to her clients as well as to the Color Marketing Group’s successful color education programs.

CMG Color Power – Exclusive to Summit attendees only.

10:15 am – 6pm – Includes lunch. 

CMG Members – Registration will open early March 
NON Member – Registration will open early March 

Be sure to select this workshop on the Summit Registration Form.


Future Thinking Workshop

What will be the big ideas driving our design decisions in five years?
How about seven, or even ten years from now?

This CMG Member-only Workshop inspires us to think well beyond 2020 and travel farther into the future. The morning begins with short presentations by three CMG trend-watching experts, who will guide us through their experiences in researching and forecasting trends, and how they analyze and apply them in their designs. Afterwards, in a hands-on session, you will delve into and develop trends that you and your group see emerging, and share with the workshop. It will be a day full of inspired learning, deep conversations and critical thinking, and you’ll emerge with a better understanding of where the world is headed.

The workshop is led by Paula Leonard, an industry leader in trend forecasting and color, material and finish (CMF) design, Filip Roscam, Design Director with Merck Performance Materials, and Bridget Frizzie, Creative Director for Kehoe Designs, whose core attributes are seeing key insights including aligning strategic perspectives to know change before it happens.

Guest Speakers – We will shortly reveal our 2019 Future Thinking Guest Speakers.  In the meantime, enjoy highlights from our 2018 Presenters:

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    Traci Kloos

    Director of Design and Customer Experience,  Tarkett North America

Traci Kloos is the Director of Design and Customer Experience for Tarkett North America located in Cleveland, Ohio.  She has more than 20 years of design experience spanning both residential and commercial applications. With a background in architecture and interior design, Traci began her career as a residential kitchen and bath designer in the St. Louis, Missouri market. She joined Masco, on the KraftMaid Cabinetry brand team in 2000, as a member of their design services group. In her 14 tenure, Traci held positions as a Senior Designer and Senior Design Manager, where she and her team spearheaded all photography, PR, and trade show booth design for the brand. In 2009, she accepted a role as Senior Product Designer on the Masco Cabinetry team where she focused on color development, trend analysis and all new product design introductions for the KraftMaid brand.

In January of 2014 she joined Tarkett North America, the largest manufacturer of resilient flooring products in the world.  In her current position, Traci, and her team, lead initiatives that connect design to the sales organization and customers through visual story telling.  Traci also works with the Marketing team to enhance the value of the brand through color and design, tracks market trends and contributes to the brands social media campaign.

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    Paul Czornij

    Head of Design, North America for BASF

Paul Czornij, after graduating from Wayne State University in 1984, joined BASF Corporation, working in the Automotive OEM Coatings division.  Throughout most of his career, he has been working with color, both in the technology and design areas.He led the technical lab for over twenty years, being responsible for pigment approval, dispersions, pigment dispersant resin qualification, and color science. In that time, Paul managed the global colorant portfolio for the BASF automotive OEM coatings group.

Presently, he is the head of design for automotive exterior colors in North and South America. His focus is trend research and to create innovative colors for both aftermarket and the OEM areas.

He is actively involved with several international and local color-focused organizations and is a former president of the Detroit Colour Council.

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    Kiki Redhead

    Color & Trend Lead, The Sherwin-Williams Company

Kiki Redhead is an International powerhouse desired for her tri-level trend forecasting methodology and creative strategy in CMF development and design. She packs over 16 years of visionary expertise, color palette ingenuity, investigative futuristic intuition, consumer insights excellence and sophisticated style into every forecast, project, and product.

Kiki proudly touts her previous experiences working for Sherwin-Williams, Time Inc SPC, and Polaris Industries. In 2008, she opened Colour Couture, a consultancy that has since coached 35 cross-industry clients from over 12 countries with CMF evolution in ideation, innovation, design, product, marketing, and merchandising. Her work has impacted products from consumer goods, to cars, cabinets, coatings, clothing, and cosmetics.

After receiving her Master’s Degree in Trend Forecasting, Kiki became obsessed with spreading knowledge on the distillation and implementation of mega, macro, and micro trends. This birthed M3Trend in 2013, a training, workshop, and mentorship focused service that offers customized in-house and collaborative retreat style programs under titles M3T and TET (Trend Explorer Technique).

Fashion & Beauty companies having been a generous portion of her clientele, Kiki’s CMG Future Trends presentation will focus on the macro futures driving these industries.

Future Thinking Workshop – This Workshop is exclusive to CMG Members

10:15am – 6pm – Includes lunch

CMG Members – Registration will open early March 

Be sure to select this workshop on the  Registration Form.


CMG 101

Unleash the power of color by leveraging your collective experience and knowledge
– that’s what Color Marketing Group® is all about.

This is a must-do session if you wish to kick start your membership and Summit experience. You’ll join other first-timer Summit Attendees and new members to learn why this Association remains one of the most influential color forecasting associations in the world.

We will start with an introduction to CMG’s volunteer structure of committees and how you can get involved, improving your career opportunities and learning from global leaders in color and design. We will then quickly move into a fun color basics tutorial so that those of you who participate in CMG Color Power will feel confident about the professional language of color. You’ll then experience how we work with CMG’s World Color Forecast™ during Friday’s Color Applications Workshop by partaking in a mini Workshop. Experienced team leaders will take you through the steps of how the Forecast is created and how you can apply it in your specific Workshop.

Connect with other outstanding color professionals and learn why CMG, a dynamic global Association with over 50 years experience of forecasting color directions, continues to create accurate and relevant color and trend forecast information. If you want to maximize your membership and connect with your color tribe, then please take part in this complimentary session.

CMG 101 – 8am – 10am

This session is Complimentary to Summit attendees only.  Lunch will NOT be served.

Be sure to select this workshop on the  Registration Form.

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support to the 2018 International Summit.

For details of our 2018 Sponsorship opportunities please CONTACT CMG

We GATHER in Color!

Registration for the 2019 International Summit will open this March.  Keep checking for more details and to reserve your spot!

For more information please contact or call 703.329.8500.

2019 International Summit

Tucson, AZ