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The First Round of 2014 CIPA EVVY Awards Finalists
Have Been Announced

Support your fellow authors, or if you are a finalist, come join the fun on August 23rd and find out who takes home a CIPA EVVY Award! Buy your banquet tickets here.

Meet our M.C. for the 2014 CIPA EVVY Awards:


Jim Davidson – Resilience Expert, Author, Adventure Speaker, Expedition Leader


Jim has mesmerized audiences across the USA and internationally as a keynote speaker and trainer since 1990. A renowned motivational speaker based in Colorado, Jim owns and operates Speaking of Adventure. 

His amazing tale of resilience is described in a new adventure memoir that Jim co-authored with Pulitzer-finalist journalist, Kevin Vaughan (“The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier”, Ballantine Books/Random House, 2011). 

Prior to becoming a motivational speaker, Jim’s business achievements included: 

  • Leading hundreds of training workshops for scientists, lawyers and corporate managers
  • Working 20 years as an environmental consultant, expert witness, & corporate manager
  • Founding and running a consulting firm, Alpine Environmental Inc
  • Earning degrees in geology (B.S. from University of Massachusetts-Amherst) and environmental geology (M.S. from Colorado State University)
  • Painting electrical towers charged with 230,000 volts for his father’s painting business 

Jim lives in Colorado with his two adventurous children and his very, very tolerant wife! Every spring, Jim volunteers to teach hundreds of elementary school children to climb. He is an avid rock climber and ice climber. Jim enjoys skiing, backpacking, photography, racing numerous half-marathons and one marathon (3:42), and even running up a 14,000-foot peak occasionally.





Here is a fun fact: The CIPA EVVYs are named for CIPA founder, Evelyn Kaye.

CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (CIPA ELF) is a nonprofit Colorado corporation that is tax exempt and recognized as a Public Charity under the provisions of IRC Section 501(c)(3). CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation is listed in IRS Publication 78 and registered with the State of Colorado. Contributions to CIPA ELF are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.


View the 2014 finalists here.

View the winners from 2013, as well as prior years below.

View and Download Photos from the 2012 EVVY Award HERE  

Click on the year below see the CIPA EVVY Award winners.

2013   2012   2011   2010   2009   2008   2007  2006  2005  2004  2003  2002  2001  2000  1999  1998 


CIPA EVVY entries are judged and scored according to established minimum acceptable criteria.  Only those entries that attain the minimum acceptable score become finalists with the highest scores in each category used by the judges to help determine each category’s winners, if any.

Judges are selected through CIPA’s competition judging qualification process and include teachers, business leaders, authors, critics, editors, readers and others.