Will use THESIS for WordPress. Look at our logo. This is who we are A clean, simple design that nonetheless catches the eye; a design that has the look and feel of being established but still cutting edge (think Conde Nast design, WSJ magazine, etc). Needs to feel high-end.
examples of sites I like:
Navigation bar: Top of page-- logo and contact information (address and phone #, and email address; "email us" button). TABS for pages: home, our speakers, other services, contact us, about us, FAQ. Side navigation: "search" box (search by name, by topic, or by entering keyword), "news. "
REVISED: One page only required for this contest. Homepage. Should have a box above the fold for slideshow function. Make sure "search" functionality is clear and has three aspects: pulldown for "by topic" and "by name" and then a "keyword" function where you can type a keyword and search.