2024 Spring Summit Recap

2024 Spring Summit Recap

RMS brings you ​this one day professional development conference and awards ceremony.

The 2024 Spring Summit co-hosted by Rocky Mountain Section and University of Colorado Denver Section was a great success! The theme was Empowering Possibilities – reflecting on purpose, resilience, and joy, we strengthen our connection, empowering ourselves and each other. It was a fantastic day of in-person networking and professional development.

Be Inspired, Be Bolder

Thank you for your enthusiasm toward attending the 2024 Spring Summit. We are excited to be partnering in planning for the event. We hope that all the attendees enjoy a day full of professional development, be inspired from many sessions, and be bolder together!
Mamata Kadakia and Kassidy Ricketson
Spring Summit Co-Chairs

Empowering Possibilities Together

Thank you for your participation and support of the 2024 Spring Summit event, sponsored by SWE Rocky Mountain Section (RMS) and the University of Colorado (CU) Denver SWE. We are excited for empowering possibilities together through new connections and insights! We are very excited to continue this annual tradition and are grateful to CU Denver for hosting us. We hope you leave this event centered around empowering possibilities to propel your professional or collegiate engineering career!
Mamata Kadakia, Kassidy Ricketson, Vicki Gates, Natalie Davila-Rendon, Heather Doty, Kamila Krupiarz, Kate Havey, Kate Brusoe, Alina Pena, Christi Wisleder, Mary Stallings, Lisa Woodward, Tara McFarland, Kirsten Sargent, and Sally Kammer
Spring Summit Committee

2024 Keynotes

Spring Summit Keynote speaker Elaine Lin Hering will present Using Your Voice to Craft the Career and Life You Want. The common advice “just speak up” falls flat if we fail to recognize the silence we’ve learned and the real and perceived costs associated with speaking up. We explore how learned silence and the ways we unintentionally silence people undercut our best intentions. In this session, we interrogate the role silence plays in your leadership and offer concrete ways for unlearning how we silence ourselves and finding and using your voice – for the impact you want.


Elaine Lin Hering is a former Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. She works with organizations and individuals to build skills in communication, collaboration, and conflict management. She has worked on six continents and facilitated executive education at Harvard, Dartmouth, Tufts, UC Berkeley, and UCLA. She has served as the Advanced Training Director for the Harvard Mediation Program and a Managing Partner for Triad Consulting Group. She has worked with coal miners at BHP Billiton, micro-finance organizers in East Africa, mental health professionals in China, and senior leadership at the US Department of Commerce. Her clients include American Express, Chevron, Google, Nike, Novartis, PayPal, Pixar, and the Red Cross. She is the author of the forthcoming book Unlearning Silence: How to Speak Your Mind, Unleash Talent, and Live More Fully  (Penguin, 2024).

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how you have learned and benefited from
  • Identify your unique value-add perspective
  • Utilize key levers for using your voice
  • Develop a personal strategy for using your voice that aligns with your strengths and wiring

Former Harvard Law Faculty member Elaine Lin Hering has written a game-changing book. Unlearning Silence: How to Speak Your Mind, Unleash Talent, and Live More Fully (Penguin 2024) explores the pervasive and negative impacts of silence in our professional and personal lives. And more importantly, offers actionable strategies for what to do instead. 

Register for Spring Summit as a professional or collegiate attendee for the full conference and receive a complimentary copy of Elaine’s book during the conference. *Limited to first 120 registrations.


Having a seat at the table doesn’t mean that your voice is actually welcome. Knowing something is wrong doesn’t mean it’s easy to speak up. In fact, there are incentives for many of us to stay silent. Why speak up if you know that it won’t be received well, and in fact, often makes things worse?

In Unlearning Silence, Hering explores how we’ve learned to be silent, how we’ve benefited from silence, how we’ve silenced other people—and how we might choose another way. She teaches how to recognize and unlearn unconscious patterns so we can make more intentional choices about how we want to show up. Only by unlearning silence can we more fully unleash talent, speak our minds, and be more complete versions of ourselves… and help other people do the same.

Elaine is offering preorder bonuses if you order 3, 5, 10+ copies now, including:

  • Free reader’s journal
  • Access to her “Solve for Silence” SMS based digital course
  • Group discussion guide + facilitator notes
  • 45 minute pre-recorded webinar that can be used for group training

You can preorder the book and access the bonuses here

Spring Summit Keynote speaker Dr. Chelsea M. Magin will present Embracing a Non-linear Career Path: From First-generation College Student to Bioengineering Professor. How can we leverage our purpose, resilience, and joy to navigate transitions throughout our careers? Using assertion-evidence presentation techniques, attendees will be guided through the journey from a first-generation college student, through a PhD and postdoc, off to industry, and back into academia.


Chelsea M. Magin, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Bioengineering, Pediatrics and Medicine and the Principal Investigator of the Bio-inspired Pulmonary Engineering Laboratory at the University of Colorado, Denver | Anschutz. Her research focuses on using innovative biomaterials and bioengineering approaches, such as 3D printing, to build in vitro models of lung disease and repair. She is a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, the American Thoracic Society Recognition of Early Academic Achievement Award, and the University of Florida’s 40 Gators Under 40 Alumni Award. Dr. Magin teaches Regulatory Affairs and Research Methods and was recognized as the Colorado Bioscience Association’s Educator of the Year. Prior to returning to academia, Dr. Magin served as the Director of Product Development for Sharklet Technologies, Inc., where she led a research and development team that designed medical devices.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain insights into navigating a non-linear career trajectory through personal narrative and reflection
  • Understand the significance of purpose, resilience, and joy in overcoming obstacles and achieving professional success
  • Utilize key levers for using your voice
  • Identify actionable steps to enhance personal and professional growth by leveraging individual strengths and experiences

2024 Program

Check out the digital program. Spring Summit program will eventually expire. Check it out while you can.

Meet the Spring Summit Committee

Thank You Spring Summit Sponsors

2024 Scholarship Awards

2024 Scholarship Awards

Scholarship Chairs:​Sarah Green (Entering Freshmen) and Jennifer Buechler (College) The Society of Women Engineers Rocky Mountain Section awards scholarships each year to students entering college and students in college in CO & WY. These scholarships are meant to help students continue to excel and reach their educational goals. We want to give a special thank you…

2024 RMS Summit Awards
Members | Awards

2024 RMS Summit Awards

The SWE RMS Summit Awards are presented to RMS members, teams, or collegiates who have made an outstanding contribution to activities within RMS during the fiscal year. Nominees are judged based on the significance of the achievements cited on behalf of the nominee and on the contributions of the nominee to various RMS activities. RMS Summit…

2024 Essay Contest Results

2024 Essay Contest Results

Essay Contest Chair:   Bomsaerah Seong The results of the 37th annual Great Women in Engineering and Science Essay Contest are in! The competition was fierce again this year with 38 entries from 9 schools in Colorado and Wyoming. A panel of volunteer judges enjoyed reviewing all of the essays. Congratulations to every entrant! The Great Women…

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RMS at WE23 Los Angeles

Over 50 RMS representatives traveled to Los Angeles to attend the world’s largest conference for women in engineering and technology from October 26-28. More members joined the conference virtually. Congratulations to the 2023 award recipients. RMS was recognized for the Mission Awards. You may read more about those on the WE23 Mission Awards blog post….

SWE Mission Award Profession 2023 Gold Badge

WE23 Mission Awards

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2023 WE Local Awards

2023 WE Local Awards

RMS received two WE Local awards in 2023 and accepted both awards in person at WE Local Seattle. ​ RMS Members at 2023 WE Local Seattle Awards Celebration with FY23 President Dayna Johnson The Spring Summit is a one-day conference for engineers, technologists, students, and diversity champions to connect through professional development workshops, inspirational speakers,…