Spring Summit

Spring Summit

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

The 2024 Spring Summit will be held April 20th. This year’s event is co-hosted with SWE University of Colorado Denver Section at the Auraria Higher Education Center campus. Save the date and follow RMS for more details on this signature event. 

The 2024 theme is Empowering Possibilities – reflecting on purpose, resilience, and joy, we strengthen our connection, empowering ourselves and each other.

Registration will open March 1.

Spring Summit Registration

Parking Pass – Purchase a pass for only $5 ($20 is normal weekend rate). A code will be shared via Eventbrite email for on-site parking, but only to those that sign up for parking during registration. You can go back and sign up for a parking pass if you missed this in your original registration.

Promo Codes:

EarlySpring – Register by March 31 to receive a 15% early bird discount. Use code EarlySpring as the promo code.

Volunteers will receive a discount code. Please wait until you receive your discount code to register.

Speakers will receive a discount code. Please wait until you receive your discount code to register.

Award recipients will receive a promo code to cover their Awards Only registration or a discount code for the full conference.

The full-conference runs from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm and includes the awards celebration. Full-conference registration includes a light breakfast, lunch, and afternoon refreshments. The Awards only portion runs from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Award only registrations include the afternoon keynote and refreshments. You may only use one promo code; they can not be stacked.

Volunteer at Spring Summit

Our volunteers partner with our committee and presenters to help ensure the Spring Summit runs smoothly. By volunteering for a brief portion of the day, you can both enjoy the Summit and help out.  

We appreciate our volunteers!   We also thank our volunteers with a 50% off discounted Eventbrite registration code as a sign of appreciation.   *Volunteers must also be registered for the Spring Summit event.

To volunteer, please submit the brief the Volunteer Interest Form. Then look for us to confirm your interest and share the registration discount code.  Please reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator Sally Kammer (also text 214-793-4045) with any questions.

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 Agenda

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Check out the digital program. Spring Summit program will be digital. Download the Sched App or feel free to bring your own printed copy.

Partner with Spring Summit

Our sponsors are vital to making Spring Summit a success. Sponsorship levels and benefits are designed to fit every budget.  Please consider a financial or in-kind donation.

Individuals may donate to support Spring Summit, Summit Awards, Scholarships, and other RMS activities through the Eventbrite registration or using the Paypal button.

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Previous Spring Summit Recaps

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Branded Bolder Together shirts from 2023 Spring Summit theme are available in various styles and colors in the RMS Bonfire Store