Learn, Engage, and Connect at RMECC 2019!

by Heidi Ganser Lang, Manager of Stakeholder Engagement

Heidi Ganser Lang

When I joined Denver’s Early Childhood Council staff in 2015, we had just signed on as a hosting partner to the Rocky Mountain Childhood Conference (RMECC). Always fostering a love of event planning and organization, I eagerly volunteered to be part of the planning committee. With the conference entering its fifth year, I was excited to be on the “ground level” of planning an event of this magnitude and reach.

I quickly learned that it was far more than simply large-scale party planning. Now as we are about to execute our fourth annual event, I live and breathe yellow, green, and blue from November to March! Whether it’s arranging transport for a keynote speaker on crutches, accommodating live animals, or creating a makeshift stage for a troupe of bagpipers, there is always something exciting to look out for at this national event.

The goal of RMECC is to support and solidify the growing understanding of the importance of investing in our youngest children. With 90% of brain development occurring before age 5, high-quality professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators, family support staff, and mental health professionals is of the utmost importance to the growth of our society.

Over the last four years, Denver’s Early Childhood Council has helped usher in a new era of technology and attendee engagement. By implementing the latest and greatest event planning software, we have increased RMECC attendance by over 25% – over a third of whom are first time attendees. Our onsite check-in technology allows us to welcome over 1,000 guests in under an hour. In 2018 we rolled out our event app where attendees can get event details, share photos, message one another, complete session surveys, access their presenter’s contact information, view and interact with sponsors, and best of all, track and assign over 15,000 hours of professional development credits to Colorado ECE teachers!

As we prepare to host the 9th annual conference on March 1st and 2nd at the Sheraton Downtown Denver, RMECC is excited to welcome our two amazing keynote speakers: Dr. Dana Winters, of the Fred Rogers Center, and Shiza Shahid, Co-Founder of the Malala Fund and Founding CEO of NOW Ventures.

Learn more about the RMECC keynote speakers here:


Friday’s keynote: As the Director of Simple Interactions and Academic Programs for the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, Dana Winters seeks to apply and advance the legacy of Fred Rogers in serving children and their helpers. Dana supervises the Center’s research lab, Incubator 143, which partners with educators, trainers, advocates, and researchers to focus on identifying and amplifying the simple active ingredient that universally helps serve children—the power of human connection.

Saturday’s keynote: You’ve heard of Malala Yousafzai. Now meet Shiza Shahid! As Co-Founder of the Malala Fund and Founding CEO of NOW Ventures, she is committed to enabling positive change around the globe. A prominent speaker, Shiza has been featured in multiple publications and international events, including TIME’s “30 Under 30 People Changing the World,” Forbes “30 Under 30 – Social Entrepreneurs” and a Tribeca Institute Disruptive Innovator.


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