We’re dedicated to lifelong learning and professional networking.

The Burns School is dedicated to providing a wealth of networking, continuing education and career events for our students, alumni and industry professionals.


Alumni and Friends Networking Events

These informal and complimentary networking events are an excellent opportunity for alumni, students and industry professionals in the real estate and construction fields to meet and mingle. Events are hosted off campus by an alum or friend of the School.

These events are occasionally combined with other schools and departments within Daniels to increase the amount of business contacts and networking for attendees. Contact Marie.Kline@du.edu for more informatin.

The Burns Society

This invitation-only group of leaders meets approximately five times a year to discuss issues with a think-tank approach. A variety of Discussant Leaders are invited to participate in the discussion moderated by Dr. Mark Lee Levine. The society also presents all students graduation from the Burns School with the gift of a professional leather briefcase. Individual members support the Burns Society Scholarship Fund. Contact Alexandra.Saunders@du.edu for more information.

The Mountain and Western Slope Real Estate Summit

The Mountain and Western Slope Real Estate Summit, scheduled for the fall of each year in the Colorado mountains, focuses on the specific topics facing development issues in Colorado’s mountain towns and the Western Slope. It is held in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Commercial Real Estate Group. The Summit is unique to the Burns School and strongly supported by the communities it benefits. Each year, a leader local to the Summit location is awarded the Legacy Award for their contribution(s) to the industry and their community. The Legacy Award replaces the former “Honorary Dean” award. Contact Marie.Kline@du.edu for more informatin. 

Executive Real Estate Roundtable

Since its inception in 1997, this group meets ten times a year (the second Thursday of each month with the exception of August and December) on the DU campus. Speakers are chosen for their areas of expertise and relevance to the trends of the industry. There are individual and corporate memberships. Guest fees are $40 per meeting. Student fees are $5 per meeting. View past and current speakers below, or register for the next speaker.

Women in Construction Leadership Bootcamp

Where are the women leaders in your company?

Dr. Barbara Jackson, Director of the Burns School, and Shirley Ramos, Principal of DG Consulting, collaborate to create an amazing opportunity for women leaders or those moving up the ladder into leadership positions at this four-day bootcamp experience. The Bootcamp takes place at the Nature Place in Florissant, Colorado in the spring and fall. Contact Barbara.Jackson@du.edu for more information.

Playhouse Project

An annual project led by Burns School students to plan and build a life-sized playhouse for the family of suggested by a charity organization. The past years have provided a playhouse for families of the Wounded Warrior organization. Contact Ellie.Lord@du.edu for more information.

Company Info Sessions

In conjunction with the Daniels Career Center, Burns coordinates weekly company visits on campus for the purpose of meeting students and presenting what their company offers and how it contributes to the RECM industry. These informal discussions often end up with an offer of employment for our students. 

Benefits for the Company

  • Connect with the DU student talent base.
  • Brand your company on-campus.
  • Educate students about the industry.


  • Info Sessions are held on designated days (currently Tuesday and Wednesday) 5–6 p.m. each week of the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters.
  • The Company presents to students for 20-30 minutes, either with a computer presentation or lecture style, followed by Q&A and informal conversation.
  • The presenting Company sponsors food for the event, and can bring branded items to hand out.

Typically 15-20 students attend


  • Contact Burns to reserve a date
  • Provide descriptions of any job or internship openings. We recommend posting your job/internship opportunities with us prior to the Info Session so students can see the opportunities and ask questions about them.
    • Please provide your logo / tagline to us for marketing purposes.
  • Daniels Career Services will contact you prior to the event for parking needs and food order.
  • We provide on-campus interview space for you to interview students at any time. Interview sign-up sheets will be available at the Info Session to help organize the interviews.

For more information or to schedule an Info Session contact Ceci.Smith@du.edu.

Spring Banquet

An annual end-of-academic year celebration for Burns Students, alumni, faculty and staff. Students are recognized for their participation with the program as well as Honors Earned. One outstanding Alumni is also recognized for their positive impact on students and/or the program. This is a formal yet very fun affair where a little “roasting” is allowed to be included on the menu. Contact Ceci.Smith@du.edu for more information.

Summer BBQ at the Jackson Ranch

A celebration of and with those alumni, friends, students, faculty and staff who contributed to the Burns School Annual Fund Drive for the 2016–2017 fiscal year. Put on your boots and jeans and celebrate Western style!

DBIA Educators Forum

Hosted by the Burns School at the University of Denver Campus, the annual meeting of the Design Build Institute discusses newest trends, topics and methodology for the design build industry.

ECO District

Join us for the 2016 Eco Districts Summit: Building Vibrancy from the Neighborhood, Up, September 13-15 in Denver. The Eco Districts Summit is the world’s only conference dedicated to neighborhood-and district-scale sustainability. Urban leaders worldwide will convene to explore the role of district-scale innovation to address some of the most critical issues facing city makers today. Register»

Past Presentations

ERER Breakfast

ERER Breakfast

August 11, 2016
Speaker: John Hall, Economic Development Director, City of Westminster

City of Westminster Development Opportunities»

June 9, 2016
Speaker: Phil Feigin, Partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, LLP

Crowdfunding: Know What You Are Getting Into»

May 12, 2016
Speakers: Michelle Claymore City of Commerce City
Rick Wells, REGen, LLC

Mile High Greyhound Park Redevelopment Project»

April 14, 2016
Speaker: Susan Powers

Affordable Housing in Denver—Why Should We Care and What You Can Do About It»

March 10, 2016
Speaker: Jeff Handlin, President, Oread Capital & Development

Residential Land Development: Challenges & Opportunities of the Current Market Cycle»

February 11, 2016
Speaker: Randy Nichols, Nichols Partnership

Innovation in Office Space—What’s Different and Why»

January 14, 2016
Speaker: Marcia Waters, Director, Department of Real Estate for State of Colorado

Waters spoke on the Current Real Estate Issues Being Addressed by the Commission as to Brokers, Lenders, Condo Issues and New Developments. Presentation not available.

October 8, 2015
Speaker: Kyle Zeppelin, Zeppelin Development

TAXI, The Source, Source Hotel & A Frame»

September 10, 2015
Speaker: John Lehigh, Forest City Development


August 13, 2015
Speaker: Mike Gross, City of Glendale

Glendale 180 Project»

June 11, 2015
Speaker: Rutt Bridges, Author “Driverless Car Revolution”

The Disruptive Impacts of Driverless Cars on Real Estate»

May 14, 2015
Speaker: Dr. Sam Kamin, Professor at Sturm College of Law

Marijuana Regulation—Implications for Real Estate & Construction»

April 9, 2015
Speaker: Dean Barber, Senior Vice President of Development—McWhinney

Insights Into Our Current Development Activity and Our View on Current Market Opportunities, Trends and Challenges»

March 12, 2015
Speaker: Dr. Mark Levine, Burns School of RECM

Current Topics & Trends in Real Estate Tax»

February 12, 2015
Speaker: Jay H. Lindell, Major General, USAF (Ret.), Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

Colorado Aerospace and Defense Industry»

January 8, 2015
Speaker: Dr. Glenn Mueller, Burns School of RECM

The Market Cycles of First and Second Tier Cities»

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Speaker: Trey Warren, Vice President, Front Range Land & Development Company

Belleview Station»

October 9, 2014
Speaker: Susan Powers, Urban Ventures, LLC

Building Healthy Places—Next Frontier for the Real Estate Industry»

September 11, 2014
Speaker: Andrea Amonick, City of Aurora

Update & Behind the Scenes Look at Anschutz Medical Campus/Fitzsimons Life Science District»

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Speaker: Jim McGibney, First Century Development LLP

Changes in Our Industry—2014-2025» 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Diane Barrett, Chief Projects Officer, Office of Michael B. Hancock | City and County of Denver

Kelly Leid, Executive Director, Mayor’s Office, City and County of Denver

North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative»

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Speaker: Michael White, Executive Vice President, CBRE/Capital Markets

Developing Trends: Institutional RE Capital in 2014»

Mountain and Western Slope Real Estate Summit

2015 Mountain and Western Slope Real Estate Summit
Friday, October 2

Session I: Mountain/Western Slope Economic Update—Dr. Glenn Mueller (The Burns School, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver)
Session II: Mountain Western Slope Demographic Trends—Elizabeth Garner (Colorado State Demographer)
Session III: Economic Drivers in Development Panel—Dr. Patrick Fitzgerald(The Burns School, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver)
Session IV: The Art of Conscious Communication—Dr. Audrey Nelson
Session V: Snowmass Base Village Development—Jim D’Agostino (Related Company)
Session VI: The Case for Space in Commercial Real Estate—Dr. Barbara J. Jackson(The Burns School, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver)
Session VII: Public-Private Partnership Panel
—Mark Leidal (Town of Silverthorne)
Chad McWhinney (McWhinney)
Carolynne White, Esg. (Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck)
University of Denver Legacy Award Presentation: John Sarpa

Denver DBIA

2015 DBIA in Denver, Colorado

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2014 AIA P+DC
Friday, October 10

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