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.

Women of Enterprise Forum

The mission of this annual forum is to present top women of the industry, locally and nationally, to speak on topics of shared interest to men and women in the finance, development, brokerage, marketing, lending and management careers within real estate and construction management. The Forum strives to encourage young women to enter the industry and because of that, 75% of all net profits go directly into scholarships for women enrolled in the Burns School. Re-established in 2017.

Affordable Housing Conference

With a community-driven planning committee that works in the affordable housing segment of the industry, this symposium brings to the forefront cutting-edge issues, building methods and financing possibilities that address all issues around affordable housing.

The Burns Society

This invitation-only group of leaders in the industry forms a think-tank to meet approximately six times a year to discuss issues that affect real estate and construction management locally, nationally and internationally. The group discussion is led by Former Director Mark Lee Levine. The society also presents all students of the program with the gift of a professional leather briefcase upon graduation.

The Mountain and Western Slope Real Estate Summit

The Mountain and Western Slope Real Estate Summit focuses on the specific issues facing construction and development in Colorado’s mountain towns and the Western Slope. This industry and alumni educational outreach event is unique to the Burns School and is strongly supported by the community that it benefits. Each year, a leader in the industry is awarded the Legacy Award for their contribution to the industry and their community. The Legacy Award replaces the former “Honorary Dean” award.


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?

Shirley Ramos, FMI, and Barbara Jackson, Phd, DBIA, Director at the Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management, Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver, have created an amazing opportunity for women leaders this summer—a four-day Boot Camp experience at the beautiful Nature Place in Florissant, Colorado. Join us May 1–4 and October 23–26. Register today or contact Barb Jackson with questions.

Past Presentations

ERER Breakfast

ERER Breakfast

Thursday, June 9
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

2015 DBIA in Denver, Colorado

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AIA P+DC 2014

2014 AIA P+DC
Friday, October 10

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