March 17 + 18, 2017
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO

RMECC 2017 Keynotes

We are excited to announce our 2017 Keynote Speakers.


Holly Elissa Bruno, MA, JD, is an author, international keynote speaker, attorney and radio host. 

She served as Assistant Attorney General for the state of Maine and Assistant Dean at the University of Maine School of Law. While working as Associate Professor and Dean of Faculty at the University of Maine-Augusta, Holly Elissa was selected "Outstanding Professor".

An alumna of Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management, she teaches leadership courses for The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership and Wheelock College.

Holly Elissa’s books include the best-selling, What You Need to Lead an Early Childhood Program: Emotional Intelligence in Practice (NAEYC, 2012); Managing Legal Risks in Early Childhood Programs (Columbia University’s Teachers College Press, November 2012); and Learning from the Bumps in the Road (Redleaf Press, 2013). Her first book, Leading on Purpose, was published by McGraw-Hill in 2008.

iTunes has ranked Holly Elissa’s radio programs in its top 200 k-12 podcasts. Tune in to Holly Elissa's online radio program, Heart to Heart Conversations on Leadership: Your guide to making a difference at or via Holly's website:

You can also listen to Holly Elissa being interviewed on NAEYC Radio, National Head Start Association Radio, and National Association of School Principals Radio.

Holly Elissa's keynotes receive stellar audience reviews from Reykjavik to Phoenix, Tulsa to Tampa and and Vancouver, British Columbia to Washington, DC. To “recovering attorney” Holly Elissa, life is too short to do anything but enjoy it daily.


BEST DAY EVER — How to Create Unforgettable Learning Experiences

Amazing teachers turn ordinary moments into unforgettable learning experiences – the kind that kids talk about at the dinner table and remember for a lifetime. The secret to being an “amazing teacher” is to learn to see the invisible possibilities in each of our children and to fill their lives with wonder. So, get ready for Steve Spangler to turbo-charge your sense of wonder, rekindle your child-like enthusiasm for learning, and show you how to use the principles of building connections and engagement to create best-day-ever moments day after day.

You only have to spend a few minutes with him to realize Steve’s genuine passion for making science fun and creating to best day ever experiences. Whether he’s whipping up a cool new science experiment for the Ellen DeGeneres Show, producing a new YouTube video, or designing a hands-on science lesson for kids, Steve is always seeking out new ways to create unforgettable learning experiences. It’s no wonder that thousands of people follow him on Twitter, join the conversation on Facebook, and spend countless hours watching hundreds of his YouTube videos. You can also visit his website 

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