Regional Leadership Development Conferences

SHPE hosts annually a Regional Leadership Development Conference (RLDC) in each of our seven national regions, delivering a crucial opportunity for our chapters to build their networks and come together around SHPE’s core values.

  • Power of the Past, Force of the Future – Region 1, Portland, Oregon, April 11-14
  • Agents of Change – Region 2, Irvine, California, February 14-17
  • Eleva Tu: Service, Knowledge & Authenticity – Region 3, For Collins, Colorado, April 4-7
  • Shaping Cornerstones – Region 4, Washington, DC, February 28-March 3
  • Soaring to Success – Region 5, San Antonio, Texas, March 21-24
  • Empowerment for Change – Region 6, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 17-20
  • Make it Matter, Make it Happen – Region 7, Miami, Florida, April 11-14

RLDC’s empower members to realize their fullest potential. The dynamic program equips attendees to be leading Hispanics in STEM — in their chapters and the workplace. Guided by expert speakers and workshop facilitators, RLDC participants are inspired to impact their community through STEM.

Our 2019 RLDC events hosted 2,131 student and professional attendees. Many of these are from SHPE’s youngest university membership ranks, the freshmen and sophomores who will rise into leadership roles within their chapters and STEM fields. RLDC events provide unique support for these members to hone their organizational, managerial, and technical skills, fortifying their strengths and allowing SHPE to cultivate early the future of our organization.

To ensure cohesiveness and a solid foundation, this year each participant had required sessions they had to attend. These included the CEO Fireside Chat, SHPEtinas, and SHPEology.

A key asset of the RLDC convening is our Career Fair, which allows SHPE’s members to meet with recruiters from top companies to discuss their talents and gain a solid understanding of the career landscape ahead of them. This year, some featured companies included Accenture, Cummins, P&G, USAA, and more – many of whom showcased their internships and early career opportunities to RLDC attendees.

RLDCs are also a way for SHPE to cement cohesion among all of our chapters. Because RLDCs are regionally focused, we can foster critical networking relationships among our smaller chapters, as well as reach those members who are unable to attend our National Convention. Many of our members nurture these connections throughout the year, organizing inter-chapter networking and social events to maintain strong relationships among each other.

SHPE’s members are the heart of our Familia. RLDC events ensure that our student chapters—key players in all of our work to build a robust pipeline of innovative Hispanic STEM leadership—are equipped with the tools that they will need throughout their educations and careers, as well as inspire future generations of Hispanic leadership in STEM.


“Getting to know a little bit more about myself. I found a lot of things that I’m doing right, and some that I should improve. Workshops were really helpful and relatable. I know I will definitely be able to make the changes in other to propel my career.”

SHPE Member