Established in 2011, The Leaders Initiative (TLI) is a nonprofit professional association whose original mission was to elevate humanity by identifying, developing and deploying society's greatest leaders into government. Since TLI’s inception, private sector leaders have worked with state government to curate a pool of talented potential cabinet leaders and institutionalize the connection between state government leaders and the business community.
TLI works at the intersection of the public, private and nonprofit communities to engage leaders in applying their skills across sectors. Inspired by Dr. Geoff Smart’s book, Leadocracy, TLI was formed to execute programs on the premise that government is only as good as who is in it.
In 2015, TLI merged with QF to scale the organization and focus more heavily on long-term talent development within the government sector. As part of this transition, Colorado governors Hickenlooper, Owens and Ritter advised Quarterly Forum to strengthen program design and sharpen its non-partisan mission and programmatic focus.
The cornerstone of the TLI program is the Colorado Governors Fellowship Program, a 9 month program that engages business and non-profit leaders into Colorado public policy while elevating the opportunity to make an impact by serving in government.