Quarterly Forum is a Colorado-based leadership organization
that connects, educates and inspires the state’s best emerging community leaders.

“We are developing Colorado’s next generation of community leaders who will contribute to the strength and vitality of the state now and in the future.”

–Ryan Heckman, CoChairman, QF

In 1999, Quarterly Forum (QF) was founded to provide a place for emerging executives to dream more, learn more, do more and become more while coordinating civic activities amongst its members. What began as a breakfast with Mike Fries, Scott Reiman and then entrepreneur, John Hickenlooper, has emerged as the state’s premier community leadership development organization with numerous educational programs spanning the public, private and social sectors with approximately 250 graduates and members.

Colorado has a unique and very real heritage of successful leaders who accomplish great things in their careers while giving of themselves to the community and the greater good of the state. These community leaders have led between and among sectors throughout their lives and have dramatically improved the strength, vitality and potential of our state.  Following in the steps of the pioneers before them, Colorado’s community leaders have established the ‘Colorado Way’ of building our state with a spirit of collaboration and civic responsibility.

Today, our mission is to educate, inspire and connect the next generation of community leaders from the public, private and social sectors who together will build new levels of leadership capacity for future generations.  Our educational programs are experiential and are designed to provide the skills and knowledge to improve individual leadership ability while inspiring graduates to embrace their roles as community and civic leaders.   


Dr. Jandel T. Allen-Davis, MD, Kaiser Permanente
Fiona Arnold, President, MAINSPRING Developers
Laura Barton & William Matthews
Kathy Hagan Brown, Co-President, Karsh Hagan
Ellen Bruss, Creative Director, Ellen Bruss Design
James T Bunch, Founder, Green, Manning and Bunch
Jim Burke, Founder, High Sierra Energy and President, NGL Partners
Linda Childears, President & CEO, Daniels Fund
Rebecca Chopp, Chancellor, University of Denver
Lee Driscoll, CEO, Breckenridge-Wynkoop
Nate Easley, Founding CEO, Blue School Partners
Mark Falcone, Founder and CEO, Continuum Partners
Doug Friednash, Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Mike Fries, CEO ∓ Vice Chairman, Liberty Global
Ken Gart, Principal, The Gart Companies
Margot Gilbert-Frank, President, mTreatmeant
David Greenberg, Vice Chancellor, University of Denver
Paula Herzmark, Executive Director, Denver Health Foundation
Steve Hochhauser, Former Chairman and CEO, Johns Manville
Bruce Hoyt, Senior Vice President, Investments, Gary Community Investments Peter Hudson, Managing Director, Alta Partners
General Charles H. Jacoby, Jr. (Ret.), NORAD, United States Army
Jim Kelley, Founder, Colorado Impact Fund
Aaron Kennedy, Founder, Noodles & Company
Christine Kneeland, Vice President of the Board of Directors, The Leaders Initiative
Mike Kopp, President & CEO, Colorado Concern
Adam Lerner, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
David Miller, Executive Director, University of Denver Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise
Zachary T. Neumeyer, Chairman, Sage Hospitality
Jane Okun Bomba, President, Saddle Ridge Consulting LLC
Nancy Phillips, Executive Chair of the Board, Flexential
Scott Reiman, Founder and President, Hexagon
Tim Schultz, Past President, Boettcher Foundation
Jerre Stead, Co-CEO and Executive Chairman, DTN.
Mark Turnage, CEO, DarkOwl
Dr. Ken Weiner, Founder and CEO, Eating Recovery Center
Phil Weiser, Founder, Silicon Flatirons
Roxane White, Former Chief of Staff, Governor Hickenlooper
Michelle Sie Whitten, Co-Founder, Global Down Syndrome Foundation

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QF Innovation Lounge at the Commons on Champa

The Commons on Champa is a public campus for entrepreneurship and a gathering place for business builders and innovators. Every year, numerous QF members build upon their successful careers by pivoting from large company roles to entrepreneurial endeavors.

Co­Chairs Ryan Heckman and Erik Mitisek underwrote and led the creation of the “QF Innovation Lounge” at the Commons on Champa in partnership with the City of Denver, Downtown Denver Partnership and the Colorado Technology Association. The QF Innovation Lounge connects QF members directly to the entrepreneurial community and opens new avenues and connections among investors, mentors and programming that stimulate creativity and create new opportunities to turn ideas into successful new companies.

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“Quarterly Forum has become a civic institution in Denver.

–Cole Finegan, Hogan Lovells



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