The QF platform provides opportunities to build valuable relationships and become better, more informed business leaders.
We curate programs and experiences that matter. The QF platform provides numerous opportunities to build valuable relationships and become a better, more informed business leader. When you participate in QF events, you will be among members of our community who are making a difference. You will learn. You will grow. You will be inspired. We provide ample opportunities to engage with our organization because you are a busy executive who travels, has family obligations and may need to be selective with your QF experiences. You will have opportunities to connect with leaders from the government, nonprofit and business sectors, bound by a desire to learn and make an impact in the community. Our year-long programs are invite-only for QF members and invited guests.
Breakfast Enrichment & Inspiration Series
This exclusive program is held once a quarter for members and their guests. Each Breakfast Program focuses on one of three thought-provoking themes– Business, Politics or Culture—and features engaging speakers and timely topics within an intimate setting. These breakfast events are designed to nourish your mind and heart as you grow into a leader of significance within the community. Attendance is limited to 100 people to ensure opportunities for intimate engagement and discussion among fellow members, thought leaders and inspirational business, political and cultural role models.
Colorado Governors Fellowship Program
This program implements the fundamental premise of The Leaders Initiative (“TLI”). TLI works at the intersection of the public, private and nonprofit communities to engage leaders in applying their skills across sectors. TLI was inspired by Dr. Geoff Smart and outlined in his best-selling book, Leadocracy, to execute on the premise that government is only as good as who is in it. The Fellowship Program engages private and nonprofit sector leaders in an 8-month educational program on state government and public policy and is executed in partnership with the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs and the Colorado Business Roundtable.
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Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medal
The state of Colorado has benefited from the collaborative and generous contributions of leaders from the business, nonprofit and government sectors. These citizens courageously strengthen our state while creating new opportunities and inspiration for future generations. By Executive Order B 2015-010 from the Office of the Governor, five medals are awarded annually on a non-partisan basis by the present Governor on behalf of past Governors and the citizens of Colorado to leaders of our state who inspire excellence and community service.
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Annual Holiday Party
The Annual Holiday Party and Celebration of Community Leadership is the social highlight of our season. This invite-only event celebrates community leaders and honors the winners of the Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medal, one of the state’s highest honors. This event attracts 300-plus of the state’s most impactful government, nonprofit and business leaders with a spirit of community and fellowship. Connections are made among leaders within these diverse but complementary sectors that lead to new ideas and possibilities to improve the state of Colorado.
Behind the Screen
In partnership with the Denver Film Society, our annual Behind the Screen celebrates the state’s thriving film industry with a private screening of a film with ties to Colorado, followed by Q&A with the director, producer and other creators. This event promotes the economic impact of the arts and film industry in Colorado and underscores QF’s tradition of bringing together the state’s business, public service and community leaders. It is also fun—a casual summer evening spent with your spouse or loved one celebrating our state’s emerging cultural community with other leaders who are making a difference in our community.
QF Scholarship Program
The QF Scholarship Program exemplifies our value of giving back to the community. Beginning in 2013, QF began to establish its philanthropic role in the state of Colorado with its scholarship program, which was introduced as a way for Members to contribute to educating the future of the state and to ‘pay it forward’. To date, the QF Scholarship Program has gifted approximately $300,000 and exemplifies our value of giving back to the community.
We are inspired to encourage innovation in post-secondary education, particularly in underserved communities that demonstrate great potential. QF Members believe in supporting our state’s future—but less fortunate—leaders by investing in career pathways for first-generation college students. To accomplish this, QF launched three unique programs that inspire new educational possibilities for the state and authentically connect our members to supporting the next generation:
QF Emerging State of Colorado Scholarship – QF’s core scholarship program, the Emerging State of Colorado Scholarship seeds new ideas and learners at community colleges that are creating pathways for unconventional learners who can and will contribute to our future. In partnership with the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI), this scholarship is focused on providing funding to first-generation college students at community colleges in underserved communities beyond the Denver area. We strive to fund unique educational opportunities, including vocational training, that create career pathways to students outside of the traditional four-year college curriculum. The state of Colorado matches QF’s funding for these scholarships through its COSI program.
Scott Reiman Emerging Leader Scholarship – This scholarship is given to a student of need who matriculates at the University of Denver, QF’s academic partner. In honor of Scott Reiman, one of the founders of QF, this scholarsip provides a $10,000 award to a student in need who is selected by a University of Denver awards committee and Chancellor Rebecca Chopp.
Mike Fries Emerging Creators Scholarship – QF partnered with the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver to sponsor the “Failure Fair,” a state-wide outreach program that provides $20,000 in scholarship funding to students who participate in the fair and present ideas that encourage participation in the arts, innovation and ingenuity. Part TED talk, part Shark Tank and part science fair, this event cultivates the creative spirit of our youth in the state, inspiring an emerging generation to embrace failure as part of the creative process. This scholarship promotes arts education and the ideals of the Failure Fair to unlock the potential of students unlikely to apply for traditional academic scholarships. In partnership with the MCA, we encourage students to embrace failure as an important component of creation and significance in educational development. This scholarship honors Mike Fries, a founder of QF and an embodiment of these very ideals.
Good Wood Club
The concept for GWC is simple: gather a group of like-minded, ambitious, community-oriented folks and engage them in ways to be better at work and better at home– to help build a better Denver. With this concept, Good Wood Club was born. Built on a foundation of good intentions, hard work, great friendships and a heart for the community, GWC convenes to help change lives, build our community and have a lasting impact on the great city of Denver. In 2015, GWC and QF partnered up to make an even bigger impact on the Denver community.
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Small Group Events
These events include Small Group Discussions featuring a guest author and speakers from out of state in partnership with Start-Up Colorado, Colorado Succeeds, the University of Denver and the Governor’s office; our Annual Ski Day; and our Women’s Leadership Celebration. Each of these memorable ‘back stage’ events provides opportunities to build closer relationships with fellow members in a more intimate setting with thought leaders from around the state and nation.
Colorado Governors Fellowship Program
This program implements the fundamental premise of The Leaders Initiative (“TLI”). TLI works at the intersection of the public, private and nonprofit communities to engage leaders in applying their skills across sectors. TLI was inspired by Dr. Geoff Smart and outlined in his best-selling book, Leadocracy, to execute on the premise that government is only as good as who is in it. The Fellowship Program engages private and nonprofit sector leaders in a 8-month educational program on state government and public policy and is executed in partnership with the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs and the Colorado Business Roundtable.
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–Cole Finegan, Hogan Lovells