The Colorado Governors Fellowship Program

Shaping The Future Of Public Service

Private sector executives and nonprofit leaders can—and need—to contribute to solving the state’s most challenging issues, while leading opportunities for growth and innovation and contributing to public leadership with dynamism and experience complimentary to traditional government leaders.

As captured in the book by Dr. Geoff Smart, Leadocracy, The Leaders Initiative (TLI) and its flagship Governors Fellowship Program were founded on the premise that government is only as good as who is in it. Attracting the best leaders to public service will create greater opportunities for growth, innovation and solving our state’s most challenging issues.

"The Governors Fellowship Program will enlist our state’s best and brightest into making a lasting difference in the future of our state."

— ­John Hickenlooper, Governor, 2011 - 2018 (D)

The Colorado Governors
Fellowship Program Aims To:

  • Increase engagement among private, nonprofit and public sectors
  • Promote opportunities to make a difference within public service
  • Develop Colorado’s public service talent

Colorado Governors Fellows are private and nonprofit sector executives who seek engagement in public service and tools to make a difference by applying their skills and experiences across sectors. Fellows will graduate with new knowledge, relationships and influence within the public sector, and an alumni network of highly influential civic leaders who can make tangible impacts on the future of our state as highly-engaged executives, future senior-level government leaders or Governor-appointed committee members.

The Program Provides

  • A JOURNEY OF CIVIC LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
  • PERSONAL GROWTH
  • ENRICHMENT FOR PRIVATE AND NONPROFIT SECTOR LEADERS

The Colorado Governors Fellowship Program is a bipartisan educational program endorsed by Governors Hickenlooper, Owens and Ritter. The Fellowship Program currently is executed in partnership with the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs and the Governor’s Office, along with support from the Colorado Business Roundtable, El Pomar Foundation, The Commons on Champa and Quarterly Forum.

Public Service

Public service means more than government employment. It means civic engagement and serving the state of Colorado. Your opportunities may include cabinet positions, joining a school board, committee appointments, senior executive positions and more.

As a fellow, you will:

  1. Use your skills and experience to serve the public good.
  2. Ignite your sense of ownership and accountability within public policy.
  3. Create enduring relationships within government & political sectors.
  4. Join an influential and highly-engaged alumni network.
  5. Graduate with new knowledge and the tools to affect change.

The cost of the Program is $4,500.00 for individual executives, nonprofits and Fellows based outside of the Denver metro area. Fellowship Program tuition includes a year-long membership to Quarterly Forum for the duration of the Fellowship.

For corporate Fellows, the cost is $7,500.00, which includes a Corporate Membership to Quarterly Forum for the duration of the Fellowship. A Corporate Membership includes the Fellow as well as one additional colleague.

Please contact QF Group President Meegan Moszynski at mmoszynski@quarterlyforum.org to inquire about scholarship availability.

“Engaging young and innovative talent through a fellowship program like this will create a new generation of future government leadership talent. I am proud to stand alongside other Colorado Governors to develop such an important leadership initiative.”

— ­Bill Owens, Governor, 1999 - 2007 (R)

The Program

The most elite program within the QF platform, TLI’s Governors Fellowship Program enriches private and nonprofit sector leaders in an 8-month part-time educational program on public policy.

The curriculum encompasses both experiential and directed learning and includes applied case studies, visits to the Capitol to meet with the Governor and shadow state officials, instruction by renowned professors and dynamic conversations with high-level speakers, including cabinet members, elected officials and CEOs.

The Fellowship Program culminates with a Civic Intensathon, fashioned after tech sector ‘hackathons’, whereby Fellows will participate alongside government leaders to solve a “big nasty“ public policy challenge and present their solutions to the Governor and his senior administrative team.

Inauguration Ceremony

Reception with all 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Colorado Governors Fellows and their sponsors and supporters

Exposure

Quarterly lunches with the current Governor

Shadow sessions with senior administration officials and legislators

Experience

DYNAMIC CONVERSATIONS WITH RENOWNED SPEAKERS, INCLUDING CABINET MEMBERS, ELECTED OFFICIALS AND CEOS

APPLIED CASE STUDIES

Education

MONTHLY EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS (SEPTEMBER — NOVEMBER & JANUARY — APRIL)

INSTRUCTION BY UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROFESSORS AND VISITING ACADEMICS

Civic Intensathon

Fellows solve a real-time public policy challenge in a “hackathon” setting

History

The Colorado Governors Fellowship Program is a joint program of Quarterly Forum and The Leaders Initiative. Quarterly Forum is a membership-based leadership organization that connects, educates and inspires the state’s best emerging community leaders. 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.

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 QF to strengthen program design and direct focus on our nonpartisan mission.

Questions

Please contact QF Group President Meegan Moszynski at mmoszynski@quarterlyforum.org or 307.699.1997.


 

TLI Partners

TLI Partners

Influencers

The Inspiration

The Colorado Governors Fellowship Program takes inspiration from the following federal organizations, which were created to engage emerging leaders in challenging, but important, public service capacities while promoting citizenship more broadly.

Program Launch

Colorado Governors Fellowship Program Celebration

The inaugural Colorado Governors Fellowship Program was launched on June 29, 2016...

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