COLORADO GOVERNORS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
A PREMIER PROGRAM OF QF
THE COLORADO GOVERNORS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
SHAPING THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC SERVICE
As captured in the book by Dr. Geoff Smart, Leadocracy, the Governors Fellowship Program was 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.
— 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
ENRICHMENT FOR PRIVATE AND NONPROFIT SECTOR LEADERS
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:
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.
*Please contact QF Program Director Eric Hopfenbeck at email@example.com to inquire about QF Member discounts and scholarship availability.
— Bill Owens, Governor, 1999 – 2007 (R)
One of the elite programs within the QF platform, the Colorado 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.
RECEPTION WITH ALL COLORADO GOVERNORS FELLOWSHIP ALUMNI, THE 2018-2019 COLORADO GOVERNORS FELLOWS, THEIR SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS
QUARTERLY LUNCHES WITH THE CURRENT GOVERNOR
SHADOW SESSIONS WITH SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS AND LEGISLATORS
DYNAMIC CONVERSATIONS WITH RENOWNED SPEAKERS, INCLUDING CABINET MEMBERS, ELECTED OFFICIALS AND CEOS
APPLIED CASE STUDIES
MONTHLY EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS (SEPTEMBER — NOVEMBER & JANUARY — APRIL)
INSTRUCTION BY UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROFESSORS AND VISITING ACADEMICS
FELLOWS SOLVE A REAL-TIME PUBLIC POLICY CHALLENGE IN A “HACKATHON” SETTING
The Colorado Governors Fellowship Program is a program of Quarterly Forum, intially created by The Leaders Initiative. Quarterly Forum is a membership-based leadership organization that connects, educates and inspires the state’s best emerging community leaders. In 2011, The Leaders Initiative (TLI) established as a nonprofit professional association whose original mission was to elevate humanity by identifying, developing and deploying society’s greatest leaders into government. From TLI’s inception to its incorporation with QF, 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.
Please contact QF Program Director Eric Hopfenbeck at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.913.9626.
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.
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“Wonderful opportunity to connect with Denver’s business and thought leaders around key issues affecting us all.”
–Gary Lutz, Wells Fargo Private Bank