2017-2018 Candidates

Fellowship candidates are mid-career executives who exhibit initiative, ambition and curiosity—and, above all, professional success and leadership. Our highly selective determination process seeks leaders who want to bring their best ideas to Colorado, affect change and make an enduring difference. All nominations are subject to final approval from the Governor.

Fellowship Candidates Must:

  • Be a mid- to high-level executive in the private or nonprofit sector
  • Demonstrate professional renown
  • Be actively engaged in the community through volunteerism and board membership
  • Hold peer commendations and endorsements
  • Be 35+ years old
  • Be interested in applying your leadership skills in government, public sector initiatives and community engagement

Selection Process:

  1. The Leaders Initiative Board of Directors will review all nominations and applications from the private and nonprofit sectors for the 2017-2018 class of Fellows.
  2. Candidates invited to the next round will be notified by March 1, 2017.
  3. Interviews will be conducted by the TLI Board of Directors between March 6, 2017 and March 17, 2017.
  4. Final selections made by May 1, 2017.

All Fellows Must Attend:

  • All seven* of the all-day Fellowship sessions (see calendar)
  • The Inauguration event in June 2017
  • The Civic Intensathon in April 2018

*one absence MAX is allowed

Fellows should attend all three lunches with the Governor and all three shadow sessions.

Please note that excessive absence from the Program not only diminishes your experience but also prevents other candidates who might have a more forgiving schedule from participating.

Fellows who miss more than one all-day session, the Inauguration event and/or the Civic Intensathon are not eligible for their graduation certificate from the Program.

“Engaging all sectors - business, non-profit and government - into state work is really important.  The Governors' Fellowship Program has vast potential to create more engaged and informed future state leaders.  Participants in the program should feel deeply honored that both present and past Governors support their development.”

— ­Bill Ritter, Governor, 2007 - 2011 (D)


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

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