Established in 2011, The Leaders Initiative (TLI) is a nonprofit charitable organization 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.
TLI works at the intersection of the public, private and nonprofit communities to engage leaders in applying their skills across sectors. Inspired by Dr. Geoff Smart’s book, Leadocracy, TLI was formed to execute programs on the premise that government is only as good as who is in it.
In 2015, TLI joined forces 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 Quarterly Forum to strengthen program design and sharpen its nonpartisan mission and programmatic focus.
The cornerstone of the TLI program is the Colorado Governors Fellowship Program, an 8-month program that engages business and nonprofit leaders into Colorado public policy while elevating the opportunity to make an impact by serving in government.
The Colorado Governors Fellowship Program was founded to implement the guiding principles of The Leaders Initiative, which works at the intersection of the public, private and nonprofit communities to engage leaders in applying their skills across sectors. The Fellowship Program operates on the premise that government is only as good as who is in it, and that the best executives from the private and nonprofit sectors can elevate the brand of government by applying their skills and experience to the public sector.
Through a blend of education, experience and exposure, the state’s best and brightest leaders engage in a nonpartisan 8-month program that will inspire them to make a difference and define the future of public service. Alumni from the Program will form a network of leaders who can contribute to public leadership with dynamism, innovation and experience complimentary to traditional government leaders.
The Fellowship Program currently is executed in partnership with the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs and the Governor’s Office, and with the support of the Colorado Business Roundtable, El Pomar Foundation, The Commons on Champa and Quarterly Forum.