The Quarterly Forum inducted 32 executives and community leaders on Friday who will make up the next class of Colorado Governor’s Fellows from across the state.
The nonpartisan fellowship started in 2016 under Gov. John Hickenlooper with endorsements from former Govs. Bill Ritter and Bill Owens. The idea is to train leaders and cultivate their ideas to strengthen government, as well as the private and nonprofit sectors. The program is based on the 54-year-old White House Fellows Program and Dr. Geoff Smart’s book, “Leadocracy.”
“Colorado is leading the nation in creating how we involve these emerging leaders in government,” Hickenlooper said in a statement Friday. “This fellowship program was designed to develop a pipeline of future talent in government to complement and enhance the great talent we have. This program both prepares our community leaders for government service and inspires them to take the step to get involved.”
The fellowship is led by civic leadership program Quarterly Forum.
“To see the interest from these leaders to use their leadership skills and creative minds to make an impact in the public sector is inspiring and humbling,” its director of programs, Eric Hopfenbeck, stated. “At QF, we are honored to provide this opportunity for the best and brightest to help shape the future of public service in our state.”
Hickenlooper, who approved each of the new fellows, is scheduled to induct the class at a ceremony on June 28.
The class is made up of:
Fellows will attend sessions each month next year to hear speakers and take part in conversations with public officials, including the governor, “to apply their innovative skills and experiences toward solving the state’s most challenging issues” by recommending policy changers, according to the Quarterly Forum.
The fellowship program is supported by the Boettcher Foundation and Quarterly Forum in partnership with the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs, the Governor’s Office, and The Commons on Champa.