Leadership Fellows Boulder County
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Leadership Fellows Boulder County provides approximately 35 emerging and transformational leaders from across sectors with a broad understanding of Boulder County’s economic, civic and cultural drivers.

The program offers participants a deep appreciation for the social, environmental and economic interests leaders must balance in their decisions and is heavily focused on transformational, inclusive leadership practices.

Become a Leadership Fellow

Application Deadline Extended for the 2021-22 Cohort

This will be the 13th Fellows cohort, and the 9th year of a merged program combining the strengths of the Community Foundation's and Boulder Chamber’s long-standing commitments and experience in local leadership and building an inclusive community.

Applications are due by July 26, 2021.

Application Timeline

May 24, 2021 Applications open
July 26, 2021
Applications due
Late August 2021 Applicants notified of acceptance into program
Sept 21, 2021 Leadership Fellows Boulder County Program begins
July 19, 2022 Final meeting

About the Program

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The program’s curriculum emphasizes building networks and tangible tools for local leadership roles. Curriculum topics may include, among others, Boulder County economics, Local Government 101, inclusive leadership, planning and development, critical human needs, health, education, arts and culture, and selling your vision – as well as roundtable discussions on a range of timely issues, from affordable housing to immigration and criminal justice.

Leadership Fellows Boulder County will begin in September 2021. Monthly half-day sessions will take place throughout Boulder County and will feature facilitated conversations with current leaders from the business, civic, nonprofit and cultural sectors. Tuition is $1,500 for the 11-month program. Scholarships are available based upon need.

Program Impact

Leadership Fellows make a tangible impact across Boulder County.

  • 81% of Leadership Fellows have joined a nonprofit board
  • 26% have joined a government board or commission
  • 13% have worked on a local campaign for a candidate or issue
  • 32% have earned career promotions within a year of graduation

Leadership Fellows promotes inclusive leadership practices that:

  • Develop people
  • Treat people as individuals with dignity and respect
  • Show respect for the ideas and views of others
  • Recognize the value of different working styles and skills
  • Value multiple views
  • Respect diversity
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"I was able to engage with guest speakers and former fellows who are important to the work I do. LF has helped me establish myself in my new community. I am so grateful for my involvement in the program!"

Michal Duffy

Out Boulder; LF Class of 2018

2020-2021 Leadership Fellows

2019-2020 class of leadership fellows

Transformational and inclusive leaders motivate and inspire others by providing meaning and challenge. They stimulate others to be creative and innovative by questioning assumptions, reframing problems and defining new solutions.

  • Alaina Beaulaurier, Mental Health Partners
  • Nikole Black, Emergency Family Assistance Participant Advisory Council
  • Samantha Black, TRU Community Care
  • Amy Bowinski, Out Boulder County and Grubhub
  • Sarah Braverman, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA)
  • Alma Chavez, Intercambio Uniting Communities
  • Maye Cordero, Boulder Chamber
  • Mickey Davis, Boulder County Farmers Markets
  • Jenny Desmond, Intercambio Uniting Communities
  • Gregory Glass, Gibbons White, Inc.
  • Ryan Hanschen, City of Boulder
  • Hope Jordan, Nederland Downtown Development Authority
  • Victor King, Mental Health Partners
  • Adilene Marquez, Boulder County Public Health
  • Andrea McDermott, Premier Members Credit Union
  • Sarah Mikkelsen, Community Foundation Boulder County
  • Gabriela Monge Escalante, Garden To Table
  • Lyndsy Morse, Via Mobility Services
  • Max Nathanson
  • Brenda Olguin, Elevations Credit Union
  • Jeny Padilla, Student/Advisory Council Northern Colorado Immigrants United
  • Adriana Paola Palacios Luna, Luna Cultura
  • Juan Pelaez, 3Metas Corp
  • Summer Puente, Boulder County Government, Community Services Department, Head Start Division
  • Katharine Reece, "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County
  • Sandra Reisman, Emergency Family Assistance
  • Karen Rice, Mental Health Partners
  • Roberto Rivero, Boulder County Area Agency on Aging
  • Neesha Schnepf, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Joshua Stallings, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition
  • Zac Swank, Boulder County, Partners for a Clean Environment
  • Sandra Tellez, Clinica Family Health Services
  • Emily Walsh, Imagine!
  • Michael Weslosky, Industrious
  • Savannah Whitfield, Black Bear Energy

Participation Requirements

As a Leadership Fellow, you must:

  •  Work and/or live in Boulder County
  • Have a desire to make a positive impact
  • Be willing to challenge yourself and others
  • Be open to new thinking about your role as a leader
  • Commit to attend monthly half-day sessions for 11 months
  • Have a willingness to work collectively and be open to learning

Leadership Fellows Boulder County graduates are expected to take on a local leadership role (i.e., join a nonprofit or government board/commission, work on a candidate or initiative campaign, join a neighborhood or school association, or run for office) within six months of completing the program.

The Leadership Fellows Boulder County program has a high commitment to inclusivity. We are happy to provide accommodations to allow a diverse array of participants. However, please note, sessions will be conducted in English.

For more information, please contact Tyler Ekx at tyler.ekx@boulderchamber.com.

Leadership Fellows Boulder County is sponsored by:

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Boulder County
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