Boulder County Leadership Fellows

We’re a community of trailblazers and influencers. That’s why we bring together leaders and experts across sectors to build networks and advance inclusivity countywide.

The Community Foundation Boulder County and the Boulder Chamber will be making an open call for applicants to their joint leadership and networking program: Leadership Fellows Boulder County. Applications for the 2018-2019 program are now closed, please look for next year’s application in 2019.  This will be the 10th Fellows cohort, and the 6th year of a merged program combining the strengths of the Community Foundation and Boulder Chamber’s long-standing commitment and experience in local leadership development.

Leadership Fellows Boulder County will again provide 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 our leaders must balance in their decisions. Additionally, the program is heavily focused on transformational and inclusive leadership practices.

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.

Inclusive Leadership

  • Develops people
  • Treats people as individuals
  • Treats others with dignity and respect
  • Shows respect for the ideas and views of others
  • Recognizes the value of different working styles and skills
  • Values multiple views
  • Respects diversity

Community impact

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

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, the 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 of 2018. 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.

The Community Foundation:
Boulder Chamber:

Boulder County Leadership Fellows Requirements

As a Boulder County 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.

Application Timeline

May 21 – Applications open
July 20 – Applications due by end of day

Applicants notified soon
September 18 – Leadership Fellows Boulder County Program Orientation: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Subsequent meetings will be held the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
July 16, 2019 – Final meeting

NOTE: Once every quarter, sessions are from noon – 5:00 p.m. with lunch provided for Fellows and guests.

100% attendance is expected. No refunds after the second meeting.

For more information, please contact Caroline Grinnell. 

Thank you to our Leadership Fellows Sponsors!