SHAPING THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC SERVICE

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2019-2020 GOVERNORS FELLOWSHIP

Call to Action

Private sector executives and nonprofit leaders can—and need—to contribute to solving the state’s most challenging issues, while leading opportunities for growth and innovation and contributing to public leadership with dynamism and experience complimentary to traditional government leaders.

Background

The Colorado Governors Fellowship Program is a bipartisan educational program endorsed by Governors Hickenlooper, Owens and Ritter. The Fellowship Program is executed in partnership with the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs and the Governor’s Office, with generous support from the Boettcher Foundation.


 
The Governors Fellowship Program will enlist our state’s best and brightest into making a lasting difference in the future of our state.
— John Hickenlooper, Governor, 2011 – 2019 (D)
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THE COLORADO GOVERNORS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM AIMS TO:

  • Increase engagement among private, nonprofit and public sectors

  • Promote opportunities to make a difference within public service

  • Develop Colorado’s public service talent

Colorado Governors Fellows are private and nonprofit sector executives who seek engagement in public service and tools to make a difference by applying their skills and experiences across sectors. Fellows will graduate with new knowledge, relationships and influence within the public sector, and an alumni network of highly influential civic leaders who can make tangible impacts on the future of our state as highly-engaged executives, future senior-level government leaders or Governor-appointed committee members.

THE PROGRAM PROVIDES:

  • A journey of civic leadership

  • Personal growth

  • Enrichment for private and nonprofit sector leaders

PUBLIC SERVICE

Public service means more than government employment. It means civic engagement and serving the state of Colorado. Your opportunities may include cabinet positions, joining a school board, committee appointments, senior executive positions and more.

AS A FELLOW, YOU WILL:

  1. Use your skills and experience to serve the public good.

  2. Ignite your sense of ownership and accountability within public policy.

  3. Create enduring relationships within government & political sectors.

  4. Join an influential and highly-engaged alumni network.

  5. Graduate with new knowledge and the tools to affect change.

The cost of the program is $7,500.00* for corporate Fellows, which includes a Corporate Membership to CiviCO for the duration of the Fellowship. A Corporate Membership includes the Fellow as well as one additional colleague.

The cost of the Program is $4,500.00* for individual executives, nonprofits and Fellows based outside of the Denver metro area. Fellowship Program tuition includes a year-long membership to CiviCO for the duration of the Fellowship.

*Please contact Eric Hopfenbeck at eric@livecivico.org for questions about tuition assistance opportunities.

CANDIDATES

FELLOWSHIP CANDIDATES MUST:

  • Be a mid- to high-level executive in the private or nonprofit sector (local government is acceptable)

  • Demonstrate professional renown

  • Be actively engaged in the community through volunteerism and/or board membership

  • Hold peer commendations and endorsements

  • Be 35+ years old

  • Have a strong interest in applying your leadership skills in government, public sector initiatives and community engagement

THE PROGRAM

One of the elite programs within the CiviCO platform, the Colorado Governors Fellowship Program enriches private and nonprofit sector leaders in an 9-month part-time educational program on public policy.

The curriculum encompasses both experiential and directed learning and includes applied case studies, visits to the Capitol to meet with the Governor and shadow state officials, instruction by renowned professors and dynamic conversations with high-level speakers, including cabinet members, elected officials and CEOs.

The Fellowship Program culminates with a Civic Intensathon, fashioned after tech sector ‘hackathons’, whereby Fellows will participate alongside government leaders to solve a “big nasty“ public policy challenge and present their solutions to the Governor and his senior administrative team.

In 2019-2020, program developments may include a kickoff retreat in August 2019 and at least one session conducted outside the Denver Metro region.

  • INAGURATION CEREMONY:
    Reception with all Colorado Governors Fellowship Alumni, the current Colorado Governors Fellows, their sponsors and supporters.

  • EXPOSURE + EXPERIENCE + EDUCATION

    • Exposure:

      1. Quarterly lunches with the current Governor

      2. Shadow sessions with senior administration officials and legislators

    • Experience

      1. Dynamic conversations with renowned speakers, including cabinet members, elected officials and CEOs

      2. Applied case studies

    • Education

      1. Monthly educational sessions (September — November & January — April)

      2. Instruction by University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs professors and visiting academics

  • CIVIC INTENSATHON:

    • Fellows solve a real-time public policy challenge in a “hackathon” setting

THE HISTORY

The Colorado Governors Fellowship Program was created through The Leaders Initiative. In 2011, The Leaders Initiative (TLI) established as a nonprofit professional association whose mission was to elevate humanity by identifying, developing and deploying society’s greatest leaders into government. From TLI’s inception to its incorporation with Quarterly Forum, 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.

In 2015, TLI merged 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 QF to strengthen program design and direct focus on the nonpartisan mission.

In 2019, QF and TLI became CiviCO, an organization dedicated to building leaders who are building Colorado. In the look ahead, the Governors Fellowship Program looks forward to supporting Governor Polis for the success of our state.

QUESTIONS

For additional questions please contact CiviCO Executive Director Eric Hopfenbeck at eric@livecivico.org or 303.913.9626.

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