11.16.23

Leadership Fellows Graduates Go on to Positively Impact Their Communities

Leadership Fellows Graduates Go on to Positively Impact Their Communities  

After learning about the critical issues facing our community in Leadership Fellows Boulder County, Maye Cordero and Eliberto Mendoza have gone on to engage in meaningful work and affect change in Boulder County.  
Leadership Fellows Boulder County is a joint leadership development and networking program of Community Foundation Boulder County and the Boulder Chamber aimed at fostering leadership development and facilitating networking for mid-career professionals. This program is designed to equip 25-30 diverse, emerging and influential leaders each year with a comprehensive grasp of essential issues facing our community, and ways to address these issues to help Boulder County prosper.  
 
After completing the program, graduates of Leadership Fellows are encouraged to take on leadership roles in their community and help make Boulder County a thriving, equitable, and inclusive community.  
 
One such graduate is Maye Cordero. Cordero is the current Director of Marketing & Events at the Boulder Chamber and participated in Leadership Fellows in the 2020-2021 cohort. "It was fascinating to learn about all the resources, programs, and organizations that are serving our Boulder community,” said Cordero. “Having direct access to the movers and shakers of Boulder was a privilege. But most importantly, knowing that I can count them as part of my professional network is fantastic.”  
 
Since graduating from Leadership Fellows, she has gone on to dance towards community impact by serving on the Board of Directors at the Denver Dance Archive. “It's truly fulfilling to have the opportunity to give back to my community through my lifelong passion, dance” she notes. Cordero was also recently named as one of BizWest’s 2023 40 Under Forty honorees in the Boulder Valley area. 
 
Another impressive Leadership Fellows graduate, Eliberto Mendoza, is currently making a tremendous impact in Boulder County by being involved in community organizations and non-profits. “After graduation from Leadership Fellows, I have gone on to serve on multiple boards, including being a trustee for Community Foundation Boulder County,” said Mendoza. “Leadership Fellows provided the community understanding I needed to work toward my professional goals, first as a division manager for Community Action Programs, and now supporting the City of Longmont’s human services funding and its homelessness services effort."  
 
“My time being a leadership fellow has meant so much to me in the years following that experience,” adds Mendoza. “It was time that taught me so much about my community, my other fellows, and myself. I learned about challenges affecting our community and the work being done by so many wonderful people addressing them. I learned about the passions and dedication that many of my fellows had, and I learned where and how I wanted to make my mark on the community.” 
 
 With over 400 graduates in its 15-year history, Leadership Fellows Boulder County continues to be a force for good. The influence of Leadership Fellows extends far beyond the individual. The program's alumni, including Cordero and Mendoza, contribute to a ripple effect of positive change in Boulder County. The program's success is measured not only in the skills and knowledge imparted but also in the tangible contributions of its alumni.