Leadership Fellows keep an eye on equity

Anticipating and responding to shifting demographics and increasing cultural diversity in our community, Leadership Fellows Boulder County – a joint leadership development and networking program of the Community Foundation and the Boulder Chamber — offers emerging leaders a broad-based overview of Boulder County’s economic, civic, and cultural drivers.

“I really appreciate how Leadership Fellows pushes us to consider issues around inclusion, diversity and equity when we talk about leadership in Boulder County,” said Magnolia Landa-Posas, among the program’s most recent alumni.

Added alumna Lisa White, “One of the topics we explored was the idea of privilege, and how we can better use our privilege to make a positive impact. In part, that means closing the gap between the business and nonprofit communities, and helping lift people out of poverty by connecting them to job opportunities.

”Monthly curriculum topics 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. Roundtable discussions explore a range of timely issues, from affordable housing to immigration and criminal justice.

Representing the foundation’s long-standing commitment to leadership development right here at home, the program brings together some 35 participants from across sectors every year, building networks and advancing inclusivity countywide. To date, within six months of graduation, 81 percent of Leadership Fellows alumni reported joining a nonprofit board; 26 percent reported joining a government board or commission; and 13 percent reported working on a local campaign for a candidate or issue. Another 32 percent of participants reported career promotions within a year of completing the program.

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by Sabine Kortals Stein