Mayor’s Civic Leaders Fellowship

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The Mayor’s Civic Leaders Fellowship is designed to expose future civic leaders in Colorado Springs to the inner workings of city government with an emphasis on productive discourse in leadership. The nexus of the two spaces creates a unique experience for young professionals to emerge with a greater understanding of the complicated nature of government and leadership, and tools for leading through productive dialogue.

The mission of the Mayor’s Civic Leaders Fellowship is to connect young leaders to local decision and policymakers, and with other interested young leaders, to create a network of problem solvers throughout every major sector in the community. The vision of the Fellowship is to develop a cadre of young civic leaders in every major industry across the City, connected to local decision-makers and to each other through understanding the art of productive dialogue.

Class Makeup and Focus

The Fellowship will be completed over the course of a year, and a new class of fellows will be inducted each year. In order to enhance the experience, the class will be limited to 20 spots. Attendees are expected to attend at least nine of the 12 meetings (one per month); if the commitment cannot be met, the individual will be asked to apply again during a time when they can make the commitment.

The Mayor’s Civic Leaders Fellowship will meet once a month on the last Wednesday of each month. The time of day has yet to be determined, but the meetings will last no longer than an hour and a half. The following are tentative dates:

  • January 29
  • February 26
  • March 25
  • April 29
  • May 27
  • June 24
  • July 29
  • August 26
  • September 30
  • October 28
  • November 23
  • December 16

Topics will range from public safety, public works and infrastructure, economic development to urban planning and renewal. Presenters will cover major topics in 30 minutes, allowing fellows approximately an hour to discuss, ask hard questions and learn how to engage each other and leaders in respectful, effective dialogue.

Why the emphasis on productive dialogue?

Effective civic engagement and leadership is predicated on the ability to learn from and listen to other perspectives and voices. The Fellowship will use the framework of productive dialogue to frame learning about key city issues.

Application process

Applications will open November 1, 2019 and will close 5:00 pm on December 6, 2019. Applicants must demonstrate an open desire to learn and engage in problem-solving. Note that the application will require thoughtful, pithy answers to a few essay questions. We are also asking for a copy of your resume, a cover letter, and a reference letter.

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Questions

All questions may be addressed to Mattie Gullixson at Margaret.gullixson@coloradosprings.gov or 719-385-5211.