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A Legacy of Leadership and Cooperation

In 1984, a group of community leaders embarked on a mission to tackle one of Denver’s biggest challenges. Specifically, they wanted to foster more productive cooperation between the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. Their vision, and the support of the University of Colorado’s Graduate School of Public Affairs, led to the creation of an innovative model for leadership development.

This model was put to the test when 24 diverse, experienced community leaders were assembled for the inaugural class of the Denver Community Leadership Forum (DCLF). Together they learned about issues ranging from conflict management and collaborative problem solving to individual leadership styles and group facilitation. That summer they also started a unique legacy by completing the first of many DCLF Outward Bound adventures at the Outward Bound Leadville Mountain Center.

Hundreds of leaders have since followed in their footsteps. These DCLF alumni include elected officials and executive directors, vice presidents and volunteer coordinators, small business owners and students pursuing advanced degrees.

You too can be part of this legacy. Whether it’s applying for the DCLF experience or taking advantage of the numerous sponsorship opportunities available, you will join a decades-long tradition of strengthening the fabric of our community.

DCLF celebrates 25 years of developing dynamic leaders | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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