Mayor’s Civic Leaders Fellowship

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The Mayor’s Civic Leaders Fellowship (MCLF) is designed to introduce 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 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 MCLF is to develop a cadre of civic leaders in every major industry across the City who are connected to local decision-makers and to each other.

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. To enhance the experience, the class will be limited to 20 spots. Fellows are expected to attend at least nine of the 12 seminars (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. Fellows are also required to complete a minimum of 4 hours of City Outreach volunteer opportunities. In addition to seminars, fellows will have opportunities to visit local non-profits, fire and police stations, military organizations, and various networking opportunities. This may be scheduled outside the hours of the seminar.

The Mayor’s Civic Leaders Fellowship will meet once a month from 11:00am – 1:00pm on the following dates:

  • January 18
  • February 22
  • March 22
  • April 26
  • May 24
  • June 28
  • July 26
  • August 23
  • September 27
  • October 25
  • November 15
  • December 13

Note: Some dates may shift due to speaker availability.

Topics will range from public safety, public works, infrastructure, and economic development to urban planning and renewal.

Why the emphasis on productive dialogue?

Effective civic engagement 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

The application window for 2023 has ended. Please return here in late 2023 for instructions on 2024 application periods.