In July 2021, Boettcher Foundation announced its inaugural cohort of the Doers & Difference Makers Fellowship. A nine-month program, the Fellowship seeks to identify, celebrate, elevate, and connect community champions from across Colorado. The program elevates these individuals’ voices and amplifies their impact through structured opportunities to develop as individual leaders and members of Colorado’s ecosystem, including a financial investment, individualized coaching, and an emphasis on building connections among Fellows.
Ideal candidates for the Boettcher Fellowship are individuals with a deep commitment to their community and a willingness to put in the work to make things happen. A community can be defined as either a group of people living in the same place (a geographic community) or having a particular characteristic in common (an ethnic, racial, or cultural community).
They are community champions from all sectors who have a positive impact in their communities by finding creative solutions, developing and strengthening networks, or showing high levels of resourcefulness. Candidates are either the ‘doers’ who are on the frontlines of making things happen, or those who are at the cusp of something game-changing. They have big dreams though may have fewer connections. They are the people who may or may not have had a seat at traditional leadership tables but they move their community forward regardless. Candidates may not be formally recognized or celebrated, but they are recognized by their communities as key difference makers.
Candidates from rural communities or underrepresented groups will be given priority. For the purpose of prioritization points, rural will be defined as “census places less than 50,000 people and not adjacent or contiguous to an urbanized area.”
Of note, candidates who are CEOs, executives, or leadership program aficionados are not excluded from applying, but preference will be given to those who are not considered traditional leaders.
Identified by local leaders for their leadership potential and their commitment to the community, we are pleased to recognize the following individuals as Boettcher Fellows:
The Doers & Difference Makers Fellowship is bringing together a cohort of talented individuals with a willingness to put in the work to make things happen from across our beautiful and diverse state.