COLead Leadership Collaboratives

The Colorado Leadership Collaborative…

  • is a learning community that provides partners with access to resources and experts as well as a structured peer support network.
  • creates a space for stakeholders to come together to advance leadership in their organizations, communities, or regions.
  • is divided into two distinct groups (Leadership Practitioners and Rural Leaders) to allow individuals facing similar challenges and opportunities a space to share knowledge, access resources, make connections, and amplify impact.

Rural Leaders

The rural collaborative creates a space for rural leaders to come together to advance the leadership in their organizations, communities, and regions. The intent is to share knowledge, access resources, make connections, and amplify impact.

Rural leaders are…

  • individuals from any sector or industry who are deeply committed to their rural Colorado communities.

Participants in the Rural Leaders Collaborative are eligible to apply for a Mini Grant. Read more about the Rural Collaborative Catalyst Grant Program here.

2023 Rural Leaders Collaborative Meeting Dates:

  • Wednesday, February 15 – Mental Health
  • Monday, May 15 – Rural & Urban Collaboration
    10 – 11:30am
  • Wednesday, August 16 – Topic TBD
    1:30 – 3pm
  • Friday, November 17 – Topic TBD
    10 – 11:30am

Leadership Practitioners

For the leadership practitioners, the collaborative provides opportunities to access knowledge, resources, and relationships to increase the effectiveness of individual programs and to consider leadership development in Colorado as a whole. This will result in greater collaboration and connection across the leadership ecosystem.

Leadership Practitioners are…

  • the leaders of leadership programs.
  • from anywhere in Colorado.
  • from all sectors.
  • responsible for the development and facilitation of the leadership program or a key staff member for the program. In cases when there is more than one leadership program director in an organization, several people from that organization may join.

2023 Leadership Practitioner Meeting Dates:

  • Thursday, February 16
    10 – 11:30am
  • Thursday, May 18
    10-11:30 am
  • Thursday, August 17
    10- 11:30 am
  • Thursday, November 16
    10 – 11:30 am

To learn more about the leadership colllaboratives, contact Curtis Esquibel,

Collaborative Resource Library

The Collaborative Resource Library is a collection of resources shared by Collaborative members. Have something you would like to share or a topic you would like to learn more about? Email

Leadership Theory Literature / Lectures / Webinars / Podcasts:
Rural Leaders
Rural Leadership Literature / Lectures / Webinars / Podcasts:
  • Discover Your True North – Bill George
  • The Leadership Challenge Workbook – James M. Kouzes & Barry Z. Posner
  • Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. – Brene Brown
  • The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing (The Social Justice Handbook Series) – Anneliese A. Singh PhD LPC

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