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CCIG COO Chosen to Participate in Leadership Denver Class of 2016

January 14, 2016

Scott Kennedy, CCIG’s president and COO, has been chosen to participate in the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation’s Leadership Denver Class of 2016.

COOLeadershipDenverKennedy (at far left in photo below) was one of 65 people chosen for the class out of nearly 200 applicants. Leadership Denver is an 11-month program aimed at helping participants “gain an in-depth understanding of major community issues facing the metro area through hands-on experiences and discussions with experts leading change in Colorado,” according to the Leadership Foundation.

The program is geared toward established leaders in metro Denver with high levels of community involvement and awareness.

“I’m really excited to be a part of such a strong leadership development curriculum,” Kennedy said. “I’ve met fascinating, talented people who all have a passion for making Denver a great city.”
Participants include bankers, attorneys, insurance executives, politicians, nonprofit leaders and entrepreneurs, among others.

The class officially started in August with an orientation, which was followed by a two-day nature retreat in September.

Class members participate in daylong, intensive sessions, such as Poverty Day on Nov. 6. Poverty Day included site visits at nonprofits such as Urban Peak, which provides shelter and services for youth experiencing homelessness, and Warren Village, which helps low-income single-parent families achieve personal economic self-sufficiency.

The day also included a discussion of the challenges of homelessness in downtown Denver with city and law enforcement officials, and a visit to Fairview Elementary School, one of the most economically disadvantaged schools in Denver.

Other once-monthly, daylong sessions through May 2016 include:

  • Policy Day
  • Economic Development Day
  • Education Day
  • Crime and Justice Day
  • Inclusivity Day
  • Issue Day
  • The Class of 2016’s final day is June 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a graduation ceremony and alumni
  • reception.

At 41 years old, Leadership Denver is one of the most prominent leadership programs in the region. Former Gov. Bill Ritter and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock are among the program’s alumni.

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