Convening today’s and tomorrow’s civic leaders

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This past January, El Pomar’s Forum for Civic Advancement conducted several focus groups with 14 leaders from Colorado Springs. The groups sought to gauge opinions about the forum’s effectiveness and the state of leadership in the Pikes Peak region.
The focus groups generally believed young leaders must be nurtured in order to find new and innovative solutions to our community’s challenges. Both experienced and developing leaders are needed to advance the civic health of the region.
Members applauded the efforts of groups like Citizens College, Leadership Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs Chamber Rising Professionals and Colorado Springs Leadership Institute for reaching out to future leaders. As part of the movement to support and nurture our future leaders, the forum seeks to bring today’s leaders together with the leaders of tomorrow.
The Forum for Civic Advancement strives to cultivate civic leadership through supporting and engaging individuals interested in contributing to the civic health of the Pikes Peak region by preparing those who serve, or those who would like to serve, in elected or appointed positions.
The forum provides an opportunity for community members to learn from the forum chairmen, who are experienced figures in Colorado politics and public policy. It also provides an opportunity for those engaged in the practice of public policy to meet with those who wish to become civic leaders in Colorado’s future.
Additionally, the forum periodically hosts seminars with practical information about campaigning and holding public office. In March, the forum hosted a seminar for 20 people interested in running for City Council. In July, the forum will host a program for people interested in running for and serving on school boards.
The 2007 forum year also includes presentations by chairmen Tom Cronin, John Andrews, Sen. Gary Hart, and Mike Rosen. All presentations take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Penrose House, 1661 Mesa Ave.
Mike Rosen – Sept. 12
John Andrews – Oct. 17
Gary Hart – Nov. 7
Tom Cronin – Dec. 5
If you are interested in the forum, contact Jason Owens at or 577-7044.

About the 2007 chairmen

A leading presidential scholar, Dr. Tom Cronin was acting president of Colorado College (1991) and president of Whitman College (1993 to 2005). Cronin now holds the McHugh Professorship of American Institutions and Leadership at Colorado College.
John Andrews served in the state Senate from 1998-2005 and was elected president of the Senate in 2002 for the remainder of his term. He was founder of Independence Institute and continues his work at Backbone America, a project of the Claremont Institute.
Gary Hart represented Colorado in the U.S. Senate for two terms and was a contender for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in 1984. He continues to serve the state through public policy work and analysis, including service as chairman of the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado at Denver.
Mike Rosen is one of Colorado’s premier political commentators, hosts a daily talk show on News Radio 850 KOA in Denver and writes a weekly column for the Rocky Mountain News.