April 6, 2015—The University of Denver and Quarterly Forum, a non-partisan, not-for-profit leadership organization of 100 of the Rocky Mountain region’s most influential business and community leaders, today announced a partnership that makes the University the organization’s exclusive academic partner. This new affiliation is built on the longstanding traditions of leadership development that are the cornerstones of both institutions.
Founded in 1999, Quarterly Forum is a community of leaders that comes together for enriching programming and social events that cultivate professional growth and community engagement. The University of Denver will provide Quarterly Forum with academic thought leadership and world-class venues while providing high-achieving students and faculty with opportunities to engage with the Colorado business community. This alliance embodies DU’s mission to serve the community as a great private university dedicated to the public good.
“We are always seeking deeper connections to the business community and more opportunities for our students,” said Rebecca Chopp, chancellor of the University of Denver. “Partnering with Quarterly Forum achieves both of these objectives and will help us all to generate a more comprehensive understanding of how education and commerce—working together—contribute to the vitality of our state.”
Each year, Quarterly Forum hosts 10-12 events and small group discussions that focus on business, politics and culture while inspiring business and community excellence. Recent featured speakers include Mike Fries, president and CEO of Englewood–based Liberty Global, the nation’s second-largest cable provider; Governor John Hickenlooper; and, Kent Thiry, president and Chief Executive Officer of DaVita Healthcare Partners. In the last year, Quarterly Forum has profiled the Colorado oil and gas industry, the growing Colorado technology ecosystem and on May 7th, “B Corporations”, which promote social and environmental excellence in addition to financial success, will be in the spotlight. New Belgium Brewing along with Rally Software will share their experiences in becoming and operating as certified “B-Corps.”
Quarterly Forum also provides scholarships to deserving students of need throughout the state of Colorado and, with this partnership, outstanding DU students who have great financial need and demonstrated aspiration and potential to become leaders in the Colorado community. This unique giving allows Quarterly Forum members to invest in the State’s talent pool and future workforce.
“Quarterly Forum members are very proud of their role in the community and this partnership with DU further elevates our organization” said Ryan Heckman, executive director of Quarterly Forum. "Our mission is to serve the community through promoting professional growth, civic engagement and leadership development. This partnership will create new possibilities for our members and the broader community – we are honored.”