A regional leadership development program designed to build human capacity and to identify, define and address the issues facing the Northern Colorado region.



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Northern Colorado is morphing into an area with regional potential, population and challenges.  Leadership with a regional perspective will be essential for a positive vision of our future. With that in mind, Leadership Northern Colorado launched in 2010 and now has over 300 graduates of the program.

A joint initiative of the Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland Chambers of Commerce, the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and the Weld Community Foundation, this six-month interactive development program will focus on regional issues, regionalism and regional leadership skills.  The program is designed to educate and motivate leaders who are committed to shaping the future of our region. 

2023 Leadership Northern Colorado Prepares for Graduation
Public and alumni invited to attend presentation on leadership

The thirteenth Leadership Northern Colorado (LNC) class will soon complete their six-month program and LNC alumni and the public are invited to celebrate the class accomplishments and to learn more about leadership at a breakfast featuring keynote speaker Julie Weber.

The event will be from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on June 27 at Windsong Event Center, 2901 Saddler Blvd. Sponsored by Canvas Credit Union, Northern Engineering Services, Inc. and UCHealth, the graduation event provides a great way for Alumni and the community to reconnect to the program and will raise funds to provide scholarships to future class participants.  Registration is $20 and available at www.FortCollinsChamber.com.  Registration includes breakfast and the keynote presentation by Weber.

After nearly 30 years of domestic and international Human Resources experience, Julie Weber now serves as an Executive Advisor at Southwest Airlines supporting the CEO and the Chief Communications and Administration Officer.  Current areas of focus are executive compensation, board succession planning, employee relations, employment policy, organizational effectiveness, and overall human resource practice transformation.

Most recently, Julie served as Vice President and Chief People Officer for Southwest Airlines where she led all aspects of Human Resources.  Her broad responsibilities included hiring the right People at the right time with the right attitude, providing Employees with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth, providing competitive and attractive benefits packages, and assuring quality and depth of Leadership throughout the Company. 

Leadership Northern Colorado, a joint initiative of the Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland chambers of Commerce, the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and the Weld Community Foundation, is designed to build human capacity and to identify, define and address the issues facing the Northern Colorado region. The 2023 LNC Program was sponsored by Elevations Credit Union. 

The Leadership Northern Colorado program will end June 27 with a final class session and graduation by the 31 participants. The class ran from January through June 2023.

The 2023 Leadership Northern Colorado graduates are:

  • Aaron Barrett, Bank of Colorado
  • Curt Bear, LoCo Thank Tank
  • Niroj Bhattarai, Colorado State University
  • Kristie Briles, Respite Care Inc.
  • Grant Buchanan, High Country Beverage
  • Shawn Charpentier, Double S Group at Keller Williiams Realty
  • Tim Coons, Weld Community Foundation
  • Dave Dixon, Bike Fort Collins
  • Keahi Ewa, Sunrise Ranch
  • Kamirae Feldman, BitOSunshine Mortgage
  • Katie Flint, Handshake
  • Hope Hartman, Larimer SBDC - Front Range Community College
  • Doug Hay, United Way of Larimer County
  • Shannon Hein, City of Fort Collins
  • Danaly Howe, Centennial Consulting Group, LLC
  • Kelly Jackson, Aims Community College Foundation
  • Tim Johnson, GH Phipps Construction Companies
  • Taylor Kidd, Larimer County Department of Human Services
  • Alex Kloehn, Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains
  • Lauren Larsen, NAI Affinity
  • Deana Lemos-Garcia, Hensel Phelps/BMS Foundation
  • Mariah McCulley, Animal Friend Alliance
  • Kim Meyer, Town of Johnstown
  • Jesse Patton, Wells Fargo
  • Jessica Plummer, Larimer County

  • Adam Postovit, Nutrien
  • Jerome Rouser, North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Sarah Rupert, Fransen Pittman General Contractors
  • Jon Schwartzbauer, Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards
  • Kerry Westlund, Ent Credit Union
  • Andy Yost, Employment Services of Weld County


The class is supported by a steering committee of program alumni and the Chamber CEOs:

  • Heather Anderson, Visit Greeley
  • Bill Becker, Loveland Chamber
  • Kim Fisher, Vision Catalyst
  • Tonja Hadley, The Group Inc.
  • Todd Karl, Ent Credit Union
  • Elizabeth Mahoney, Complete Professional Development
  • Amanda Miller, The Place Setting Company
  • Cece Majchrowski, Employment Services of Weld County
  • Joy Nyenhuis, Cohere
  • Dawn Paepke, Kaiser Permanente
  • Natyce Parent, Greeley Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Nancy Patton, Canvas Credit Union
  • Sara Potter, fnbo
  • Ted Ray, First Interstate Bank
  • Jared Reimer, The Craft Broker at Elevations Real Estate
  • Kristy Wygmans, The Place Setting Company
  • Jaime Henning, Greeley Chamber
  • Ann Hutchison, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Mindy McCloughan, Loveland Chamber



For more information, visit www.LeadershipNorthernColorado.com.


Leadership Northern Colorado Leadership Moment

Register with the Fort Collins Area Chamber:  https://fortcollinschamber.com/

2022 Recordings:

LNC Leadership Moment from May 10 with Nathan Klein, LC Real Estate Group

LNC Leadership Moment from April 12 with Dani Grant, Mishawaka

LNC Leadership Moment from March 8 with Casey Katofsky, Future Legends Complex

LNC Leadership Moment from February 8 with Kristin Todd, Community Foundation of Northern Colorado

LNC Leadership Moment from January 11 with Kody Wilson, Denver & Front Range Weather

2021 Recordings:

LNC Leadership Moment from December 14 with Jeni Arndt, Mayor, City of Fort Collins

LNC Leadership Moment from November 9 with Roy Otto

LNC Leadership Moment from October 12 with Zach Mercurio

LNC Leadership Moment from September 13 with Jeannine Truswell, CEO & President, United Way Weld County

Leadership Moment from August 10 featuring Deirdre Sullivan, United Way Larimer County

Leadership Moment from July 13 featuring Jacob Castillo, Larimer County Economic Development

Leadership Moment from June 8 featuring Chris Garcia, UNC

Leadership Moment from May 11 featuring David Rodriguez, The Comedy Store

Leadership Moment from April 13 featuring Brenda Lucio, restaurateur

Leadership Moment from March 30 featuring retiring PFA Chief Tom DeMint

Leadership Moment from February 11 featuring Hughes Property Vision

2020 Recordings:

Leadership Moment from December 8 with KUNC President & CEO Neil Best

Leadership Moment from November 10 with Food Bank for Larimer County CEO Amy Pezzani

Leadership Moment from October 13 with Sunrise Community Health CEO Mitzi Moran

Leadership Moment from September 8 with Fort Collins Police Chief Jeff Swoboda:

Leadership Moment from August 11 with Greeley Area Chamber President & CEO Jaime Henning:

Leadership Moment from July 14 with Greeley Police Chief Jones: 

Leadership Moment from June 9 with The Group CEO Brandon Wells:  

About Leadership Northern Colorado

Leadership Northern Colorado is a program developed and designed through collaboration of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, Loveland Chamber of Commerce, Greeley Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and the Weld Community Foundation. The regional development program is designed to build human capacity and to identify, define and address the issues facing the Northern Colorado region. The six-month interactive program for 30 select leaders from across the region will focus on regional issues, regionalism and regional leadership skills.

More Information? Contact the Leadership Northern Colorado hotline at (970) 682-3562 or LeaderNoCo@fcchamber.org.