Monday February 15, 2016 0 comments
DENVER -- Local business leader and CEO of Colorado Technology Association (CTA) Erik Mitisek has been appointed co-chairman of Quarterly Forum, a nonprofit organization that works to connect, educate and inspire leaders in Colorado.
Effective March 1, Mitisek will share oversight of the leadership organization with fellow co-chairman Ryan Heckman.
In his co-chairman role, Mitisek will provide strategic direction and work with the Quarterly Forum board of directors, partners and members to continue building the organization into an impactful leadership organization for the state of Colorado – developing the next generation of state leaders across the business, nonprofit and government sectors.
“Erik truly embodies the spirit of leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation that is propelling Colorado forward,” said Heckman. “He is a model of what Quarterly Forum is becoming…a civic platform to develop the next generation of Colorado leaders who will truly make a difference in our state together.”
Mitisek is a long-time advocate for business and innovation in Colorado. He helped lead the 2015 opening of the Commons on Champa, a collaborative effort between the Downtown Denver Partnership, Colorado Technology Association and the City and County of Denver. The Commons on Champa is a public campus for entrepreneurship and a gathering place for business builders and innovators. Heckman, in the name of Quarterly Forum, underwrote the creation of the “QF Innovation Lounge” at the Commons on Champa, and that gift connects Quarterly Forum members directly to the entrepreneurial community.
Mitisek is also founder and co-chair of Denver Startup Week, co-chair of Startup Colorado, chairman of Built In Colorado, an alumnus of Leadership Denver, and a board member of the Governor of Colorado’s Colorado Innovation Network. In addition, Mitisek is an appointee to the Information Technology Economic Development Advisory Committee for Colorado.
“The importance of giving back to the community has always been central to my beliefs,” said Mitisek. “I am also deeply passionate about applying entrepreneurial principles to those efforts, which is what Quarterly Forum is largely about. When you can bring together the public, private and nonprofit sectors under an entrepreneurial umbrella, amazing change can happen.”
With a 17-year history of convening thought leaders and leadership development, Quarterly Forum recently expanded its mission to include The Leaders Initiative, which promotes and activates citizenship and service to the state of Colorado through a fellowship program, and the Colorado Governors Citizenship Award, which under Executive Order by Gov. John Hickenlooper debuted in December 2015 and recognizes Colorado residents and organizations from diverse sectors that have worked to strengthen Colorado communities and develop new opportunities for Coloradans throughout the state. The QF Innovation Lounge at the Commons on Champa will host the Governors Fellowship Program beginning in mid-2016.
Meegan Moszynski, who previously served as the ideas director of the Biennial of the Americas, was recently named executive director of The Leaders Initiative and will oversee its various programs. The Leaders Initiative is sponsored by the Colorado Business Roundtable and is supported by Governors Hickenlooper, Owens and Ritter, who are inspired to increase engagement between business leaders and public service.
In addition to fostering leadership among the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Quarterly Forum also supports Colorado’s future leaders through scholarship programs including a program with the state that sends 30-plus first-generation college students to college tuition-free each year, the Mike Fries Emerging Artist Scholarship and the Scott Reiman Emerging Leader Scholarship.
The Quarterly Forum scholarship program gifted approximately $200,000 in 2015 and complements the organization’s mission of seeding future leadership in the state of Colorado.