Published: May 10, 2024

Four high-performing staff members receive full scholarships into executive leadership program.

 Scholarship Award Recipients

Nurturing leadership is a skill that requires investment and commitment starting from the top. One of Dean Khatri’s top priorities is investing in professional development for staff members at the Leeds School of Business. Developing talent from within is important in the commitment to professional development. To further that goal, Leeds offered four full scholarships for Leeds staff members to participate in the LEED (Leadership, Ethics, Executive Decision-making): Executive Leadership Program.

The LEED: Executive Leadership Program, developed in collaboration the University of Colorado’s Center for Leadership equips participants with essential leadership skills. This week-long leadership intensive features modules on different leadership topics from faculty members from Leeds. The curriculum offers a blend of theoretical insights and practical application built around experiential learning and immersive experiences. The holistic learning experience gives time for participants to reflect on learnings and navigate ethical dilemmas toward the progress of unlocking their leadership potential.

“Dean Khatri is invested in our staff’s professional development and asked us to think creatively when considering potential opportunities for high-performing staff,” said Stephanie Gillin, associate dean of administration and finance at Leeds. “Past program participants have been so thrilled with their experiences, we wanted to provide the opportunity for more of our staff to participate in the LEED: Executive Leadership Program.”

Get to know the LEED: Executive Leadership program scholarship recipients.

Camille Colquitt
Faculty Support Services Manager

Neeha Patel
Business Analyst and Reporting Specialist

Angie Vermillion
Assistant Director, Employer Relations

Julie Waggoner
Director of Operations, CESR

The scholarships, each valued at $5,000, is more than just a financial benefit, but a symbol of the investment in human capital. The scholarships are reserved for high-performing staff members with unwavering dedication to both personal growth and the advancement of Leeds’ mission. These scholarships serve as a recognition of excellence and dedication to continued achievement.

“I am so grateful to be able to join the cohort this year,” said Camille Colquitt, faculty support services manager and one of the four scholarship recipients. “This is such a wonderful opportunity, and I am so thankful for the school’s continuous support to help me grow and be the best leader I can be for my team.”

To be eligible, candidates had to meet a stringent criterion, including a demonstrable track record of excellence, high-performance evaluations, active involvement in professional development and supervisor endorsement. Staff had to apply with a one-page essay on their aspirations and how the program aligns with their professional goals and how the Leeds’ values have underpinned their success at Leeds. Scholarship recipients were chosen by members of the Leeds cabinet.

The LEED:Executive Leadership Program takes place on the Boulder, CO campus May 13-17.