One of the goals of the Newton Leadership Chair in enhancing leadership development is to expose students to recognized leaders in multiple fields by bringing them to campus. Providing students the opportunity to hear from world leaders about their own leadership development, growth, and advice as leaders is an important aspect of a student’s own leadership growth.

Dr. Robert Gates

Dr. Robert Gates speaking at Macky Auditorium February 28, 2017

The annual Leo Hill Leadership Speaker Series was created to meet this goal. Speakers are selected with the following criteria in mind.

  • Accomplished leaders of people whose efforts resulted in the achievement of clear goals.
  • Leaders whose activities and influence have had a global impact
  • Leaders with strong name recognition to ensure campus and community-wide interest and attendance at the primary speaking event.
  • Engaging speakers with outstanding social skills to connect with students.

The Leadership Speaker Series is named for Leo Hill, a prominent figure and leader in Colorado’s banking history and a most generous financial supporter to many Boulder institutions including the University of Colorado. Before his banking career began, Leo Hill served as Vice President for Business Affairs and Treasurer for CU and worked directly with President Quigg Newton. Leo was a founding contributor to the Newton Leadership Chair Endowment and through his estate the Leo Hill Leadership Speaker Series was created.

The series was launched in February 2017, with Dr. Robert Gates as the inaugural speaker.