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