NEXT Emerging Leaders

A Vail Valley Works Signature Course

Course Details

Course Name: NEXT Emerging Leaders

Leadership Pillar: Expand your leadership network.

Facilitator(s): A Different Community Leader Each Session

Format: In-Person

Timing: Four hours per month, over 6 months (Session 9: January – June, 2021)

Cost: $500 (VVP Members)/$750 (Public Price)

Intended For: 

  • Professionals with a ‘mentee’ mindset who seek to learn from and be inspired by established community leaders in the Valley while connecting with other emerging leaders.
  • Professionals who consider themselves as part of the NEXT generation of  leaders in Eagle County.

Course Description: The NEXT Emerging Leaders program is designed to support and advance emerging leaders in our community. It provides an opportunity for 12 professionals to meet, converse and engage with a community leader in a group setting. Two separate groups comprised of twelve different participants will be chosen for each session. Each NEXT group will meet with a different community leader each month.

Each group meets twice per month – one planning session and one community leader session. The planning session is meant to reflect on the previous month’s meeting and to prepare for the upcoming community leader session. In the community leader session, NEXT participants will have 2 hours to inquire and converse with the leader in a group setting about topics chosen in the planning session

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the challenges and lessons learned from established community leaders
  • Gain more knowledge around each community issue and the leadership strategies necessary to navigate
  • Strengthen relationships with peers from different backgrounds and industries
  • A network of fellow emerging leaders


Community Leader Schedule for NEXT Session 9 (January – June, 2021) Coming Soon!

NEXT Session 8 was comprised of the following community leaders: (See sidebar for additional session archives)

  • January 2020 – Elaine Kelton
    The Kelton Group; Vail Leader and Pioneer since ’64
  • February 2020 – Chief Karl Bauer
    Eagle River Fire Protection District
  • March 2020 – Phil Qualman
    Eagle County Schools Superintendent
  • April 2020 – Magda King
    General Manager, Antlers at Vail
  • May 2020 – Nicole Magistro
    Owner, Bookworm of Edwards
  • June 2020 – Rep. Dylan Roberts
    Colorado State Representative



  • VVP Members*: $500
  • Public Price: $750
    • *VVP Member Nonprofits Receive a 40% discount
    • Limited scholarships are available – please complete the form below for more information!

Registration Includes:

  • Recognition on VVP website
  • Ability to be a part of NEXT Emerging Leaders Alumni Group
  • 1 ticket to each Vail Valley Business Forum Series event ($100 value)

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