NEXT Vail Valley

Advancing Emerging Professionals in our Community

Next Vail Valley

NEXT Vail Valley: Emerging Professionals Program of the VVP is designed to support and advance emerging professionals in our community. This program aims to serve 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 professionals. Please apply for this program if you consider yourself as part of the NEXT generation of professional leaders in the Valley.

NEXT Vail Valley is an opportunity for 12 emerging 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 Session 8. Every month, each NEXT group will meet to reflect on the previous month’s meeting and to prepare for the upcoming meeting with the community leader. While meeting with the community leader, NEXT participants will have 2 hours to inquire and converse with the leader in a group setting about topics determined in the planning meeting. Each NEXT group will meet with a different community leader each month.

Community leader schedule for NEXT Session 8 in 2020 is the following: 

  • 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

Program Details

  • Length of program: 6 months (January – June 2020)
  • Time commitment each month: 4 hours; divided into 2 separate two-hour meetings (1 planning meeting & 1 meeting with community leader)
  • Maximum number of participants: 12
  • Additional benefits to being a NEXT Vail Valley participant: 1 ticket to each Business Forum Series event ($100 value), recognition on VVP website, ability to be a part of NEXT Vail Valley Alumni Group



  • More knowledge around each community issues and leadership
  • Strengthened relationships with those in the program with different backgrounds and industries
  • If attendance is over 80% (10 out of 12 meetings), NEXT participant is eligible to donate $75 to VVP nonprofit member of their choice at completion of program
  • A certificate of completion for the Community Issues Bootcamp
    *1 of 3 Vail Valley Works certificates. Participants who complete NEXT Emerging Professionals program, Community Leadership Academy and Community Issues Bootcamp will receive a Vail Valley Works certificate of achievement.



  1. Must be a member of Vail Valley partnership
  2. Must have a mentee mindset and be willing to learn from the Community Leaders and their fellow NEXT Vail Valley Program participants
  3. Must be willing to dedicate 4 hours a month to the program and work collaboratively with the other program participants
  4. Interested participants must fill out the program application and submit to Erik Williams, by December 15, 2019.



*40% off for member nonprofits

  • $500 VVP member price
  • $750 Public Price

If you have questions on the program details or participation requirements, please contact Erik Williams at 970.477.4000 or before December 15, 2019. 

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