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CTLF Merges with CiviCO for Greater Impact

As we approach the end of 2023, CTLF’s leadership team has been in reflection about how we’re living our values as an organization and how we can grow. We’ve evaluated:   

      • How can CTLF become even more potent for you as a member, growing your business and living legacy?  
      • How can we greater live the mission: better leaders, better companies, better lives?   
      • How can we become more impactful for our state of Colorado? 

Through exploring these questions and others, we’ve discovered an opportunity that will yield exponential results. This past quarter, we’ve planned to expand through collaboration with an organization called CiviCO.  

Within their name, lives their mission:   
Civic engagement, leadership, and growth for the state of Colorado.   
Hence, CiviCO.  

CTLF feels deeply aligned with the mission of CiviCO. Their North Star is to develop leaders at all stages— from the emerging leader to the battle-tested and seasoned. CiviCO’s perspective is that leaders who are “focused out” on civic engagement intrinsically build community and make for a stronger Colorado.  

With this fundamental alignment in values, the leadership team at CTLF evaluated how we could use this alliance to fortify our HEART-centered business building community. Through deliberate planning and analysis, we discovered that we can create an even greater impact, enjoy the benefits of a wider network, and generate more resources by merging our organizations.   

So, this is the big news: CTLF is changing ownership. We are grateful for Class VI Partners and their enduring support that made this merger possible. That said, the core ownership of CTLF will shift from Class VI to CiviCO by the end of the year.  

Here’s what Ryan Heckman, the Chairman of CiviCO has to say about this collaboration:  

“CiviCO was founded by Colorado CEOs in 1999, and we have been dreaming of providing deeper impact in our business community for some time.  Joining forces immediately provides both organizations with a stronger platform to be more to more leaders across the state of Colorado…this is a dream come true on so many levels.”  

No matter how adaptable and resilient you are as a business leader upon hearing big change, it can always feel a bit jarring and bring up curiosities. This feels important to address, directly.  In the following link to our FAQ page, we attempt to answer some common questions or concerns. Programs will continue business-as-usual. The leadership team at CTLF will make rounds to the programs to discuss this with you. The most significant change you can anticipate is simply a wider net for us to make an impact upon the state of Colorado, strengthen our communities and each of us as leaders.  

It’s an internal shift that we collectively feel in the service of all businesses involved and each of us as leaders to experience catalytic growth in 2024 and beyond.  

Thank you so much for your enduring support and community involvement.   


Colorado Thought Leaders Forum (CTLF) is a business community of passionate CEOs, executives, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders committed to changing the traditional approach to business & leadership. 

Our Work

CTLF is uniquely equipped to help leaders:

  • Expand your thinking
  • Challenge convention
  • Grow as a person
  • Experience authentic connection with others

We do this through member gatherings, short-term and ongoing programs, and events that inspire thought leadership.

Our Mission

Our aim is to help you unleash your own potential through our work, so that you can take it with you into your life, your company, and our community to unleash the potential of others.

By developing HEART-Level Leaders, we help leaders create authentic, healthy, prosperous cultures. 

Our Genius

Every organization has a unique genius—something they do better than anyone else.

Ours is creating the conditions for authenticity, deep connection, and growth.

Because we move beyond tips, tools and techniques, there is real transformation.

“CTLF has helped me to be a more thoughtful and mindful CEO and to develop stronger business and personal relationships with other entreprenuers.”

“CTLF continues to give me permission to be authentic and vulnerable in a way that deepens my relationships and enhances my influence in the community.”

“You can do well and do good at the same time. CTLF reinforces this with actions and ideas I can use to improve my business.”


Five values at the HEART of all we do.


When we are humble, we move beyond our own egos and approach others with a sense of true humanity. Our self-awareness enables us to continually grow.


We deeply engage our peers, teams, and employees with intention, approaching each person as an individual—listening, understanding, connecting.


For real. It’s not just a common phrase, it’s how we live. Authenticity becomes the baseline for how we show up and interact with others.


We create abundant and resilient outcomes by designing healthy roles for ourselves and others. Health and well-being are standards for how we achieve success. We make the world a better place.

True to Service

Focusing on our shared commitment to service allows us to build a community dedicated to helping others succeed. We serve first.

“If you want to go fast, go alone. ​If you want to go far, go together.”​

– Unknown 

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