Should old acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot
And auld lang syne? 

For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet
For auld lang syne, for auld lang syne
For auld lang syne, for auld lang syne 

“Auld Lang Syne,” the Scottish phrase meaning “old long since” or “for old times’ sake,” invites us to reflect on the memories and experiences that have shaped us. In 2024 Colorado Thought Leaders Forum celebrates its 15-year anniversary. This extraordinary journey of leadership, compassion, and community reaches new heights as it merges with CiviCO. Together, these two forces join hands to create a stronger, more unified front in the pursuit of meaningful impact. As we embark on this next chapter, I have been reflecting more on the milestones, challenges, and growth that have characterized CTLF’s journey the last decade and a half. 

The Genesis: Serve-first 

Fifteen years ago, a vision was born – a vision that transcended traditional leadership paradigms. In January 2009, Greg “Woody” Greenwood and Bob Neuman sat around a table at Ted’s Montana Grill to brainstorm ideas to save their ailing businesses when they had an epiphany. The financial crisis wasn’t just happening to their companies. It was impacting every business owner across Denver and the country. Their perspective shifted. Rather than try to build up their own interests, they would focus on the bigger issue at hand and how to serve their fellow business leaders. Before they left lunch that day, they scribbled “Serve first” on the brown paper napkin. 

CTLF was founded on the principle that leadership isn’t just about strategy and results; it’s about compassion, empathy, a genuine connection with the community, and serving others. Over the years, this organization has nurtured leaders who prioritize the human element in their professional journey and are committed to serving. Our community has served more than five thousand CEOs, entrepreneurs, and executives through a variety of engagements and programs. It has helped countless others who have entrusted CTLF and its members to support and encourage their professional growth and personal development. As Woody shared last summer, “It is truly humbling and no secret that all the people within the CTLF community made this organization what it is today.” 

The Power of Unity 

In merging with CiviCO, we are embracing the power of unity and community for greater impact. CiviCO is wholly committed to empowering established and aspiring leaders to leave and “LIVE” a legacy while building a better future for Colorado. The combined strength of our two passionate communities amplifies our ability to drive positive change and elevate our impact. As we move forward hand-in-hand, the possibilities for creating a more compassionate and purpose-driven world become even more promising. 

Looking ahead, the future is brighter than ever! The merger marks a new chapter in CTLF’s and CiviCO’s stories, filled with potential and opportunity. With shared values and a commitment to making a difference, this united force is poised to leave an indelible mark on Colorado for years to come. 

This merger represents not only a celebration of the past but also a commitment to a shared journey of growth, collaboration, and positive impact. May the coming years be a testament to the enduring power of compassionate leadership in shaping a better Colorado, and world, for us all.  

In the spirit of Auld Lang Syne, let us toast to 15 years of HEART-Level Leadership™ and the exciting future that lies ahead  on January 17th, 2024 at CiviCO. At our first ReThink Happy Hour of the year (sponsored by Go West IT) come hear a friendly chat with the architects and stewards of our mission, vision, and values from founding into the future. We would love to see you! REGISTER HERE 

Cheers to the HEART-level leaders and your continued success!