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    Co-Lead International founder Chet W. Sisk presented to over 150 business people in downtown Denver to share the Co-Lead vision. His discussion helped explain the current world paradigm shift and how it is not to be feared, but embraced.
    In October of 2015, Co-Lead International held it's first conference, Transforming Leadership Worldwide. This two-day event featured high school students from Denver Center for International Studies, contributions from members of the World Assembly of Youth, a delegation of World Denver, and...
  • About Co-Lead International

    Co-Lead International is a nonprofit advocacy group that champions transformative and sustainable leadership development worldwide. The organization was founded in 2014 in Denver, Colorado by Chet W. Sisk and Dr. Dan Lutz.

    Mission

    The mission of Co-Lead International is to promote and train for a globally competent form of leadership that serves the context of the present global paradigm shift.

    Vision

    Our vision is twofold: to promote awareness of the present global shift and create leadership policy for individuals and organizations to address it; and to create and facilitate programs that foster the development of a new leadership approach to create a healthy, sustainable, and a more peaceful world.

    The Global Paradigm Shift, Defined

    The Global Paradigm Shift is characterized by a more connected, lateral and technology-leveraged world that is developing at an increasing speed with implications for individuals, communities, nations and the planet. Manifestations of the global paradigm shift include a rapid rise of automation, new modes of widely accessible communication, and a global interconnectedness that reaches beyond borders and socioeconomic status. The shift is creating positive human empowerment like never before seen on the planet, as well as fear-provoking circumstances, new and devastating chain reactions that threaten humanity and the natural world. It is into this shift that Co-Lead International seeks to promote and train for a new leadership model that harnesses the positive potential of the shift for all individuals, communities, and organizations.

    The Co-Lead Model of Leadership

    Our model of leadership is community-lead and horizontal, with key tenants in shared voice, shared innovation, and shared implementation. Our leadership model is characterized by the “Co” in our organization’s name with indicators that include Compassion, Intercultural Competence, Collaboration, Commitment, Cooperation, Community, Co-creation, and Consensus-building.

    What Co-Lead Does

    Co-Lead policy development and programs nurture mindful, effective and visionary leadership that empowers authentic, positive and long-term transformation.

     

    Policy Development

    Co-Lead clarifies and promotes awareness of the global paradigm shift towards greater interconnectedness, rapid technological changes, and potential for collaborative, grassroots leadership. Co-Lead facilitates the development of leadership policy and action plans so individuals and organizations are prepared to step into new dynamic roles.

     

    New Paradigm Leadership Development

    Co-Lead creates and supports programs that develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes of a new leadership approach These skills are essential for individuals, organizations, and institutions to be fully engaged and productive as the shift unfolds. Co-Lead leadership development does not happen in an academic vacuum; it is highly experiential and project-based. In the course of designed projects, program participants engage in applied learning processes geared toward participatory and consensus-building leadership models.

  • We are the Ones We've Been Waiting For

    A poem by Thomas Banyacya Sr. (1910-1999)
    Speaker of the Wolf, Fox and Coyote Clan
    Elder of the Hopi Nation

    You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour.

    Now you must go back and tell the people that this is The Hour.

    And there are things to be considered:
    Where are you living?
    What are you doing?
    What are your relationships?
    Are you in right relation?
    Where is your water?
    Know your garden.
    It is time to speak your Truth.
    Create your community. Be good to each other.

    And do not look outside yourself for the leader.

    This could be a good time!

    There is a river flowing now very fast.

    It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.

    They will try to hold on to the shore.

    They will feel they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly.

    Know the river has its destination.

    The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off

    into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.

    See who is in there with you and celebrate.

    At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally.

    Least of all, ourselves.

    For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

    The time of the lone wolf is over.

    Gather yourselves!

    Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.

    All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

    We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

     

     

  • Meet the Board of Directors

    Chet W. Sisk

    Cofounder and Board Member

    Chet W. Sisk is a Leadership Development Specialist for the World Assembly Of Youth with the United Nations. He is also the author of three books and a thought leader who believes in the great capacity of the human spirit. He is a Journalism school graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, a Walter Kaitz Fellow, an entrepreneur and former advertising CEO with the company he founded, CVO WorldWide. He has spent the last 11 years teaching Life Skills classes to over 10,000 students, bringing one single, powerful message around the world: "the immediate future requires a much higher level of leadership and humanity." He founded the Quality Foods for Everyone program to get better quality food to the most vulnerable in our societies. He founded Lead: The Life Coaching and Leadership Course because he believes emerging leaders need tools, support and coaching to create a sustainable world. He may be one of the most in-demand speakers in the world, spending the past few years presenting in many countries around the world.

    Dr. Dan Lutz

    Cofounder​ and Board Member

    Dr. Dan Lutz began his career and his passion for international education as a high school teacher in the Teacher Corps in New York, and the Peace Corps in Afghanistan. His career has included training new Peace Corps Volunteers in Iran, helping initiate the development of Korean Heritage Camp for families with adopted children from that country, serving on the Board of Directors for Colorado Heritage Camps, co-founding the International Studies Schools Association (ISSA), and teaching a graduate global education classes for teachers. He developed a high school international studies magnet program that he directed for twenty-one years. He expanded that program into the Denver Center for International Studies (DCIS), a DPS magnet school for grades 6-12, where he served as principal for four years. Since that time he initiated proposals and development for three more DCIS schools for DPS, and consults with a national network of international studies schools to which the DCIS schools belong. What thrills him the most in this work has been experiencing the way students’ worlds expand through international learning and service.

    Ana Dodson

    Board Member

    Ana Dodson is founder of Peruvian Hearts, a non-profit dedicated to ending poverty and gender inequality by educating young women and creating community leaders in Peru, one girl at a time. She works closely with the girls and young women in the programs in Peru to inspire youth service and philanthropy. Peruvian-born, Ana developed this organization to enable young women to embrace education, believe in their own power, and dream of a life beyond the conditions they were born into. Ana is a graduate of Colorado College with a major in anthropology and a minor in Latin American studies. She is a Spanish teacher and Reading Support Specialist for kindergarten, first and second grade at Colorado Academy. In addition to her passion for service and helping others, Ana is pursuing a Masters Degree in Education.

    Deeksha Nagar

    Board Member​

    Deeksha Nagar is an ethnographer and a folklorist with extensive experience in the field of community education, public programming and multiculturalism. She is actively engaged in literary and cultural projects in India and in the United States that are innovative, collaborative, and are rooted in participatory models of research and activism.

    Maria Segura

    Board Member

    Maria Segura is from Bogota, Colombia with more than 25 years of professional experience in international business. She has served as a board member and chair in local, national and international chambers and organizations. For the last six years she has been the International Studies and Community Relations Coordinator for Denver Center for International Studies at Ford. She has a Masters Degree in education and now she is getting her principal license from the State of Colorado. Maria's passion is to develop educational programs and to be in service of others.

    Mario Romero

    Board Member

     

      

    DeAngelo Starnes

     

     

    Board Member

  • Donate or Volunteer

    As a nonprofit startup, we are in the beginning stages of developing the funds necessary to bring Co-Lead to fruition. We also have opportunities to volunteer, including membership to our Board of Directors.

  • Contact

    For more information or to get involved with Co-Lead, please send us a message.

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