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Intellectually stimulating career exploration

METROLEADS (MSU Denver Leadership Forum) provides an intellectually stimulating career exploration and discovery experience for faculty, affiliate faculty, classified & exempt staff that have demonstrated and/or desire to demonstrate exceptional promise in contributing to excellence at MSU Denver.

“At MSU Denver, our slogan "Where Success Begins with You" is more than a catch-phrase; it is a uniting concept born of our own identity. MSU Denver was built upon the leadership of social visionaries, and in our shared pursuit of preeminence, the abundance of leadership among our ranks must continue to be cultivated.”
– President Stephen Jordan


In 2005, Assistant Director of Admissions, Paul Cesare, ignited by President Jordan’s vision for MSU Denver to become the preeminent urban university in the nation, along with First Lady, Ruthie Jordan, initiated the METROLEADS Leadership Forum. A proposal (39 KB) was submitted and approved by the Vice-Presidents and extended Cabinet. METROLEADS selected its first class of 20 METROLEADERS in June 2006 and launched its first Retreat on Friday/Saturday, August 18 & 19, 2006. METROLEADS is housed under the Office of the President.


Leadership is an ongoing process that exists at all levels of any organization. To this end, MetroLeads is designed to cultivate, nurture and revive leadership by bridging constituencies across campus and promoting effectiveness, accountability, transparency and sustainability. The MetroLeads experience offers participants opportunities to expand their leadership knowledge and apply it to real-life situations. MetroLeads enables participants to engage in hands-on leadership activities, enhance their knowledge of the University and its operations, and problem-solve with senior leaders. While the MetroLeads experience can produce benefits on an individual level, the program focuses on fostering contributions from an engaged and diverse group of people to the University community by collaborating and implementing leadership principles. In short, the program serves as a vehicle for future leaders to give back to the University by participating in projects and sharing knowledge that can transform MSU Denver today and in the future.


METROLEADS is a twelve-month commitment and includes a two-day retreat, eight seminars, as well as other engaging and enriching experiences to complement the Forum experience. METROLEADERS must attend the retreat and at least seven of the eight seminars. Supervisor approval is required.

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