American Leadership Forum builds community leaders |

American Leadership Forum builds community leaders

Twelve graduates of the Rocky Mountain chapter of the American Leadership Forum are ready to make their communities a better place. The Class V graduates strengthened their leadership skills and learned how to work with and lead others. In the process, they learned more about who they are and what they are passionate about.

Mariella Ruocco-Gorla, of Eagle, is the human resources director at Colorado Mountain News Media.

“This was the best leadership program I have been through ” it affected me both personally as well as professionally. I am very grateful that my company sent me. I hope that the bonds I have made with some of my classmates will be lifelong,” Ruocco-Gorla said of the experience.

All 12 members of the group successfully completed a 200-foot rappel in Unaweep Canyon and a two-day raft trip on the Colorado River in the Westwater area. In the final session, the fellows designed a Leadership in Action Project while learning about regional collaboration.

The American Leadership Forum is a nonprofit network of chapters dedicated to building stronger communities by joining and strengthening leaders to serve the public good.

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of ALF is currently recruiting for Class VI, which will convene in September. Interested leaders should contact Towny Anderson at or visit and click on the Rocky Mountain chapter.

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