Sumer Sorensen-Bain, Manufacturer’s Edge Chief of Programs and Operations, recently received two nearly simultaneous honors which promise to provide her with invaluable ongoing leadership development as well as aiding her tireless efforts to promote manufacturing in the state of Colorado. Having been with Manufacturer’s Edge for over 20 years, Sumer was selected among a short list of up-and-coming business leaders for inclusion in the Colorado Governors Fellowship Program and to travel to Washington, DC, to participate in the prestigious Colorado Capital Conference alongside Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet.
Created by current Governor John Hickenlooper, the Colorado Governors Fellowship Program is a bipartisan educational program endorsed by Governors Hickenlooper, Owens and Ritter. The Fellowship Program currently is executed in partnership with the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs and the Governor’s Office, with generous support from the Boettcher Foundation, along with support from the Colorado Business Roundtable, and The Commons on Champa. The program was founded on the premise that government is only as good as who is in it. Attracting the best leaders to public service will create greater opportunities for growth, innovation and solving our state’s most challenging issues. According to its website (https://www.quarterlyforum.org/programs/colorado-governors-fellowship/), the program seeks to unite and develop leadership across a number of diverse sectors:
THE COLORADO GOVERNORS
FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM AIMS TO:
Increase engagement among private, nonprofit and public sectors
Promote opportunities to make a difference within public service
Develop Colorado’s public service talent
Colorado Governors Fellows are private and nonprofit sector executives who seek engagement in public service and tools to make a difference by applying their skills and experiences across sectors. Fellows will graduate with new knowledge, relationships and influence within the public sector, and an alumni network of highly influential civic leaders who can make tangible impacts on the future of our state as highly-engaged executives, future senior-level government leaders or Governor-appointed committee members.
Similarly, the Colorado Capital Conference promises to provide Sumer an intensive series of encounters with high-level leaders in order to promote thoughtful discussion around a myriad of potential topics. The conference’s description notes:
The Colorado Capital Conference is a unique opportunity for Colorado residents to interact with the nation’s leaders in Washington, D.C. In an ever-changing political environment, the Colorado Capital Conference provides key insights into how the U.S. Government works. The conference is designed to give participants an enhanced understanding of the federal legislative process, as well as how to positively affect public policy. Senators Gardner and Bennet and their staff work tirelessly to put together a first-rate line-up of speakers each year. Last year we heard from Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, South Korean Ambassador Ahn, President Obama’s former Deputy Assistant in the Office of Public Engagement, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to name just a few. The Capital Conference is bipartisan, which means participants will have the privilege of hearing from diverse schools of thought. Our Senators work to balance those with both Republican and Democrat speakers throughout the agenda.
Additionally, conference organizers are trying to secure a speaking engagement by Colorado’s own Neil Gorsuch, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
To note that Sumer is excited about these opportunities is…a bit of an understatement. She said recently, “I’m just tremendously humbled and honored to be included in the Colorado Capital Conference and the Colorado Governors Fellowship Program. The opportunity for me to interface with leaders across the state—and the entire country—to bring new ideas about innovation, development, and advocacy for Colorado’s manufacturing sector may be a real career highlight for me, but let’s be clear. This really represents the efforts of the whole Manufacturer’s Edge team and our unlimited enthusiasm for promoting the interests and effectiveness of Colorado manufacturers. I can’t wait to bring a new set of tools back and put them to work for our mutual benefit!”
The Colorado Capital Conference takes place on June 12-14; the Colorado Governors Fellowship Program inaugurates new fellows on June 28 and runs for a calendar year, encompassing 11 separate all-day intensives. Congratulations to Sumer on these extraordinary achievements!