For an organization to enjoy sustained success in the community, the roots it puts down must come from the people within it. Quest unites high-performing mid-career professionals from many different sectors — nonprofit, government, education, business — around the idea of growing stronger together through collaborative leadership and social responsibility.

  • "My experience in Quest gave me the opportunity to learn theoretical components of leadership with on-hands application. It was informative and relevant for workplace as well as community engagement!"

    Javier Padilla
    Javier Padilla Human Resources Director at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Quest 2016

A core component of the program is community engagement. Participants connect with the community to identify needs and form diverse task forces to address these needs. Since 1986, these task forces have developed projects related to children and youth, community and economic development, arts and culture, support for the homeless and more. The experience creates a process for self discovery and growth – Quest participants return to their organizations with stronger relational and leadership skills that they also apply to the communities in which they live and work.

  • “I had the privilege of working with an incredibly diverse, talented, committed group of leaders who all came to Quest with different backgrounds, expectations, and leadership styles.”

    Maureen Caye
    Maureen Caye Associate Director, Underwriting National Accounts, UnitedHealthcare

More about Quest

Quest offers a unique, experiential approach to leadership training. Over the course of ten months, participants engage in workshops, field experiences, and individual coaching focused on advanced leadership practices. A key element is the community impact project — a leadership learning laboratory — that provides vital experience and exposure to the region’s assets and challenges.

Quest workshops address a broad range of topics, including:

  • Communication, influencing, and networking skills
  • Learning and leveraging one’s leadership style
  • Collaborative decision making and collective problem solving
  • Contributing by leading through others

2017 Quest Taskforces

Here is a before and after of what the hard work of 8 individuals can accomplish.
The bike share taskforce worked to start the LimeBike Bike Share which was officially
unveiled in Hartford on June 6th!
Learn More Here


Term: Jan – Oct
Target: Mid-Career Professionals
Cost: See Tuition Scale
2018 Quest Directory: PDF

Application Deadline:
 Oct. 31, 2018

2019 Tentative Quest Sessions Agenda: PDF
2019 Program Dates

Jan. 17
Jan. 28-29
Feb. 21
Mar. 21
Apr. 18
May 23
June 20
July 18
Aug. 23
Sept. 19
Oct. 24
Orientation (Evening)
Overnight Opening Retreat
Field Experience
Field Experience

We are now accepting applications for the 2019 Quest Class.

Julie Connolly
Program Director

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