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.
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.”
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
2020 Quest x Upward Exclusive Offer:
As part of the Quest Program, you will have the opportunity to work with your task force to create a project that benefits the community. We are excited to be partnered with Upward Hartford to offer our participants a space to foster creative ideas and collaboration during the project process. Upward is offering a specialized full-time coworking membership to those in the 2020 class. Learn more.
2019 Quest Taskforces
Term: Jan – Oct
Target: Mid-Career Professionals
Cost: See Tuition Scale
2020 Program Dates
Overnight Opening Retreat