Pam Shockley-Zalabak inks agreement with Colorado Springs Forward

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Shockley-Zalabak: Engaged to help identify projects and problems. - COURTESY UCCS
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  • Shockley-Zalabak: Engaged to help identify projects and problems.
Colorado Springs Forward, a business and political activist group, has come to terms with former University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak to conduct community outreach. ("Calling the shots," Cover, Nov. 16, 2016)

Springs Forward suffered a significant loss in the April City Council elections by backing a slate of candidates in which only one (Andy Pico) of five won seats.

Then, its executive director, former El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen, who left her county elected position in June 2016 to join the group, resigned to join a ministry organization.

Shockley-Zalabak, who retired from UCCS in February, will act more as a convener, analyst or consultant, she says in an interview with the Independent, during an engagement that will last a couple of months.

"It's a contract to look at some opportunities at groups of people coming together to work on some projects and problems in our community," she says. "It is not related to any list of projects — Just having some conversations to bring people together."

She says CSF has not identified a list of projects. "What we're looking at right now is just a lot of data in Colorado Springs that already exists and pulling that together and looking at what will be projected as issues in the future. There will be a list of potential opportunities for collaboration. They asked me to do it. I'm happy to do this, but I haven't started yet."

We also reached out to CSF and will update if and when we hear something.

Here's a letter CSF sent to its supporters:

Dear CSF Supporters,

As many of you who follow our organization know, we are deliberately taking a measured approach to replacing the position of executive director. Amy Lathen resigned at the end of May and our board has continued to meet to discuss the future leadership and direction for the organization. While we are without an ED, we have remained active in supporting local organizations and will be appropriately engaged in various community efforts, including the upcoming November elections.

As part of this process, we are excited to announce an engagement with Dr. Pamela Shockley-Zalabak to conduct some community outreach on behalf of Colorado Springs Forward.

Most of you know Dr. Shockley-Zalabak from her days as the Chancellor of UCCS, but many probably do not know of her extensive professional experience running her own consulting company specializing in organizational design, development and communication. Her company, CCI, has an extensive client list including Fortune 500 companies like Hewlett Packard, Georgia-Pacific and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

The first phase of the engagement will run for the next 6-8 weeks, after which, and in consultation with other community organizations, we will define the scope of an expanded effort around 1-2 key community priorities that Pam will lead.

Rest assured, this is not “another study” to identify “wishes” for Colorado Springs, but a focused approach to accelerate and complete existing work on key community priorities. For those of you who know Dr. Shockley, you know she is about outcomes!

For CSF, this effort led by Pam will help inform the type of leader we need as we move from a primary focus on the political climate in the region to a broader-based organization eager to lead and come alongside other groups doing important work in the community.

Thank you for your continued interest in making this the ultimate city in which to live, work and play.

- Phil Lane
Chairman of the Board




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