Leadership Lunch Series: Culture & Context
In-Person: May 12 | Virtual: June 9
In-Person: Friday, May 12
12:00 - 1:30 pm
$50 In-Person (includes boxed lunch)
Virtual: Friday, June 9
12:00 - 1:30 pm
$30 Virtual Ticket
There is a difference between being in charge and being a leader. The person in charge holds positional authority; the leader "holds" the story of the organization. Gather with education leaders for networking and an insightful discussion with Rico Munn, former Aurora Public Schools superintendent, on the culture and context of leadership, including:
- How the leader "holds" the story of the organization
- The complexity of doing meaningful work
- How to encourage your school board to think long-term
- Deconstructing privilege and access
The in-person session on May 12 will focus on how a leader learns, understands, and honors their organization's story.
The virtual session on June 9 will feature a discussion on how a leaders shapes, shares, and extends the organizational story.
Session 1: In-Person
Clayton Early Learning Training Center
3975 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Denver CO 80205
Session 2: Virtual
Link to connect will be sent after registration
Rico Munn, Former Superintendent, Aurora Public Schools
Rico Munn served as the Superintendent of Aurora Public Schools (APS) from 2013-2023. In 2019, Superintendent Munn was named Colorado’s “Superintendent of the Year” and Aurora’s “Man of the Year.”
During his tenure, APS eliminated the graduation equity gap and experienced a 25% overall increase in graduation rates, a 50% decline in dropout rates, a 70% decline in expulsions, a 60% decrease in referrals to law enforcement and an overall increase in academic achievement, student growth and college readiness indicators.
Prior to joining APS, Mr. Munn served in a variety of leadership roles in Colorado and nationally. In 2012, he was appointed to the Board of Governors for the Colorado State University System where he served until 2020. In addition, he was a member of Governor Bill Ritter’s Cabinet where he served as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education from 2009-2011. Mr. Munn also served on Governor Ritter’s Cabinet as executive director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies from 2007-2009 where he oversaw the Colorado Divisions of Civil Rights, Banking, Real Estate, Insurance, Financial Services, Securities, Professional Licensure, Public Utilities and Consumer Counsel.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Munn was a litigation partner with a national law firm for over a decade. He describes his law degree as “a graduate degree in problem solving.”
Mr. Munn is active in the metro Denver area’s non-profit community. He served on the board of The Denver Foundation and was a co-founder of the Denver Urban Debate League. Under Governor Roy Romer, he was also a member of Colorado’s Law-Related Education Advisory Group which created curriculum to support students’ understanding of their legal rights.
Mr. Munn is a graduate of Midland Lutheran College (nka Midland University) in Fremont, Nebraska, where he received his B.A. in secondary education and was named Student Teacher of the Year in 1993. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, where he had the honor of being named a Chancellor’s Scholar for his commitment to public interest service.
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