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 LONE ROCK RETREAT | JUNE 24 -26, 2024 



We believe a broad coalition is needed to reimagine the role and manner of education in society and to realize Pahara’s mission to strengthen and sustain values-driven leaders who are transforming public education so that every child is prepared to lead a free and fulfilling life. We, therefore, aim to curate and select cohorts that are diverse across many lines of difference in background, perspective, orientation, and experience, including political leaning. Building an inclusive, politically diverse community where everyone feels included and experiences belonging has not been easy. This is not only a Pahara challenge, it’s a challenge being experienced in organizations and spaces around our field and nation. We are undeterred and remain deeply committed to diversity of political thought in our cohorts and broader network, and to engaging our community in determining the way ahead.

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Consultancies have long been a part of the Pahara experience, where Fellows within and across cohorts gather to support each other on problems of practice. We are convening a consultancy with a diverse, conservative-identifying coalition of Paharans who are interested in partnering with us toward the end of strengthening our collective commitment to fostering inclusion and belonging across multiple vectors of difference in our community, including political difference. In addition to conversations on this problem of practice, Fellows will have opportunities to connect with each other; reflect on the values and beliefs that are foundational to conservative political thought and the tension of holding multiple truths while standing in one’s own truth; co-create strategies and messaging around equity that is inclusive and generative; and, craft a bold vision for building a politically diverse Pahara community.



​Twenty-four Pahara Fellows from across our network who identify as right of center, center right, or libertarian, plus members of the Pahara Team. We anticipate spots filling quickly, and we will employ a waitlist once seats are filled.

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Prior to the seminar, please direct all logistical questions to


Start: 5:30 pm MT, Monday, June 24, 2024 (Arrival in DEN by 3 pm)

End: 12:00 pm MT, Wednesday, June 26, 2024 (Departures from DEN after 3 pm)


Lone Rock Retreat

64797 US HWY 285

Bailey, CO 804210

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    Leaders who meet our program criteria are welcome to apply to the Fellowship, with or without a nomination. The application is an essential and required part of the process, and allows candidates to share information about their work and leadership, alignment with our selection criteria, and how they most hope to benefit from participation in this powerful development experience. For applicants advancing beyond this stage, this information serves as rich background information on which to base deep, reflective dialogue during interviews taking place during candidate consideration.
    Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis and, while they are not required for entry into the Fellowship, they are critical to our ability to identify exceptional leaders from across the education ecosystem, including but not limited to experience in nonprofit schools, out of/after school learning, human capital, technology, juvenile justice, political and policy strategy, future of work/workforce development, community wellness and mental health, college access and success, faith-based organizations, community based organizations and philanthropy. Ideally, you know enough about the leader’s work to share your thoughts on why they would be an excellent choice for the Fellowship. We are sensitive to the ways sponsorship practices can disadvantage women and Black, Indigenous, and leaders of color who are less likely to have sponsors. When thinking of incredible changemakers to bring to our attention, we encourage nominators to consider leaders from within and outside of their close circles.
    During this stage, we seek to understand candidates’ motivations and challenges, learn more about their background and leadership journey, and determine candidates’ willingness and ability to negotiate the multiple domains of difference that contribute to the tapestry of Pahara cohorts. We conduct a 90-minute Zoom interview with candidates. This interview is followed by referencing carried out by our team. Given the degree of openness and vulnerability expected in this phase of our process, information shared with us by candidates or in reference interviews is held with the highest degree of confidentiality.
    We aim for cohorts that are inclusive of the breadth of our humanity across multiple domains of difference, including socioeconomic background, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, religious affiliation, and political ideology. Cohorts are also distinctive in their inclusion of leaders from various organization models, multiple sectors in education, different geographic regions, and various leadership roles. This careful cohort curation is critical, as the cohort is the container within which the personal and professional transformation Pahara is most known for occurs. Cohort dialogue is confidential and both professional and personal in nature. We seek to foster an environment that celebrates the diversity and lived experiences of all of our Fellows.
    We typically receive many more nominations and applications than we have available seats in each cohort. We strongly believe that creating the ideal blend of perspectives in each group is a vital component of the program’s value and impact on participants. Candidates who are not selected may choose to opt-in to be considered for a future cohort.
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