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Quest 2017

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Program Application

Participant Testimonials

Quest 2017 Brochure

To learn more about Quest, contact:

Julie Connolly
Program Director
860.951.6161 x2200


Strengthen your Leadership Skills,
Your Community Connection and Yourself
Quest 2014

Since 1977, Quest, Leadership Greater Hartford’s flagship program, has brought together rising and established leaders from diverse career backgrounds: corporate, government, small business, academia and nonprofit. Quest strengthens their leadership skills, builds their professional network, and helps leaders gain knowledge of the community by engaging in meaningful community service projects. The best leaders are the best learners. 

Quest is a unique leadership program offering a hands-on, experiential approach to learning. Through a combination of workshops, field experiences, individual coaching, and collaborative team projects, participants learn in a low-risk, supportive environment with high success outcomes. Quest is the most recognized community-based leadership development program for professionals working throughout the Greater Hartford region.

Program Overview

The 11-month program kicks off with an orientation and overnight retreat in January and ends with November class presentations and commencement. Workshops throughout the program focus on:


  • Learning about one’s own leadership personality through the use of the Enneagram personality profiler
  • Participatory decision making and effective group dynamics
  • Communication, influencing and networking skills
  • Leadership practices based on Kouzes and Posner’s Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership
  • Change leadership 


The field experiences allow participants to meet the area’s key players and organizations, better understand the region’s assets and challenges, and gain a greater understanding of creative problem solving while leveraging limited resources.  

Central to the Quest program is the community service component, the leadership learning laboratory, which takes the form of a collaborative team project working alongside various nonprofits in the Hartford region. Through real world community projects, Quest participants work in teams where they apply the tools and skills learned  in the workshops to practice collaborative leadership. They address complex community problems with the same tenacity and process required to solve complex business challenges. This real world experience is invaluable to assuring their positive leadership growth and development.


For more information, contact Julie Connolly, Program Director at 860.951.6161 x2200 or email