Application for Legislative Commission for Danielle Hicks

Contact Information

Full Name

Danielle Hicks

Other Names
Danielle L. Hicks

Eligible for commission


Party Affiliation



Industrial-Organizational Psychologist and President/Co-Owner of Leadership Science Institute Adjunct Professor, Front Range Community College & Regis University

Educational Background

Ph.D. - Industrial-Organizational Psychology Masters - Organizational Leadership Development

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Past Political Activity

List of Political and Civic Organizations belonged to

Boards Adams County Regional Economic Partnership (ACREP), Board of Directors Member ACREP Business Advocacy and Public Policy Committee member Doral Academy of Colorado, Board of Directors, Vice Chairman Jefferson County Association for Gifted Children (JAGC), Vice President Local Affiliations ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter • American Legion Post 11-11 • Broomfield Chamber of Commerce • Brighton Chamber of Commerce • Commerce City Chamber of Commerce • ICF Rocky Mountain Chapter • Westminster Chamber of Commerce • Westminster 7:10 Rotary Club National/International Affiliations National Society of Leadership and Success • Psi Chi - the International Honor Society in Psychology • International Society for Coaching Psychology • Association for Talent Development • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology • American Psychological Association • Air Force Sergeants Association • Society for Human Resource Management • International Coach Federation • International Society for Performance Improvement • World Coaching Federation • Association for Strategic Planning • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development • American Speaker's Association • Institute for Social and Emotional Intelligence • International Positive Psychology Association

Organization and Advocacy Experience

Adams County Regional Economic Partnership (ACREP), Board of Directors Member 2020 – Present As a public/private, nonprofit economic development organization, serving Adams County, its 10 municipalities, more than 10,000 companies, and just over a half a million residents. • Leadership Advisory Board (LAB): Guided the new LAB create a new leadership program for the north metro area called L.E.A.D North Metro by facilitating their strategic planning meeting and subsequent meetings to prepare for the kickoff program in 2021. Created and organized documents and timeline for all sub-committees. Created content for leadership training that will be facilitated by LSI • Business Advocacy & Public Policy Committee member: Assisted in setting the 2021 legislative priorities, reviewed RFPs and interviewed for lobbyist services, helped with the 2020 legislative breakfast Doral Academy of Colorado, Board of Directors, Vice Chairman 2017 – Present Art Integrated Public Charter School located in Westminster, CO • Engages in broad dealings of the school, including strategic decision making and overall goal establishment for the school, leadership hiring and evaluation, enrollment and academic growth, and student safety and well-being • Works closely with the local school district concerning the charter contract, financials, and support • Maintains close relationship with Doral Inc. support staff, understanding all legal and ethical requirements for serving • Manages board documents including strategic plans, bylaws, committee charters, and data dashboards • Participates in monthly board meetings, various board trainings, and local charter meetings Jefferson County Association for Gifted Children (JAGC), Vice President 2013 – Present A non-profit group providing leadership and support by promoting information about the educational and social-emotional needs of gifted and talented students to families and educators in Jefferson County, Colorado. • Began as the Ambassador Coordinator; managed and advised parent ambassadors in schools throughout the district • Later became board member-at-large and more involved in the legislative efforts locally, across the state and nation • Currently serving second term as Vice President; re-wrote the association bylaws, creates and manages all documents, manages and tracks meeting and voting process for JAGC annual Board Election • Works closely with Jeffco District leadership; presents to the School Board as needed as well as host panels for diverse learners during election years, periodic meetings with the Superintendent, quarterly meetings with the Chief Student Success Officer and the Chief Academic Officer, monthly meetings with the Gifted & Talented Director • Board Liaison for the Standley Lake, Pomona, and Ralston Valley articulations; acts as a resource for parents, teachers, staff and children, facilitates education and cooperation between the school and district resources • Facilitates biannual Board strategic planning retreats; ensures board goals stay aligned with JAGC purpose • Accomplishments: successfully advocated for; professional development of giftedness for principals, a better Advance Learning Plan (ALP) process in neighborhood schools, funding for Wheat Ridge HS gifted program, provided wording for state and CDE policies to include advance learners where they were not represented, worked with other districts to create an advance learner parent handbook, and supported the families with identification and education Other CO Community Volunteer Efforts 2013 – Present • Currently, works closely with Westminster Public Schools post-secondary department; provides expertise and course content to their Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) department, advises internship teacher on curriculum and course content, facilitates courses and exercises when needed • Speaker/facilitator for various workshops and training for nonprofit organizations and local chamber events • Recently, Volunteer Coordinator for the Association for Talent Development (ATD) Rocky Mountain Chapter; places volunteers and coordinates quarterly, meet and greets with new members, Social Network volunteer for International Coach Federation (ICF) local chapter


Since my time in the military, I have developed a strong sense of civic duty. As a veteran, business owner, mom, teacher, and community member, I believe I bring a diverse perspective and valuable voice to this commission. I want to ensure that a fair process is established and maintained that includes a fair representation of our community. I have lived in CO for over 12 years, after leaving the military. I started my family and my business here. I believe in community engagement to ensure that inclusion, fairness, and democracy are being preserved. I would like to support this by serving on this commission and thus serving my state and community.

Statement on Working with Consensus

While I've given my time to my community from a more 'behind the scenes' perspective, I have developed some great relationships across cities and counties. I have served with diverse groups of individuals across many boards and organizations. I can provide compassionate listening while drawing attention to structure, policy, and fairness. The leadership positions I've held have educated me on how to deal with difficult people while bringing understanding and consensus to the table. These skills have proven helpful whether while taking action on a board, moderating conflict within companies or while facilitating strategic planning meetings where individuals don't agree on various issues. Regardless of the situation, I insist on mutual respect by keeping people focus on the problem, not the person.

Relevant Analytic Skills for Commission

As a doctor and a workplace psychologist, I believe in Maslow before Bloom. One has to ensure that people are being taken care of before beginning to analyze and evaluate information. That being said, while I consider how people feel, I tend to make decisions not based on emotions, rather based on logical reasoning. I believe that one has to not only analyze and evaluate but also think critically and systematically. Systems thinking creates a space to consider creative ways to accomplish goals and objectives, not just by looking at the parts or the whole but how they are connected. I try to use this approach in everything I set out to achieve. If you're looking for skillsets, I am accomplished at project management, strategic planning, data analysis and interpretation, problem-solving, and attention to detail.


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