Leadership Institute names Wallis managing director

AVON — The Vail Leadership Institute announced that Todd Wallis has joined the organization as executive vice president and managing director. Wallis, formerly with Cisco Systems and a Denver software company, has been serving on the board of trustees since March.

“We are tremendously excited to welcome Todd into the Institute in a full-time role,” said Ross Iverson, the Vail Leadership Institute’s president and CEO. “We’re in a period of evolution and refinement within the Vail Leadership Institute, and Todd’s background and ability to scale up companies will be a huge asset as we look to build the Vail Valley into an international destination for higher learning opportunities.”

In his role, Wallis is charged with further developing the breadth and depth of the institute’s curriculum, as well as how that curriculum is delivered.

“After 18 years of success, the Vail Leadership Institute is poised to move its ‘Inside First’ leadership development philosophy to the next level, not only in Colorado but globally as well,” Wallis said. “We are positioning ourselves to appeal to executives and executive teams who want to move their leadership toward purpose, clarified values, alignment and a commitment to serve.”

Wallis also said that he would be focusing on how that philosophy is delivered through the institute’s courses. “In addition to the more traditional facilitated dialogues, I want to expand the outdoor experiential programs and develop relationships with higher education institutes across the country,” he said.

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Wallis moved to the Vail Valley in 2012 with his wife, Cynthia, daughter Dylan and son Reagan. For the past two years, he was senior vice president of sales for a Denver software company. Prior to coming to Vail, Wallis and his family lived in Northern California, where he was regional manager for the Americas at Cisco Systems.

“I’m a huge advocate and evangelist for those seeking life-long learning and continuing education opportunities,” Wallis said. “The Vail Leadership Institute is the perfect platform to share that love of learning and professional development. It’s a great match for me, and I’m looking forward to contributing to the institute’s continued success.”

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