The Children’s Leadership Institute is a Colorado Non profit organization (501 C3) founded in 2005.  We are changing communities through our community outreach and leadership education.  Working with youth (K-12), teachers, schools, and communities, we introduce youth to the ideas, beliefs and behaviors associated with personal growth, leadership and character.  Through our comprehensive, hands on approach incorporating social emotional learning, we reach youth (k-12), impact teachers, inspire communities and rally around leadership and providing tools to help our youngest generation become our next generation.

We offer school districts a highly interactive K-12 program on Leadership EQ/Social Emotional Learning.  Our LEQ training empowers staff and students with the knowledge and skills to increase their emotional intelligence, achieve more academic success together, and choose the life of their dreams.

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to recognize, understand, and manage emotions within yourself and in your relationships with others.  A high EQ is critical to conscious leadership, better decision making, and it’s also the #1 predictor of personal and professional success.  Most importantly, unlike IQ (which is fixed and measures ones ability to learn) EQ consists of 4 core skills that are flexible and can be developed.

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self Management
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Management

When staff and students develop high LEQ, all their goals and dreams really can come true. 

The Team

Mark Hoog is a successful entrepreneur, a sought-after motivational speaker, a bestselling author, the Executive Director of the Children’s Leadership Institute, and a Captain with United Airlines. Having launched his career in the aviation field, Mark has delivered command and leadership training to the aviation industry’s top pilots. With an emphasis on leadership, human potential, and achievement, Mark has trained pilots from around the world.

Inspired by the loss of friend and mentor Jason Dahl (Captain of United Flight 93 on September 11) Mark authored the bestselling Growing Field children’s leadership book series and founded the Children’s Leadership Institute. Through the Growing Field series, Mark is introducing children across the globe to the the life-changing messages of personal growth, self-empowerment, and leadership. A National Award Winner, recognized in 2008 as the “Most Inspirational Youth Author,” Mark has established the Growing Field as the voice in children’s leadership literature.

With a presentation that transcends age and industry, Mark’s powerful message of Conscious Leadership is changing lives. Invited by corporations, professional organizations, and students of all ages, Mark travels the country inspiring people of all walks of life to make their own conscious decisions to live life without limit.


Dr. Rueckert is directing her efforts towards assisting districts, schools and educational organizations in maximizing performance of both staff and students.  Throughout her career she has been involved in a variety of leadership roles encompassing the areas of education, business management, planning, training and development. She was founder of EduLink, Inc., a nonprofit development, training and resource center dedicated to creating sustained student achievement within the schools.  As CLI’s Director of Education her primary responsibilities center on advancing our K-12 Seeds of Success/LEQ program to positively impact student and staff performance in schools and districts across the nation.

Dr. Rueckert has served as Superintendent of Schools, Executive Director of Human Resources, Administrative Consultant k-12 and Principal.  She has been actively involved in life-long learning programs, including community education and the linking of high school programs to community college studies.  Dr. Rueckert has also assisted districts/communities in the development of school-business partnership programs.  She has worked as a national presenter for educational programs, including workshops on strategic and systemic planning, peak performance and instructional strategies. Her programs have uniquely linked the Effective Schools Research to the demands for teaching/modeling the people skills needed for continued success both on the job and in life.  She is an approved CDE provider for evaluator certification training.

Dr. Rueckert has served in a variety of leadership roles through board appointments including the Governor appointed position on the State of Iowa Vocational Educational Council, School Administrators of Iowa, Iowa Academic Decathlon, Iowa Talented and Gifted Association, Phi Delta Kappa International, Kappa Delta Phi, Rotary International and United Way.  She previously hosted and produced a weekly television program-Perspectives in Education.

doug_stampfliDoug Stampfli is a middle school math teacher and coach.  His classroom experience includes working with at-risk youth as well as teaching middle level mathematics and social studies. He has also coached boys and girls in five different sports over the past 18 years. His experience has allowed him to learn from a diverse and talented group of students representing all ages.

To share his passion for continuous learning, leadership, and team building, Doug Stampfli directs motivational clinics, parenting seminars, and other interactive programs.  All of these opportunities are designed to help students and adults learn, develop, and enhance Peak Performance Skills. These skills are based on the belief that the power to release the best within yourself and those around you lies directly in your ability to reflect and connect with care.

Board of Directors

Justin Davis • Dean Barber • Pete Kelley • Mike Bergerson • Sean Sullivan