Leadership Denver

One of the most celebrated and prominent leadership programs in the region, Leadership Denver is our flagship program, the one that started it all 43 years ago. With alumni like Gov. Bill Ritter and Mayor Michael B. Hancock, you’ll be in good company as a Leadership Denver grad. Come see what all the buzz is about.

Applications for Leadership Denver’s class of 2018 are due Monday, June 5 by 5 p.m. 

Through Leadership Denver (LD) you’ll learn about the regional issues shaping our community from the experts working on them. Take the opportunity to build strong connections across private, public and nonprofit sectors and take your place in creating a vibrant community.

In this 11-month program, you will:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of major community issues facing the metro area through hands-on experiences and discussions with experts leading change in Colorado
  • Form lasting bonds with classmates who are active leaders from across Colorado’s sectors
  • Strengthen your leadership skills with a leadership development curriculum
  • Join the alumni network of one of the most prestigious leadership programs in the state

The program fee is $3,900 for the 2017-2018 class (*Limited scholarship assistance is available).

Click here to check out the issues that the class of 2018 will be discussing.

LD is geared toward established leaders with high levels of community involvement and awareness. LD participants are usually looking to expand their commitment to the community, dive deeper into metro area issues and collaborate with other leaders to find solutions.

Get a better idea of what we’re talking about. Click here to see who is in the Leadership Denver Class of 2017 and learn more about the impact a group of LD alumni are having in our community.

Leadership Denver 2018 applications are now open. Apply by Monday, June 5.

Next Steps

Applications for the 2018 Leadership Denver class are now open.


View the 2017-2018 Leadership Denver calendar.

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Regional Manager of Federal Civilian Scientific, Cisco Systems

“Leadership Denver does an amazing job of bringing together authentic leaders who desire to work together to solve problems and make our city better. It is our people that make the vision of collaboration a reality.”


Leadership Denver taught me the nature of a community trustee. Thinking about my work from a trustee perspective helps make sense of our responsibility and the privilege it is to serve.
Former Governor Bill Ritter, LD ’93, Director, CSU Center for the New Energy Economy
Finishing the Leadership Denver program is like giving someone a new lens, through which one observes a city in a completely different way.
Rich Lewis, LD ’06, President & CEO, RTL Networks
My professional career is important to me but now my civic responsibility is equally important. I will engage more in the needs of my community through the experiences I had from Leadership Denver.
Judson Robertson, LD ’13, Director, Stream Realty
The most valuable part of LD is creating connections with classmates across industries. I am excited to live in this city where big things are happening and the most intelligent and thoughtful people are at the table.
Greta Walker, LD ’13, Senior Director of Strategic Relationships, Mile High United Way

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