Group photo of the 2008 participants

Rocky Mountain Leadership Program

Credit available Non-credit

For more than 30 years, the Rocky Mountain Leadership Program has been an intensive, residential leadership program for Colorado, national and international leaders in public service. This unique program brings up to 30 professionals working in government, nonprofits and as elected officials together in the Colorado mountains for one week of workshops and experiences that enhance skills, inspire, inform, recharge and prepare leaders to engage differently in their work and communities. Workshops are taught by academic and practice-focused faculty with a focus on the context of U.S. nonprofits and government.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Public Affairs Campus: Off campus Recommended completion time: 1 week Credits required for completion: 0 Maximum transfer credits: 0 Maximum credits per year: 3

The Details

Rocky Mountain Leadership Program is a week-long, intensive, residential leadership program for professionals working in government, nonprofits and as elected officials. The program occurs in early October at the Mountain Thunder Lodge in Breckenridge, Colorado. Attendees stay on the lodge property, and sessions are held in the main lodge building.

The nature-rich environment offers a perfect setting for learning, personal reflection, professional networking and planning for new approaches to your leadership. Session topics include leadership style, self-awareness, teamwork, strategic thinking, neuroscience of leadership, ethics, emotional intelligence and change leadership. Workshop content is customized based on the experiences and interests of each cohort.

Rocky Mountain Leadership Program is well suited for mid- to high-level managers in nonprofits, government, special districts and elected officials in Colorado and across the U.S.

Each program has a theme for the year, and the 2020 theme will be Engagement, Equity and Change.


The Rocky program will be held as 8 synchronous, virtual workshops between October 2 and November 22 AND in an online learning system. The virtual sessions will be experiential and discussion-based workshops with Rocky faculty who are experts in their field. Most of the workshops will be 2 hours in length with at least one being longer. The exact dates and times will be published here after August 20 .

The program fee is $1,800 and includes seminars, leadership self-assessments, special guests, activities and books that coincide with the programming. An online classroom connects students to each other and to course materials before and after the program.

Students seeking academic credit pay an additional $200 fee plus University fees. Scholarships are available.
The Rocky Mountain Program is a once in a lifetime experience that lasts a lifetime. As a manager in the public sector I think it’s very important to send my staff through this program along with upper-level management.
- Greg Winkler, County Administrator