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Rocky Mountain Leadership Program

School of Public Affairs


Degree: Credit available Non-credit

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

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.

Program Details

Interest Categories: Public Administration & Policy

Campus: Off campus

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 2021 theme will be Leading Through Equity and Change.


The Rocky program will be held as 9 synchronous, virtual workshops between September 18 and December 9, 2021, 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.

2021 Dates and Times (all times are in Mountain Time)

  • Sat, Sept 18, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Sat, Sept 25, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Fri, Oct 1, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Thu, Oct 7, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Fri, Oct 29, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Fri, Nov 5, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Fri, Nov 19, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Sat, Dec 4, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Thu, Dec 9, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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.

Sample Courses

  • Topic 1 - Leadership Style0 credits
  • Topic 2 - Strategic Thinking0 credits

Recommended Completion Time:1 week

Max Transfer Credits:0

Max Credits Per Year:3

Required Credits for Completion:0

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