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 Classroom: On campus Recommended completion time: 1 week Credits required for completion: 0 Maximum transfer credits: 0

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.

Each program has a theme for the year, and the 2019 theme will be Engagement, Equity and Change.

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.

The program fee is $3,750 and includes five days of leadership seminars, leadership self-assessments, special guests, activities and books that coincide with the programming. Most meals are included in the program fee. An online classroom connects students to each other and to course materials before and after the program. The lodging is in suites that include a separate bedroom and full kitchen to help attendees feel at home during the week. Lodging is an additional cost provided at a discount rate of approximately $150 per night.

Students seeking academic credit pay an additional $400 fee. 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