Building Community Leadership


I recently accepted the opportunity to be Executive Director/CEO of Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity. When the opportunity to apply for the position was presented, I am not sure I would have applied had I not participated in the LDC program. The orientation to LDC included BreakThroughs, Inc. facilitating a two-day leadership and teambuilding seminar with one segment focused on “Breakthroughs in Attitude.” During this session, I realized I had created self-imposed career and personal limitations, though continually seeking challenges. I committed to myself I would find a way to step outside my comfort zone. Applying for the executive director position was a big step in the right direction; accepting the position was an even larger and deeply satisfying step for me.   Kris Medina, Executive Director, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity.

Leadership Douglas County (LDC), now in its 16th year, helps emerging and recognized leaders who are seeking to make a positive impact on their community, expand their skills, enhance their knowledge of local and state issues and increase their effectiveness as citizens and business people in Douglas County.  Participants are given the opportunity to discover how they can affect their community, and lead effectively, as an individual and as part of a group, to make Douglas County a better place to live and work.

Program Goals of LDC:

·        Engage, support, and mobilize leaders to make a positive difference in their community

·        Expand each participant’s scope of awareness regarding critical issues,

          systems and opportunities within Douglas County

·        Increase the leadership effectiveness of each participant

·        Offer an experience that is interactive, promotes dialogue, team-building and trust

·        Create connections with influential community leaders who are shaping our region’s future


Applications for the 2015-16 year are now being accepted for the 2015-16 year.  Visit for more information on the program.  To visit one of the remaining  2014-15 monthly classes (first Wednesdays), please contact Carrie at 720.440.3726 or email


 2015 01 EcoDev Trans

Picture:  January’s Transportation, Economic Development and Master Plan Day began at Cabela’s where the class heard from a panel facilitated by City of Lone Tree’s Torie Brazitis (’14) with Carla Rodriguez of Cabella’s, Clayton “Mitch” Mitchell of  Kaiser Permanente and Brian Burke of Charles Schwab.

Picture:  At February’s Library and Education Day, class members tour CU South Denver/Liniger Building (formerly the Wildlife Experience), a 20150204_162132Funique partnership of higher education and museum.  The University received the facility with a record $40 million gift last fall. The museum remains open to the public and spaces are available for rentals, while CU delivers expanded educational services to south Denver.



2015 02 Ed Lib panel

Picture:  Representatives from Douglas County School District, Arapahoe Community College, Colorado Cyber School, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine talked about expanding educational options in Douglas County at February’s Library and Education Day.




LDC is possible through the support of our generous partners.  Patron Sponsors: BreakThroughs, Inc., the City of Lone Tree and Douglas County Government; and Program Sponsors: Black Hills Energy, Charles Schwab, Douglas County Libraries, Highlands Ranch Metro District, FirstBank of Douglas County, South Metro Fire and Rescue Authority, Town of Castle Rock; Host & Scholarship Sponsors: IREA and the Chambers of Commerce of Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree and Parker.