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Leadership Douglas County Program Information

Leadership Douglas County, a program of the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, is committed to ensuring the continuity of knowledgeable and effective leadership in Douglas County. Today, Douglas County is virtually the geographic center of Colorado and provides an enviable blend of quality lifestyle and business environment. Established in 1999, Leadership Douglas County (LDC) was created to ensure that our community would continue to identify, educate, and motivate current and emerging leaders to improve Douglas County through personal and collective commitment. LDC seeks motivated, capable men and women from diverse professional backgrounds and supports best practices in setting standards of excellence.

For the Participant, LDC will:

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  • Offer rigorous and relevant learning, with opportunities to apply new knowledge and skills
  • Broaden participants’ knowledge of the community
  • Challenge participants to examine their leadership style, values, and impact
  • Increase the strength and effectiveness of our community leaders
  • Equip participants to respond to the challenges of the community today and into the future
  • Provide opportunities for direct contact with influential people, businesses, and service organizations 

Monthly Session Topics throughout the year include:
Education, Civic Engagement, Open Space, Fire and Emergency Services, Economic Development, Healthcare, Public Safety, Social Services, Government, History, Community Resources, Arts and Culture, Media, along with team-building elements and skills training throughout.

Criteria for selection is based on: an applicant’s real world and professional background; a complete and thoughtfully prepared application; and a review of applicant’s involvement in community service activities, education and recommendations. Applicants of all ages are encouraged to apply.

By participating in Leadership Douglas County emerging leaders and volunteers will be educated on the realities, opportunities and challenges in Douglas County. LDC’s goal is to inspire participants in the work they do; strengthen them and the organizations they serve; and facilitate a heightened sense of community connection to encourage individuals to take positions of civic and organizational leadership in the community.



  • LDC is a two-year commitment and requires full participation.  Year One kicks off in September, with a two-day Overnight Retreat.  Following the September retreat, the class meets on the first Wednesday of each month, usually from  7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., October through June, culminating with graduation, also  in June. Each class undertakes a significant community service project. In Year Two, participants attend monthly Programming Committee meetings, on the third Wednesday morning of each month, from June through May, to plan classes for the succeeding year; each person also actively hosts at least one class day.

Program Information – Fact Sheet

  • LDC Participants will complete a significant group project, determined by the class.
  • A one-day Leadership and Project Planning Workshop, focusing on leadership skills and project planning, especially beneficial for the class project, will be held in November.
  • Applicants must:  1) reside and/or be employed in Douglas County; 2) demonstrate a sincere desire to contribute to the lives of those living/working in Douglas County; and 3) possess a minimum of a high school diploma, or its equivalent, at the time of selection to the class.
  • Class Size is limited:  The Steering Committee will select approximately 18-22 qualified participants per class from the pool of applicants. Applications for the upcoming year will be accepted on a continuous basis, but no later than June 20 of each year.
  • Attendance:  The Steering Committee will provide an excellent program for the benefit of the participants.  It is understood that any accepted applicant will attend all sessions in their entirety.
  • Tuition for the program includes retreat expenses (meals and double-occupancy* lodging, all program meals, materials and graduation recognition. A limited number of partial scholarships may be available on request.  (*Single occupancy add-on.) Tuition for the program is due in mid-August each year. There are no program refunds after acceptance and payment.

If this sounds like a good fit for you…

We look forward to receiving your Program Application!

Early submissions are encouraged.

APPLICATIONS FOR Class of 2021 have closed. Please check back in the Spring of 2021.

*Please ensure that: you have answered all questions; you and your employer have electronically signed the applicant’s and employer’s commitment pages; your resume has been attached and you have requested two letters of recommendation.