Applications are currently open and close June 15, 2023.

2023 Leadership Douglas County Application
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Leadership Douglas County was established in 1999
by the Castle Rock Chamber

In its 24th year, LDC’s goals are 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.

Educating Emerging Leaders and Volunteers in Douglas County

Leadership Douglas County (LDC), 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 the geographic center of Colorado and provides an enviable blend of quality lifestyle and business environment.

LDC was created to ensure 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.

The program creates an expectation of servant leadership and builds in real opportunities to teach knowledge and skills through a monthly, day-long program, held on the first Wednesday of each month, October through June in various locations throughout the county.  Each month explores a different regional topic and also includes a leadership development segment. Upon graduation, participants become the planning committee for the upcoming year’s class, applying their own program experience, as they complete their second year of participation as alumni in the LDC program.

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

For the Participant, LDC will:

  • Offer rigorous and relevant learning, with the opportunity 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
Make A Donation!

Mercy Ahles – Wind Crest Senior Living
Mary Anderson – Minuteman Press
Derek Castellano – Douglas County Sheriff’s Department
Luke Dechant – Douglas County Clerk & Recorders Office
Stacey Fahrenbruch – Castle Rock Senior Activity Center
Becky Fischer – Douglas County Assessor’s Office
Galia Heidemann – Parker Chamber of Commerce
Arielle Hodgson – City of Lone Tree
Gregory Homer – The Law Office of Gregory Homer, LLC
Chuwen Huang – FirstBank
Karen Jefferson – Rocky Mountain TSG
Ryan Lammers – Douglas County Libraries
Ali Marshall – Re/Max Professionals
Hannah Paille – Kokish, Goldmanis & Greenberg, P.C.
Amy Pfister – Aging Resources of Douglas County
Kristin Randlett – Douglas County Clerk & Recorders Office
Jerry Van Leuven – The Aspen Effect
Joel White – Douglas County Sheriff’s Department

Scott Ashburn
Tiffany Brown, Motto Mortgage
Ron Hanavan, Douglas County Sheriff’s Department
Lee Johnston, Esri
Jennifer Kiser, City of Lone Tree
Ivy Mix, Windcrest/Erickson
Jennifer Perry, Think Marketability
Katie Pierce, 3 Pillars Law, PLLC
Laura Skirde, Douglas County
Ashley Sommers, Foundation for DC Schools
Erin White, Manna Resource Center
Rick Young, Castle Rock Fire Department
Samuel R. Tenney, Fidelis Wealth Advisors
Katie Fortna, Clarus Wealth Advisors
Bonnie Schwam, Keller Williams Realty

Want to Learn more, and Get Involved?

Contact Sue Turner, Program Manager

Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors

Aloha Fund

Patron Sponsors

Sturm Collaboration

Leadership Sponsors

Town of Castle Rock Colorado

Program Sponsors

Fidelis Wealth Advisors

Host Sponsors

City of Lone Tree

CORE Electric Cooperative

Town of Parker