Leadership Douglas County, Established in 1999
by the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce

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 virtually the geographic center of Colorado and provides an enviable blend of quality lifestyle and business environment.

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.

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At Leadership Douglas County, we are creating a strong community through our program for all leaders from all backgrounds — civic, business, service, religious and non-profit. LDC provides the opportunity for diverse participants to broaden their knowledge of the community and learn from each other, while enhancing their leadership skills.

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, putting to use 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.

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 education, involvement in community service activities and recommendations.

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.

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

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carrieTo request an application, or receive additional information, please fill out the contact form here or call Carrie Buchan, Program Director, at 720 440 3726.


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