Leadership Denver 2020 Application


Questions & Answers

Question: When is the application deadline for the class of 2020?
Answer: The application deadline is Monday, June 3 at 5:00pm.  Late applications will not be accepted.
Question: What are the goals of the program?
  • To identify leaders in business, government and the community and assist them in expanding their skills in, and commitment to, voluntary civic responsibility.
  • To provide these men and women with a practical, in-depth understanding of major community issues facing the seven-county Denver metropolitan area.
  • To enhance the communications network among leaders from diverse backgrounds and interests.
  • To facilitate access between Leadership Denver class members and the current leadership of the community.
Question: What is the curriculum for Leadership Denver?
Answer: Leadership Denver is a balanced combination of educational experiences, including seminars, dialogues, a retreat and a group community action project over an 11-month period (August-June). In September, class members attend a two-day retreat focusing on personal/public leadership skills and group dynamics. The retreat is complemented by day-long seminars presented each month (usually the first Friday), which focus on significant challenges facing the Denver metropolitan area. Leadership practices are interwoven throughout the year. Community issues covered often include education, economic development, politics, criminal justice and poverty.
Question: What is the attendance policy?
Answer: Full participation in the scheduled classes above is essential to the Leadership Denver experience. If your schedule does not permit you to attend all classes, we recommend you postpone applying to Leadership Denver until your schedule can accommodate the entire time commitment of the program. Class members are expected to arrive on time and remain with the class for the entire session. Any participant who misses more than a total of two sessions will be asked to leave the program and will not receive a tuition refund.
Question: What is the program tuition?

The program tuition is $4,100 for the 2019-2020 class.

For all class members, responsibility for payment rests with the participant, not with the employer or sponsoring organization. Program tuition is non-refundable for withdrawals within two weeks of the program’s start date, for any reason, including relocation or change of employment. Your employer will be unable to substitute another employee. Class program tuition is due by the Friday prior to the first class day unless other arrangements (such as a payment plan) are made. Refunds are subject to a $150 processing fee.

Question: Is scholarship assistance available?

Limited scholarship assistance is available. Scholarship assistance is designed to provide access to Leadership Foundation programs for participants who will contribute diverse perspectives or distinct leadership experiences to the program. Scholarships are limited to applicants from small business, government or nonprofit organizations.

We believe that personal and/or organizational contributions are important demonstrations of commitment to this work. To apply for a Leadership Denver scholarship, specify on the application: 1) the contribution from your company/organization; 2) the contribution from you personally; and 3) the amount you are requesting as scholarship. Please note that payment plans are also available.

Question: Is Chamber membership required?

Chamber membership is NOT required to submit an application. However, Chamber membership IS required for those selected to be in the class. If an applicant is selected for the class, and her/his company or organization is not a member of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, this company or organization will be referred to the Chamber membership department and the company or organization will be expected to sign a membership agreement that includes a membership fee prior to the first day of class. If your company or organization is unable to join, you will be expected to join the Chamber as an individual member.

Question: How is the class selected?

Each summer, a class of approximately 65 participants are selected to represent a cross-section of the private/for-profit, public and nonprofit sectors throughout the region. The Leadership Foundation typically comprises its classes to reflect 70-75% private sector participants (including a broad range of business sizes and industries) and 25-30% of government, education, and nonprofit sector participants.

Because diversity is a goal of Leadership Denver, other factors affecting the make-up of the final class selected include age, ethnicity, gender, geographic location, vocation, life experiences and industry sector. Candidates not selected in a given year are strongly encouraged to re-apply for Leadership Denver in subsequent years.

Leadership Denver looks for applicants who offer various combinations of this profile: 

  • Demonstrate a strong potential for achieving senior policy-shaping responsibilities and position of leadership, both as a professional and as a civic volunteer.
  • Have leadership experience in civic volunteer roles.
  • Have a strong interest and commitment to the Denver community.
  • Bring diversity in industry sector, life experience, age, race, ethnicity, etc.
  • Will commit the time required (approximately 125 contact hours, not including work on class project) to fully engage in Leadership Denver.
  • Have employer endorsement.
Question: What does the application process look like?

In order to be considered for the Leadership Denver Class of 2020, an online application must be submitted later than 5 p.m. on Monday, June 3, 2019. In fairness to other applicants, late applications will not be accepted.  Additionally, a $60 non-refundable processing fee is charged at the time of registration. This fee will not be credited toward the program fee payment if you are accepted to the program. 

In-person interviews are required and you will select your interview time on your application form.  Applicants will be notified of their selection status by July 17, 2019. If admitted, class program fees are due in full by August 9, 2019 unless other arrangements have been made. 

Question: Who can I contact with questions?

If you have questions about the Leadership Denver application, contact Megan Vivier at megan.vivier@denverleadership.org or 303-620-8035.

If you have specific questions regarding the Leadership Denver program, contact Denise King at denise.king@denverleadership.org or 303-620-8055.

Question: How many letters of recommendation do I need to apply?

Letters of recommendation are not required nor encouraged for the Leadership Denver application process.  In previous years we asked for a letter from your immediate supervisor to acknowledge their understanding of the significant time commitment required by the program.  Our registration system doesn’t facilitate that type of correspondence, so we ask that you check a box to confirm your supervisor supports your participation in the program and the 11 business days you will be out of the office.