Leadership Douglas County Application

Apply to be part of the LDC Class of 2024-2025. Application deadline is June 14, 2024.

Leadership Douglas County (LDC), a program of the Castle Rock Chamber Foundation, is committed to ensuring the continuity of knowledgeable and effective leadership in Douglas County. Established in 1999, 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.

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 as a whole
• 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

Session topics throughout the year include History, Open Space, Healthcare, Aging, Social Services, Civic Engagement, Education, Economic Development, Transportation, Law Enforcement, Fire and Emergency Services, Public Safety, Arts and Culture, Media, along with team-building elements and skills training throughout. Class days are held at various locations throughout Douglas County. Some months will involve traveling throughout the day via your own transportation or carpooling with classmates.

Group Project – LDC participants will complete a significant group project, determined by the class, outside of class hours.

LDC conducts a competitive application process. The criteria for selection into the program will be based on an applicant's real world and professional background and review of applicant's education, recommendation, and involvement in community service activities.


Program Information

Acceptance into the LDC will require a two-year commitment and requires full participation.

Year One kicks off in September, with the two-day Overnight Retreat. Following the September retreat, the class meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., October through June, culminating with graduation in June. All classes must be attended in their entirety.

In Year Two, participants attend monthly 1.5-hour Steering Committee Meetings, on the third Wednesday morning of each month, from August through May to plan the monthly sessions for the current year's class; each person also actively hosts at least one class day (first Wednesday) during the program year.


Important Dates

Overnight Retreat – September 20-21, 2024. Attendance at the entire retreat is mandatory.

Project Planning Workshop – Saturday, October 5, 2024 – 8:00am-3:00pm.
Leadership and decision-making skills, along with project planning will be the focus, especially beneficial for the class project. Attendance is mandatory.

Class dates –

October 2
November 6
December 4
January 8
February 5
March 5
April 2
May 7
June 4


Program Requirements

Attendance – It is understood that any accepted applicant will attend 100% of all sessions in their entirety with no late arrivals or early departures from any session. If there is an emergency, please let the LDC Program Director know asap. LDC requires full participation and participants may not miss more than one class day (or the equivalent), October through June, or they will be asked by the Steering Committee to excuse themselves from the program.

Letter of Recommendation – Please note that you must submit a letter of recommendation, along with your resume and completed application by the stated deadline.

Notification of Acceptance into the Program – Application deadline is June 14, 2024. Notification of acceptance will be made by the last week in July. Tuition will be due by August 30.

Tuition for the program is $1,400 and includes the two-day overnight retreat, all monthly program meals, materials and graduation recognition. Accepted participants will be invoiced upon acceptance and tuition must be paid by August 30, 2024. Tuition covers only a portion of program expenses and additional funding from generous local Sponsors is used to supplement the program.
Applicants must reside and/or be employed in Douglas County; *
Essay Questions and Uploads
Acceptance into Leadership Douglas County is a competitive process. You will be heavily evaluated based on your typed responses to the following questions, so please answer thoroughly and thoughtfully. This is your opportunity to allow the committee to get to know you. All information is treated confidentially.
How did you hear about LDC? Why are you interested in participating in the program? How will your involvement contribute to the growth of the program?
Please give a brief description of your current job and summarize your previous professional experience. Be sure to include experience that would be relevant to your participation in the LDC program (training programs, professional development and affiliations, volunteerism, civic engagement, special recognition, etc.)
In what ways will you contribute to the LDC program? What are your super powers?
How would your peers describe you?