What is Leadership Pikes Peak? 


Empowering You to Make a Difference

Leadership Pikes Peak is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1976 under the name Citizens’ Goals for the Colorado Springs Community. We’ve been one of the premier community leadership development organizations for 40 years. Our mission is to build a thriving community through leadership and service: Engage. Enrich. Empower. Connect. 

Leadership Pikes Peak’s objective is civic leadership for the Pikes Peak region. We accomplish this in two primary ways:

Programs: Community Leadership Training

We provide leadership development programs for experienced professionalsyoung professionalswomen, and teens. The programs range from four to ten months and are geared toward providing skills, knowledge, and connections so that their participants can serve in the community effectively. These programs have more than 2,400 graduates who, as community trustees, work to make the Pikes Peak region a wonderful place to live, work, and play.

Our Focus

The Self: A Leadership Brand

Effective community leadership requires the galvanization of the self within the spheres of attitude, characteristics, and competencies. For leadership to be actualized, the self must discover who it is and what it can do. We must understand our position in the world by exploring our most effective individual strengths and by discovering our deepest, most unique passions.

The Community: A Network and A Support System

One of the hallmarks of sustainable learning is the ability to integrate information by applying concepts and skills into our communities. In addition to the formal class schedule, each participant will impact their community by participating as a team member in the formulation and execution of an Action Learning Project that provides a requested service to one of our area’s nonprofit organizations.

The City: Colorado Springs and Its Intricacies

A major component of Leadership Pikes Peak framework is aiding participants in gaining a broader, deeper knowledge of Colorado Springs and how it functions. Our curriculum is strategically designed to focus on current, important issues facing our community and the opportunity to learn from our city's most knowledgeable and dynamic leaders.

We educate current and aspiring leaders about the community, its needs, and its resources; we connect those leaders with each other. We engage and connect through our Experience the Springs educational tour, each program, alumni association, and partner programs. Most of all, our alumni become active members our community - a Community Trustee. Our alumni serve on boards, committees, and give back through volunteer opportunities. We also strategically align ourselves with other organizations to improve the civic health of the Pikes Peak region.


Leadership Pikes Peak takes seriously the quest for measurable outcomes and the need for evaluation. So as an organization we continue to ask the tough question – how do we make a difference in this community? What impact do we make? The short and easy answer is we make a difference through our people.

Leadership Pikes Peak Develops Community Trustees

Being a community trustee, such as a board member, means serving it as a good steward. The good steward views the community as a gift from previous generations, but a gift with strings attached. One is obligated to pass the gift to future generations in a better state than that in which it was received. The community is both our inheritance and our legacy.

Today’s mobile, pluralistic society lacks small-town cohesiveness. There are more opportunities, more leadership positions and more voices to be heard. As a result, trustholding in our community requires active, caring commitment by individuals from all walks of life that make conscious, personal decisions:

  • To know themselves
  • To care about the quality of life in the community
  • To be stewards of the community and its resources
  • To serve the common good
  • To listen to the diverse voices of the community advocating their often contradictory positions
  • To appreciate pluralism
  • To empower others to grow
  • To nurture a wide span of awareness and the ability to “see things whole”
  • To define and to articulate the community’s concerns
  • To dream and to form effective responses to these issues and needs
  • To use their skills and leadership ability to make a better future for the entire community
  • To lead with passion and authority