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Leadership NOW!. For Young Professionals

Leadership NOW! is a leadership program that exists to engage, support, and mobilize young professionals as meaningful members of our community. LNOW! trains them in leadership skills and civic-mindedness, and plugs them into the life and leadership of the Pikes Peak region. LNOW! runs from August to December.

If you are a young professional who wants to be plugged into the community, to know what is going on and how to affect it, to lead effectively as an individual and as part of a group, to make the Pikes Peak region a better place, then Leadership NOW! is for you.

Leadership NOW! uses the best in current leadership thinking and application to help young professionals, in their 20s and early 30s, finish the program well equipped to lead. We call it Leadership NOW! for exactly that reason–because LNOW! graduates are given the knowledge, skills, and relationships to be civic leaders now.

Leadership NOW! is not an academic course. It is an opportunity to combine your motivation with leadership practices and civic knowledge for personal and group impact.

The program accomplishes this with a combination of training and exercises, visits to key organizations, meetings with effective leaders, and group projects that provide real strategic assistance to local nonprofits and agencies. As with everything at Leadership Pikes Peak, our goal isn’t just to make you a better civic leader–it is to make you a better civic leader here and now.

Program Goal:

  • Engage, support, and mobilize young leaders to make a positive difference in their community

Program Benefits

  • Leadership skill development

  • Knowledge of the Colorado Springs community and it’s critical issues and opportunities

  • An introduction to influential community leaders shaping our region’s future

  • A network of program & LPP alumni, including established & emerging community leaders

How will my employer benefit from me participating in this program? Graduates of LNOW! will bring a better understanding of the Colorado Springs community to their organization, an enhanced network, and professional development.  You will also be prepared to better represent your organization and lead within the community.

“LNOW! combined class outings and projects that allowed me to learn significantly more about myself, leadership techniques and this community. LNOW! has also provided me with a professional network in Colorado Springs that would be difficult to find anywhere else. Following the program I realized that this program will be a key component in shaping many of Colorado Springs leaders of the future.”

Adam Andrasko

Community Outreach Coordinator, United States Olympic Committee

Young people in their 20s and 30s, working and living in the Pikes Peak region. Each class of approximately 30 participants reflects a cross-section of interests, culture, viewpoints, professions, and experiences. Candidates should have a demonstrated interest in the community and a desire to become involved, and high standards of personal excellence and integrity.


“LNOW helped me focus my goals for my career and for being an active community member. All the fun we had really renewed my enthusiasm for being a young professional in Colorado Springs!”

Katie Schubert

Annual Giving Manager, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region

LNOW! runs from August to December (see application for exact dates). It includes an orientation, an opening retreat (Saturday), six bi-weekly evening sessions (Thursdays, 4pm to 8:30pm), and ends with graduation. Additional time outside of class is required to participate in a class-selected community project.


Thursday, August 14 Orientation – 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 28 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 13 Saturday Retreat – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 25 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 9 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 23 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 6 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 20 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 4 Graduation – 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Program locations will vary each session.

Program tuition is $850 (in many cases, an employer opts to cover tuition), and covers the cost of meeting materials and meals. Tuition is nonrefundable once the program begins. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. To request a scholarship, explain your need, along with the scholarship amount requested, with your application, or email  Payment plan options are available as well.
The 2013 Leadership NOW! class included the following people. Congratulations to them–2014 applications will be available soon!

Dan Ajamian Colorado Springs Early Colleges
Evelyn Anderson Teach For America
Luke Anderson FirstBank
Bridget Babcock AspenPointe
Kelly Baines Griffis Blessing, Inc
Amanda Ballejos Security Service Federal Credit Union
Hannah Blick The Gazette/Clarity Media
Jason Brown Harrison 2 School District
Stuart Cobb Pikes Peak United Way
Kate Deeny El Pomar Foundation
Laurie Eastup Harrison School District 2
Deanna Finch Colorado Technical University
Paul Gesterling Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
Sloan Gonzales Girl Scouts of Colorado
Jason Greenup HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
Erick Groskopf Colorado Springs Teen Court
Raquel Guss CH Robinson
Brittany Harp Regional Business Alliance
Anna Heidinger Pikes Peak Athletics, LLC
Chelsea Hixson National MS Society CO-WY Chapter
Lynn Holladay Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra
Evan Kendrick Pikes Peak Library District
Brittany Kernan Atlas Preparatory School
Joe Lavorini Rocky Mountain Field Institute
Brian Paul HealthQuest Medical Services
Jamie Reklau Student
Steven Sauer BKD, LLP
Chris Scovil Stockman Kast Ryan & Co
Monica Sedillo USA Volleyball
Deborah Seidler The Eastern Colorado Bank
Cason Simpson GE Johnson Construction Company
Claire Swinford Colorado Springs Independent/ Indy Give!
Terris Tiller US Olympic Committee
David Wilson Springs Rescue Mission

2013 class members click here for information.

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Applications are due June 1 for the program starting that August. There is a $25 application fee. If you’d like to talk to us about the program, call our office and ask for program director Sylvia Sedrak.

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If you prefer, you may download an application and send it to us:

Mail: Leadership Pikes Peak, P.O. Box 128, Colorado Springs, CO 80901
Phone: 719-632-2618
Fax: 719-632-5391
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