Signature Program

Founded in 1979, the Signature Program is our flagship program. It takes experienced professionals from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors and sets them up for community leadership. Over 10 months from August to the following June, participants learn about the most important issues facing the Pikes Peak region, and meet and learn from the community’s most dynamic leaders.

We are now accepting applications for our Signature Program.  Applications must be submitted by June 15, 2017.  

“As a two-year resident of Colorado Springs, the small investment of my time was rewarded handsomely. I highly recommend the Signature Program to anyone committed to learning more about our wonderful community and ways to become an active citizen.”

       Steve Self, BBVA Compass Bank 


The Signature Program has been connecting experienced professionals to civic leadership for over 30 years. It targets established leaders who are looking to take their civic involvement to the next level.

Every year, the program introduces a diverse group of people to an in-depth study of the issues and opportunities facing the Pikes Peak region. The community curriculum includes sessions covering topics like education, human services, government (state and local), criminal justice, area history, economic development, the environment, and more. The leadership curriculum is just as comprehensive.

Each program day focuses on one topic, takes place on-site, and is facilitated by experts in that field—including presentations, discussions, and activities. Program participants develop a robust knowledge of all sectors of work and life in the region, and their own opinions on all of it. And, of course, they build relationships with dozens of leaders in a variety of fields and in civic leadership.

Signature Program participants are challenged to assume a more active and effective role in addressing community needs; and are given the knowledge, tools, and relationships to help them do so. We are proud to have sent over 1,000 Signature Program graduates into community leadership.

Application Question Preview: 

  • Autobiography
  • Community Activities
  • Employment History
  • Professional Activities  
  • Education
  • What will you bring to the program?
  • What is your benefit to be gained?

Signature 2017-2018 Schedule (subject to change)

Signature Program
Tentative Class Schedule
2017- 2018

Thursday, August 17 Orientation*-Evening 5:30-9:00 pm
Thursday, September 7 Opening Retreat Day I (no overnight)
FRIDAY, September 8 Opening Retreat Day II*
Thursday, September 21 Arts & Creativity Day
Thursday, October 19 Business & Economy Day
Thursday, November 16 Education Day
Thursday, December 14 Human Services Day


**Thursday, January 18 Health Day & Overnight Retreat **Friday, January 19 Retreat Day II
Thursday, February 15 Military Day
Thursday, March 15 Local Government Day
*Thursday, April 5 Cyber Security and Manufacturing
Thursday, April 19 Judicial & Criminal Justice Day
Thursday, May 17 Public Service Day
Thursday, May 31 Environmental Day/Closing
FRIDAY, June 1 Graduation (evening event)

Signature Program Days run 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with the exception of Orientation and Graduation, which are evening events

**Thursday, January 18 through Friday, January 19 include 1 overnight stay.

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