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 1st, 2017.  Click here to begin your application.

“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)


           Thursday, August 17                                       Orientation*-Evening 5:30-9:00 pm

            Thursday, September 7                                    Opening Retreat Day I

            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

            Wednesday, March TBD                             State Legislature Day*

            Thursday, March 15                                        Local Government Day

            Thursday, April 19                                          Judicial & Criminal Justice Day

            Thursday, May 17                                            Public Service Day

            Thursday, May 31                                            Environmental Day/Closing Retreat Day I **

            FRIDAY,  June 1                                            Graduation (evening event)

Signature 2016-17 Schedule (subject to change)

2017 (Current Class)

Thursday, January 19 Health Day & Overnight Retreat Day I**

Friday, January 20 Retreat Day II

Thursday, February 16 Military Day

Wednesday, March TBD State Legislature Day*

Thursday, March 16 Local Government Day

Thursday, April 20 Judicial & Criminal Justice Day

Thursday, May 18 Public Service Day

Thursday, June 1 Environmental Day/Closing Retreat

Friday, June 2 Graduation*