The Signature Program

Founded in 1979, the Signature Program is our flagship program for established professionals. This 10 month community leadership program, from August to June, will educate participants facing important issues in the Pikes Peak region, and meet and learn from the community’s most dynamic leaders. The curriculum is designed to encourage you to thrive through strength based leadership and your leadership legacy. While you learn and apply the newly realized and understood leadership skills you will simultaneously work in a group, with a local nonprofit to complete a community project. During the program you will network with civic leaders, elected officials, and experience unknown aspects of our community.

“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 curriculum is designed for established leaders to enrich their understanding of who they are. Participants discover their personality preferences, strengths, and communication preferences while they are introduced to an inclusive network and the Pikes Peak community.

Each 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 such topics: education, human services, government (state and local), criminal justice, area history, economic development, the environment, and more. The leadership curriculum is just as comprehensive. Leaders need to understand themselves and out they impact their team. 

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 more than 1,000 Signature Program graduates into community leadership. Graduates will learn their personality preferences, leadership strengths, community needs and become aware of key stakeholders and change-makers in our city.   

Apply by June 15, 2019. The application process is competitive.

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?

*our system will not allow more than one access to complete the application. 

Tuition: $3,200. We do provide scholarships.


Letters of Recommendation - All applications must include: two letters of recommendation from supervisors, colleagues, or community leaders. These individuals should address your leadership abilities and current/potential for community impact. LPP must receive two letters of recommendation by the due date in order for your application to be considered. Letters of recommendation may be submitted with your application or be sent separately.

We do provide scholarship assistance. 

An eye-opening perspective to the community I walk the streets of. I was unaware of the level of advocacy, culture and energy that exists in our region.
— 2015 Graduate