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. 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.

We are now accepting applications for our Signature ProgramApplications must be submitted by June 1, 2018.  

“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 more than 37 years. The curriculum is designed for established leaders to enrich their understanding of who they are. Participants learn discover their personalty preferences, strengths, and communication preferences while they are introduced to a inclusive network and the Pikes Peak community. 

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. Graduates will learn their personality preferences, leadership strengths, community needs and become aware of key stakeholders and chagnge-makers in our city.   

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 investment is $3,200. Your future begins August, 2018 

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.