Women’s Community Leadership Initiative
Leadership Pikes Peak has served the Pikes Peak region for 42 years through a variety of programs. The Women’s Community Leadership Initiative (WCLI) offers women the chance to unlock their potential to make a difference; through knowing their community better, meeting community leaders and understanding local channels of decision-making, and practicing and refining their own leadership skills. WCLI is open to women of diverse backgrounds; it is offered from January to June, and tuition is free for participants.
OBJECTIVES AND GOALS
Leadership of the Self
One of the first steps to leadership development is to understand ourselves – who we are, what we can do, and how we are perceived by others. For leadership to be actualized, we must understand our position in the Pikes Peak community by exploring our individual strengths, personality types, abilities, passions, and potential for personal growth.
Leadership of our Communities
A critical component of leadership development is learning how to apply our abilities to our own personal communities. A personal community is an intimate network of people with whom we align ourselves, and the places, issues, and organizations we rally around in our city.
Leadership of our City
Developing community trustees requires us to know where and how we can make a difference in the greater Pikes Peak community. LPP introduces participants to community leaders and informs them of local challenges. Program graduates will increase their confidence, skills, and abilities to strengthen the city, thus becoming a community trustee.
In twelve three-hour sessions, the class of twenty-five women learn the history of the Pikes Peak Region, are exposed to the various sectors in our region, gain the knowledge of self-development and develop leadership skills. The six-month program begins with sessions on Understanding Yourself and Others and Servant Leadership, encouraging the women to become aware of their own personality styles and passions. The community topics covered throughout the program include education, business and economy, local government, human services, and arts and culture. They meet with key leaders and decision makers from the Pikes Peak Region such as members of the city council member and school board, and leaders from various business, nonprofit and community organizations. Sessions include interactive presentations on community topics, leadership skills development, and time for networking and relationship development between class members and presenters.
In addition to session days, participants completed community service group projects. These projects are proposed by local non-profits who are looking for a woman’s perspective within their organizations. The projects allow participants to practice creative thinking and community stewardship as they apply what they are learning in the WCLI program to a project that makes a lasting impact on our community. This year the class worked with Multiple Sclerosis of Southern Colorado, Inside Out Youth Services, and Partners in Housing. The participants concluded their experience with a Project Presentation and Graduation, where they presented their projects and their experiences in the program to family, employers, and local leaders.
Women’s Community Leadership Initiative Class of 2018
Leadership Pikes Peak is excited to announce the graduation of the our WCLI 2018 Class the newest members of an ever-growing family of LPP alumni now numbering over 2,500 leaders.
Here is what the Class of 2018 had to say about their experience:
“WCLI has been an amazing program for me to go through. I am a very shy introvert but needed to learn leadership skills to advance my career. WCLI has given me more confidence and taught me that every voice matters, even my own. Through WCLI I have gained 7 lifelong friends from my project group and I truly value the relationships I’ve built here. Sloan was an amazing leader and was perfect for the position she was in. From emotional intelligence to conflict resolution, there wasn’t anything this class left out. The skills I learned here I use every day in my life. I constantly remind myself to stretch myself. And I think that embodies what WCLI is about. It’s not an easy program to complete but in the end, you grow. Maybe a little or maybe a lot, but growth is growth. I cannot thank WCLI and LPP for providing this opportunity to me and I look forward to continued success via my tools learned over the last 6 months.”
2019 Schedule (Subject to Change)
All sessions are Wednesday 5:30-8:30pm
January 9th Orientation
January 23rd Understanding Yourself & Others
February 6th Project Management
February 20th Practical Team Dynamics & Conflict
March 6th Women in Business & Networking
March 20th Local Government & Finding Your Voice
April 3rd Emotional Intelligence
April 17th Lifelong Learning & Wellness
May 1st Engaging Your Passion & Arts & Culture
May 15th Inspiring and Motivating Others
May 29th Developing a Personal Mission
June 5th Graduation