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 2019
Leadership Pikes Peak is excited to announce the graduation of the our WCLI 2019 Class the newest members of an ever-growing family of LPP alumni now numbering over 2,500 leaders.
Here is what the Class of 2019 had to say about their experience:
“Having the opportunity to be a part of WCLI 2019 has given me more tools for my personal and professional life. It allowed me an opportunity to hear so many amazing and engaging speakers, visit places within our community, and gain knowledge to help throughout my life. Along with new tools, I learned to always believe in myself and I am exactly where I am supposed to be. Much love to LPP and WCLI for creating leaders within our community and connecting motivated individuals with opportunities to grow.”
“This program is a great platform for developing or sharpening your leadership skills. I meet an amazing group of women from all walks of life experiences. We were diverse in our talents, culture, and education. We all share the hope of living life to the fullest.”
2020 Schedule (Subject to Change)
All sessions are Wednesday 5:30-8:30pm
January 8th Orientation
January 22nd Understanding Yourself & Others
February 5th Project Management
February 19th Practical Team Dynamics & Conflict
March 4th Women in Business & Networking
March 18th Local Government & Finding Your Voice
April 1st Emotional Intelligence
April 15th Lifelong Learning & Wellness
April 29th Engaging Your Passion & Arts & Culture
May 13th Inspiring and Motivating Others
May 27th Developing a Personal Mission
June 3rd Graduation