Leadership Steamboat

Leadership Steamboat

The Steamboat Springs Chamber facilitates Leadership Steamboat which is designed to develop informed, committed and passionate leaders in business and community service.

The annual Leadership Steamboat program exists to create a foundation from which its graduates will grow their personal leadership skills and further expand their involvement within the Steamboat Springs community. It is designed to serve as the beginning of a long-term relationship with various aspects of Steamboat Springs, allowing class participants to learn about numerous segments of the community as well as develop an effective network of contacts.

Sessions include:

  • Orientation Retreat (half-day Thursday, all day Friday) - Thursday and Friday, September 20/21
  • History - Friday, October 5
  • Community Issues - Friday, November 2
  • Professional Development - Friday, December 7
  • Political Action (City, County, and School District) - Friday, January 4
  • Mining / Group Project Work - Friday, February 1
  • Yampa Valley Businesses - Friday, March 1
  • Arts and Culture - Friday, April 5
  • Regional Perspective Field Trip - Friday, May 3
  • Final Session - Friday, June 7
  • Graduation - Thursday, June 13A

Quotes from Past Participants

"Although I grew up in Steamboat, Leadership Steamboat gave me a better understanding of my community and how I could get involved. In fact, Leadership Steamboat inspired me to apply (and was ultimately appointed) to the Steamboat Springs City Council. I also met many great people during Leadership Steamboat, who I continue to be in contact with today. One of my classmates I started a mastermind group with, others I continue to volunteer with for the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Victim Impact Panel (our Leadership project), and another I hired as my accountant! I would highly encourage everyone to take part in Leadership Steamboat to benefit both themselves and the community." - Lisel Petis, Executive Director, Advocates Building Peaceful Communities

"I was fortunate enough to be selected for the Leadership Steamboat – Class of 2016-2017, sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Chamber. I highly recommend that anyone wanting to learn how our valley and community is so prized apply for the Leadership Steamboat. The Yampa Valley is a very complex organism and there are many moving parts that have to sync together. Leadership Steamboat shows how that is done. There is also a Leadership Training component of the Class from which all participants benefit. But most of all, there is the comradery and friendships that develop among the Class-mates. Indeed, a number of us still get together about monthly for a Happy Hour reunion. Leadership Steamboat is one of the very best things I have done since moving here in 2003." - James J. Moylan, Attorney

"Leadership Steamboat was an invaluable experience for me. The class strengthened my connection to this community that I love by giving us behind the scenes information about all the things that make Routt County such an amazing place to live. The things I learned and the relationships I built through Leadership Steamboat have benefitted me in my job, helped me to broaden my network, and given me a deep understanding of getting things done "Steamboat style." Leadership Steamboat was the launching point for much of my leadership in our community, including serving on the Editorial Board, joining the executive board of the First Impressions Early Childhood Council, and even running for office. I highly recommend Leadership Steamboat to anyone who wants to understand how to lead within our community." - Beth Melton, Chair, Young Professionals Network, Innovation Coach at Northwest Colorado BOCES

For additional info on the program and requirements to consider before applying, please click the link below.

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2016 Leadership Class Project: LiftUp PATH

The Class of 2016 built a sidewalk this year. But not just any sidewalk; Leadership 2016 built a sidewalk that enabled the local food bank (LiftUp of Routt County) to expand its operations. In 2014, LiftUp purchased the old mortuary, in to which LiftUp planned on expanding its operations. In 2015, when LiftUp approached the City of Steamboat for its permits, LiftUp was informed that before getting a permit, it would have to build a sidewalk, the cost of which would likely have exceeded $50,000, funds which LiftUp did not have available to it. 

When Leadership 2016 heard of the situation, its class of twenty-five students agreed to tackle the issue. Over the course of the 2015-16 year, Leadership 2016 was able to engage strategic partners, help LiftUp with the permitting process, and raise the necessary funds through monetary and in-kind donations, enabling them to build the sidewalk. When the sidewalk was completed in June 2016, LiftUp was able to secure the necessary permits and opened up its new-and-improved (and larger) food bank in July 2016.

Community Collaboration for Success

Leadership Steamboat approaches this project as an outsider with the intention to bring all local and regional partners together to accomplish the mission of the project.

View Past Leadership Projects