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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 21 & 22
  • Local Government & Personal Brand Presentations - Friday, October 20
  • Nonprofits & Board Service - Thursday, November 17
  • Professional Development & Group Project Work- Friday, December 15
  • Professional Development & Group Project Work- Friday, January 19
  • Economy, Yampa Valley Businesses & Professional Development - Friday, February 16
  • Yampa Valley Businesses - Friday, March 22
  • Arts and Culture & Land Use- Friday, April 19
  • Economic Summit & Group Project Work - Friday, May 24
  • Final Session - Friday, June 21
  • Graduation - Friday, June 21


A large part of the program is a group project of the class’ choice. There will be time allotted during some classes, but some meetings and tasks will need to be completed outside of class time. Past Leadership Steamboat projects include Yampa Valley Gives Day, Bear Aware, Steamboat Bike Guide, recycling containers on Lincoln Ave, and many others.

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

paint the town with pride

The Leadership Steamboat Class of 2022-23 is partnering with Yampa Valley Pride to provide LGBTQIA2S+ awareness and fundraising events during the first two weeks of June 2023. Our goal is to cultivate safety and inclusivity for the LGBTQIA2S+ community in Routt County and to raise funds for a future resource center in Steamboat Springs.

Leadership Steamboat will host events at the beginning of June. This will include a Movie on the Mountain, Pints for Pride at the Barley, a Community Dinner, and more. These events will be free to attend, and donations will be accepted both during these events or by contacting the Steamboat Chamber Directly and mentioning the “Leadership Pride Project”.

Funds raised by Leadership Steamboat will be donated to Yampa Valley Pride with Better Tomorrow serving as the fiscal agent in support of creating a resource center where suicide prevention, youth services, counseling, education, temporary housing, and access to LGBTQIA2S+ specific healthcare services could be available.

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, Routt County Commissioner