Leadership – Douglas County, Colorado

LDC is a program for established and emerging leaders who live or work in Douglas County and want to take a deep dive into local issues, network with top leaders in the region and enhance their opportunities for civic engagement.


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At Leadership Douglas County (LDC), we are creating a strong community through our programs for all leaders from all backgrounds — civic, business, service, religious and non-profit. Founded in 1999 by the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Douglas County helps emerging and recognized leaders expand their skills, and enhance their knowledge of local and state issues, as well as leverage their individual passion to make positive changes in our community.

LDC provides the opportunity for participants to broaden their knowledge of the community while enhancing their leadership skills. The program brings diverse people together to learn from each other, creates an expectation of servant leadership, and builds in real opportunities to teach knowledge and skills.

This signature program is a ten-month opportunity for leaders and emerging leaders to come together to learn about the issues facing our region, and to promote community stewardship, while creating lifelong networks that foster professional goals. The tone for the entire program year is set at an overnight retreat in September. This highly interactive experience focuses on team building exercises that are critical to the successful interaction of the class. The retreat also includes diversity training and an introduction to facilitative leadership.

Hands-on community service projects are a core component of the program experience. The class contributes time and energy to one or more projects. Over the years, Leadership Douglas County has touched the lives of hundreds of people in Douglas County.

 Class of 2015

Karine Beard
Jill Bonczynski
Lauren Buckley
Adam Cataffo
Kent Clark
Jo Ellen Davidson
Justin Giacchino
Jeffrey Holwell
“C.J.” Catherine Jorgensen
Kristen Krueger
Sydney Mahnken
Erin Novotny
Robert Rotherham, Jr.
Amy Smith
Tony Stephenson
Brad Wilkin


Plum Creek Investment Services
Tri County Health Department
Sky Ridge Medical Center
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
Charles Schwab Corporation
Community Housing Dev Assoc, Inc
FirstBank-Douglas County Market
City of Lone Tree
Town of Castle Rock
Charles Schwab Corporation
Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center 
Castle Rock Police
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
Aine Enterprises/Car Connections
Wind Crest Retirement Community
Shea Homes