Leadership Fort Collins

Leadership Fort Collins informs participants about the needs and opportunities in Fort Collins while educating and motivating leaders who are committed to shaping the future of our community.

Applications for the 2018-2019 Class- Due August 13, 2018 

Leadership Fort Collins, a program of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, was established in 1981.

The program is designed to broaden participant knowledge of the community while enhancing leadership skills, encouraging contribution to the betterment of the Fort Collins community, increasing the strength and effectiveness of community leaders, equipping participants to respond to the current and future challenges of the community and to provide opportunities for direct contact with influential people, businesses and organizations while achieving the goal of educating and motivating leaders who are committed to shaping the future of our community.

Thirty current and emerging leaders are selected to participate in the program every year. Participants come together once a month for 9 months for day-long sessions to learn about:

  • Growth
  • Environment and community planning
  • Local government
  • Public safety and community assistance
  • Economic development and small business assistance
  • Health care
  • History, diversity, and community betterment
  • Education and life-long learning
  • Teambuilding and leadership development

In addition to their experiences each month, members of the class are using their skills in a class project.

Check out the 2017 Class Projects:

  • Books & Beer Project
    Leadership Fort Collins class members provided 437 books and $437 to the Matthews House to empower families in transition.
  • Mental Health First Aid
    65 community members leaded about the value of Mental Health First Aid.
  • Habitat Heroes
    The Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope garden was renovated to provide sustenance and respite to local guests at the center.  The renovation included the addition of 220 plants and $6,000 worth of improvements. 
  • Car Seat Drive
    25 car seats were donated to SafeKids Larimer County to make sure kids have a safe ride home.
  • Companies Caring 4 Kids
    This new program is providing a connection between companies and kids to provide needed resources to Lesher Middle School including microscopes, calculators and more!
  • Food Bank Food Truck Launch
    $1,000 was raised to help the Food Bank fight hunger and increase food security while launching their new food truck.
  • FREE Baseball Clinic and Equipment Drive
    29 volunteer coaches worked with 57 youth at the Boys and Girls Club.  114 gloves, 700 balls and 45 bats were donated to area youth.

And the 2018 Class Projects:

  • Pathways Hospice Art Drive
    20 pieces of art donated to Pathways to make srue Hospice patients are surrounded by beauty.
  • Be Kind Fo Co
    Inspired more than 500 kids and families to Be Kind FoCo resulting in a truck load of stuffed animals being donated to First Responders,  hygiene products to PSD and more!
  • Homeless Gear
    Collected and donated more than 1,000 items to support Homeless Gear.
  • SAFY Job Shadows
    Providing career connections for youth ages 14-18, resulting in 8 personalized job shadow experiences.
  • Big Green
    Inspired 295 students to be engaged with healthy fooods and their own school-based garden.
  • Compassion Fatigue
    Helped 95 first responders with Compassion Fatigue, allowing them to recharge while sharing gratitude for their service.
  • Volunteer Resource Fair
    Showcased five Not for Profit organizations to the community at a volunteer resource fair that attracted 60 people.

Applications for 2018-2019 Leadership Fort Collins program are now available.  The program will begin September 2018 and conclude in May 2019. The tuition for the nine-month program is $750 and includes all meals, session materials and graduation recognition.

Leadership Fort Collins, a program of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, was established in 1981 to inform participants about the history, government, economy, social issues, needs and opportunity in our community.

The program is designed to broaden participant knowledge of the community while enhancing leadership skills, encourage contribution to the betterment of the Fort Collins community, increase the strength and effectiveness of community leaders, equip participants to respond to the current and future challenges of the community and to provide opportunities for direct contact with influential people, businesses and organizations while achieving the goal of educating and motivating leaders who are committed to shaping the future of our community.

Thirty current and emerging leaders from throughout the Fort Collins area will be selected to participate in the 2018-2019 program, which will begin in September 2018 and conclude in May 2019.  Participants come together on the second Thursday of the month for a day-long session to learn about growth, environment and community planning; local government; public safety and community assistance; economic development and small business assistance; health care; history, diversity and community betterment; education and life-long learning; and teambuilding and leadership development.

The tuition for the nine-month program is $750 and includes all meals, session materials and graduation recognition.  Applications are available at the Chamber or online herel  2018-2019 LFC application The application deadline is Monday, August 13 at 5 p.m.  Applications can be sent by email to ahutchison@fcchamber.org or by mail or delivery to the Chamber office at 225 S. Meldrum, Fort Collins 80521.

For more information about Leadership Fort Collins please contact Ann Hutchison at (970) 482-3746 or ahutchison@fcchamber.org.