Leadership Steamboat

Examining the Community, Creating Future Leaders

Since 1992, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Colorado Mountain College have facilitated the Leadership Steamboat class, a leadership training program organized to develop leaders in business and community service.

Leadership Steamboat

Each session, twenty students are selected from a myriad of local businesses to meet roughly once a month and learn more about the community through field trips and forums designed around the basic elements of the local economy and politics as well as the issues, infrastructure, and local businesses that interest the class.

Being a leader in our valley is a choice we make. Leadership can take a variety of forms; it can lie dormant for years and emerge suddenly due to a passion or life experience; it can be a lifestyle. There are many styles of leadership - from charismatic figurehead to quiet sage. In any case, a certain commitment to improving our world, whatever that may be, is a crucial component. To improve our world requires understanding. As Steven Covey found in his famous 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, one such habit is "Seek first to understand, then to be understood." Understanding the issues facing this valley, the politics, and the players is a first step in discovering what role we might play in improving this world, this valley, this community.

Application deadline is September 5, 2014. Class is limited to 25 participants.

2014/15 Leadership Application

2014/15 Course Outline & Schedule

Program Facilitators

Randy Rudasics – Manager, Bogue Enterprise Center at Colorado Mountain College since 2006. Previously Randy was President of Star Staffing Services in South Bend, Indiana and was a Manager with Hewlett Packard Company. Randy is a 2007 Leadership Steamboat graduate. 819-2016, rudasics_1@msn.com

Chamber CEO - TBD

Leadership Class ProjectYampa Valley Gives

The 2013/14 Leadership Steamboat class formed Yampa Valley Gives for its graduating project in partnership with the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.

The purpose of Yampa Valley Gives is to widen the reach of the ColoradoGives program to include more Routt and Moffat county nonprofit organizations and increase online giving during Colorado Gives Day, which will be held on December 9, 2014.

Colorado Gives Day is an effort started by Community First Foundation that has successfully raised more than $81 million for nonprofit oColorado Gives Day 2014rganizations across the state through its ColoradoGives.org website.

“The Leadership Steamboat class is a group of exceptional professionals. We are thrilled that they have chosen to support the local nonprofit sector in partnership with an already very successful statewide initiative. The Community Foundation is excited to participate and provide governance to the Yampa Valley Gives program as it grows into the future” said Tarsha Ebbern, Communications Director for Yampa Valley Community Foundation.

In honor of their 75th anniversaries, the Boettcher Foundation, based in Denver, and El Pomar Foundation, based in Colorado Springs, joined forces to celebrate giving and encourage others to give through a $150,000 grant to Community First Foundation. The grant’s purpose is to help expand Colorado Gives Day throughout the state and make it easier for nonprofits outside Denver to use ColoradoGives.org to accept donations online. Yampa Valley Gives will use its portion of the grant to create special Colorado Gives Day prizes.

"We are excited to introduce Yampa Valley Gives to the nonprofits within our community,” Yampa Valley Gives Board president Glen Traylor said. “Yampa Valley Gives Day will create a fun and interactive avenue for individuals and businesses to give back to the community we love so much."

“The Yampa Valley Gives team is passionate about our efforts and determined to build a successful annual campaign that will make an everlasting impression on where we live and play,” Traylor added. “Because we have seen programs like this work in other communities around the state and country, we are confident that it will be a success within ours.”

For more information about Yampa Valley Gives, contact Glen Traylor at info@yvgives.org.

Leadership Steamboat Class 1314

The 2013/2014 Leadership Class Graduates

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