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

2015 Leadership Class Project: Catch the Drift

Catch the Drift’s goal is fostering stewardship locally and statewide by cultivating education within the community and greater users of the Yampa River resulting in a well-respected and protected Yampa River.

Why do we need to Catch the Drift?

Catch The Drift Leadership

We recognize a need for education at the local and state level to illuminate the importance of the Yampa River as a precious recreational and water resource for Colorado. The impact that the Yampa River has on our community and the organizations that are working to protect it require more public awareness and greater support to renew interest in stewardship around the Yampa River.

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Catch the Drift has one mission; however we plan to implement four main components of the project to achieve this goal.

Knowledge Sharing/Education

Leadership Steamboat combined with our local partners will create and install permanent educational signs along the core trail and Yampa River at highly trafficked areas. These signs will detail how to protect our rivers through safe recreational practices, preservation and understanding the Yampa’s inherent value. Areas of focus are water quality, water quantity and sustainability. The permanent educational signs will be designed in partnership with local youth, fostering community involvement.


Steamboat Stewardship Kit

We will create a Stewardship Kit containing a campaign branded Mesh River Bag and branded reusable canteens to encourage healthy and sustainable practices for recreating on the Yampa River and in the Yampa Valley.

Pre-Purchase Your River Kit

The Stewardship Kits will be available for nonprofits to use for fundraising at the closure of the 2015 Leadership Steamboat project.

Catch The Drift Kits

Community Education/Communication

We will launch a marketing and communication campaign around the project titled Catch the Drift, including branding, logo, information brochures, and an informational video. We will also host an evening event (6:30 to 9 p.m.) on Thursday May 28 at the Chief Theatre that kicks off the Friends of the Yampa River Fest Weekend. At this event we will have a Catch the Drift themed discussion where speakers from our local and regional partners will lead seminars about topics relevant to this project; examples include Water Rights and Fish Habitat along the Yampa.

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.

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