Leadership Golden is celebrating its 35th year of providing training for Golden’s leaders & leaders to be ….   Applications for the 2020 class will be accepted beginning in January 2019

Leadership Golden is celebrating its 35th year of providing training for Golden’s leaders & leaders to be ….

Applications for the 2020 class will be accepted beginning in January 2019

Congratulations to our 2019 Graduates!

Abby Niebuhr

Carol Milan

Clare Cragan

Gina Reina

Jeri Walsh

Jo Schantz

John Lundeen

Joy Bauman

Kate Hubbard

Katie Schmalzel

Khatantuul (Kat) Baatarsukh

Maggie Vander Pol

Mary Barton

Norm Kowitz

Pete Erslev

RaQwin Young

Sara Page

Susan Ganter


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Please Join Us…

JULY 16, 2019 5:00 TO 7:00 PM

OLD CAPITOL GRILL - 1122 WASHINGTON AVE, GOLDEN

We invite you to a casual gathering to learn more about this interesting and educational experience. This unique tuition-free program holds sessions September through May that introduce Golden citizens to city government, history, public finance, education, the arts, and more. Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-2020, 36th Class. We invite you to talk with former graduates and the Board of Directors to obtain information about participating in the Class of 2019-2020.

Free appetizers + cash bar.

Please feel free to bring along a friend or colleague!


What is Leadership Golden?

The Leadership Golden program is a series of seminars spanning a nine month period. These seminars facilitate opportunities for participants to increase their knowledge of the relationships between government, education, business, and the community of Golden. Participants have the opportunity to explore options and methods of problem solving with city staff and community leaders in the fields of education, arts, recreation, public finance, city and county government, justice, community responsibility and economic development.The Leadership Golden program is designed to enhance the abilities of the participants to make a difference. The program educates emerging leaders and volunteers to the realities, opportunities and challenges in Golden, Colorado.

Being new to the community, the Leadership Golden experience opened my eyes to the city’s components, its function and operation. In LG you meet the various organizations and leaders who help make our city thrive. You know where to go and who to talk to when issues arise. But the best part is you come to know and respect so many community members!
— Elaine Marolla, Class of 2016

Thank you for your generosity on Colorado Gives Day in 2018!

We are so grateful to the following donors:

Gold Level Donors

Sandy Algermissen, Donna Anderson, Traci Case, Deborah Deal, Jeanne Fielding, Jeff Fox, Carol Harwood, Elaine Ilgenfritz, Marv Kay,

Bill Litz, Bill McKee, Khristine Rodgers, & James Smith

Silver Level Donors

Diane Bergeron, Alison Bodor, LouAnn Dale, Jay Hardest, Cyndee Lee, Marjorie Sloan, & Connie Tysdal

Moly Level Donors

Greg Aigner & Dixie Termin

Leadership Golden Holiday Ornaments

The ornaments for Christmas 2018 were available at  Avenue Gifts    on Washington Avenue,  Creekside Jewelers,  and the  Golden Visitor's Center.    Put a reminder in your daytimer or calendar NOW so you don’t miss out on the 2019 ornament!

The ornaments for Christmas 2018 were available at Avenue Gifts on Washington Avenue, Creekside Jewelers, and the Golden Visitor's Center.

Put a reminder in your daytimer or calendar NOW so you don’t miss out on the 2019 ornament!

Every holiday season Leadership Golden offers for sale a beautiful holiday ornament portraying one of the many treasured aspects of living in Golden. Proceeds from the sale of the ornaments go directly to operating expenses for the Leadership Golden. These sales are important because Leadership Golden offers free tuition - one of the very few leadership programs in the U.S. that IS offered for free — and there are very few options for the Leadership Golden team to raise the necessary funds to cover expenses. Fortunately, sales are never a problem. These beautiful, limited-edition ornaments are prized as collectibles, and they sell out fast! The 2018 - 2019 Leadership Golden holiday ornament seen here depicts a paddler in a kayak on Golden's beautiful Clear Creek, with South Table Mountain in the background. This latest addition to the 37-ornament series was designed by local artist Jesse Crock. Most everyone who lives in Golden already knows Jesse's work (jessecrockart.com)  and for visitors, it's a memorable souvenir of their time in our fair city.  A work of art for $12!

Inaugural class at 30th graduation dinner

Inaugural class at 30th graduation dinner

Scenic Golden Photography courtesy of Barb Warden - golden.com

Scenic Golden Photography courtesy of Barb Warden - golden.com

About Us

Find out about our organization, mission, our methods, and the results of our decades of involvement in the Golden community.

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Ready to take the next step? Complete your application between May 1 and July 31 to be considered for our next class.

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