Colorado Leadership Institute

The Colorado Leadership Institute on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is an opportunity to come together with other agency leaders to learn from each other, leading experts, self-advocates and their families, and funders. This program is being offered in-person September 8th – 13th in-person in Lakewood, CO. The National Leadership Consortium will bring their week-long intensive program that will support leaders to transform supports in all areas for people who have an intellectual or developmental disability. Guest speakers and self-advocates from across the United States and Canada will be added to supplement an agenda of compelling workshops and presentations. The expected outcomes of the Colorado Leadership Institute include

Exploring new service models - developing leaders who think beyond the current "traditional" service models Succession planning - developing "next in line" leaders preparing them for executive level positions.

Applicants should work in areas of management or program leadership in organizations that provide, advocate for, or fund community-based services and support for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their families within the state of Colorado. Participants will be selected through an application process administered by the National Leadership Consortium. Representatives from agencies and organizations will be chosen from the state of Colorado. Application deadline is August 1st, 2024.


September 8th – 13th, 2024


Lakewood, Colorado


(includes most meals and all supplies. Does not include travel or hotel accommodations)

$2,550 USD
(if application is received before or on July 15th)

$2,750 USD
(if application is received after July 15th)

If you or your organization belong to or are associated with a National Leadership Consortium Partner, you are eligible for a special rate of $200 off! View our partners here.

You will be able to indicate this on the application.

All applications are due by August 1st, 2024. (unless applying for a scholarship, see below)

Scholarship Information:

There is scholarship support available for a leader with a disability, a current Direct Support Professional, and 15 Colorado leaders. These scholarships cover Institute tuition, but only the scholarship for a leader with a disability and the scholarship for a current Direct Support Professional include a travel and hotel stipend.

None of the scholarships listed above cover other costs associated with the Institute such as food or books. You will be able to indicate application for the scholarships on the application for the Institute.

All scholarship applications are due
by July 15, 2024.


Limited to 40 current and emerging leaders from all areas, chosen by application process.

Travel and Hotel:

Chosen participants will be responsible for their own travel and hotel reservations and costs. The Institute will have a room block close to the meeting space at a competitive rate. Check back for more information shortly.


August 1st, 2024.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

To apply for this Institute, click here.

Why a Leadership Institute?

A crisis is looming in the field of developmental disabilities. Fully two-thirds of current CEOs and executive directors of nonprofit organizations, and an equal number of government senior managers, anticipate remaining in their positions for five years or fewer. Many leaders of disability organizations are reaching retirement age and there is not a “next generation” of leaders prepared to move into these positions. In a study by The University of Delaware, over 50% of the CEOs surveyed did not have a succession plan for their organizations. Almost without exception, the leadership crisis has been a major topic of focus at recent conferences for developmental disability professionals.

While some generic non-profit management and leadership courses are available nationally, none exist that are specific to leaders in the complex and changing field of developmental disabilities services. The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities recognizes the responsibility to respond to this emerging crisis and is joining forces with major developmental disability organizations to offer intensive week-long training for emerging leaders in the developmental disabilities field.

What does the Leadership Institute Offer?

The Colorado Leadership Institute offers a select group of future leaders from organizations across the world, the opportunity to come together with a fabulous faculty of national experts on progressive supports for people with disabilities. The Institute supports the development of skilled leaders who are passionate about quality, have the leadership, management and financial skills needed to run solid not-for-profit businesses and government agencies, are capable of assembling top-notch teams of caring staff, and have a solid commitment to progressive values that assured lives of meaning and impact for the individuals receiving support.

The course emphasizes participation and collaboration. Extensive reading and structured assignments are required in advance. Written assignments and individual and group participation during the week are essential.

A highlight of the course for past participants has been the relationships that are built over the week-long experience. Participants will leave with a network of colleagues and enduring relationships with some of the most influential leaders in the field.

The focus of the Leadership Institute is on supporting participants to determine and set organizational direction to move their organization to a high-performance model, and build a lifetime network of peers and leaders to sustain career growth.

To apply for this Institute, click here

To learn more about the Colorado Leadership Institute, e-mail Kristen Loomis at