About CSLI

The Colorado Springs Leadership Institute was formed in 1996 with the purpose of increasing the quality and quantity of leaders in our community. Our mission today remains the same – to enhance local leadership through the development of personal, professional and civic knowledge. The program provides a platform where established leaders come to network, share ideas, problem solve and form collaborative relationships.

With careful nurturing from the Center for Creative Leadership and El Pomar Foundation, CSLI has grown and now boasts more than 350 alumni making an impact in the Pikes Peak region.

CSLI is recognized as a pace-setter for the community, acting as a catalyst for positive change through the mobilization of prepared leaders to take action. Whenever members of the CSLI network convene, people trust that the group (no matter how large or small) will offer a diverse, balanced, and thoughtful voice on a broad spectrum of issues, assisting the community where it requires input.

Our organization has brought together leaders representing every segment of our community. We have created a network of key influencers and decision makers who share the common bond of the CSLI experience and a passion to make Colorado Springs a better community.

We are deeply grateful to the El Pomar Foundation for their many years of support. Special thanks to Brenda Smith, Cathy Robbins, and Thayer Tutt for their legacy to the organization. CSLI is also grateful for the support of the Center for Creative Leadership. Their intensive weeklong training class remains a cornerstone of our program.

As we begin our next 25 years, our goal is to be known not only for our preeminent, world-class training, but also as a facilitator that moves people from individual leadership to collective leadership, resulting in profound impacts on the community.

We must develop networks of leaders who accept some measure of responsibility for the commonwealth. Call them networks of responsibility – leaders of disparate or conflicting interests who undertake to act together on behalf of the shared concern of the community or nation.

JOHN GARDNER