Elevating Leadership

Development Program 

ELD advances the skills, knowledge and network of leaders of color by providing access to leadership development and civic engagement opportunities, and by celebrating ethnic diversity.

The Elevating Leadership Development (ELD) Program (formerly Emerging Leaders Development) began in 2001 to help cultivate diverse leadership potential in Southern Colorado. The program convenes ethnic minority leaders in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, empowering them to engage in professional development opportunities and take on community leadership roles. ELD provides scholarships to leadership development programs and introduces participants to civic engagement opportunities such as service on nonprofit and statewide boards and commissions.

 To learn more and join an upcoming Advisory Council meeting, visit our ELD Advisory Councils page.

ELD Advisory Councils

Civic Engagement Profiles


The Elevating Leadership Development (ELD) program offers the community access to a network of diverse ELD program participants through its Civic Engagement Profiles, which highlight regional leaders who are ready and willing to serve on boards and commissions in Southern Colorado. This group of leaders from Black, Asian Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American communities offer a wide range of perspectives that will serve as an asset to any organization.

The Civic Engagement Profiles platform enables organizations to search for, and connect with, diverse board candidates in their communities. Organizations can filter by areas of interest and expertise, and profiles also display current and past civic involvement and leadership training. Contact information is provided in the Profiles, enabling organizations to connect directly with ELD participants to gauge interest and availability for community leadership roles.

In order to qualify for an ELD Civic Engagement Profile, ELD participants must complete at least one of the following training opportunities:

  • Leadership Pikes Peak Signature Program
  • Leadership Pueblo
  • Colorado Springs Leadership Institute
  • Center for Creative Leadership Community Leadership Program
  • ELD Strategic Leadership
  • ELD Board Governance
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