Our Programs

Adult Program — Class of 2015

Leadership Santa Fe is a successful and prestigious program designed for motivated individuals who wish to learn more about the challenges facing Santa Fe and engage in the process of improving the community. The program combines interactive leadership skills training with an informative civic awareness curriculum over six weekends (Fridays and Saturdays) from October 2014 through April 2015.

There are many benefits to joining the Leadership Santa Fe Class of 2015, including:

  • Personal interaction with the top leaders of the business, government and non-profit community
  • Unique networking opportunities with your class peers and community leaders
  • High level leadership management training with a premier leadership coach that will enhance your effectiveness as a team leader and improve your management skills
  • Immersion into the key policy issues affecting the city of Santa Fe, Santa Fe County and the state of New Mexico
  • Immediate induction into the “family” of Leadership Santa Fe alumni


Launch Party Thursday, August 21, 5:30-7 pm
Session I October 3 (MANDATORY ATTENDANCE) & October 4, 2014
Session II November 14 & 15, 2014
Session III December 12 & 13, 2014
Session IV February 20 & 21, 2015
Session V April 17 & 18, 2015
Session VI May 15 & 16, 2015
Graduation May 2015 – date tbd

Leadership Santa Fe holds alumni mixers almost monthly from August to May. Attendance is optional, but encouraged.

Applications will be taken on a rolling basis between April 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014. To receive an application form and for more information, please email the Program Director.


If you have already applied and been accepted into the program, you can use the following links to pay.

$900 is the regular tuition fee ADD TO CART
$850 is the tuition fee for any employee of a firm that is a member of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce ADD TO CART
$800 is the tuition fee for anyone employed by a non-profit organization or government ADD TO CART

Graduate Program

The Graduate Program builds upon the Foundational Program’s basic skills, focusing more attention on systems thinking, addressing community needs, and small group project skills.

  • The primary outcome of the program is that graduates will implement community projects.
  • This program is competency based and highly experiential, with a systems focus using an adult learning theory model.
  • The participants will use their strengths in small groups and work collaboratively to implement community projects.
  • The participants attend a series of eight one–day sessions on alternating Fridays and Saturdays over an 8-month period of time in 2014 and 2015.
  • The opening day will be a ropes course session at Santa Fe Community College.


Self-Awareness – The leader is well oriented to ongoing professional and personal development. His/her self-awareness is expressed through high integrity leadership. The hallmark of this leadership is in integrity—not masked by politics, looking good, winning approval, etc. It also measures the ability to take tough stands, bring up the “un-discussables” (risky issues the group avoids discussing), to openly deal with relationship problems, and share personal feelings/vulnerabilities about a situation. Courage in the community involves genuinely and directly dealing with risky issues in one-to-one and group situations.

Fosters Team Work and Collaboration through strong interpersonal skills – The leader has the ability to foster high-performance teamwork among team members and within teams in which they participate. He/she is collaborative and promotes collaboration e.g., engages others in a manner that allows the parties involved to discover common ground in conflict situations, find mutually beneficial agreements, develop synergy, and create win-win situations.

Systems Awareness – The leader’s awareness is focused on whole system improvement and recognizes that neighborhood and local community welfare comprise an interrelated system. Decisions made at any level will affect all other levels and knowing how to influence these decisions will improve productivity and community welfare. The leader thinks and acts from a whole system perspective and makes decisions in light of the long-term health of the whole system. System awareness is founded on community concern; sustainable productivity and being a systems thinker.

Strengths Focus – The leader is aware of his/her strengths and acts to use them in community. With increased awareness and personal practice of strengths, the leader encourages others to be aware of and use their strengths.


Session I Friday, September 12, 2014
Session II Saturday, October 11, 2014
Session III Friday, November 7, 2014
Session IV Saturday, December 6, 2014
Session V Friday, January 9, 2015
Session VI Saturday, February 7, 2015
Session VII Friday, March 6, 2015
Session VIII Saturday, April 11, 2015

Participation in the Graduate Program is by invitation only. If you have questions, please email the Program Director.

Youth Program

Youth Leadership Santa Fe is a program designed to meet Santa Fe’s need for young community leaders; teaching citizenship, job/college preparedness, and civic engagement. We aim to enhance youth leadership resources for the community of Santa Fe. Youth Leadership Santa Fe accomplishes this by giving civic-minded youth a vehicle for their community-oriented energies, and providing access to community leaders and policy makers.

Over the course of eight months Youth Leadership Santa Fe participants attend workshops focused on building leadership skills and sessions dedicated to various civic awareness topics. Participants meet with established leaders in county and city governments, business, education, human services and the arts, and explore ways to meet the challenges of Santa Fe’s future. This integrated form of leadership building ensures that each youth identifies his/her strengths as a potential leader in the community, learns about public service and civics engagement and cultivates a network of community youth leaders.

Youth Foundational Program Summary

  • The Youth Foundational Program is modeled after the Adult Foundational Program and gives youth opportunities to learn more about their community, meet adult leaders, and develop leadership skills.
  • Up to 30 ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade participants attend a series of eight one–day sessions on Saturdays over an 8-month period. The program would start in October and continue monthly through May.
  • Civics would be in the morning from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. After lunch, leadership skills from 1:00-4:00.
  • There would be one speaker or panel per morning. After speaking, the speaker or panel would lead the youth in a workshop related to the civics’ topic.
  • It is preferable that speakers and panelists would be Leadership Santa Fe graduates who are professionals in the civic topic and are interested in improving the lives of youth.
  • Leadership Santa Fe graduates would mentor-coach the youth.
  • All sessions would be at Santa Fe Community College.
  • Many afternoon sessions would be on the Ropes Challenge Course at SFCC.
  • There would be an all-day family ropes course and group celebration on a separate Saturday in May.
  • Businesses of Leadership Santa Fe graduates would sponsor all or part of a youth’s registration. Businesses could sponsor up to 2 youth.
  • Youth would receive college credit from Santa Fe Community College

Examples of Civics Topics

Session I – Saturday, September 27 – Engaged Citizenry
Session II – Saturday, October 18 – Science & Technology
Session III – Saturday, November 22 – Education
Session IV – Saturday, January 17 – The Arts
Session V – Saturday, February 14 – Public Safety
Session VI – Saturday, March 14 – Local Government
Session VII – Saturday, April 25 – Economy/Jobs
Family-Youth Ropes Course day – Saturday, May 9
Session VIII – Saturday, May 23, Social Issues

Please email the Program Director for more information.

If you would like to donate to the Youth Leadership Santa Fe Scholarship Fund, your contribution would be much appreciated.




Tuition for the Program is $900.00 and covers all program costs. Discounts for members of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce and for those in the non-profit and government sectors are provided, as well as financial assistance and payment plans. Applying for financial assistance does not affect one’s eligibility or selection to the program. However, a limited number of scholarships are available each program year.

Regular Fee $900

Chamber Member Fee $850

Non-Profit & Government Fee $800