Roaring Fork Leadership

Redefining the Future of Leadership 


Roaring Fork Leadership helps individuals and organizations build effective leaders through training, practice and application. RFL, formerly known as Aspen Leadership, was founded in 1988 by a group of local citizens concerned about the need to strengthen relationships and skills among community leaders.

Our experiential leadership models utilize high-caliber facilitators from across the country to teach adults how to be effective and invested leaders in the community. Whether individually through our flagship Roaring Fork Leadership Academy or through customized training on an organizational level, or through our budding youth leadership opportunities. Since 1988, Roaring Fork Leadership has been the all-encompassing leadership development organization in the Valley bringing about effective and collaborative community change and improvement.


RFL is known as THE center of excellence for:

Developing effective and invested leaders

to tackle the tough issues.

Engaging citizens in solving social issues

for improved quality of life.

Building community integration

and professional connections.

This program motivated me to join a volunteer organization and give back to the community.  It has given me an added level of maturity and skills to incorporate into my workplace and home life.  It has confirmed that each of us really can make a substantial difference in the community by contributing our personal knowledge, skills and perspectives to society in our unique and special circumstances living and/or working the Roaring Fork Valley.

Gordon Ledingham, RFL Academy Alumni, Wells Fargo

RFL provided me with an ongoing educational forum in Leadership training; an opportunity to learn about current valley wide issues, and with the contacts made, the ability to utilize these skills and information gained to be more effective in my civic and community involvement.

George Newman, RFL Founder, Pitkin County Commissioner

RFL was valuable in being able to network. I was able to meet a new group of people in my community that I would have never known without RFL. Everyone was truly an inspiration to me, seeing their accomplishments and how they contribute. Also, all of the tools that RFL provided. RFL really did give me a new outlook on the possibilities of life.

Shelbi Bauer, RFL Academy Alumni, Alpine Bank

There have been so many valuable aspects that I’ll answer this question in a more general sense: Thanks to the broad range of RFL sessions, and the progression in how they were presented, I’ve felt a transformation in my personal growth, which has led to a transformation in my professional demeanor, one that is far from complete but that I continue to work on every day.

Cindy Hirschfeld, RFL Academy Alumni, Aspen Sojourner

RFL helped us boost our leadership skills, and provide the tools and relationships to further expand our personal and professional goals and dreams.

Dwayne and Margaret Romero, RFL Academy Alumni

Roaring Fork Leadership (Leadership Aspen at that time) has had a profound impact on both my professional and personal life here in Aspen.  Ultimately, RFL equipped me with numerous skills and tools for dealing with the countless issues one faces in a leadership position.  The focus of effective leadership through communication, civic leadership, and conflict resolution has helped prepare me to take on the challenges of the work I been engaged with at the City of Aspen.  The networking that RFL facilitated has helped me build relationships with many of the valley’s leaders and has allowed for numerous opportunities for collaboration.  I am truly thankful for having the opportunity to participate in the Roaring Fork Leadership program.

Austin Weiss, RFL Academy Alumni, Aspen's Director of Parks

Participating in the Academy program has helped me see a path to integrate the personal growth, intuitive and spiritual side of myself with the business, practical and outcomes driven side of myself.

Dave Levine, RFL Academy Alumni, Coach -

Roaring Fork Leadership (“RFL”) has affected my leadership journey by connecting me with individuals who are also on their own leadership journey. I love meeting alumni from the same cohort as I, or meeting alumni from other cohorts. We instantly have a connection which we can grab onto and build upon. I also love talking with people who have never participated in the program. Everyone can be a leader, and I’ve taken it upon myself to empower others to see their own potential.

RFL has impacted my life by teaching me the language of leadership. Since graduating from the program, I’ve used the skills and knowledge taught in both my personal and professional life. Knowing the language of leadership has helped me, and continues to help me, lead teams of any size in projects, both big and small. The skills and knowledge taught in the program have impacted my life by raising my level of awareness, skill, and education, so that I may continue to be of service to the communities I’m involved in.

Tony Mendez, RFL Academy Alumni, Alpine Legal Services