Roaring Fork Leadership is known to develop BETTER LEADERS for BETTER COMMUNITIES!

Roaring Fork Leadership (RFL) helps individuals and organizations build effective leaders through training, practice and application. RFL, formerly known as Leadership Aspen, was founded in 1988 by a group of local citizens concerned about the need to strengthen relationships and skills among community leaders. RFL has been the all-encompassing leadership development organization in the area bringing about effective and collaborative community change and improvement.

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 RFL Academy or through RFL Colab – customized training on an organizational level.

We believe leadership depends on engaging and energizing ALL community members, diagnosing the situation, framing discourse, discovering common purpose, and experimenting with ways to intervene to make progress (Steffensmeier & Chrislip, 2019). Developing this kind of leadership is itself a monumental task requiring a concerted effort to debunk existing conceptions and learn anew to shift the focus from leaders and followers to developing the civic capacity of social systems to respond to challenges. That’s why our mission is: We believe anyone can be a leader. RFL develops leadersno matter their experience, background or resourceswho make their communities better.

97% of RFL Alumni say that our programs improved their leadership skills & abilities significantly.

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Job Opening

We are looking for an enthusiastic, results driven, and passionate Development Director who has a proven fundraising track record and a minimum of 3 years of experience in the fundraising or development field. The Development Director’s primary responsibility is to drive and advance RFL’s revenue and fundraising activities by managing and growing all individual and corporate giving programs, assisting with the management of government and foundation grants, and supporting the overall fund development, alumni engagement, and resource needs of the organization. Interested? See the full job description.

FREE – E-Book!

This E-book will delve into the concept of adaptive leadership and its role in navigating complexity, examine the importance of trust-building and collaboration, and celebrate the transformative potential of leadership as a practice that empowers every individual to make a difference. As we embark on this exploration, let us reflect on the imperative of leadership in shaping the future of our communities, our societies, and our planet.


The Academy program provides the tools, dialogue and practical application for participants to become better leaders and thus creating a better community.

Participants describe the 10-month program as inspiring, eye-opening, life-changing, challenging, and transformative. They often have cathartic or revitalizing experiences that bring new enthusiasm and excitement to all aspects of their life – both personally and professionally.

If you want to develop your personal capacity to make an impact – the Academy is for you.


Did you know that RFL Academy’s tuition covers 50% of the actual cost of the program? RFL subsidizes the tuition through grants, sponsorships, and donations from individuals like YOU.

What RFL’s learned through our recent involvement in the Colorado Council on Leadership for our region about the current challenges to leadership are: barrier to access, diversification of leadership, connection and cohesion among individuals, organizations, and communities, and lastly leadership development. RFL remains dedicated to remaining relevant and realize we have a lot of work to do. We can’t do it without YOU – please schedule your donation today.