Denver Leadership Experience

The Denver Leadership Experience (DLX) is an award-winning leadership development program aimed at refining the skills of experienced leaders and empowering them to reach greater heights both professionally and personally. Grounded in the Daniels Leadership Model, DLX emphasizes personal growth as the foundation of effective leadership. Through five-days of immersive learning, participants fine-tune their strategic mindset, flex their critical thinking skills, and explore new methods to build and manage high-performing teams

Workshop Snapshot


UPCOMING SESSION: Dec. 9-13, 2024 | 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


In person at the University of Denver campus


$5,880 per participant


A 15% discount is available for nonprofits, current or former military, government, DU alumni, Daniels corporate partners and three or more individuals from the same organization.


Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the Denver Leadership Experience.

Program Benefits

Developed from our experience with thousands of executives, this 5-day workshop focuses on developing leaders through the lens of the Daniels Leadership Model.

Using this model, the program is designed for leaders looking to: 

  • Prepare for an uncertain and rapidly changing world
  • Develop self-awareness and articulate one’s values and vision
  • Use collaboration and teamwork to develop a high performing organization
  • Discover the leader’s role in attracting and retaining top talent
  • Learn behaviors to manage your energy for better focus and engagement
  • Create a culture that fosters innovation and change to solve business challenges
  • Build a plan to achieve organizational goals through your personal leadership

Program Agenda and Daily Topics

DAY 1: Individual Development Plan, Daniels Leadership Model, Insights Discovery

DAY 2: Neuroleadership, Building High-Performing Teams, Leading for High Engagement, Locus of Control, Presence Authenticity and Agility, Experiential Activity

DAY 3: Self-Awareness/Self-Management, Mindfulness, High-Performing Teams (cont.), Experiential Activity

DAY 4: Contextual Intelligence, External Analysis, Strategic and Systems Thinking, Coaching Practicum

DAY 5: Dynamic Alignment, Execution/Management Operating System, Individual Development Plan Completion, Program Graduation

Key Faculty

Ali Boyd

Professional Coach and Leadership Development Consultant with experience working with universities, foundations and private organizations.

Scott McLagan

Professor in Management Department and former executive at Monsanto and Emerson Electric.

“The DLX course fit perfectly with my organization. It offered a great deal of material that was relevant and the structure of the class was outstanding. Enjoyed the variety of facilitators. They were genuine and well equipped on the topics.”

“This program covered many helpful topics: VUCA, chemistry of the brain, spiritual freedom (the choice between stimulus and response), the importance of self, managing energy vs. time, response-ability, psychological safety, growth mindset, and strategic thinking to name a few.”

“I loved how DLX included scientific research, specifically the brain portion and the tie between our brain health and our performance as leaders.  It’s really made me much more conscientious about how I take care of myself physically, mentally and emotionally in order to be an effective leader.”

“The program was a great blend of business tactics—strategy, alignment, execution—with personal soft skills and leadership development. I loved the mix of professors, topics and activities outside the classroom. It was well-balanced and well thought out.”

“The coaching sessions were really helpful. I learned what coaching is and what questions to ask to help my employees move from asking for solutions to developing their own solutions.”

“I also had the opportunity to share a lot of what I learned with my leadership team and my direct reports and I hear them quoting things I’ve shared from time to time. I continue to retrain my surroundings and not center my day around email management but much more strategic initiatives first.”

“The amount of content and pace of the class was intense, but absorbable. The experiential and mindfulness components of the program really made the content “stick” for me. The instructors, Scott & Ali, were great. I felt ‘brain full/overwhelmed’ by the end of the week but left the program energized with a workable plan.”

“The program developed throughout the week which was very effective, starting with ourselves and our needs and moving up to executive leadership. I found it to be incredible for self-awareness and also helped me think about my professional direction.”

More Details

Upcoming workshop: December 9-13, 2024 | 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (limited capacity)

Cost: $5,880 (non-credit, see details below)

Detailed Schedule & Program Structure

As a part of the Denver Leadership Experience, participants will spend five consecutive days on campus at the University of Denver and nearby facilities for an intensive, deep-dive into leadership development. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of the program all include an experiential element with a graduation ceremony taking place on Friday afternoon. Lunch is provided each day.

Approximately one week prior to the start of the program, each participant will have an individual 30-minute coaching call with one of the faculty members. This call will enable participants and faculty to meet prior to the program start, to discuss program outcomes, and to set initial goals.

To prepare for this class you will need to complete a few short action items that generally take 20-30 minutes. Please expect an email two to three weeks before the class begins with details on how to complete these action items.

Participants taking the workshop for credit will have an assignment to complete at the end of the course.


Monday  |  8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday  |  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday  |  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday  |  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday  |  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admissions Requirements

This program is designed for experienced professionals who are currently leading a team, enterprise or global initiatives, or major projects in a company or organization. The program requires a 15-minute phone assessment that can be scheduled here.

Ideal candidates:

  • Are senior leaders
  • Have seven-plus years of direct people-management experience
  • Are leaders working on the enterprise (organization-wide) level

Leaders with fewer than seven years of experience are eligible for the Accelerated Leadership Experience.

If taking the program for academic credit, unofficial transcripts of past college-level work are required. Please note that the registration deadline is three weeks prior to the program’s start date.

Tuition & Cost

Not-for-credit: $5,880
Discounts are available for nonprofits, current or former military, government, DU alumni, Daniels corporate partners and three or more individuals from the same organization. Contact us for more information.

For Credit: 4 credit hours at DU’s tuition rate
For more information on DU’s current tuition rates, check the Registrar’s website

Should I Take This For Credit Or Non-Credit?


This option is for participants who are not interested in receiving graduate level credit and are participating for professional development and to update their skills, knowledge and abilities. Upon request, Executive Education is pleased to provide a Certificate of Completion for professional development credit for any Executive Education workshop completed.

Credit – Graduate-Level Academic Credit

This option is for those interested in receiving graduate credits for their participation. In order to apply, you need to have completed your undergraduate degree and provide us with an unofficial transcript of that degree.  These credits and your course grade will be on your official transcript. Please be aware that there is a mandatory assignment and once the workshop begins you are no longer able to switch your status from for-credit to non-credit.

*If you are a DU Employee wanting to use your tuition waiver, you will receive further instructions from Executive Education approximately 2 weeks prior to the start of your course.

**If you are in a Master’s degree program at DU, and want to take this class for elective credit, please contact us before you register for the class. Your academic advisor will need to be involved in the registration process and it will require prior approval.

If you are not sure which option to choose, please contact Camila for advising at

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration for this workshop, you may transfer your enrollment to a future session, send someone to take your place, or cancel anytime up to seven business days prior to the start of the first class.

Classes requiring an assessment such as Insights cannot be refunded after the assessment has been taken. Your enrollment will be automatically transferred to the next class and you cannot send someone in your place.

If you provide us with less than seven business day’s notice or fail to attend, you will be liable for the entire workshop fee and your enrollment will be automatically transferred to the next class.

Contact Us

Director of Business Development
Executive Education
Joy Burns Center 307

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