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Denver Leadership Experience

Personal Leadership Reinvented

The Denver Leadership Experience (DLX) is a 5-day, transformational workshop designed to challenge you to think and perform differently in order to reach your leadership potential. Developed by faculty from the highly-ranked Daniels College of Business, the award-winning program delivers timely, relevant, and innovative leadership development essentials for our ever-changing, increasingly complex business world. In addition to our robust leadership content and faculty expertise, you’ll be surrounded by a group of professionals who will bring their own experiences and input which adds value to the conversation and deepens the impact of DLX. 

December 7-11, 2020

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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: 

  • 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 & Daily Topics

DAY 1: Leading through Change, Complexity & Challenge, Defining Purpose, Principals & Presence, Neuroleadership, Executive Presence, Experiential Activity 

DAY 2: Creating Partnerships & Practices, Interpersonal Leadership, Collaboration, Leading Teams, Experiential Activity

DAY 3: Expanding perspectives and building presence, Attracting & Retaining Talent, Managing Focus & Energy, Building Resilience, Experiential Activity 

DAY 4: Thriving in a VUCA World, Transforming Culture, Strategic Thinking, Leading Change, Design Thinking

DAY 5: Building Practices for Success, Execution Disciplines, Personal Branding, Developing a Plan, 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 7-11, 2020  |  8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Next workshop dates: May 2021

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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. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. 


December 7, 2020  |  8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
December 8, 2020  |  8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
December 9, 2020  |  8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
December 10, 2020  |  8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
December 11, 2020  |  8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

MAY SESSION (exact dates TBD) 

Monday   |  8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday  |  8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday  |  8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday  |  8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday  |  8:30 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. 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: $5,000
15% discount available for DU Alumni, Daniels Corporate Partners, and 3 or more individuals from the same organization 
20% discount available for Non-profits, Current or Former Military, Government

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. Please click on the link, download the form, and follow the instructions therein.

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 without penalty at any time up to one week (7 days) prior to the start of the first class. If you provide us with less than one week’s notice, or fail to attend, you will be liable for the entire workshop fee.

Contact Us

Assistant Director of Business Development
Executive Education
Joy Burns Center 307

To schedule a meeting with Camila CLICK HERE


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