Aurora Chamber of Commerce

Leadership Aurora

Leadership Aurora Class of 2023
(Photo by Sarah Gies Studio)

What is Leadership Aurora?

It’s a 10-month community engagement program designed to develop an awareness of the Aurora community, create a network of informed leaders, and encourage greater involvement in the community.  The program begins with a mandatory two-night retreat in mid-September and culminates with a graduation program in early June.

What will I learn?

Each month’s topic is presented through the insights of prominent individuals from the public and private sectors, in-depth dialogue of current issues pertinent to the session topic, case studies, site visits, and interactive and “hands-on” experience. Participants also work in teams or as a group on projects of their own design to provide tangible solutions to various contemporary community challenges. The community actually becomes the classroom.

What is the Commitment?
(2023 class)

Two-night mandatory opening retreat – September 14-16, 2023
One full weekday session per month (October-May) – third Thursday of each month
Graduation Program – full-day session plus dinner, June 6, 2024
Class Project and community experiences required independent of monthly class sessions

Applications for the  2024 LEADERSHIP AURORA CLASS are open – Applications due by July 15, 2023.


How do I apply and how much is it?

Tuition for the Leadership Aurora program is $1,400.00 per participant. Tuition covers the retreat, monthly sessions, meals, and materials. A limited number of partial scholarships are available to those not able to pay the full tuition. Scholarships are awarded based on need and class composition. Tuition is due in full on September 1, unless prior arrangements have been made.



Yvonne Valdez

Leadership Programs

To learn more about the Leadership Aurora program, watch the video, below.
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