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DOIU Leadership Institute Summer Seminar: Learning from our Lands: Exploring Leadership Lessons in Colorado


Looking to level up your leadership skills?  Do you serve DOI in a support function and want to better understand the Department’s front-line work?  Want to learn more about what other bureaus in the Department do? Elevate your leadership skills with this unique development program where DOI field sites serve as the classroom. No boring lectures with this course!  It was created to foster the connection, commitment, and relevance of leadership to the purpose and mission of the Department.  

By integrating leadership lessons from six different DOI field sites and DOI University’s leadership development methodology, this program will introduce you to leadership concepts and tools to enhance your leadership style and demonstrate true leadership in action.

During each day of the program, you will engage in a reimagined approach to traditional personality styles using an innovative DISC method that applies birds to denote each personality style. By linking Eagles to the Dominant (D) style, Parrots to the Interactive (I) style, Doves to the Supportive (S) style and Owls to the Conscientious (C) style, you will be able to remember and apply the styles with ease. This brain-friendly approach makes new DISC insights immediately accessible in the moment they are needed. You will discover how you unconsciously impose your style on others and the exercises and discussions help you understand the needs, tendencies, motivators, and fears of the people you lead. This awareness is channeled into action by providing the skills to flexibly adapt to others by anticipating their needs and displaying the right behavior at the right time.

In addition, you will visit and interact with six Colorado field sites to gather leadership lessons from our front-line DOI employees who manage these lands and program sites. 

Day 1:
Visit the National Park Service (NPS) Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument to learn about the history of settlement in this dynamically shaped land. You will learn about the power of self-reflection and resilience and the tools necessary to analyze and improve your productivity and energy.

Visit the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to explore how strategic thinking, vision, partnering and collaboration a came together to transform a World War II chemical weapons manufacturing site into the largest urban wildlife refuge in the United States.

Day 3: 
Visit another USFWS managed site, the National Eagle and Wildlife Property Repositories, a one-of-a-kind facility with two different and important missions. The first, the caring for, collection, storage, and distribution of recovered Eagles and Eagle parts to both help preserve the species and provide meaningful artifacts to Native American Nations. The second, the storage of seized and forfeited items through investigations and wildlife inspection activities. Both offices demonstrate how leadership in public service, integrity, honesty, authenticity, and partnership can make a positive difference in the world.

Day 4: 
Visit the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) managed Colorado-Big Thompson Project, with tours of the Estes Park Power Plant and the Olympus Dam. Here you will see how negotiation, influence, conflict management, communication and risk management were successfully used to implement the second largest undertaking by BOR outside of the Hoover and Grand Coulee Dams. 

Day 5:
Visit the Rocky Mountain National Park, an ecological wonder within the NPS system. From meadows found in the montane life zone to the glistening lakes in the subalpine zone and to the mountain peaks located in the alpine zone, Rocky Mountain is a spectacular range of mountain environments. Explore the park to learn how flexibility, adaptability, agility, decisiveness, evidence-based decision-making, problem solving, and systems thinking is applied each day to face the challenges and successes of managing valuable park resources.

Program Requirements: Program costs do not include travel or lodging expenses, which the participants will be responsible for in addition to the tuition fee.  Participants are required to stay at specific hotels selected for this program. Transportation will be provided from the hotel to the sites each day.

Important Note: This program will require movement throughout the day, including riding on a bus to different sites, getting on/off bus, standing, walking and hiking. You will also need to carry a backpack with you. Most of the day will      be spent outdoors and weather typically varies at this time of year from hot to cold to rain. Colorado is a high-altitude environment – Denver is at 5,280 feet and Estes Park/RMNP area ranges from 8,000-12,000 feet in areas you may visit. In this environment, you need extra hydration, may experience shortness of breath with exertion, and potentially have a headache.  Each individual will  react differently to the altitude.

Registration closes: July 14, 2023

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Tuition Fee
Event Days
Multi Day Event
Start Date
End Date
Acquisition Course (FAI CSOD)
Class Times
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM