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Developing Leaders

Who we are...

NAIOP's Developing Leaders (DL) program is the catalyst you’ve been looking for to propel your career to the next level. We provide the tools, networking and resources you need to gain that competitive edge. If you are a commercial real estate professional who’s 35 or under, your DL community can take you from where you are now, to where you want to be!

What we do...

DL Mentor Program

The NAIOP Colorado DL Mentor Program is designed to match a limited number of mentees (aged 35 years or under) with a highly experienced industry professional, who will provide mentees the opportunity to learn different aspects of the real estate industry. In addition, mentors will share career and professional advice in an effort to develop your ability to succeed in life and in the real estate industry.  The DL Mentor Class has been recently undergone major changes in structure and efforts to add more value to an already indispensable program. We will again begin accepting applications for the 2016 Class on February 1st, 2016. 
Click Here for details on our NEW Developing Leaders Program!

Real Estate Project Tour

Informative tours of a various real estate projects led by the developers, owners and architects who share their vision and talk candidly about the successes and challenges of their respective developments. The first project tour was a showcase of Nexcore's recently completed Gateway Station in Golden. In 2010, we toured Denver's first LEED-certified multi-family rental in the Rocky Mountain Region - Solera at 1956 Lawrence Street, presented by Zocalo Development.  In 2011, Garrison Street Station, located on the West Corridor light rail line that connects Union Station in downtown Denver and the Jefferson County Government complex in Golden, became an exclusive opportunity for attendees to hear from Weston Solutions and the Lakewood Economic Development about their challenges and solutions to implement a successful development project.  Ralph Carr Colorado Judicial Center - the $187 Million project with a 695 SF, 12-Story Office Building and 205 SF Courtroom Building, became the focus of our 2012 Project Tour.  In 2013, the NAIOP Developing Leaders toured One Observatory Park Apartments & Shops located just off of the university of Denver campus.  This year the Developing Leaders headed back to the heart of Denver to tour the Verve, located at 1490 Delgany St., a LEED luxury apartment building.  This transit-oriented community is close to dining, shopping, nightlife, and several parks, including miles of trails along Cherry Creek and the South Platte River.

Skiing with the Icons

A modern twist on "Dinner with the Icons." Icons are veteran Denver real estate professionals and NAIOP members from various industries who are proven to be commendable leaders in their field.  In 2014 we decided to take advantage of Colorado's beautiful geography and create a fresh event, where Icons and Developing Leaders (age 35 and under) spend a full day skiing at Arapahoe Basin, networking, enjoying a private catered breakfast, and apres ski event, plus round-trip chartered bus services.  This is where DL's get one on one time with the "Icons" of the commercial real estate industry in Colorado, as well as the opportunity to expand their professional network. This event is typically held in late February/early March.  


  • Day at the Capital
  • Real Estate Project Tours
  • Real Estate Hot Topics Events

Community Outreach

  • Denver Children’s Home Project
  • Hope Communities - Hands for Hope Day

Cocktails and Conversation

Quarterly gatherings at various locations throughout the Denver Metro area where our Developing Leader members network with other NAIOP members in a relaxing setting. Visit the DL Calendar of Events for details.