Network Leadership Training Academy

The VNL Learning Lab is the space where we gather our partners and customers for in-person and online trainings to share best practices for expanded impact and real-world examples in the practice called Network Leadership.

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The 7th Annual Network Leadership Training Academy (NLTA) is a 3-day interactive workshop for professionals like you engaged in the network way of working, to build skills and learn from peers. The NLTA provides a space to foster meaningful connections among colleagues, enhance knowledge and skills related to network science principles and practices, and learn about the latest practical tools & trends to more effectively build, manage, and evaluate inter-organizational and community networks. The NLTA will be held at the University of Colorado Denver (1380 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80204). The NLTA is co-hosted by VNL and the University of CO Denver’s Center on Network Science.

The NLTA has arranged a group rate for a limited number of nearby hotel rooms for checking in on Sunday, April 14 and checking out Wednesday, April 17. Please be sure to book your room by the deadline.

Springhill Suites | 1190 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204 (.03 mile-6 min walk)
Phone: 303-705-7300  Rate: $159/night (rate does not include state and local taxes)
Reservations must be booked by March 15, 5pm Mountain Time
Click here to reserve the NLTA room rate.

The Curtis Hotel | 1405 Curtis Street, Denver CO 80202 (0.2mile-4 min walk)
Phone: 303-571-0300   Rate: $139/night (rate does not include state and local taxes)
Reservations must be booked by March 16, 5pm Mountain Time
Click here to reserve the NLTA room rate

Aloft Denver Downtown | 800 15th Street, Denver, CO 80202 (0.4mile-8 min walk)
Phone: 1-888-236-2427  Rate: $185/night (rate does not include state and local taxes)
Reservations must be booked by March 18, 5pm Mountain Time
Click here to reserve the NLTA room rate

Magnolia Hotel | 818 17th Street Denver, Colorado 80202 (0.6mile-12 min walk)
Phone: 303-607-9000  Rate: $149/night (rate does not include state and local taxes)
Reservations must be booked by March 24, 5pm Mountain Time
If you plan to stay in Denver beyond Sun, April 15 to Wednesday, April 17, this hotel has reserved rooms so you can extend your stay at the conference rate.
Click here to reserve the NLTA room rate


Driving to the NLTA: From DIA follow Peña Boulevard (10 miles) to I-70, and exit on to I-70 West.  Follow I-70 West to I-25 South Towards CO Springs (Exit 274-Keep Left at exit).  Take exit 212B for Speer Boulevard North (1.7 miles) Turn left on Speer Boulevard.  Turn Left on Arapahoe St (1.1 miles).  Then Turn Left on Speer and take your first right on Lawrence Street. 

City Parking: Parking in downtown Denver can be challenging, so please allow enough time to find parking and walk to the NLTA location. Near the building there is $1/hr on-street meter parking for 2 hours or there is a nearby parking garage at the Denver Performing Arts Complex - Parking Garage (1055 13th St, Denver, CO 80204). It is off of Arapahoe between 13th and 14th Street.  Parking rates vary depending on length of time from $8.00 to $20.00 and is always subject to change. This parking lot offers early bird parking for $9 if you arrive by 7:30am and leave before 6 pm. There are other lots on Speer Boulevard within walking distance (prices vary). 

Campus Parking: Less expensive parking is available on the University of Colorado Denver campus (also known as the Auraria Campus). Click here for the Auraria parking map- you can locate the Lawrence Street Center in the top right hand corner.

The closest parking areas are Tivoli Parking Garage, 7th Street Garage, Spruce, and Holly (prices vary). There are also meters on campus for $2.00 an hour. Please note when classes are in sessions some lots may be filled. Walking times can be between 5-10 minutes depending on where you park. For directions to specific lots, put these addresses into your GPS: 
• Tivoli Garage: 890 Auraria Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 
• 7th Street Garage: 777 Lawrence Way, Denver, CO 80204
• Spruce Parking Lot: 1400 9th Street, Denver, CO 80204

If you are planning to bike, there are racks around the building.

Flying & Ground Transportation to the NLTA: Denver International Airport (DIA) is the primary airport for arriving in Denver.  Click here for information on ground transportation from DIA, including the A-line train to Union Station.

Driving time between DIA and Downtown Denver is approximately 40-60 minutes depending on traffic or 25 miles. A taxi ride may cost between $50-60. Click here for more information about taxis from the airport. The RTD A-line train costs approximately $9 per trip.

Denver has a free bus, the Mall Ride, that travels down the 16th  Street Mall (Pedestrian Shopping District). You can take the mall ride from near Union Station-16th Street & Wynkoop to 16th & Lawrence (about a 7 minute ride) and walk to 1380 Lawrence Street (about a 5 min walk).  You can also take the mall ride to the hotels reserved for the NLTA (see list below). For more information about the mall ride: http://www.rtd-denver.com/FREEMallRide.shtml


The Network Leadership Training Academy was my greatest experience for professional growth and new learning this year. It was exhilarating to discover other network leaders who were dealing with the same issues we wrestle with. We found many resources and sessions highly applicable to our work. We learned how network mapping could provide practical benefits to understand network dynamics. We strongly recommend the NLTA to others seeking to lead networks effectively: Your community of peers and a rich source of learning await you!

David R Hackett


The NLTA was a worthwhile experience that broadened my horizons, created access to experts in the field, and gave me a platform to share my experiences with participants. I think the NLTA is a valuable community of practice about network leadership.

Dustin Stiver

The Sprout Fund

At the NLTA, I learned how support networks are a valuable method for cultivating ideas, sharing connections, and building community. At this intimate conference, there was the opportunity to learn from the presenters as well as from the other participants. I use the data all the time and implemented some of the break out activities with my clients and the networks that I manage almost immediately.

Amy Rosenblum

Cultivation Center