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"One of the best trainings I've ever attended and will be able to apply the tools to my everyday work and life." - 2016 Black Belt graduate

"Black Belt was fun, intense, and changed my way of thinking" - 2013 Black Belt graduate 

"This is more than training - it's an inspirational journey for how to view your job, work environment and life differently." - Cohort 41

"Black Belt was fun, intense, and changed my way of thinking" - 2013 Black Belt Graduate 

"I am thankful for the experience and was honored to work with colleagues from around the City and other municipalities. I was able to be authentically me throughout the process and because of that...this crazy, organic brain of mine can process map with the best of them...! Thank you Peak Academy and Capitol Peak team members!"    - Nita Mosby Henry, Ph.D. former Executive Director – Office of Human Resources


Continuing Education Resources

Throughout 2017, Peak will be holding monthly classes to train city analyst in Microsoft Power BI, a business intelligence tool that most city employees have access to for free. Power BI can take in data from many difference sources and can be used to create interactive dashboards and reports that are easy to use and share—without needing to know how to code.

Peak’s course covers best practices in data visualization, so analysts can learn what types of charts and graphs will be best for the data they’re using. The class also goes over several cardinal sins of data presentation to help avoid making “junk charts.” The second half of the course is entirely hands-on using Power BI to build a few sample dashboards. Participants end the class exploring their own data sets using Power BI, with Peak staff available to help troubleshoot the creation of the analyst’s first agency dashboard.

Staff throughout the city are using these dashboards to report progress toward performance goals, run data-driven meetings, prioritize operational workload, communicate with the public, and automate routine reporting.

If you’re interested in taking the course or learning more, please contact Kate May at We hope to see you in class!

Peak will be staffing the Denver Data Lab with Mayor’s Data Fellow’s from CCD agencies. If interested in becoming a Mayor’s Data Fellow with the Denver Data Lab, complete the Mayor’s Data Fellow Application. 

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Mission Statement
Peak Academy trains and coaches employees at all levels to improve the way government works. Through innovation, employees do more with less and enhance the Denver city experience.

Peak – changing the way government operates to improve your experience. 

Innovate. Elevate. Repeat.

Peak Academy believes...

  • In achieving measurable results through continuous improvement;
  • In our ability to make Denver the most well-run city in the nation;
  • In patience with people and impatience with processes;
  • In supporting colleagues to innovate;
  • In failure; because failure leads to breakthrough.

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