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The CMLA Mortgage Leadership Program is dedicated to identifying and cultivating the next generation of industry leaders. In 2022 MLP was revamped and reimagined to provide participants with hands-on executive-level sessions designed to give you the skills needed to move to the next leadership level in your career. Completing this program allows you to earn points towards completing your CMB designation through the Mortgage Bankers Association.


Included in the CMLA Mortgage Leadership Program:

CMLA Background

How can you participate and make a difference in CMLA? Learn what committees and programs are available, what networking opportunities are planned, and what additional education offerings you can take advantage of.

The History of Mortgage Banking

Let's start from the beginning to understand what makes our industry tick. A CMLA veteran will present the influential details that have shaped mortgage.

Leadership Forum

Be a guest at a session of the CMLA Mortgage Leadership Forum where our topic of discussion is Living on Purpose the Ninja Way.

Board of Directors Meeting

Get to know the decision-makers of the CMLA. Attend a Board of Directors meeting and see how ideas are formed and plans are made for our membership.

CMLA Mortgage Lenders Expo

This event is a gathering of professionals in the mortgage industry for a day of collaboration, networking, education sessions, and product showcases.

Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee (LARAC)

Get an introduction to CMLA's advocacy efforts. The real estate and mortgage industry in Colorado is as hot as ever and that means LARAC is always busy reviewing and making recommendations on the bills that affect our industry.

Industry Performance Update

Get a bird's eye view of the industry from a national perspective, as well as, a detailed local analysis.

Community Outreach

You 'll have the opportunity to pick a charitable cause and spend the day doing community service.

Group Project

You will work as a team to collaborate and solve a current industry-related problem. This project will be presented to the Board of Directors and a winning team will be chosen.

CMLA Convention

This 3-day industry conference takes place in Vail, Colorado and features a plethora of networking opportunities with CMLA's executive members, education sessions, and speakers.

What People Are Saying...

We've gathered some testimonials from past MLP participants about their experience in the program and the value it brought to their lives and careers.


“Participating in the Mortgage Leadership Program was one of the best investments I made in 2022. The MLP provided me a great networking opportunity where I was able to expand my network with other aspiring professionals. Additionally, the information gained from industry leaders helped further develop my leadership skills. If you are interested in developing your leadership skills and making personal connections with other like minded professionals, the MLP is a great place to achieve this goal!”

- Kenny Burch, Richey May


"What an incredible program. I am grateful and honored to get to be a part of this CMLA program! I was especially grateful for accommodations made with hybrid meetings since I live on the Western Slope. I appreciate all of the wonderful presentations and the wealth of  knowledge I have gained about this amazing industry. I cherish the relationships I have made with my fellow participants. I look forward to continuing to build those relationships throughout my career and will enjoy getting involved with my new friends, in additional endeavors along the way. I am grateful to Universal Lending for allowing me the opportunity to participate. For anyone considering the program, I highly recommend it!"

- Candice Freeman, Universal Lending


"I completed the CMLA MLP in 2022. Going through this program was an amazing experience. There were many things that I was able to take away from my participation. I was able to further grow in my leadership skills, to connect with others in our industry, to hear and appreciate perspectives from others in different areas of the industry, to develop new relationships, and so much more. In my opinion, this program should be “top of the list” for anyone that you have in your organization that you are looking to grow in their career. Since completing the program I have become an AVP within my company, became Chair for a LARAC subcommittee, and joined the CMLA Board of Directors. I am thankful to the CMLA and their staff for putting this program together and for keeping it going for those of us that are continuing to grow."

- Angel Romero, Cherry Creek Mortgage Company


Registration Deadline

January 27, 2023

Program Begins

February 1, 2023

Investment: $1200
Program Includes:
  • Course Materials and Meetings
  • Registration for the annual CMLA Mortgage Lenders Expo 
  • Registration for the annual CMLA Convention
  • Registration for the annual CMLA Holiday Party

Refund Policy: Refunds will be at CMLA's discretion once an application has been approved.

MLP Qualifications
  • Applicants must work for a company that is a current member of CMLA.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years experience working in the mortgage lending industry.
  • Applicants must obtain a written recommendation from their Company President, CEO, Branch Manager or current/past member of the CMLA Board of Directors.
  • Applicants are expected to attend monthly MLP meetings and activities, including the 2023 CMLA Convention (August) for the class graduation.