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Leadership North Carolina is pleased to share the roster for LNC Class XXV (2017-2018) and to welcome these fifty-five outstanding leaders to the LNC program. These individuals represent the state’s business, government, education, and nonprofit sectors and reflect the diversity of the state from the mountains to the coast. They were selected from a competitive applicant pool based on their personal and professional accomplishments and their commitment to the state of North Carolina.

Over the next eight months this group will meet in locations across the state for sessions that include presentations, simulations, tours, experiential learning activities, and dialogue. They will learn about the challenges and opportunities facing North Carolina in the areas of government, economic development, education, the environment, and health and human services.

LNC Class XXV Sessions

  • Orientation: Boone, October 3-5, 2017
  • Government: Raleigh, November 7-9, 2017
  • Education: Greensboro, December 5-7, 2017
  • Health and Human Services: Charlotte, February 6-8, 2018
  • Economic Development: Robeson County, March 6-8, 2018
  • Environment: Asheville, April 10-12, 2018
  • Planning Meeting/Graduation: Raleigh, May 10, 2018

The LNC program will provide opportunities for these leaders to share their own expertise and perspectives and build lasting connections. By the end of the program year participants will have gained knowledge, strategies, and relationships that they can leverage for the benefit of their communities and the state for years to come.

Planning for LNC Class XXVI
The LNC Recruitment Committee is already hard at work connecting with candidates for LNC Class XXVI (2018-2019).   If you would like to receive more information and be added to our mailing list, please complete the LNC Class XXVI Interest Form on this page. The Class XXVI program schedule is available there as well.

LNC relies on recommendations from our members, alumni, and friends as our best recruitment tool.  If you have suggestions for outstanding candidates, please talk with them about the program and share your recommendations with us through this link.

For more information about the LNC program, contact LNC’s program director, Kelly Turner, at kelly@leadershipnc.org or (919) 803-5325.

LNC invites current and emerging leaders to apply for Leadership North Carolina Class XXV (2017 – 2018).  Each year, through a competitive application process, LNC selects a class of 50 – 55 individuals to participate in this prestigious program.

The LNC program offers a unique opportunity for leaders from across the state to expand their personal and professional networks while learning about challenges and opportunities in North Carolina.  With a focus on turning knowledge into action, LNC program sessions focus on government, education, health and human services, economic development, the environment, and the intersections of these topics.

The LNC experience consists of six two-day sessions held in locations around the state.  Sessions include presentations from experts, experiential learning opportunities, facilitated discussions, and opportunities to explore unique aspects of the state.  The program application and links to more information are available here.  The application for Class XXV will be open through June 30, 2017.

If you are interested in participating, we hope you will apply.  If you know of promising candidates, please help spread the word by sharing this article.  In an effort to make the program accessible to participants from all parts of the state and to expand our alumni base to all 100 North Carolina counties, LNC continues to pursue our 100 County Initiative.  Through this effort LNC is actively recruiting participants from the 16 counties not currently represented by LNC alumni or class members.   If you know a promising candidate from one of these counties, please encourage him or her to apply and let LNC know how we can support these candidates. Some scholarship funding is available.

Questions?  Contact LNC program director Kelly Turner at kelly@leadershipnc.org.

On May 11, 2017, Leadership North Carolina celebrated the graduation of LNC Class XXIV with a ceremony in the Old House Chamber of the North Carolina State Capitol. The event was attended by friends, family, and colleagues of the graduates as well as by LNC board members and alumni.

For fifty-five outstanding leaders from across the state, the day served to commemorate a journey they started eight months earlier. Beginning last October, these passionate and engaged leaders visited six different North Carolina cities to learn about government, health and human services, economic development, education, and the environment in North Carolina. They gained knowledge, friendships, and connections that will help them leverage their influence and commitment to North Carolina for years to come.

Each LNC class is challenged to “pay it forward” by presenting a class gift to the William Garrett Fund. The Garrett Fund provides scholarships to help make the LNC program accessible to those who might not otherwise be able to participate. With their generous donation of $47,000, members of Class XXIV are paying it forward for future participants of the LNC program.

LNC’s board, staff, and the members of Class XXIV shared their special thanks and appreciation with Class XXIII member Lisa Humphreys, chief organizational development officer for the YMCA of the Triangle, for her outstanding service as Class XXIV program chair and welcomed Steve Moore, fundraising manager for Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, as incoming program chair for Class XXV.  LNC’s leadership also expressed thanks to the many sponsors that make the LNC program possible.  A list of LNC’s sponsors can be found here.

Photo credit: Beth Ely Photography

L to R: Brian Etheridge, Paige Sayles, Shawan Gabriel

Paige Sayles, director of Z.B. Collie Foundation in Louisburg and a member of LNC Class XXIV, was selected by her fellow Leadership North Carolina participants as the 2017 recipient of the Stanley Frank Class Award during the LNC Class XXIV Graduation and Awards Ceremony on May 11 at the North Carolina State Capitol.

The Stanley Frank Class Award is presented annually in honor of the late Stanley Frank, chair of the LNC founding committee, who gave his time, talents, and resources to make our state a better place to live and to work. Mr. Frank was a Greensboro businessman and a civic giant who was one of the earliest and strongest supporters of LNC. There are many organizations in the Greensboro community on which Stanley Frank left his mark. He was known as a compassionate, modest, and generous gentleman.

Mrs. Sayle’s fellow LNC participants shared the following comments in nominating her for the Stanley Frank Class Award:

“Paige serves as an elected official on her county’s school board, helping to improve the quality of education in her community. She and her husband started a small foundation several years ago to provide college enrichment activities to first generation, underserved youth. Many times, scholarships from the Blue Collie Foundation provide a student’s first experience on a college campus.”

“Most recently, Paige has worked to open Blue Collie Coffee—a coffee shop in Louisburg, NC, designed to provide work opportunities for exceptional students in her community. Paige identified that there’s nothing for these young people to do, so she’s creating an option. She has bought and cleaned the space and even attended coffee school to learn how to make gourmet drinks.”

“Paige is always up for an adventure. When spending time with LNC classmates, she often asks, “Where to next?” And this is her approach to life. She’s always looking ahead for the next opportunity to create meaningful impact and improve the lives of others.”

Shawan Gabriel, president and chief executive officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters Services, Inc. and the 2016 recipient of the Stanley Frank Class Award, presented Mrs. Sayles with a Waterford eagle during the ceremony in the Old House Chamber of the North Carolina State Capitol.  A North Carolina flag was flown over the Capitol in Mrs. Sayles’s honor as a commemoration of her selection as the Stanley Frank Class Award recipient.

A roster of previous Stanley Frank Class Award recipients can be found here.

Photo credit: Beth Ely Photography

The members of LNC Class XXIV are just two sessions away from wrapping up the 2016-2017 program year.  This diverse group of 55 leaders from across the state first came together for their Orientation session in Boone in October.  They formed quick connections and were immediately engaged when they reconvened in Raleigh for their November Government session.  Highlights of that session included a tour of the NC Correctional Institution for Women (NCCIW), a reception at the Executive Mansion, a “Legislator for an Hour” exercise, the interactive “Budgetopolis” budgeting simulation, an engaging Leadership Profile talk by Former Chief Justice Henry Frye, and presentations on topics including North Carolina’s political landscape, separation of powers, local government, and citizen engagement.

In December, Class XXIV met in Winston-Salem. They started off with a fascinating tour of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and a reception at Biotech Place in Winston-Salem’s Innovation Quarter.  Winston-Salem State University hosted one day of the session, with presentation topics including an overview of education in North Carolina, technology in the classroom, the changing face of community colleges, discussions with North Carolina teachers and principals, presentations on education for social and economic impact and on educational innovators and disruptors, and an inspiring Leadership Profile talk by educator Dr. Dudley Flood.

The most recent Class XXIV session was the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Health and Human Services session, held at the Foundation for the Carolinas and hosted on the campus of UNC Charlotte. The session started with a volunteer shift at Second Harvest Food Bank, where Class XXIV honed their sorting skills. Susan DeVore, president and chief executive officer of Premier, Inc., motivated the group with her engaging lessons of leadership. Other session presentations built on content from past sessions, drawing important connections between health, education, poverty, and hunger and highlighting innovations to help address these challenges. Connections across these issues were reinforced during the “Making Ends Meet” simulation, during which class members were assigned to groups tasked with shopping for a month’s worth of food under the parameters of the WIC and SNAP food support programs. Sponsored and hosted by Harris Teeter and facilitated by LNC Class XIV alumnus Bill Rhyne, the “Making Ends Meet” exercise provided a hands-on learning opportunity and resulted in hundreds of pounds of food being donated to Second Harvest.

Members of Class XXIV will gather in New Bern in March and in Asheville in April for their final two program sessions. May 11th will mark their graduation from the LNC program, their transition to alumni, and the start of their work planning the program content for LNC Class XXV.

Are you interested in learning about challenges and opportunities in North Carolina while building connections with leaders from across the state?  Do you know someone who would be an excellent LNC candidate?  The LNC recruitment committee is working hard to build the next great class of North Carolina leaders, and they need your help.

LNC provides a unique opportunity to learn more about the state and explore opportunities for engagement.  It is equally powerful for lifelong residents and for those new to North Carolina.  If you are interested in applying for Class XXV or a future LNC class, be sure to complete the interest form through the link on this page.  If there is someone in your network with a fresh perspective or an impressive commitment to strengthening North Carolina, please make sure they know about the program and complete this candidate suggestion form so our recruitment team can reach out to them.

The application period for LNC Class XXV (2017-2018) runs May 17–June 30, 2017, and the Class XXV program years kicks off in October.  General information about the program is available here, and the Class XXV program schedule and interest form are available here.

LNC is especially interested in connecting with prospective candidates from the 16 counties not yet represented by LNC alumni.  We also encourage you to share information about LNC within your organizations and through civic and professional mailing lists. Be sure to let us know of your outreach by emailing LNC program director Kelly Turner (kelly@leadershipnc.org).

With the Class XXIV program year well under way, the LNC Team is already focused on recruiting the next class of exceptional leaders from across the state.  Winter is an excellent time to begin working LNC into schedules and budgets for 2016-2017.

Prospective candidates can see the dates and locations for Class XXV on the Apply page of our website.  Completing the interest forms on that page ensures that  you will receive our newsletter and announcements about program dates and deadlines.  Dates and locations for the Class 2016-2017 program year are also available through that link.  The application period for Class XXV opens on May 17, 2017, and runs through June 30.

If you are an LNC alum or know promising candidates, please help spread the word. Word-of-mouth is our most effective recruitment strategy, and LNC’s friends and alumni are our best recruitment resource.  We need you to share your LNC experience within your networks and beyond.  If you know promising candidates, talk with them about your LNC story, point them to the LNC Program page of our website for more details, and be sure to complete this Candidate Suggestion Form so we can follow up.

The LNC program strives to reflect the diversity and characteristics of all 100 North Carolina counties.  There are 16 counties that have not yet been represented by LNC alumni or participants.  Please help us meet the goal of our 100 County Initiative by connecting us with promising candidates from these 16 counties.

We want to help!  If you connect with prospective candidates or if you have questions about the LNC program, please let us know.  Contact LNC program director Kelly Turner (kelly@leadershipnc.org) so we can support your outreach or share more information.

Leadership North Carolina is pleased to share the roster for LNC Class XXIV (2016-2017) and to welcome these fifty-five outstanding leaders to the LNC program. These individuals represent the state’s business, government, education, and nonprofit sectors and reflect the diversity of the state from the mountains to the coast. They were selected from a competitive applicant pool based on their personal and professional accomplishments and their commitment to the state of North Carolina.

Over the next eight months this group will meet in locations across the state for sessions that include presentations, simulations, tours, experiential learning activities, and dialogue. They will learn about the challenges and opportunities facing North Carolina in the areas of government, economic development, education, the environment, and health and human services.

LNC Class XXIV Sessions

  • Orientation: Boone, October 4-6, 2016
  • Government: Raleigh, November 1-3, 2016
  • Education: Winston-Salem, December 6-8, 2016
  • Health and Human Services: Charlotte, February 7-9, 2017
  • Economic Development: New Bern, March 7-9, 2017
  • Environment: Asheville, April 4-6, 2017
  • Planning Meeting/Graduation: Raleigh, May 11, 2017

The LNC program will provide opportunities for these leaders to share their own expertise and perspectives and build lasting connections. By the end of the program year they will have gained knowledge, strategies, and relationships that they can leverage for the benefit of their communities and the state as a whole for years to come.

Planning for LNC Class XXV
The LNC Recruitment Committee is already hard at work connecting with candidates for LNC Class XXV (2017 – 2018).   If you would like to receive more information and be added to our mailing list, please complete the LNC Class XXV Interest Form on this page. The Class XXV program schedule is available on that page as well.

LNC relies on recommendations from our members, alumni, and friends as our best recruitment tool.  If you have suggestions for outstanding candidates, please talk with them about the program and share your recommendations with us through this link.

For more information about the LNC program, contact LNC’s program director, Kelly Turner, at kelly@leadershipnc.org or (919) 803-5325.

Here’s your opportunity to see how CPCC’s Center for Global Engagement, Siemens Energy, LNC Global, and you all come together.

Please join us Thursday, September 15, in Charlotte for a luncheon at the Harris Conference Center on the campus of Central Piedmont Community College followed by a tour of the state-of-the-art Siemens Energy Gas Turbines plant. CPCC’s President, Dr. Tony Zeiss (LNC Class I), will join us for lunch to provide an overview of CPCC’s Center for Global Engagement and the workforce development partnership between Siemens and CPCC.

Following lunch, LNC alumni will access an exclusive tour of the Siemens Charlotte Energy Hub to see the CPCC/Siemens workforce development partnership in action. The tour will offer a look at all three of the product lines the site manufactures and services: Steam Turbines, Gas Turbines, and Generators. This large-scale power equipment is shipped all over the world to generate power.

The luncheon will also be a great opportunity to get more information on the LNC Global trip to Germany in September 2017.  The trip will focus on German firms with a presence in North Carolina, and participants will learn about economic development, education, environment, health and human services, and government sector practices in Germany and how they relate to North Carolina.  Siemens is one of the companies we plan to highlight during the trip.

Special Instructions
Attendees must wear flat, hard-soled, closed toe shoes (no high heels, sandals, or running/deck shoes), and only able-bodied attendees are allowed on the tour (Siemens can not accommodate those on crutches or with other concerns that would hinder movement in the event of an evacuation).

When:
Thursday, September 15, 2016
11:30 am – 4:00 pm

Where:
Harris Conference Center, CPCC Campus
3216 CPCC Harris Campus Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
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Cost:
$25 per person includes buffet lunch and group transportation.

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Leadership North Carolina Class XXIII

On May 13, 2016, Leadership North Carolina celebrated the graduation of LNC Class XXIII with a ceremony in the Old House Chamber of the North Carolina State Capitol. The event was attended by friends, family, and colleagues of the graduates as well as by LNC board members and alumni.

For fifty-five outstanding leaders from across the state, the day served to commemorate a journey they started eight months earlier. Beginning last October, these passionate and engaged leaders visited six different North Carolina cities to learn about government, health and human services, economic development, education, and the environment in North Carolina. They gained knowledge, friendships, and connections that will help them leverage their influence and commitment to North Carolina for years to come.

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Brenda Berg, Shawan Gabriel, Brian Etheridge

Prior to the presentation of graduation certificates, Brenda Berg of Best NC and alumnus of LNC Class XXII announced the recipient of the Class XXIII Stanley Frank Award as Shawan Gabriel, president and chief executive officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters Services Inc. in Winston-Salem. Shawan was chosen by his classmates to receive this honor for his commitment to education, to creating opportunities for young people, and to providing leadership for positive change. Shawan’s mother, wife, and daughters surprised him with their attendance at the ceremony.

Following Shawan’s remarks, the program shifted to Class XXIII graduation speaker Matt Ferraguto, partner/client services director at Eckel and Vaughan.  Also chosen by his classmates, Matt shared his gratitude for the LNC opportunity, his reflections on his LNC experience and the lessons it taught him, and his challenge to his classmates to view completing the LNC program as just the beginning of their impact on their communities and state.

Each LNC class is challenged to “pay it forward” by presenting a class gift to the William Garrett Fund. The Garrett Fund provides scholarships to help make the LNC program accessible to those who might not otherwise be able to participate. With their generous donation of $51,715, members of Class XXIII set a new record for the highest total pledged to support this critical program.

LNC’s board, staff, and the members of Class XXIII shared their special thanks and appreciation with Class XXII member Kristy Teskey, executive director of the John M. Belk Endowment, for her outstanding service as Class XXIII program chair and welcomed Lisa Humphreys, senior vice president, organizational development for the YMCA of the Triangle, as incoming program chair for Class XXIV.  LNC’s leadership also expressed thanks to the many sponsors that make the LNC program possible.  A list of LNC’s sponsors can be found here.

Photo credits: Whitney Bailey Photography

LNC invites current and emerging leaders to apply for Leadership North Carolina Class XXIV (2016 – 2017).  Each year, through a competitive application process, LNC selects a class of 50 – 55 individuals to participate in this prestigious program.

The LNC program offers a unique opportunity for leaders from across the state to expand their personal and professional networks while learning about challenges and opportunities in North Carolina.  With a focus on turning knowledge into action, LNC program sessions focus on government, education, health and human services, economic development, the environment, and the intersections of these topics.

The LNC experience consists of six two-day sessions held in locations around the state.  Sessions include presentations from experts, experiential learning opportunities, facilitated discussions, and opportunities to explore unique aspects of the state.  The program application and links to more information are available here.  The application for Class XXIV will be open through June 30, 2016.

If you are interested in participating, we hope you will apply.  If you know of promising candidates, please help spread the word by sharing this article.  In an effort to make the program accessible to participants from all parts of the state and to expand our alumni base to all 100 North Carolina counties, LNC continues to pursue our 100 County Initiative.  Through this effort LNC is actively recruiting participants from the 18 counties not currently represented by LNC alumni or class members.   If you know a promising candidate from one of these counties, please encourage him or her to apply and let LNC know how we can support these candidates.

Questions?  Contact LNC program director Kelly Turner at kelly@leadershipnc.org.

 

 

The application period for Leadership North Carolina Class XXIV (2016-2017) is now open. Applications will be accepted through June 30, 2016. Your materials will be considered complete when LNC has received your application, your $75 application fee, and your two letters of reference. All components must be received by the June 30 deadline.

To access the online application, please choose the “LNC Program Tab” above and then select “Apply.” You may save and return to your application as needed.  Letters of recommendation must be submitted by June 30 through the link provided on the “Apply” page.  Thank you for your interest in Leadership North Carolina

The members of LNC Class XXIII are just two-thirds of the way through their program year and they are already having an impact on their state.

This group of 55 leaders gathered in Raleigh in November for their first program session. Highlights of the Government session included a tour of the NC Correctional Institution for Women (NCCIW), a reception at the Executive Mansion with remarks from NC DHHS Secretary Rick Brajer, a “Legislator for an Hour” exercise held on the floor of the NC House of Representatives, the interactive “Budgetopolis” budgeting simulation, and presentations on topics including civics, local government, politics, lobbying, and citizen engagement. The group was so impressed by the work of the Mothers and Their Children (MATCH) program at NCCIW that they held a book drive resulting in hundreds of books donated for mothers to read with their children during visits to the prison.

In December, Class XXIII met on the campuses of NC A&T State University and the University of Greensboro for their Education session. They started off with a moving tour of the International Civil Rights museum and a reception at the ACC Hall of Champions. Presentation topics included an overview of education in North Carolina, technology in the classroom, the changing face of community colleges, presentations by two NC Teachers of the Year, an interactive segment on kinesthetic learning, and an inspiring Leadership Profile talk by educator Dr. Dudley Flood. One of the most powerful elements of the session was a visit to the Middle College at A&T State that included remarks by principal Marcus Gause and tours led by an impressive group of young students. Connections made between LNC participants and Middle College students have led to members of Class XXIII contributing towards the costs of college tours for young men who otherwise couldn’t afford to go on such a trip.

The most recent Class XXIII session was the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Health and Human Services session, held in uptown Charlotte and on the campus of UNC Charlotte. The session started with a volunteer shift at Second Harvest Food Bank, where Class XXIII tackled their sorting assignment with gusto, exceeding an ambitious goal. HHS session presentations built on content from past sessions, drawing important connections between health, education, poverty, and hunger and highlighting innovations to help address these challenges. Connections across these issues were reinforced during the “Making Ends Meet” simulation, during which class members were assigned to groups tasked with shopping for a month’s worth of food under the parameters of the WIC and SNAP food support programs. Sponsored and hosted by Harris Teeter and facilitated by LNC Class XIV alumnus Bill Rhyne, the “Making Ends Meet” exercise provided a hands-on learning opportunity, resulted in a donation of 470 pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank, and fueled passionate discussion among the members of Class XXIII.

LNC is grateful to the members of Class XXII planning teams who worked so hard to put together outstanding content, to the Harris Teeter team for their support of “Making Ends Meet,” and to all the sponsors who make this program possible.

Members of Class XXIII will gather in Wilmington in March and in Asheville in April for their final two program sessions. May 13th will mark their graduation from the LNC program, their transition to alumni, and the start of their work planning the program content for LNC Class XXIV.






Leadership North Carolina (LNC), the state’s premier leadership engagement program, has been awarded a $50,000 grant from The Duke Energy Foundation in support of LNC’s economic development programming.  Each year LNC holds a two-day session focused on economic development issues as part of its six-session program for leaders across the state.  In recognition of this grant, the session for Class XXIII (2015-2016) will be named the “Duke Energy Economic Development Session”  and Duke Energy will be listed as a Carolina Sponsor of the LNC program.  The Duke Energy Economic Development Session is scheduled for March 1-3, 2016, in Wilmington, NC.   

“We are grateful for this grant and for the longtime partnership we have with Duke Energy,” stated Brian Etheridge, president of Leadership North Carolina.  “Duke Energy has worked alongside us since Leadership North Carolina’s inception. For LNC to achieve its mission, we need human and financial resources.  Duke Energy has been a steadfast partner of LNC providing the human and financial resources needed to achieve our mission.  Leaders at Duke Energy have invested in LNC by participating in the program, serving as presenters and area experts during sessions, providing leadership as members of our Board of Directors, and finding value in our work as sponsors since our early days. ” 

The 2015 LNC Governor’s Award presentation was held on October 20 at 18 Seaboard in Raleigh. Members of the LNC Board of Directors, members of the Marian Phillips Leadership Circle, and friends of LNC joined us for lunch and the award presentation.

The LNC Governor’s Award is given to a North Carolinian who serves as a leadership role model and whose efforts have resulted in an improved quality of life, economic well-being, and sense of community in our state. The award is presented annually in honor of the current governor, who serves as the honorary chair of the LNC board of directors.

The recipient of this years award is Governor Jim Martin (Governor 1985-1993). Six time US Congressman, Governor, author, and champion of science, Governor Martin has dedicated himself to building a better North Carolina.  Governor Pat McCrory was in attendance to make the presentation.

To see the list of past recipients, read more about Governor Jim Martin, or submit a nomination, please visit our Awards page. The deadline for nominations is December 15, 2015.

The 55 members of LNC Class XXIII gathered in Raleigh November 3 – 5, 2015, for a two-and-a-half day session focused on Government in North Carolina.  Highlights of the session included:

  • A tour of the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women (NCCIW) and a Q&A session with prison leaders, staff, and inmates.
  • A reception at the Executive Mansion, with remarks from NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Rick Brajer.
  • A snapshot of North Carolina’s political landscape from the always engaging John Davis.
  • A case study on lobbying, legislation, and issues related to certificate of need requirements.
  • The “Legislator for an Hour” simulation on the House floor, with Representative Gale Adcock, former Senator Richards Stevens, and House Principal Clerk Denise Weeks guiding the caucus process and the exercise.
  • “Budgetopolis,” an interactive budgeting simulation.
  • A welcome from Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, segments on civics and local government, and presentations from Red Thread partners Girls Scouts NC Coastal Pines and USO of North Carolina.

The Government session was held at the Nature Research Center and at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library.  LNC thanks NC State University and all of the other sponsors who make each session and the LNC program possible.

Last month the group came together for the first time at their Orientation session, hosted by Appalachian State University in Boone.  Over the course of 3 days participants were treated to Dr. Karl Campbell’s fascinating presentation of 400 years of North Carolina history, learned about the LNC program and the LNC Learning Model, and got to know one another through a variety of exercises facilitated by Dr. Bauback Yeganeh and the LNC team.  They were also introduced to the members of their small Learning Teams, with whom they will connect at each session.

The Class XXIII Education session, the final session of 2015, will be held in Greensboro December 1 – 3.  We hope local alumni and friends will join us at the session reception at the ACC Hall of Champions on December 1st.  Please RSVP to rsvp@leadershipnc.org so we know to expect you.  Details for the remaining LNC Class XXIII sessions and a roster of participants can be found on the Class XXIII page of the LNC website.

 

With the Class XXIII program year well under way, the LNC Team is already focused on recruiting the next class of exceptional leaders from across the state.  Winter is an excellent time to begin working LNC into schedules and budgets for 2015-2016.

Prospective candidates can complete the interest form on the Apply page to receive our newsletter and announcements about program dates and deadlines.  Dates and locations for the Class 2015-2016 program year are also available through that link.  The application period for Class XXIV opens on May 16, 2016 and runs through June 30.

If you are an LNC alum or know promising candidates, please help spread the word. Word-of-mouth is our most effective recruitment strategy, and LNC’s friends and alumni are our best recruitment resource.  We need you to share your LNC experience within your networks and beyond.  If you know promising candidates, talk with them about your LNC story and point them to the LNC Program page of our website for more details.

The LNC program strives to reflect the diversity and characteristics of all 100 North Carolina counties.  There are 18 counties that have not yet been represented by LNC alumni or participants.  Please help us meet the goal of our 100 County Initiative by connecting us with promising candidates from these 18 counties.

We want to help!  If you connect with prospective candidates or if you have questions about the LNC program, please let us know.  Contact LNC program director Kelly Turner (kelly@leadershipnc.org) so we can support your outreach or share more information.

Leadership North Carolina is pleased to share the roster for LNC Class XXIII and to welcome these fifty-five outstanding leaders to the LNC program. These individuals represent the state’s business, government, education, and nonprofit sectors and reflect the diversity of the state from the mountains to the coast. They were selected from a competitive applicant pool based on their personal and professional accomplishments and their commitment to the state of North Carolina.

Over the next eight months this group will meet in locations across the state for sessions that include presentations, simulations, tours, experiential learning activities, and dialogue. They will learn about the challenges and opportunities facing North Carolina in the areas of government, economic development, education, the environment, and health and human services.

LNC Class XXIII Sessions

  • Orientation: Boone, October 6-8, 2015
  • Government: Raleigh, November 3-5, 2015
  • Education: Greensboro, December 1-3, 2015
  • BCBSNC Health & Human Services: Charlotte, February 2-4, 2016
  • Duke Energy Economic Development: Wilmington, March 1-3, 2016
  • Environment: Asheville, April 12-14, 2016
  • Planning Meeting/Graduation: Raleigh, May 13, 2016

The LNC program will provide opportunities for these leaders to share their own expertise and perspectives and build lasting connections. By the end of the program year they will have gained knowledge, strategies, and relationships that they can leverage for the benefit of their communities and the state as a whole for years to come.

The Class XXIII roster can be found here. For more information about the LNC program, contact LNC’s program director, Kelly Turner, at kelly@leadershipnc.org or (919) 803-5325.

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The fifty-five members of Leadership North Carolina Class XXII marked the end of their LNC program year during a May 15, 2015, graduation and awards ceremony. During the previous eight months, these passionate and engaged leaders visited six different North Carolina cities to learn about government, health and human services, economic development, education, and the environment in North Carolina. They gained knowledge, friendships, and connections that will help them leverage their influence and commitment to North Carolina for years to come.

LNC board chair Lou Jurkowski presided over the ceremony in the Old House Chamber of the North Carolina State Capitol. The event was attended by friends, family, and colleagues of the graduates as well as by LNC board members and alumni.

Prior to the presentation of graduation certificates, the recipients of two of LNC’s annual awards were announced. LNC Class II alumnus Bob Seligson of the North Carolina Medical Society was presented with the L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award in recognition of his contributions to the quality of life, economic well-being, and sense of community in the state. Brenda Berg of BEST NC was chosen by her classmates as the Class XXII Stanley Frank Class Award in honor of her commitment to the LNC program and her tireless advocacy in support of public education across the state.

Each of the award recipients shared brief remarks with the group before turning to the class graduation speaker, Nimasheena Burns of the North Carolina Department of Justice. Nimasheena was chosen by her classmates to reflect on their group’s LNC experience.  She used the opportunity to challenge and inspire the graduates to build on their knowledge and relationships as they continue to have an impact on their state.

Each LNC class is challenged to “pay it forward” by presenting a class gift to the William Garrett Fund. The Garrett Fund provides scholarships to help make the LNC program accessible to those who might otherwise not be able to participate. The members of Class XXII rose to the challenge set them by the previous class. With support of another generous grant of $10,000 from Belk Inc., Class XXII pledged $45,966 to the Garrett Fund—a new LNC record.

LNC’s board, staff, and the members of Class XXII used the ceremony to share their thanks and appreciation with Elaine Loyack of Delta Dental for her enthusiastic commitment to the role of Class XXII program chair and to welcome Kristy Teskey, executive director of the John M. Belk Foundation, as incoming program chair for Class XXIII.  LNC’s leadership also expressed thanks to the many sponsors that make the LNC program possible.  A list of LNC’s sponsors can be found here.

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Bob         Brenda Berg, Class XXII Stanley Frank Award Recipient    Nimasheena
Left to Right: Bob Seligson, Class II, L. Richardson Preyer Award Recipient; Brenda Berg, Class XXII Stanley Frank Award Recipient; Nimasheena Burns, Class XXII Graduation Speaker

The application period for Leadership North Carolina Class XXIII (2015-2016) is now open. Applications will be accepted through June 30, 2015. Your materials will be considered complete when LNC has received your application, your $75 application fee, and your two letters of reference. All components must be received by the June 30 deadline.

To access the online application, please choose the “LNC Program Tab” above and then select “Apply.” You may save and return to your application as needed.  Letters of recommendation may be emailed to kelly@leadershipnc.org or mailed to 2700 Wycliff Avenue, Suite 402, Raleigh, NC, 27607.  Thank you for your interest in Leadership North Carolina

Each spring, the Awards Committee of the LNC Board of Directors announces awards based on nominations received from alumni across the state.  We are pleased to announce Bob Seligson, Governor Jim Martin, and Brenda Berg as this year’s recipients.

Nominations are being accepted through December 15 for consideration for the 2016 awards.  To submit a nomination, please use the links below.

 

L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award
Roster of Recipients and Nomination Form

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Robert Seligson
Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer
North Carolina Medical Society
LNC Class II

 

LNC Governor’s Award
Roster of Recipients and Nomination Form

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Governor James G. Martin
70th Governor of the State of North Carolina


Stanley Frank Class Award
Roster of Recipients

President and Chief Executive Officer BEST NC LNC Class XXII

President and Chief Executive Officer
BEST NC
LNC Class XXII

 

 

 

The 2015 Alumni Campaign is underway with Class Ambassadors from classes I-XXI leading the way.  This year’s goal is $30,000 and all contributions are tax deductible.  One-hundred percent of gifts support the programming, alumni outreach, and operations of LNC.  The $5,250 program fee covers just over half of our program expenses each year, so your generous support ensures that we build on the high quality program you experienced.

Your donation helps support experiences for class members such as the Budgetopolis simulation during the Government Session, the Making Ends Meet Simulation (grocery store activity) during our BCBSNC Health and Human Services Session, and the North Carolina history presentation by Dr. Karl Campbell during the Orientation Session.

Your pledge card will arrive in the mail soon, so please consider a gift equal to the impact of your LNC experience.  You may pay by credit/debit or e-check by following this link to make a secure online payment.  If you would like assistance in establishing a recurring monthly payment or are interested in gifting stock, please contact Brian Etheridge.

Have a fellow LNC classmate or an alum from another LNC class who you have thought about and wonder where they are now?  That question was asked just this past week during the LNC Alumni Committee conference call.  There are tremendous LNC alumni doing outstanding things and we would love to share those updates with all alumni through our new feature entitled “Where Are They Now?”  If you have an alum you would like to nominate for this feature, simply email Catherine King and we will take it from there.  Stay tuned to the LNC Newsletter and social media to find out who is up to what among your fellow alumni!

On May 15th the 55 members of LNC Class XXII will gather in the Old House Chamber of the North Carolina State Capitol to receive their graduation certificates and to celebrate their LNC experience.  They will reflect on a journey that took them from one end of the state to the other as they built connections, tackled challenges, and learned about opportunities for making a difference.

The members of Class XXII stand out for their openness, their good humor, and their commitment to paying it forward.  Every LNC class raises money for the William Garrett Fund, a resource used to provide scholarships for future LNC participants.  Class XXIII set a new record for Garrett Fund pledges, raising an incredible $46,716 with 100% participation from class members.

As they shift from being LNC participants to becoming LNC alumni, this group of enthusiastic and committed leaders is already hard at work planning content for the Class XXIII program year.  Under the leadership of program chair Kristy Teskey of the John M. Belk Endowment, members of Class XXII will build on their own program experience to design the sessions for next year’s class.

The addition of 55 new alumni puts LNC over the milestone of 1,000 program graduates.  The majority of LNC graduates stay in North Carolina, creating a powerful network across all regions and sectors of the state.  To help engage and maintain connections across this network, Class XXII members Natalie Perkins of Clean Design and Armistead Sapp of SAS will fill seats on LNC’s Board of Directors as incoming alumni co-chairs.  They will join Class XXI alumni co-chairs Jessica Graham of Belk and Jim Rose of Yadkin Bank in supporting all of LNC’s alumni.  If you are interested in being involved with alumni events or finding ways to connect across the LNC network, please email info@leadershipnc.org.

 

Members of LNC Class XXII completed the “Making Ends Meet” simulation at a Greenville, NC, Harris Teeter

Members of LNC Class XXII completed the “Making Ends Meet” simulation at a Greenville, NC, Harris Teeter

Class XXII gathered on the campus of East Carolina University for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Health and Human Services session in March.  A cornerstone of the session was the “Making Ends Meet” simulation, sponsored by long-time LNC partner, Harris Teeter.

Members of Class XXII were assigned scenarios designed to highlight the challenges of feeding a family on food assistance benefits.  Teams fanned out through the aisles of the Evans Street Harris Teeter in Greenville as they worked to maximize their benefits while meeting the programs’ requirements.

Comments from participants after the exercise included:

  • “Fantastic—I learned so much that I will take with me through life.”
  • “This was an ‘eye-opening’ experience.”
  • “Powerful and very hard work for a first timer.”
  • “Humbling!!  Absolutely keep this next year.”

Harris Teeter hosted the exercise and donated all of the food collected—almost 1200 pounds—to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

Word-of-mouth continues to be LNC’s most powerful recruitment tool. Many of the LNC program’s strongest candidates have applied because a friend or colleague suggested they’d be an excellent fit for LNC. 

We need your help to recruit an outstanding group of applicants for LNC Class XXIII.  Our recruitment committee and staff are already hard at work, but they need your input. Think about the people in your network. Do you know a current or emerging leader eager to learn more about the state and how to have an impact? Are you impressed by a friend’s commitment to strengthening North Carolina? Do you have a colleague new to the state who could expand his or her connections while learning about opportunities for engagement?

The caliber and vision of LNC’s participants continues to grow.  Please support this trend by sharing the program with promising candidates. General information about the program is available here, and the 2015-2016 program schedule and interest form are available here. Prospective applicants can complete the interest form to be added to our mailing list to receive LNC updates and program information. The application period for Class XXIII will open May 18 and run through June 30, 2015.

LNC also strives to make the program accessible to participants from all parts of the state and seeks to expand our alumni base to all 100 North Carolina counties. Through our 100 County Initiative LNC is actively recruiting participants from the 18 counties not currently represented by LNC alumni or class members. If you know a promising candidate from one of these counties, encourage him or her to apply and let LNC know how we can support these candidates.

Be sure to let LNC program director Kelly Turner know who you reach out to so the LNC team can offer our support and follow-up.

LNC Class XXII

The fifty-five members of LNC Class XXII have completed the first two sessions of their program year.  The group convened in Boone in October for a two-day Orientation session hosted by Appalachian State University.  Programming included a creative and engaging presentation of 400 years of North Carolina History by ASU professor Dr. Karl Campbell, a reception at Appalachian House hosted by ASU chancellor Sheri Everts, program orientation and networking and collaboration opportunities facilitated by LNC staff and Dr. Bauback Yeganeh of Everidian, and time for class members to connect outside of session programming.

 

Dept. of Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker, Governor Pat McCrory, LNC President Brian Etheridge, and Carlos Sanchez, Director of Statewide and Government Affairs at AT&T North Carolina at the November 2014 LNC Government Session Reception

Just after the November elections the group gathered in Raleigh for the Government session, held at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science’s Nature Research Center.  This tightly packed session included an optional tour of the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women (NCCIW) and a reception at the Executive Mansion, with hosts Governor Pat McCrory and Secretary Sharon Decker of the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Government session programming included a mix of presentations and interactive exercises.  Participants took part in a lively “Legislator for an Hour” exercise in the Old House Chamber of the North Carolina Capitol that let them simulate debating and voting on a bill.  Representatives Chuck McGrady and Grier Martin shared their experiences with the class and help guide the simulation.  The group also split into teams to play “Budgetopolis,” a facilitated game in which each team was charged with balancing a city budget and adapting to frequent fiscal challenges.

Other session highlights included a welcome from Raleigh’s mayor, Nancy McFarlane; a leadership profile presentation from Redwoods Group president and CEO Kevin Trapani; a conversation about North Carolina’s judicial system with Former NC Supreme Court Chief Justice Henry Frye and Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation senior fellow Tom Lambeth;  presentations on local government and advocacy and lobbying; an overview of North Carolina’s political landscape from John Davis, editor of the John Davis Political Report; and a facilitated discussion of how class members can define and implement their ideas for having an impact on their communities and state.

Class XXII Legislator for an Hour Simulation  Class XXII Budgetopolis Simulation  Town Manager Sterling Cheatham, Mayor Chris Rey, and Commissioner Caroline Sullivan address Class XXII

Class XXII will meet in Rutherford County in December for the Duke Energy Economic Development session.  Their remaining sessions will be the Environment session in Charlotte in February, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Health and Human Services session in Greenville in March, and the Education session in High Point in April.  The Class XXII program year will conclude with a planning committee meeting and graduation ceremony in Raleigh in May.

 

Members of LNC Class XXI celebrate their graduation on the steps of the North Carolina State Capitol

Members of LNC Class XXI celebrate their graduation on the steps of the North Carolina State Capitol

The fifty members of Leadership North Carolina Class XXI celebrated completion of the LNC program at a May graduation and awards ceremony.  During the course of the LNC program, these passionate and engaged leaders visited six different North Carolina cities to learn about government, health and human services, economic development, education, and the environment in North Carolina.  The knowledge they gained and the friendships and connections they established promise to have an impact on North Carolina for years to come.

LNC board chair Tony Zeiss, president of Central Piedmont Community College, presided over the May 8, 2014, ceremony in the Old House Chamber of the North Carolina State Capitol.  The event was attended by friends, family, and colleagues of the graduates as well as LNC board members and alumni. 

Chosen by their peers, Ken Burton of Bank of America shared an inspiring call to action as the Class XXI graduation speaker and Jessica Graham of Belk, Inc., was awarded the Class XXI Stanley Frank Class Award in honor of her commitment to all aspects of the LNC program and her enthusiastic engagement in her community and beyond.

The members of the Class XXI William Garrett Fund committee announced their impressive class gift of $40,080 to support LNC’s scholarship fund.  Class XXI was able to reach its ambitious fundraising goal in part through the generous grant of $10,000 from Belk Inc.

During the ceremony LNC’s board, staff, and the members of Class XXI shared their heartfelt appreciation for UNC Wilmington’s Jenni Harris and her commitment to her role as Class XXI program chair.  The group also welcomed Elaine Loyack of Triangle Air Awareness as incoming program chair for Class XXII and Lou Jurkowski as LNC’s incoming board chair.

LNC’s leadership also expressed thanks to the many sponsors that make the LNC program possible.  A list of LNC’s sponsors can be found here.

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Leadership North Carolina is pleased to welcome the fifty-five members of LNC Class XXII.  These leaders from across the state were selected from a competitive applicant pool to join Leadership North Carolina’s twenty-second class.  They come from the state’s business, government, education, and nonprofit sectors and represent the diversity of the state from the mountains to the coast. 

Over the next eight months this group will meet in locations across the state for sessions that include presentations, simulations, tours, experiential learning activities, and dialogue.  They will learn about the challenges and opportunities facing North Carolina in the areas of government, economic development, education, the environment, and health and human services.  Throughout the year they will gain strategies for turning their knowledge into action and for leveraging resources for the benefit of their communities and the state as a whole.

The Class XXII roster can be found here. For more information about the LNC program, contact LNC’s program director, Kelly Turner, at kelly@leadershipnc.org or (919) 803-5325.

Each year Leadership North Carolina presents three awards that recognize citizens who have made profound contributions to our communities and our state.  Recipients of the 2014 LNC Awards were Jim and Ann Goodnight, Carr Ipock, and Jessica Graham.

Jim and Ann Goodnight accept the Leadership North Carolina Governor's Award from Governor Pat McCrory

Jim and Ann Goodnight accept the Leadership North Carolina Governor’s Award from Governor Pat McCrory

Dr. Jim Goodnight, co-founder of SAS, and Ann Goodnight were honored with the LNC Governor’s Award for their business, civic, and cultural leadership.  The LNC Governor’s Award is the highest honor LNC can bestow upon a citizen. It is given to North Carolinians who serve as leadership role models and whose efforts have resulted in an improved quality of life, economic well-being, and sense of community in our state. The award is presented annually in honor of the current governor, who serves as the honorary chair of the LNC board of directors.  Governor Pat McCrory presented the award to Dr. and Mrs. Goodnight in a small ceremony at the North Carolina State Capitol on May 7, 2014.  The full roster of LNC Governor’s Award recipients can be found here.

Carr Ipock accepts the L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award

Carr Ipock accepts the L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award

The L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award is presented each year to an alumna/us of the LNC program whose leadership has made a significant improvement in the quality of life, economic well-being, and/or sense of community in our state.  The 2014 L. Richardson Preyer Award was given to Carroll G. “Carr” Ipock II, alumnus of LNC Class II and chair of the Craven County Board of Education, in honor of his commitment to education and to improving the quality of life in the New Bern community and beyond.  The full roster of L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award recipients can be found here.

Jessica Graham was chosen by her classmates to receive the Stanley Frank Class Award.

Jessica Graham was chosen by her classmates to receive the Stanley Frank Class Award.

The first two LNC Award recipients are chosen by the LNC Awards Committee, based on nominations submitted by LNC alumni.  The third award, the Stanley Frank Class Award, is presented to a member of the current LNC class as chosen by secret ballot by his or her classmates.  The Stanley Frank Class Award honors the late Stanley Frank, a Greensboro businessman and civic giant who was one of the earliest and strongest supporters of Leadership North Carolina.  The recipient of this award is revealed during the graduation ceremony.  The members of LNC Class XXI enthusiastically recognized Jessica Graham of Belk, Inc., for her commitment to all aspects of the LNC program and her energetic engagement and leadership in her community and beyond.  The full roster of Stanley Frank Class Award recipients can be found here.

All photographs by Story Photographers

We are constantly hearing inspiring stories from LNC alumni about the power of their LNC experience and the action it has inspired them to take. Please help us capture these stories.  We want to use your experiences to recruit future classes of North Carolina leaders and to help LNC better demonstrate the true impact of the program on the state.

Please complete this brief survey to share your LNC experience with us.  Thank you!

Each LNC program session includes a Tuesday evening reception open to all LNC alumni. This is a great opportunity to stay connected with your classmates; meet the current participants; engage with other LNC alumni, session presenters, community leaders, elected officials, and friends of LNC; and introduce prospective participants to the program.   Check the list of Class XXII Session reception locations to see when LNC will be near you.

Advance RSVPs are required.  If you have questions about a reception or would like to bring a prospective applicant as a guest, please contact Catherine King at catherine@leadershipnc.org.

2014-2015 Reception DATES

October 7, 2014, 5:30-7:00 pm
LNC Class XXII Orientation Session Reception
Appalachian House – Boone

November 12, 2014, 5:30-7:00 pm
LNC Class XXII Government Session Reception
North Carolina Executive Mansion – Raleigh
**Reception will be held on a Wednesday in observance of Veteran’s Day

December 9, 2014, 5:00-6:30 pm
LNC Class XXII Duke Energy Economic Development Session Reception
The Foundation Performing Arts Center – Isothermal Community College – Spindale

February 3, 2015, 5:30-7:00 pm
LNC Class XXII Environment Session Reception
Charlotte City Club – Charlotte

March 3, 2015, 5:30-7:00 pm
LNC Class XXII BCBSNC Health and Human Services Session Reception
Murphy Football Center at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium – Greenville

April 7, 2015, 5:30-7:00 pm
LNC Class XXII Education Session Reception
Wanek Center, High Point High Point University – High Point

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Are you interested in connecting with other alumni and staying engaged with LNC?  Please contact us at info@leadershipnc.org if you are interested in serving on the Recruitment, Alumni, Marketing, or Development Committees.  We welcome board and non-board members on these committees to encourage broader engagement.

You have likely received invitations to the monthly LNC breakfasts held in the Charlotte area.  Since LNC alumni are often traveling across the state, we share these invitations statewide in case some of you happen to be in Charlotte and can attend a breakfast.  A Triangle area breakfast is in the works—be on the lookout for an invitation soon.  If you would like to assist with starting a regional breakfast in your area, please contact us at info@leadershipnc.org.  A special thanks to Mike Barnes and Shay Prosser of LNC Class XX and Wanda Montano of LNC Class X for kicking off this effort in Charlotte.

 

 

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LNC Class XIV alumnus Bill Rhyne of Harris Teeter shares instructions with LNC Class XXI for the “Making Ends Meet” simulation during the February BCBSNC HHS Session in Charlotte. Harris Teeter sponsors this powerful exercise each year.

With their graduation on May 8, members of LNC Class XXI will complete their program year and shift into their new roles as LNC alumni.  This active and engaged group is already hard at work planning the program for the class that will follow them.

During the final months of the program , Class XXI took part in the  Blue Cross and Blue Shield Health and Human Services session in Charlotte, the Duke Energy Economic Development session in New Bern, and the Environment session in Asheville.  Highlights of these sessions included:

  • Inspiring leadership profile and keynote presentations by North Carolina secretary of commerce Sharon Decker, former president of Duke Raleigh Hospital Doug Vinsel, president of Novant Health Carl Armato, and president and CEO of the Redwoods Group Kevin Trapani.
  • The “Making Ends Meet” exercise, sponsored by LNC partner Harris Teeter, during which class members experienced firsthand some of the challenges and stresses associated with food insecurity and navigating various food support programs.
  • Cleaning up a section of the French Broad River during the Environment session in Asheville.
  • Tours of the Port of Morehead City, the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, the International Civil Rights Museum, the Middle College at North Carolina A&T State University, the Bosch Siemens Advanced Manufacturing Center at Craven Community College, and the sustainability programs at Warren Wilson College and the Biltmore Estate.
  • Presentations from and discussions with experts, policymakers, and leaders from across the state.

From the beginning of their LNC experience, the members of Class XXI were focused on giving back and having an impact.  A class-led food drive they coordinated with each of their sessions resulted in the donation of more than 3000 pounds of food—that’s 1.5 tons!—to local organizations.  Class XXI participants learned about other opportunities to take action in their communities and across the state through presentations from LNC’s Red Thread Partners, including the USO of North Carolina, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater High Point, and Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina.

LNC is excited to see what this group of engaged and informed leaders will take on next!

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Members of LNC Class XXI pose with some of the trash they collected along the French Broad River in partnership with Asheville Greenworks.

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Each year, through a competitive application process, Leadership North Carolina selects a class of 50-60 current and emerging leaders from across the state to take part in the prestigious LNC program.  Participants learn about the challenges and opportunities facing North Carolina, with a focus on building networks and turning knowledge into action to benefit their communities and the state.  More information about the LNC program is available here.

The application period for LNC Class XXII will open on May 12 and run through June 30, 2014.  The online application will be available here or by visiting www.leadershipnc.org and selecting “Apply” under the “LNC Program” tab.  Until May 12, interested applicants may complete the interest form to receive a reminder when the application period begins.

The LNC recruitment committee, alumni, staff, and friends of LNC have been hard at work connecting with outstanding applicants for LNC Class XXII.  Word of mouth is LNC’s most powerful recruitment tool.  If you know someone who would be a great candidate, please talk with them about the program and point them to the LNC Program page of our website for more details.  Feel free to direct them to LNC program director Kelly Turner at Kelly@leadershipnc.org for more information.

In an effort to make the program accessible to participants from all parts of the state and to expand our alumni base to all 100 North Carolina counties, LNC continues to pursue our 100 County Initiative.  Through this effort LNC is actively recruiting participants from the 17 counties not currently represented by LNC alumni or class members.   If you know a promising candidate from one of these counties, please encourage him or her to apply and let LNC know how we can support these candidates.

 

Environment Session Reception
Lenoir-Rhyne University Asheville
(Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce)
April 8, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

GPS Friendly Address:
36 Montford Avenue, Asheville, NC (see map below)
Parking is accessed from Montford Avenue. Follow the sign for visitor parking, located in the rear of the building.

Don’t forget to bring nonperishable food items for donation to MANNA FoodBank!  

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The first annual Triangle-Area “Ladies of LNC” Luncheon was quite a success!  Held at the Umstead Hotel  and Spa in Cary in October, the event was organized by Class XX alumni Gale Adcock and Erin Langston.  Twenty-eight LNC alumni, representing 10 LNC classes, enjoyed wonderful food and fellowship while sharing LNC stories and building connections across the LNC network.  Plans are already in the works for the second annual Triangle-area event.

Alumni interested in coordinating luncheons or gatherings in other parts of the state may write to LNC’s program assistant and office coordinator, Catherine King, at catherine@leadershipnc.org to request contact information for local alumni.

Some of the Triangle Ladies of LNC

The LNC recruitment committee, alumni, and staff have been hard at work connecting with outstanding applicants for LNC Class XXII.  Word of mouth is LNC’s most powerful recruitment tool.  If you know someone who would be a great candidate, please talk with them about the program and point them to the LNC Program page of our website for more details.

The LNC program strives to reflect the diversity and characteristics of all 100 North Carolina counties.  There are 17 counties that have not yet been represented by LNC alumni or participants.  Please help us meet the goal of our 100 County Initiative by connecting us with promising candidates from these 17 counties.

After their tour of NCCIW, Class XXI members Kelly Caldwell and Stacie LeGrow have worked with the executive director of the Mothers and Their Children (MATCH) program at the prison to identify some immediate and longer-term needs.  Please contact Stacie and Kelly or respond to kelly@leadershipnc.org if you are able to help out!

IMMEDIATE NEEDS

25  – $20 gas cards (Exxon, Shell, Hess).  All gas cards to be purchased as equal dollar values ($20 per card rather than $50 or $100 cards).  These cards are given to families who drive long distances to bring the children who participate in the MATCH program.

Other Gift Cards. If we have interest from others to donate more, Diane would request an additional 25 – $20 gift cards from Walmart or Target.  These cards are used for gifts that are given to the children either during the Winter Celebration or their birthdays.  These gift cards can also be used to give to families to help pay for meals/food during their travel to meet with the mothers in MATCH.

Volunteer Drivers.  There is a need for Volunteer Drivers to pick up families from the airport (RDU); pick families up from the hotel (near Crabtree Valley Mall) and drive them to the prison; pick families up from the prison and back to the hotel during the Winter Celebration time period of Thursday Dec 12 – Monday Dec 16th.

LONGER-TERM NEEDS 

Volunteer drivers from the following areas to take families (children and guardian) to their 3 hour visit at MATCH.

  • Rocky Mount
  • Greensboro
  • Charlotte
  • Red Springs/Maxton(Lumberton area)
  • Kinston
  • Leland
  • Pembroke

Volunteers to share skill sets to help women to help them adjust when getting out of prison.  Ideas of possible skill sets to share through a few day program:

  • Balancing check book and keeping a budget
  • Resume preparation to get a job when they get out
  • Basic computer software training  (excel, outlook, word)
  • Nutrition or cooking training for kid friendly meals
  • Starting a small business class
  • Presenting yourself to potential employers

Any of these could be forums or demo classes, i.e.,  as a demo class for resume preparation, perhaps have a class on resume preparation with examples, women leave and draft one for homework and then review resumes in another session or there could be a longer class where they learn about and develop resumes in one session.  There could be a forum with several individuals who are employers talking about what they look for in new hires, how someone with a conviction could make themselves more attractive to be hired, with questions from MATCH Moms, etc.

Program length and timing is dependent on volunteer trainer.  The person could offer a weekly class for one or more consecutive weeks or a monthly class or even a one-time class.  The computer class is dependent upon us getting computers in MATCH.

If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer driver, there is some basic prequalification paperwork that is required. (Some background info is needed but it is not as extensive as is needed to enter the prison.  They will also need to provide proof of car insurance, valid driver’s license).

If anyone is interested in volunteering in the MATCH facility to share skill sets or be a Visit Supervisor, there is a full background check run by the prison and there are two forms that need to be filled out and these can be found on the website.  The forms on the website are for visit supervisors and those who will be returning to volunteer multiple times.

If individuals are only coming a few times to facilitate a program (e.g. one time forum or multi-week class), they will need to provide info for a background check and Diane will get approval for the program/class they want to teach.

Leadership North Carolina Class XXI has launched a city-by-city food drive to fight hunger as we travel across the state.

Each Class XXI action group has been challenged to outdo the others, and we want LNC alumni and staff involved as well.  If you will be attending the Tuesday night reception or any of the class sessions in Greensboro next week, please consider making a food donation from the list of items below.

Donations for the Greensboro Education Session will be made to the Out of the Garden Project.  This Greensboro-based organization began by supplying a small bag of food to 10 families with school-aged children each Friday so that the children and their families would have something to eat during the weekend.  The OOTGP now provides more than 900 bags of food each weekend to elementary, middle, and high school students and their families.

Donations of any nonperishable foods are appreciated, but the OOTGP expressed a particular need for the following:

  • Canned Protein Beans (Kidney, Pinto, Black, etc.)
  • Canned Meat (tuna, chicken, etc.)
  • Canned Fruit

Please bring all items to either the reception or the class sessions.  Thank you for your generosity and your consideration.

With gratitude,

LNC Class XXI

Just as the leaves started to change in the mountains, the fifty-two members of LNC Class XXI gathered on the campus of Appalachian State University for their Orientation session.   These leaders from across the state were selected from a competitive applicant pool to join Leadership North Carolina’s twenty-first class.  They come from the state’s business, government, education, and nonprofit sectors and represent the diversity of the state.

Class XXI’s Orientation session was hosted at ASU by Chancellor Ken Peacock, alumnus of LNC Class I.  With his retirement fast approaching, this was the final LNC Orientation session with Chancellor Peacock as host.  LNC is grateful for his tremendous support of the program and glad that he will stay connected as an LNC alumnus.

During Orientation, the members of Class XXI were treated to a sweeping overview of North Carolina History by ASU associate professor Dr. Karl Campbell.  Dr. Campbell’s engaging presentation provided context for the social, geographic, and economic challenges and opportunities that have made North Carolina what it is today.  Dr. Bauback Yeganeh, founder and principal with Everidian, facilitated the remainder of the session with a focus on preparing the group for the program year ahead.

The Orientation session set the stage for the program year and provided an opportunity for participants to begin building the relationships that will become a critical part of their LNC experience.  Immediate connections within the group were obvious as participants enthusiastically engaged in discussions and small-group work.

Over the next seven months this group will meet in locations around the state for sessions that include presentations, simulations, tours, experiential learning activities, and dialogue.  They will learn about the challenges and opportunities facing North Carolina in the areas of government, economic development, education, the environment, and health and human services.  Participants will learn strategies for turning their knowledge into action and for leveraging resources for the benefit of their communities and the state as a whole.

The Class XXI roster can be found here.  For more information about the LNC program, contact LNC’s program director, Kelly Turner, at kelly@leadershipnc.org or (919) 803-5325.

With the Class XXI program year just under way, LNC’s Recruitment Committee is already hard at work building relationships with strong prospects for Class XXII.  Committee members recognize the importance of the personal touch in recruitment efforts and know that LNC Alumni are the program’s most effective spokespeople.  Over the next few months committee members will be reaching out to their fellow class members and alumni, asking them to connect with promising leaders in their networks.  Alumni are also influential in connecting LNC with companies and organizations that would be a good match for the program.

Through the 100 County Initiative, the committee will maintain LNC’s focus on recruiting leaders from the seventeen counties not yet represented in LNC’s alumni ranks.  We encourage you to share your LNC experience, to invite prospective candidates to join you at session receptions, and to help spread the word.  If you know of someone who should be connected to LNC, please let the recruitment committee know by emailing Kelly Turner at kelly@leadershipnc.org.

2013-2014 LNC Recruitment Committee
Gale Adcock, Chief Health Officer, SAS Institute, Class XX
Alberto Blanco, Business Development Manager, LAM, NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc., Class XVIII
Phyllis Bosomworth, Owner / President, Long and Foster of Elizabeth City, Class XIX
Sean Dolle, Owner / President, Grounded Engineering, Class XVIII
Verna Graff-Gessaman, Principal, Graff Gessaman Consulting, Class X
Kenston Griffin, Owner / Chief Executive Officer, Dream Builders Communication, Class XIX
Jenni Harris, Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Partnerships, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Class XX
Joanna Helms, President, Wayne County Development Alliance, Class IX
Keven McCammon, Forest City – Data Center Manager, Facebook, Class, Class XVII
John Oswald, Chief Executive Officer, Mills Manufacturing Company, Class XI
Chair:  Mark Stephens, Specialty Account Manager – VA, WV, NC, SC, Pfizer, Inc., Class XVI

Cynthia Marshall receives the LNC Governor’s Award from Governor Pat McCrory

On May 17th the members of LNC Class XX gathered in the Old House Chamber of the North Carolina State Capitol for their graduation ceremony and reception.  The 50 members of Class XX were joined by friends, family, colleagues, and LNC alumni and board members as each was presented with a framed LNC certificate.

Cynthia Marshall, formerly president of AT&T North Carolina and now with AT&T’s corporate office in Dallas, Texas, received the LNC Governor’s Award in honor of her leadership and her significant contributions to improving the quality of life, economic well-being, and sense of community in North Carolina.  Governor Pat McCrory presented the award to Ms. Marshall and shared his congratulations with all the members of Class XX.

 

Gale Adcock, Recipient of the 2013 Stanley Frank Class Award

 

Gale Adcock, chief health officer at SAS Institute, was chosen by her classmates to receive the Stanley Frank Class Award in honor of her enthusiastic engagement in her professional and civic activities and in all aspects of the LNC program.  During the ceremony the LNC board also thanked Kenston Griffin, owner and chief executive officer of Dream Builders Communication, Inc., for his service as Class XX program chair and welcomed Jenni Harris, assistant to the chancellor for community partnerships at UNC Wilmington, as program chair for Class XXI.

 

 

 

Garrett Scholarship Fund Check Presentation

 

 

The members of the Class XX William Garrett Scholarship Fund Committee announced their class gift of $21,530 to support LNC’s scholarship fund.   Following the ceremony class members and guests gathered for a reception in the Capitol rotunda.

 

 

 

All photos by Story Photographers.

 

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The application period for LNC Class XXI closed on June 30.  LNC’s selection committee members carefully evaluated submitted applications, with the goal of building a class that best represents the diversity of our state and the commitment to leadership and service critical to the LNC mission.  Invitations to participate in Class XXI have been extended and the new class will be announced in mid-August.  Prospective applicants interested in learning more about the program should explore the LNC Program tab on the LNC website and complete the Interest Form.  The application period for Class XXII will open on May 12, 2014.

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Inspire excellence. Stay connected. Build community.

The LNC Mentor Program pairs incoming class members with alumni who can share advice on how to make the most of the LNC experience and serve as a sounding board throughout the program year. We aim to pair program participants with alumni who are located in the same county and/or have a similar career field. The mentorship lasts for the length of the program year. Participants connect via e-mail, phone, and personal meetings.

As a graduate of Leadership North Carolina, your experience is invaluable to current class members as well as to other alumni. We invite you to share your knowledge by participating in the LNC Mentor Program. Serving as a mentor is a great way to expand your network and stay connected to the LNC community.

Mentors are asked to have at least one in-person meeting with their partners and are encouraged to communicate throughout the program year. We encourage you to make a special effort to attend LNC events held in your area during the program year, including monthly session receptions, the LNC Forum on January 25, 2018 in Raleigh and the May 10, 2018, graduation ceremony in Raleigh.

Assignments will be made in September for the program year running October 2017 through May 2018. To join our directory of mentors, you may complete the online form. Thank you for your support of the LNC Mentor Program!

Class XXV Program Dates

Orientation (Oct 3-5)
Boone

Government (Nov 7-9)
Raleigh

Education (Dec 5-7)
Greensboro

Health & Human Services (Feb 6-8)
Charlotte

Economic Development (March 6-8)
Robeson County

Environment (Apr 10-12)
Asheville

Graduation (May 10)
Raleigh

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The 2013 LNC Alumni Campaign wraps up soon.  Now is your chance to show your support for LNC!  Since 1995, more than 900 North Carolinians have become Leadership North Carolina graduates.  Help continue the tradition by pledging your support.

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On May 17, 2013, the fifty members of LNC Class XX will gather in the Old House Chamber of the North Carolina State Capitol to celebrate completion of the Leadership North Carolina Program.  Governor Patrick McCrory will congratulate the class and present LNC’s Governor’s Award to Cynthia Marshall, senior vice president for human resources at AT&T.

Even before graduating from the program, LNC’s alumni-to-be will begin giving back to the organization.  They will spend much of the day prior to the graduation ceremony crafting the agendas for the Class XXI program year.  If the creative ideas and enthusiasm already apparent are any indication, the program for Class XXI will be truly outstanding.

Leadership North Carolina is pleased to announce that the application period for LNC Class XXI is now open.  Interested applicants can access the online application through this link or by selecting “Apply” under the “LNC Program” tab on the LNC website.  The application period will close on June 30, 2013.

Each year the prestigious LNC program selects a class of 50-60 current and emerging leaders from across the state through a competitive application process.  Participants learn about the challenges and opportunities facing North Carolina with a focus on building networks and turning knowledge into action to benefit their communities and the state.

If you are interested in the program for the coming year, we hope you will complete the application.  If you have friends or colleagues who would be good candidates for the program, please share this announcement with them.  More information about Leadership North Carolina can be found here and here.  The program schedule for Class XXI and past session agendas can be found under Current Class Information on this website.

Please contact LNC’s program director, Kelly Turner, at Kelly@leadershipnc.org with any questions.

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Leadership North Carolina Class XX has reached the halfway point in their program year.  Since October’s Orientation in Boone participants have come together for sessions on Government in Raleigh and on Economic Development in Hickory.

Highlights of the Raleigh Government session included presentations about all levels of government, a legislative simulation, a tour of the women’s prison, an overview of North Carolina politics, a rousing game of Budgetopolis, and an inspiring Leadership Profile presentation by retired Raleigh police chief Harry Dolan.

In Hickory, the group heard about economic and workforce trends, differences across the state’s regions, factors that attract businesses to an area, and the critical role played by community colleges in workforce development.  They participated in an engaging simulation called “The Hat Factory” and used some of their spare time to prepare goody bags as part of the session’s Red Thread Project.

Several members of Class XX gathered in Charlotte for an optional meeting in January.  They used their time to brainstorm how best to turn the knowledge they are acquiring through LNC into action.  The will present the initiatives they identified to the full class at the February Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Health and Human Services session in Concord.

 

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Fifty-two leaders from across the state have been selected from a highly competitive applicant pool to join Leadership North Carolina’s twentieth class.  The members of LNC Class XX come from the state’s business, government, and nonprofit sectors and represent the geographical diversity of the state from New Hanover County in the southeast to Watauga County in the northwest.

Over the next seven months this group will meet in locations around the state for sessions that include presentations, simulations, tours, experiential learning activities, and dialogue.  They will learn about the challenges and opportunities facing North Carolina in the areas of government, economic development, education, the environment, and health and human services.  Participants will learn strategies for turning their knowledge into action and for leveraging resources for the benefit of their communities and the state as a whole.  The Class XX roster can be found here.  For more information about the LNC program, contact LNC’s program director, Kelly Turner, at Kelly@leadershipnc.org or (919) 803-5325.

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