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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.

L to R: Brian Etheridge, Jeff Frazier, Teri Lemons

Each year, LNC presents the L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award to an LNC alum who has made a significant improvement in the quality of life, economic well-being, and sense of community in our state. This award was created in honor of the late Greensboro congressman who was instrumental in the early days of Leadership North Carolina.

During the LNC Class XXIV Graduation and Awards Ceremony at the North Carolina State Capitol on May 11, the 2017 L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award was presented to Jeff Frazier of LNC Class XI. During the presentation, Teri Lemons, a member of the LNC Board of Directors from LNC Class XI and last year’s L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award recipient, shared the following about Jeff Frazier:

“Jeff has been an active alum of Leadership North Carolina, most recently sharing the impact of his LNC experience through a soon-to-be launched video campaign, and being an active member of LNC Class XI, which has served as the pacesetter for alumni engagement and support.  Jeff has led a life of leading by example, working on solutions to challenging issues with leaders from government, business, and NGOs across the world.  From his FBI leadership, his 20+ years as a technology executive in combination with his experiences from Leadership North Carolina, the NC Institute of Political Leadership, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, as an Eisenhower Fellow, the International Affairs Council, the Aspen Institute, the Business Executives for National Security, and the Global Initiative for Transnational Organized Crime, Jeff’s example is one for other LNC alumni to follow in how best to leverage your impact to serve others.”

Congratulations to Jeff on his service to LNC and for being selected as the 2017 recipient of the L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award. For a roster of past recipients and to make a nomination for the 2018 L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award, click here.

Photo credit: Beth Ely Photography

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.

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.

 

 

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.

Photo by Story Photographers

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

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

The 7th Annual LNC Forum at SAS was our most successful to date.  Over 200 leaders attended the one-day summit at the SAS Executive Briefing Center in Cary.  If you missed the LNC Forum this year, follow this link for videos and presentations from several speakers and a roster of our sponsors.  Mark January 22, 2015, on your calendar and make plans to join us at the CPCC Harris Conference Center in Charlotte for the 8th Annual LNC Forum.

 

 

The generous support of our alumni is critical to the sustainability of the LNC program.  Tuition paid by LNC participants or their employers covers two-thirds of our annual expenses at Leadership North Carolina.  The remaining third, roughly $200,000, must be raised through corporate, board, and alumni support.

Alumni support is solicited through our annual LNC Alumni Campaign. Last year’s campaign was one of the most successful yet, due in large part to two new initiatives – the launch of the Marian Phillips Leadership Circle and the work of our Class Ambassadors.  We raised a total of $44,820 in cash and pledges for last year’s campaign, all of which supported the ongoing programming, operations, and outreach at Leadership North Carolina.

The personal support of our alumni means a great deal in helping us recruit, engage, and inform outstanding leaders from across our state.  The opportunity to become a Charter Member of the Marian Phillips Leadership Circle will be shared with LNC alumni in the next few weeks.  Be on the lookout for communications about the 2014 Alumni Campaign.  Thank you for the investment you have made in the success of LNC.

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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.

BCBSNC Health and Human Services Session Reception
PORTAL Building, UNC Charlotte
February 4, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

GPS Friendly Address:
9200 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC (see map below)
This will take you to the intersection of J.W. Clay Boulevard and Highway 29/North Tryon Street. Do NOT use the main campus entrance on University City Boulevard.

Visitors to the PORTAL Building at UNC Charlotte must park in the CRI Deck 1 located at the corner of Robert D. Snyder Road and J.W. Clay Boulevard. Once parked, exit the parking deck and follow Robert D. Snyder Road to the right. The PORTAL building will be ahead on the left, just before the traffic circle.

Please keep your name badge to show to the parking attendant.  This will allow you to exit from the deck free of charge.

Don’t forget to bring nonperishable food items for donation to Second Harvest Food Bank!  A list of requested items can be found here.

Get 2014 off to the right start by learning new and exciting ways to turn knowledge into action at the Seventh Annual LNC Forum, presented by SAS.

You probably received an email from LNC’s president, Brian Etheridge, earlier this week suggesting three priorities for 2014.  In addition to celebrating the southern tradition of black-eyed peas and collard greens on New Year’s Day, Brian invited you to join LNC alumni, friends, and the general public at a one-day symposium focused on turning knowledge into action.  The New Year is here so don’t wait to register.  Registration is $95 through January 18 and then increases to $115.  Space is limited, so register now to save your spot and save some money.

Confirmed speakers include Dr. Jim Goodnight of SAS Institute, Stephen Wiehe of SciQuest, Paul Newton of Duke Energy, Susan Perry-Manning of the NC Early Childhood Foundation, and Dr. James Johnson of UNC Chapel Hill.

Follow the link below to register and to see a complete list of topics and speakers.  We look forward to seeing you on the 23rd!

LNC Forum Agenda and Registration

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 seventh annual LNC Forum will be held January 23, 2014, at the Executive Briefing Center at SAS Institute in Cary.  The 2014 Forum theme is Turning Knowledge into Action.  LNC is pleased to welcome SAS Institute as the Presenting Sponsor.

The LNC Forum is Leadership North Carolina’s flagship event for leaders across the state.  Hosted annually, its goal is to educate leaders about the most critical issues facing North Carolina, creating a more informed group of stakeholders committed to North Carolina’s future.  The full agenda and registration details will be available here soon.

During the Forum influential and engaging speakers, including SAS Institute co-founder Dr. Jim Goodnight, will share their expertise and insight about issues and opportunities facing the state of North Carolina.  The program will include breakout sessions covering the topics of economic development, education, the environment, health and human services, and government as well as full-group presentations.

The LNC Forum has become a powerful way to share a taste of the LNC experience with prospective applicants.   Be sure to register for the Forum and to share the announcement with leaders you know.  We encourage LNC alumni to invite prospective candidates as their guests to offer them an introduction to the program.

The Leadership North Carolina Forum also offers a variety of opportunities for sponsors to showcase their companies to an audience of more than 250 leaders from the business, government, education, and nonprofit sectors from across the state. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, click here to view a list of options and contact Brian Etheridge at brian@leadershipnc.org for more details.

2014 LNC Forum Sponsors
Presenting Sponsor: SAS Institute
Gold Sponsor and Exclusive Marketing Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
Gold Sponsor: Piedmont Natural Gas
Silver Sponsor: CenturyLink

Presenting Sponsor

Gold Sponsor and Exclusive Marketing Partner

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

 

Each LNC program session includes a Tuesday evening reception open to current LNC participants, local LNC alumni, session presenters, and invited community leaders, elected officials, and friends of LNC.  Alumni are encouraged to attend and to bring prospective LNC participants as their guests.

Check this list of Class XXI 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.

Orientation Session Reception
Appalachian House, Boone
October 1, 2013

Government Session Reception
North Carolina Executive Mansion, Raleigh (guest list closed)
November 5, 2013

Education Session Reception
Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Greensboro
December 3, 2013

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Health and Human Services Session Reception
Charlotte
February 4, 2014

Duke Energy Economic Development Session Reception
North Carolina History Center, New Bern
March 4, 2014

Environment Session Reception
Asheville
April 8, 2014

 

The Sixth Annual Leadership North Carolina Forum: Creating Sustainability Through Leadership was held Thursday, January 24, at Central Piedmont Community College’s Harris Conference Center.  More than 140 LNC participants, alumni, and community leaders gathered to listen to experts from across public and private sectors throughout North Carolina address issues and opportunities in sustainability.  The newly selected Assistant Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Mr. Brad Ives, addressed the audience by describing the mission and vision of DENR and the need for statewide collaboration.  A full speakers directory and event photos can be viewed here.

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Leadership North Carolina’s newest program, the Red Thread Project, kicked off its first statewide partnership with the United Service Organizations (USO) of North Carolina.  The Red Thread Project not only engages the powerful network of LNC participants and alumni; it reaches well beyond this core group.

The Red Thread Project allows participants and alumni to lead the charge by taking Red Thread Project opportunities back to their employers, employees, and personal circles to use their collective knowledge and influence to make a greater impact on the state.

LNC participants and alumni provided holiday meals for several USO-served families as well as gift bags for more than 100 children in Western North Carolina.  Visit the Red Thread Project page of the LNC website to learn more about upcoming projects.

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