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We have connected with many of LNC’s alumni, friends, and supporters since the election on November 8th.  It was a tumultuous election cycle, one that illuminated deep divisions in our state and our nation.  No matter your opinion of the results, there is much healing to be done.

Leaders within the LNC network represent a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, reflecting the rich and varied fabric of our state. This unique group is powerfully situated to be part of the healing process.

Each year we launch the Leadership North Carolina Orientation session with a creative and impactful exercise.  Through this exercise, members of each new LNC class get to know each other by first and last name only.  No titles, no employers, no other affiliations.  The bedrock of the LNC program is the cultivation of personal relationships followed by intensive learning.

That initial experience of getting to know one another sets the foundation for the rest of the program year and the full LNC experience.  Through all the content covered during the LNC program, we reinforce that it’s the relationships among leaders that allow us to tackle big challenges, seize opportunities, and have difficult conversations with civility and respect.  This works because our participants have shown us, time and again, that they value the relationships they develop through LNC.  They trust and respect one another.  They know that their actions matter and that we all must model what we want to see in our state.

For the past several years, John Davis of the John Davis Political Report has launched our Government session with a look at North Carolina’s political landscape.  His overview highlights both common ground and divergent viewpoints.  He concludes his presentation by inviting the current LNC class to “have a cup of coffee with someone who thinks differently than you.”

To bridge the divides in our state, to model what we want to see, and to build understanding, we invite you to do the same.  For LNC alumni, use your program connections to reach out to alumni who see things differently.  For our friends and supporters, use your personal and professional networks to start new conversations. Ask questions to understand someone else’s perspective.  Listen.  It might not be easy. It’s likely to take more than one cup of coffee. But we know the power of relationships to bring our state together.  Please join us.

 

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.

 

 

LNC was awarded a $20,250 grant from Piedmont Natural Gas in support of LNC’s programming, focusing on the 2016 Leadership North Carolina Forum held on January 29 in Cary and the LNC Class XXIII Environment Session to be held in Asheville, April 12-14. In recognition of this grant, Piedmont Natural Gas was recognized as a Gold Sponsor of the 2016 Leadership North Carolina Forum and a Longleaf Pine Sponsor of the LNC Class XXIII Environment Session.  

Leadership North Carolina also received a $15,000 grant from Novant Health in support of the 2016 Leadership North Carolina Forum, for which Novant Health was recognized as a Diamond Sponsor.

“We are grateful for these grants and for the longtime partnerships we have with both Piedmont Natural Gas and Novant Health,” states Brian Etheridge, president of Leadership North Carolina.  “We are fortunate to have leaders from both organizations participating in the LNC program, serving as presenters and area experts during sessions, providing leadership as members of our Board of Directors, and reflecting the value they find in our work as sponsors since our early days. It takes human and financial resources to achieve our mission and we are grateful to everyone at Piedmont Natural Gas and Novant Health for generously providing both to 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.






The LNC recruitment committee is working hard to build the next great class of North Carolina leaders, and they need your help. Do you have friends or colleagues who are eager to learn more about the state and how to have an impact?  Is there someone in your network with a fresh perspective or an impressive commitment to strengthening North Carolina?  Do you know someone new to the state who could expand his or her connections while learning about opportunities for engagement?  Do you have connections in the 18 counties not yet represented by LNC alumni?

Word-of-mouth continues to be LNC’s most powerful recruitment tool. Please reach out to promising candidates, share your LNC story, and help us connect with them. You may use this form to share contact information for prospective applicants so the LNC team can provide follow-up and support throughout the application process. 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).

General information about the program is available here, and the Class XXIV (2016-2017) 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 XXIV will open May 16 and run through June 30, 2016.

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.

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 has added several members to the FY 2015-2016 LNC Board of Directors.  These officers and members started their terms on the LNC Board of Directors on July 1.

Paul Boney (LNC Class XX) Wilmington
Senior Vice President, LS3P Associates

Charlene Foley (LNC Class XIX) Durham
Director of Marketing, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
Secretary, LNC Board of Directors

David Fountain (LNC Class XV) Raleigh
North Carolina President, Duke Energy
Vice Chair, LNC Board of Directors

Curtis Ladig (LNC Class XXI) Raleigh,
President and Chief Executive Officer, Delta Dental of North Carolina

Natalie Perkins (LNC Class XXII)  Raleigh
Chief Executive Officer, Clean Design

Terri Helmlinger Ratcliff (LNC Class VIII)  Fuquay-Varina
Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement / Executive Director of Industrial Extension Service, North Carolina State University

Armistead Sapp (LNC Class XXII) Raleigh
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
SAS Institute

Kristy Teskey (LNC Class XXII) Charlotte
Executive Director
John M. Belk Endowment

A complete roster of the LNC Board of Directors can be found HERE.

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With the AmazonSmile program, you can now support Leadership North Carolina every time you shop with Amazon!  Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the price of your eligible purchases to LNC when you shop using the AmazonSmile link.  There’s no cost to you, and Amazon’s donation will help LNC inform and engage leaders across the state every time you shop.

To join the program, sign up through this link.  Once you’ve signed up, be sure to do all of your Amazon shopping through the AmazonSmile link—http://smile.amazon.com—so LNC gets credit for your purchases.

Many thanks to LNC’s terrific alumni committee for letting us know about AmazonSmile.

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

 

 

 

Each June 30 we thank leaders who have shared their time, expertise, and resources as they conclude their service on the LNC Board of Directors.  Join us in thanking these alumni leaders for their service to LNC!  A roster of members joining the LNC Board of Directors will be included in the summer edition of the LNC newsletter.

Marjorie Benbow – LNC Class XVIII
Of Counsel
Moretz & Skufca, PLLC
Concord, NC

Alberto Blanco – LNC Class XVIII
Chief Executive Officer
SynerGrowth, LLC
Greenville, NC

Sean Dolle – LNC Class XVIII
President / Owner
Grounded Engineering
Raleigh, NC
Chair, LNC Recruitment Committee

Verna Graff-Gessaman – LNC Class X
Principal
Graff Gessaman Consulting
Rocky Mount, NC

Reagan Greene Pruitt – LNC Class XVII
Director of Brand Marketing and Management
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Secretary, LNC Board of Directors

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.

Next month LNC will begin accepting applications for Class XXIII.  The application period will be open May 18 through June 30.  Applicants must complete the online application and submit two letters of recommendation by the June 30 deadline.  Interested candidates may complete the Interest Form prior to May 18 to receive a reminder when the application goes live.  The online application will be available here or by selecting “Apply” under the “LNC Program” tab above.

Each year LNC selects a class of 50 – 55 current and emerging leaders from across the state to participate in the prestigious Leadership North Carolina Program.  Participants learn about the challenges and opportunities facing North Carolina with a focus on building their personal and professional networks and turning knowledge into action to benefit their communities and the state.  Additional information about the LNC Program can be found here.

Alumni and supporters of LNC—we need your help!  Each year your recommendations connect us with many of the program’s most promising candidates.  We also continue to pursue our 100 County Initiative—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.  If you know great candidates, please encourage them to apply and use this link to add them to LNC’s prospect list.

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.

Connecting with promising candidates for future LNC classes is a year-round priority for LNC staff and the LNC recruitment committee.  Word-of-mouth is our most effective recruitment strategy, and LNC’s more than 1,000 alumni are our best recruitment resource.

We need you to help spread the word about the LNC program within your networks and beyond.  If you know of promising candidates, talk with them about your LNC experience and point them to the LNC Program page of our website for more details.  Candidates can complete the interest form on the Apply page to receive our newsletter and announcements about program dates and deadlines.

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!  Please let LNC program director Kelly Turner (kelly@leadershipnc.org) know who you are talking with so our recruitment team can support your outreach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each year, the LNC Awards Committee reviews nominations and recommends recipients for two of LNC’s annual awards, the L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award and the LNC Governor’s Award.  Alumni nominations are a vital part of this process.  We invite you to review the criteria for these two awards, look over the lists of past recipients, and nominate someone before December 15, 2014.

LNC Governor’s Award Nominations

L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award Nominations

 

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

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.

Leadership North Carolina would like to thank all of the organizations that support the work we do.  The LNC program would not be possible without the support of our sponsors.  Supporters of the Class XXI program year include:

Appalachian State University
AT&T
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
Central Piedmont Community College
Craven Community College
Delta Dental of North Carolina
EYP
Harris Teeter
Highland Brewing Company
Lenoir-Rhyne University Asheville
Martin Marietta Materials
NC A&T/UNCG Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women
North Carolina Museum of Art
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
North Carolina State Ports Authority
Novant Health
Pease Engineering and Architecture, PC
Piedmont Natural Gas
Prudential Financial
SAS
The Duke Energy Foundation
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Warren Wilson College

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

June 30 will mark a transition in board leadership at Leadership North Carolina, and several members will conclude their terms on the LNC Board of Directors.  We extend a grateful thank you to Dr. Tony Zeiss of LNC Class I for his incredible work during his two-year term as chair of the LNC Board.  Lou Jurkowski, managing principal at EYP and alumna of LNC Class X, will become chair on July 1.  Stay tuned for the announcement of new members joining the board following our LNC Board of Directors meeting on May 8.  We also express our gratitude to the following members who are concluding their terms on the LNC Board of Directors and have been great ambassadors for LNC:

  • Patsy Carson of Town of Erwin – LNC Class XVII
  • Kathy Higgins of BCBSNC – LNC Class X
  • Bryant Kinney of Kinney Public Strategies – LNC Class XIV
  • Bob McCall of Duke Energy – LNC Class XII
  • Keven McCammon of Facebook – LNC Class XVII
  • Tom McSwain of Ennis-Flint – LNC Class XIII

 

 

Next week Leadership North Carolina will present our three annual awards to North Carolinians who have made a significant impact in the state.  Dr. Jim and Mrs. Ann Goodnight will be presented with the Leadership North Carolina Governor’s Award at a ceremony at the North Carolina State Capitol.  The Goodnights are receiving LNC’s highest honor to recognize their contributions and leadership impacting the state’s economy, education, and the arts.  SAS served as the Presenting Sponsor of the 2014 LNC Forum and to date there are six SAS executives who are alumni of LNC.

The L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award will be presented to Carr Ipock, chairman of the Craven County Board of Education and alumnus of LNC Class I, during the May 8 graduation ceremony at the North Carolina State Capitol.  During the May 8 ceremony, the LNC Class XXI recipient of the Stanley Frank Class Award will be revealed.  Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2014 recipient of this prestigious award.

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.

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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.

 

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease will hold a session entitled “Fighting Chronic Disease and Obesity” at 1 pm on May 5, 2014, at the American Institute of Healthcare and Fitness in Raleigh.

Speakers include:

Dr. Ken Thorpe, Chairman, PFCD;

Tommy Thompson, Fmr. Governor (WI) and Fmr. Sec. of US Health and Human Services;

Dr. Paul Cunningham, Dean of Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University; and

Andrea Layton, RNBC, CDE, Director, Outpatient Lifestyle & Disease Management Duke Raleigh Hospital

More information and RSVP instructions are available here.

 

 

Leadership North Carolina’s LinkedIn groups offer a great way for leaders across the state to share ideas and discuss timely issues.  Click here to join the main  Leadership North Carolina group to ask questions, post comments, and follow discussions.  This group is open to non-alumni as well as to LNC program graduates, and content is moderated.  Requests to join this group will be approved by LNC staff.

LNC Alumni are also encouraged to join the LNC Alumni Group.  This is a closed group restricted to LNC Alumni.  It’s used by alumni and LNC staff to share news and articles, important updates, information about upcoming events and opportunities, and as a discussion forum.  Posts and comments are not moderated, and members can adjust how often they want to receive updates (daily digest via email, etc.).  Alumni must join the main LNC group (above) before requesting to join the alumni group.  We hope alumni will use this resource as another way to extend their LNC experience.

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

 

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

LNC alumni have expressed their interest in connecting with one another across classes.  To foster this communication, we have created a Leadership North Carolina Alumni LinkedIn group.  This closed group is a subgroup of the existing Leadership North Carolina group.  Only LNC alumni and staff will be able to join and collaborate through the Alumni group.  We will use this group to share news, link to the quarterly newsletter, and provide updates about upcoming events and opportunities.  Most of all we hope you will use this group to interact with one another, share things of interest to LNC alumni, and extend your LNC experience.

Click here to join the open Leadership North Carolina group.  Next, click the Leadership North Carolina Alumni group link on the right side to request to join that group as well.  Once your request is approved, you’ll be able to see posts and join in the discussions.  Don’t worry LNC Class XXI.  You’ll be welcome to join upon graduation from the LNC program on May 8, 2014!  Please contact us with any questions.

At graduation each year, LNC recognizes great North Carolinians with the presentation of the annual LNC awards.  We need your assistance with nominations.  During the ceremony, LNC will present two awards to distinguished North Carolinians for their service to our state.  For both the LNC Governor’s Award and the L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award we seek nominations from LNC alumni.  There is a link below to information and a nomination form for each award.

LNC Governor’s Award

L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award

Please review the list of previous recipients and nominate someone you feel is deserving for each award by Thursday, October 31.  We know you are busy so the nomination process is straightforward and brief – just share with us why your nominee is deserving and the LNC Awards Committee will review all the nominations.

LNC Awards Committee
Marjorie Benbow, Chair
Moretz & Skufca, PLLC
LNC Class XVIII

Mike Barnes
Pease Engineering and Architecture
LNC Class XX

Phil Morgan
Piedmont Natural Gas
LNC Class XX

Marian Phillips
LNC Founding Executive Director

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.

The LNC Guide Program, launched with Class XXI, is off to a great start.  LNC alumni have enthusiastically welcomed their partners in Class XXI, encouraging them through the start of their program year and introducing them to the power of the LNC network.  If you are interested serving as a Guide for next year, please contact Kelly Turner at kelly@leadershipnc.org or respond when the call for Guide volunteers goes out next spring.

LNC is pleased to welcome Catherine King to the team as LNC’s program assistant and office coordinator.  Catherine brings experience in recruiting, event and database management, customer service, and project management.  Through her husband, LNC Class XVIII alumnus Rob King, she has a unique perspective on the LNC experience.  Catherine will be assisting with program, fundraising, and administrative tasks and coordinating LNC’s session receptions.  Catherine can be reached at catherine@leadershipnc.org.


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August 1, 2013

Raleigh – Six North Carolina leaders were elected to the board of Leadership North Carolina and began their two-year terms this month.

  • David Barksdale of Winston-Salem, Chief Strategy Officer, NewBridge BankAlumnus of LNC Class XIX 
  • Verna Graff-Gessaman of Rocky Mount, Principal, Graff Gessaman Consulting, Alumna of LNC Class X
  • Jennifer Harris of Wilmington, Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Partnerships, UNC WilmingtonAlumna of LNC Class XX
  • Teri Lemons of Conover, Alumni Development – Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, Wake Forest Baptist HealthAlumna of LNC Class XI
  • Phillip Morgan of Thomasville, Community Relations Manager – NC North, Piedmont Natural GasAlumnus of LNC Class XX

For a complete listing of the 2013-14 Leadership North Carolina Board of Directors, visit www.leadershipnc.org or click HERE.

About Leadership North Carolina

Leadership North Carolina’s mission is to inform, develop, and engage committed leaders by broadening their understanding of and involvement in issues and opportunities facing North Carolina.  Each year, though a rigorous selection process, LNC chooses a diverse class of established and emerging leaders from across the state to participate in its acclaimed program.  Each Leadership North Carolina Class is made up of top leaders from the government, business, nonprofit, and education sectors.

Over the course of six two-and-a-half day sessions, LNC participants learn about issues critical to the state through discussions with top officials and professionals, field trips, and experiential learning activities.  LNC’s sessions focus on five key areas:  economic development, education, environment, government, and health and human services.  Through LNC’s program, participants gain new insight into North Carolina’s strengths and challenges and develop their own action plans for ways they can improve and empower their communities and the state as a whole.

The Leadership North Carolina program cultivates a network of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who share a deep commitment to their state.  There are more than 900 graduates of the program whose continued ties to LNC and to one another provide them with rich opportunities for serving North Carolina.  LNC is an independent, nonpartisan, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit.  For more information, please visit www.leadershipnc.org.

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Brian Etheridge
brian@leadershipnc.org
(919) 803-5326

June 20, 2013

Raleigh – Leadership North Carolina (LNC), the state’s premier leadership engagement program, announces a grant of $50,000 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 and job creation issues as part of its six-session program for leaders across the state.  In recognition of this grant, which was announced last month, LNC will name this session the “Duke Energy Economic Development Session.”  It will next be held in New Bern March 4-6, 2014.

 “We are grateful for this tremendous grant and it is fitting that we recognize Duke Energy since they have been involved in Leadership North Carolina since our inception,” states Dr. Tony Zeiss, chair of the LNC Board of Directors, alumnus of LNC Class I,  and president of Central Piedmont Community College.  “It takes human and financial resources to achieve our mission and Duke Energy has been a longtime partner of LNC in both respects.  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. ”

“Leadership North Carolina develops leaders across the state by bringing together bright minds focused on key areas affecting North Carolina’s business and cultural climates,” said Paul Newton, Duke Energy State President – North Carolina. “Participants graduate from the program better equipped to serve North Carolinians and expand their own positive impacts on the state.”

About Leadership North Carolina

Leadership North Carolina’s mission is to inform, develop, and engage committed leaders by broadening their understanding of and involvement in issues and opportunities facing North Carolina.  Each year, though a rigorous selection process, LNC chooses a diverse class of established and emerging leaders from across the state to participate in its acclaimed program.  Leadership North Carolina’s Class XX is made up of top leaders from the government, business, nonprofit, and education sectors.

Over the course of six two-and-a-half day sessions, LNC participants learn about issues critical to the state through discussions with top officials and professionals, field trips, and experiential learning activities.  LNC’s sessions focus on five key areas:  economic development, education, environment, government, and health and human services.  Through LNC’s program, participants gain new insight into North Carolina’s strengths and challenges and develop their own action plans for ways they can improve and empower their communities and the state as a whole.

The Leadership North Carolina program cultivates a network of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who share a deep commitment to their state.  There are more than 900 graduates of the program whose continued ties to LNC and to one another provide them with rich opportunities for serving North Carolina.  LNC is an independent, nonpartisan, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit.

 To find out more about Leadership North Carolina, please visit: www.leadershipnc.org.

About Duke Energy

Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States with more than $110 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.2 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.

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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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Leadership North Carolina is seeking enthusiastic alumni to serve on committees!  If you are interested in sharing your talents on one of the following committees, please contact Brian Etheridge via email at brian@leadershipnc.org or by calling (919) 803-5323.

Open committees:

  • Marketing
  • Fund Development
  • Alumni
  • Recruitment

 

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.