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The application for Leadership North Carolina Class XXVI (2018 – 2019) is now open. Applications will be accepted through Friday, June 29, 2018. Completed applications must include submission of the online application, two letters of recommendation submitted directly to Leadership North Carolina by the applicant’s references, and payment of the $75 application fee. Candidates wishing to be considered for our limited scholarship funds must complete the separate scholarship application as well.

Applicants will be notified by email when all of their materials have been received. Applications will be reviewed by LNC’s selection committee in July and invitations to participate in LNC Class XXVI will be extended by early August.

Use the links below to complete the application and to share the recommendation form with your references. All materials must be submitted by June 29, 2018, for your application to be considered. Please contact Kelly Turner at with any questions. 

LNC Class XXVI Application

LNC Class XXVI Scholarship Application

Recommendation Letter Request Form
Please share this link with your references

Application Fee Payment

More information

General Program Information
Class XXVI Program Brochure
Class XXVI Application Summary

Class XXVI Application Text–For Reference Only
Scholarship Opportunities
LNC Alumni Rosters
Class XXVI Candidate Suggestion Form 
For alumni and current participants to share suggestions for prospective candidates
LNC Impact Alumni Testimonials

Dates and Locations for Class XXVI (2018-2019)

October 2-4, 2018: Orientation Session, Boone
November 6-8, 2018: Government Session, Raleigh*
December 4-6, 2018: Education Session, Greensboro
February 5-7, 2019: Health & Human Services Session, Charlotte
March 5-7, 2019: Economic Development Session, Wilmington
April 2-4, 2019: Environment Session, Asheville
May 9, 2019: Planning Meeting/Graduation, Raleigh

*Dates revised from original version of program brochure


session Schedule for Class XXVI (2018-2019)


  • Tuesday, October 2, 1:30 pm, through Thursday, October 4, at 12:15 pm.
  • An optional lunch is offered at 12:15 pm on Thursday.
  • Attendance at the full Orientation session is mandatory.  Failure to attend all of Orientation requires withdrawal from the program with no refund.

Monthly Sessions (November, December, February, March, and April)

  • Tuesday tour or activity 2:00 – 4:00 pm (optional).  Occasionally an activity will start earlier or run later.
  • Tuesday reception 5:30 – 7:00 pm (optional)
  • Wednesday morning, lunch, and afternoon segments and class dinner*
  • Thursday morning, lunch, and afternoon segments, adjourning around 3 pm*

*All Wednesday and Thursday elements are required. The LNC attendance policy allows participants to miss a limited number of segments throughout the program year.  See program protocols for more details.

Planning Meeting and Graduation and Awards Ceremony, Raleigh

  • The required planning committee meeting runs 8:00 am – 2:30 pm on Thursday, May 9, 2019.
  • The graduation and awards ceremony begins that afternoon at 4:00, with a reception immediately following.


Program Fee

The program fee is $5,250 per person.  This fee covers programming, session materials, and meals during each session.  Travel and lodging expenses are the responsibility of each class member. A limited number of partial scholarships are available.

Planning Committee Participation for 2019-2020

Participation in Leadership North Carolina is a two-year commitment. The schedule for the first year is outlined above. Following graduation, each participant is required to serve on a planning committee for one of the five program sessions or play another role in preparing the program for the following class. There is one in-person meeting held the day of graduation (May 9, 2019). The remainder of the planning, research, and outreach to presenters is done by conference call (approximately one call per month) and email. Planning committee members are expected to attend the session they help plan.

Please contact LNC program director Kelly Turner at with any questions.