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The application for Leadership North Carolina is closed.  LNC will begin accepting applications for Class XXVII (2019-2020) on May 20, 2019.

Please complete the Interest Form through the link below to receive LNC’s newsletter, occasional announcements, and a reminder when the application opens in the spring.

LNC Class XXVII Interest Form

More information

General Program Information
Class XXVII Program Brochure–to come
LNC Alumni Rosters
Class XXVI Candidate Suggestion Form 
For alumni and current participants to share suggestions for prospective candidates
LNC Impact Alumni Testimonials

PROPOSED Dates and Locations for Class XXVII (2019-2020)

Orientation Session: Boone, October 1-3, 2019
Government Session: Raleigh, November 5-7, 2019
Education Session: Greensboro, December 3-5, 2019
Health & Human Services Session: Charlotte, February 4-6, 2020
Economic Development Session: New Bern, March 3-5, 2020
Environment Session: Asheville, March 31-April 2, 2020
Planning Meeting/Graduation: Raleigh, May 14, 2020


session Schedule for Class XXVI (2019-2020)


  • Tuesday, October 1, 1:30 pm, through Thursday, October 3, 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.

Planning Meeting and Graduation and Awards Ceremony, Raleigh

  • The required planning committee meeting runs 8:00 am – 2:30 pm on Thursday, May 14, 2020.
  • The graduation and awards ceremony begins that afternoon at 4:00, with a reception immediately following.


Program Fee

The program fee fee for Class XXVII will be $5,500 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 2020-2021

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 14, 2020). 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.