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The application for Leadership North Carolina Class XXV (2017 – 2018) is now open.  Applications will be accepted through June 30, 2017.  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 also complete the separate scholarship application.

Applicants will be notified by email when all of their materials have been received.  Applications will be reviewed in July and invitations to participate in LNC Class XXV will be extended by early August.  Please contact Kelly Turner at with any questions.


Use the links below to complete the application and to share the recommendation form with your references.

LNC Class XXV Program Application


Recommendation Letter Instructions

Please share the link above with your references

LNC Class XXV Scholarship Application


More information

General Program Information
Class XXV Program Brochure
Class XXV Application Summary
Blank Application from Class XXIV
LNC Alumni Rosters
Class XXV Candidate Suggestion Form 
For alumni and current participants to share suggestions for prospective candidates

Dates and Locations for Class XXV (2017-18)

October 3-5, 2017: Orientation Session, Boone
November 7-9, 2017: Government Session, Raleigh
December 5-7, 2017: Education Session, Greensboro
January: No Class XXV Program Session
February 6-8, 2018: Health and Human Services Session, Charlotte
March 6-8, 2018: Economic Development Session, Pembroke
April 10-12, 2018: Environment Session, Asheville
May 10, 2018: Planning Meeting and Graduation, Raleigh


Session Schedule for Class XXV (2017-2018)


  • Tuesday, October 3, 1:30 pm, through Thursday, October 5, 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 10, 2018.
  • 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 2018 – 2019

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 10, 2018). 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.