Leadership north carolina class XXVI (2018 – 2019)

The application period for LNC Class XXVI (2018-2019) is now closed.  Applications are under review, and invitations will be extended in early August.  The Class XXVI program year will kick off in Boone on October 2, 2018.  The full program year schedule is included below.

Prospective candidates interested in applying to a future LNC class may visit this page to review the Class XXVII program schedule and complete the Interest Form to stay informed about LNC events and the application process.


Class XXVI Session Dates and locations

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

Additional information about each session will be posted as session details are finalized.

Class XxvI general information

Orientation Schedule and Hotel Overview
Hotel Details for Full Program Year
Class XXVI Program Brochure
Class XXVI Program Protocols



  • Tuesday, October 2, 2:00 pm, through Thursday, October 4, at 12:30 pm.
  • An optional lunch is offered at 12:30 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)*
  • 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 4 pm

*Some optional activities may start earlier and/or run later than 2 – 4 pm.

All Wednesday and Thursday elements are mandatory.  LNC attendance policy allows participants to miss a limited number of segments.  See program protocols above 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.


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 kelly@leadershipnc.org with any questions.