LNC sessions are held in locations across North Carolina from October through May. After graduating, participants help plan content for the following program year.

The program fee for Class XXIX will be $5,500.  This fee covers session materials, programming, and meals during scheduled content.  Accommodations and travel expenses are the responsibility of each participant.

The application period for Class XXIX will be open May 25 – June 25, 2021.


COVID Note: Some or all sessions for Class XXIX may be shifted to a virtual platform as dictated by continuing impacts of COVID-19.

Class XXIX (2021-2022)

Orientation: Boone, October 5-7, 2021
Government: Raleigh, November 2-4, 2021
Education: Greensboro, December 7-9, 2021
Health and Human Services: Charlotte, February 1-3, 2022
Economic Development: Beaufort/MHC, March 1-3, 2022
Environment: Asheville, April 5-7, 2022
Planning Meeting/Graduation: Raleigh, May 11-12, 2022

Class XXX (2022-2023)

Orientation: Boone, October 4-5, 2022*
Government: Raleigh, November 1-3, 2022
Education: Greensboro, December 6-8, 2022
Health and Human Services: Charlotte, February 7-9, 2023
Economic Development: Rocky Mount, March 7-9, 2023
Environment: Asheville, April 4-6, 2023
Planning Meeting/Graduation: Raleigh, May 10-11, 2023

Year 1: Program Sessions

Orientation (October)

  • Tuesday at 1:30 pm through Thursday at 2:30 pm

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).  Start and end times may vary slightly.
  • Tuesday reception 5:30 – 7:00 pm (optional).
  • Wednesday morning and afternoon programming and class dinner.
  • Thursday morning and afternoon programming, 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 Ceremony (May)

  • Reflections Session: 2:00 – 5:00 pm the afternoon before graduation.
  • Required Planning Meeting: 8:00 am – 2:30 pm.
  • Graduation Ceremony: 4:00 – 5:30, reception immediately following.


Time Commitment Outside Sessions

Each participant will be assigned to a Learning Team for the program year. Learning Teams schedule 1-hour-long phone calls between each session (monthly from October through May). Calls are optional but encouraged. For some sessions, participants are asked to review materials in advance to enhance the session experience. There are no other requirements outside the scheduled session programming.

Year 2: Program Planning

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. 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.

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