Congratulations to LNC Class XXII
The fifty-five members of Leadership North Carolina Class XXII marked the end of their LNC program year during a May 15, 2015, graduation and awards ceremony. During the previous eight months, these passionate and engaged leaders visited six different North Carolina cities to learn about government, health and human services, economic development, education, and the environment in North Carolina. They gained knowledge, friendships, and connections that will help them leverage their influence and commitment to North Carolina for years to come.
LNC board chair Lou Jurkowski presided over the ceremony in the Old House Chamber of the North Carolina State Capitol. The event was attended by friends, family, and colleagues of the graduates as well as by LNC board members and alumni.
Prior to the presentation of graduation certificates, the recipients of two of LNC’s annual awards were announced. LNC Class II alumnus Bob Seligson of the North Carolina Medical Society was presented with the L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award in recognition of his contributions to the quality of life, economic well-being, and sense of community in the state. Brenda Berg of BEST NC was chosen by her classmates as the Class XXII Stanley Frank Class Award in honor of her commitment to the LNC program and her tireless advocacy in support of public education across the state.
Each of the award recipients shared brief remarks with the group before turning to the class graduation speaker, Nimasheena Burns of the North Carolina Department of Justice. Nimasheena was chosen by her classmates to reflect on their group’s LNC experience. She used the opportunity to challenge and inspire the graduates to build on their knowledge and relationships as they continue to have an impact on their state.
Each LNC class is challenged to “pay it forward” by presenting a class gift to the William Garrett Fund. The Garrett Fund provides scholarships to help make the LNC program accessible to those who might otherwise not be able to participate. The members of Class XXII rose to the challenge set them by the previous class. With support of another generous grant of $10,000 from Belk Inc., Class XXII pledged $45,966 to the Garrett Fund—a new LNC record.
LNC’s board, staff, and the members of Class XXII used the ceremony to share their thanks and appreciation with Elaine Loyack of Delta Dental for her enthusiastic commitment to the role of Class XXII program chair and to welcome Kristy Teskey, executive director of the John M. Belk Foundation, as incoming program chair for Class XXIII. LNC’s leadership also expressed thanks to the many sponsors that make the LNC program possible. A list of LNC’s sponsors can be found here.
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Left to Right: Bob Seligson, Class II, L. Richardson Preyer Award Recipient; Brenda Berg, Class XXII Stanley Frank Award Recipient; Nimasheena Burns, Class XXII Graduation Speaker