LNC Class XXI to Graduate on May 8


LNC Class XIV alumnus Bill Rhyne of Harris Teeter shares instructions with LNC Class XXI for the “Making Ends Meet” simulation during the February BCBSNC HHS Session in Charlotte. Harris Teeter sponsors this powerful exercise each year.

With their graduation on May 8, members of LNC Class XXI will complete their program year and shift into their new roles as LNC alumni.  This active and engaged group is already hard at work planning the program for the class that will follow them.

During the final months of the program , Class XXI took part in the  Blue Cross and Blue Shield Health and Human Services session in Charlotte, the Duke Energy Economic Development session in New Bern, and the Environment session in Asheville.  Highlights of these sessions included:

  • Inspiring leadership profile and keynote presentations by North Carolina secretary of commerce Sharon Decker, former president of Duke Raleigh Hospital Doug Vinsel, president of Novant Health Carl Armato, and president and CEO of the Redwoods Group Kevin Trapani.
  • The “Making Ends Meet” exercise, sponsored by LNC partner Harris Teeter, during which class members experienced firsthand some of the challenges and stresses associated with food insecurity and navigating various food support programs.
  • Cleaning up a section of the French Broad River during the Environment session in Asheville.
  • Tours of the Port of Morehead City, the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, the International Civil Rights Museum, the Middle College at North Carolina A&T State University, the Bosch Siemens Advanced Manufacturing Center at Craven Community College, and the sustainability programs at Warren Wilson College and the Biltmore Estate.
  • Presentations from and discussions with experts, policymakers, and leaders from across the state.

From the beginning of their LNC experience, the members of Class XXI were focused on giving back and having an impact.  A class-led food drive they coordinated with each of their sessions resulted in the donation of more than 3000 pounds of food—that’s 1.5 tons!—to local organizations.  Class XXI participants learned about other opportunities to take action in their communities and across the state through presentations from LNC’s Red Thread Partners, including the USO of North Carolina, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater High Point, and Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina.

LNC is excited to see what this group of engaged and informed leaders will take on next!


Members of LNC Class XXI pose with some of the trash they collected along the French Broad River in partnership with Asheville Greenworks.

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