Welcome to LNC Class XXI
Just as the leaves started to change in the mountains, the fifty-two members of LNC Class XXI gathered on the campus of Appalachian State University for their Orientation session. These leaders from across the state were selected from a competitive applicant pool to join Leadership North Carolina’s twenty-first class. They come from the state’s business, government, education, and nonprofit sectors and represent the diversity of the state.
Class XXI’s Orientation session was hosted at ASU by Chancellor Ken Peacock, alumnus of LNC Class I. With his retirement fast approaching, this was the final LNC Orientation session with Chancellor Peacock as host. LNC is grateful for his tremendous support of the program and glad that he will stay connected as an LNC alumnus.
During Orientation, the members of Class XXI were treated to a sweeping overview of North Carolina History by ASU associate professor Dr. Karl Campbell. Dr. Campbell’s engaging presentation provided context for the social, geographic, and economic challenges and opportunities that have made North Carolina what it is today. Dr. Bauback Yeganeh, founder and principal with Everidian, facilitated the remainder of the session with a focus on preparing the group for the program year ahead.
The Orientation session set the stage for the program year and provided an opportunity for participants to begin building the relationships that will become a critical part of their LNC experience. Immediate connections within the group were obvious as participants enthusiastically engaged in discussions and small-group work.
Over the next seven months this group will meet in locations around the state for sessions that include presentations, simulations, tours, experiential learning activities, and dialogue. They will learn about the challenges and opportunities facing North Carolina in the areas of government, economic development, education, the environment, and health and human services. Participants will learn strategies for turning their knowledge into action and for leveraging resources for the benefit of their communities and the state as a whole.