History and Values


November 16, 1990 – Articles of Incorporation filed creating Leadership North Carolina.

January 19, 1995 – Journey begins for 47 members of LNC Class I.

May 16, 2016 – Graduation of LNC Class XXIII, reaching milestone of more than 1,000 alumni.

Esse Quam Videri


The driving force behind Leadership North Carolina’s values and culture lies in the North Carolina state motto: Esse Quam Videri. “To Be Rather Than To Seem”

Diversity: Enrich North Carolina through a variety of voices.

Community Service: Contribute to local communities.

Forward-Thinking: Move together with an eye on the future.

Heritage: Value roots, history, and traditions.

Collaborative: Operate powerfully as a team.

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