Lisa Dalberth


Lisa Dalberth, LNC Class XXIV

Head of Administration
Fidelity Charitable

“My LNC experience changed the way I think about opportunities and issues in North Carolina.  While we all have learned biases and beliefs, the LNC program brings intelligent fact-based realities forward, changing the way a participant develops his/her opinions.  I am forever grateful to the leadership who participated in my learning year, teaching me to think more broadly about concepts and issues in our state.  And helping us drive those concepts to action and positive impact.”


Justin Belleme


Justin Belleme, LNC Class XXII

JB Media Group

“Growing my business from a solo-freelance operation to a team of 15 over the last 7 years has required a continuous evolution of my leadership skills, approach, and role. Participating in Leadership North Carolina XXII offered me lasting statewide connections, new perspectives, and a much greater understanding of past, present and future of our great state. As someone born and raised in Western NC it was very rewarding to learn more about the entire state.”


Sheri Shaw


Sheri Shaw, LNC Class XXV

Assistant Dean for Student Success
University of North Carolina at Wilmington

“My LNC experience provided me with a foundation of North Carolina for which I stand on today.  As a transplant to North Carolina from Illinois, I was not familiar with the detailed history or the emerging critical issues in my new location.  LNC provided a candid depiction of the state, the highs and lows,  interweaving industry and community leaders into each session.  To have the opportunity to be a part of a program that thinks carefully and critically about the varied issues across the state and to be able to build a network of amazing friendships with accomplished leaders in their respective industries is a once in a lifetime experience.  To be a member of the LNC Class XXV has been the greatest highlight of my time in the state.”


Meredith Henderson


Dr. Meredith Henderson, LNC Class XXIII

 Senior Director of Programs
Go Global NC

“Leadership North Carolina was and continues to be one of the most rewarding professional development experiences of my career.  The program has given me greater insight into North Carolina’s challenges and opportunities as well as the context in which they arise.  I learned so much through the presentations, hands-on experiences, and discussions with my colleagues.  The program has allowed me to grow my personal and professional network through enduring relationships with a diverse group of talented and dedicated professionals.  And LNC’s alumni opportunities offer a wonderful way to stay connected to issues and each other.  Thank you LNC!”


Brenda Williams


Brenda Williams, LNC Class XXI

Deputy Treasurer, Unclaimed Property Division
North Carolina Department of State Treasurer

“Although I have lived in NC my entire life, through LNC I learned so much that I did not know about unique challenges facing our state.  LNC created an environment in which I was able to brainstorm alongside an impressive group of leaders from diverse experiences, to identify opportunities to make our state a great place to live for all its residents. The vast professional network I gained through LNC has been a tremendous benefit.  Friends and mentors from Class XXI as well as other classes continue to inspire me to reach deeper to use my skills and resources to make a difference.”


Will Parry-Hill

LNC Class XX

Will Parry-Hill, LNC Class XX

Manager of Government and Industry Relations
North Carolina Housing Finance Agency

“Leadership North Carolina is one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in my career and continues to pay dividends every day. LNC provides an unparalleled opportunity to connect with servant leaders who share a common goal of making our great state even better, take deep dives into the policy issues that matter to our community, and forge lasting relationships. I’m grateful that I was afforded the experience, and thankful to be a part of the LNC community.”


Mike Barnes

LNC Class XX

Mike Barnes, LNC Class XX

Principal/Regional Director


“Being a native to North Carolina, I assumed I knew as much about North Carolina as anyone upon being selected as a member of Class XX of Leadership North Carolina.  I was pleasantly surprised to be totally wrong.  From my first day of class through my time as a board member, alumni co-chair, guest speaker, and now an active alum, I continue to learn more every day about our great state and how great our alumni are at LNC.  The relationships that I have made from all over the state have enriched both my professional and personal lives.  I am still amazed at the willingness of LNC alum to pick up the phone whenever you call.  It is truly an honor to be a part of this family.”


Callee Boulware


Callee Boulware, LNC Class XXIV

Executive Director
Reach Out and Read Carolinas

“The LNC experience has transformed the way I approach my work in NC.  My exposure to new content, not generally a part of my professional work, has deepened my understanding of how seemingly disconnected areas truly do connect.  Perhaps most importantly, I have developed strong and lasting relationships with amazing leaders across the State, and continue to be encouraged, motivated, and inspired by the work of LNC graduates.  As I run into alums across the state, our shared experience provides a great bond and an open door for working together to make a strong North Carolina.  I am deeply grateful for my LNC experience.”

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