In keeping with current recommendations and travel considerations regarding COVID-19, our 2020 sessions (October, November, and December) will be hosted on a virtual platform. Our 2021 sessions (February, March, April, and May) will be held in person, with the February program in Charlotte shifting to a virtual session as circumstances dictate. We are prepared to shift other sessions to our virtual platform as needed.
Just like our in-person programming, virtual sessions will include a combination of pre-recorded content, live presentations, real-time interaction with presenters, and opportunities to connect with LNC classmates, alumni, speakers, and guests. Through strategic facilitation, members of Class XXVIII will experience LNC’s cutting-edge programming and invaluable networking opportunities without concern for health risks or travel restrictions.
To reflect the combination of virtual and in-person programming, the program fee for Class XXVIII has been reduced to $4,675. The hybrid presentation model also offers savings to class members through reduced travel costs and travel time for the 2020 sessions.
Class XXVIII (2020-2021) — Incoming Class
Orientation: Virtual, October 6-8, 2020
Government: Virtual, November 4-6, 2020 (Wed. – Fri.)
Education: Virtual, December 1-3, 2020
Health and Human Services: Charlotte, February 2-4, 2021
Economic Development: Morehead City, March 2-4, 2021
Environment: Asheville, April 13-15, 2021
Planning Meeting/Graduation: Raleigh, May 12-13, 2021
General Session Structure for Class XXVIII
Virtual Orientation (October)
- Required programming Tuesday at 2 pm through Thursday at 12 pm during business hours.
- Participation in all Orientation content is mandatory. Missing any element of Orientation requires withdrawal from the program with no refund.
Virtual Sessions (November*, December)
- Tuesday afternoon optional element.
- Wednesday required programming during business hours and optional social time.
- Thursday required programming, adjourning at 2 pm.
Virtual sessions will include a combination of pre-recorded content, live presentations, real-time interaction with presenters, and structured opportunities to connect with LNC classmates, alumni, presenters, and guests. All Wednesday and Thursday elements are required. The LNC attendance policy allows participants to miss a limited number of segments throughout the program year.
*The November Government session will follow a Wednesday – Friday schedule to accommodate Election Day.
In-Person Sessions (February*, March, April)
- Tuesday tour or activity 2:00 – 4:00 pm (optional). Start and end times may vary slightly.
- Tuesday reception 5:30 – 7:00 pm (optional).
- Wednesday morning and afternoon programming and class dinner.
- Thursday morning and afternoon programming, adjourning around 3 pm.
All Wednesday and Thursday elements are required. The LNC attendance policy allows participants to miss a limited number of segments throughout the program year.
*The February session will be in held in Charlotte if possible and shifted to our virtual platform if necessary. Adjustments to other programs will be made as circumstances dictate.
Planning Meeting and Graduation Ceremony (May)
- Reflections Session: 2:00 – 5:00 pm the afternoon before graduation.
- Required Planning Meeting: 8:00 am – 2:30 pm.
- Graduation Ceremony: 4:00 – 5:30, reception immediately following.
Time Commitment Outside Sessions
Each participant will be assigned to a Learning Team for the program year. Learning Teams schedule 1-hour-long phone calls between each session (monthly from October through May). Calls are optional but encouraged. For some sessions, participants are asked to review materials in advance to enhance the session experience. There are no other requirements outside the scheduled session programming.
Planning Committee Participation for Year 2
Participation in Leadership North Carolina is a two-year commitment. The schedule for the first year is outlined above. Following graduation, each participant is required to serve on a planning committee for one of the five program sessions or play another role in preparing the program for the following class. There is one in-person meeting held the day of graduation. The remainder of the planning, research, and outreach to presenters is done by conference call (approximately one call per month) and email. Planning committee members are expected to attend the session they help plan.