Leadership North Carolina is a two-year commitment.  For the first year, participants attend program sessions around the state from October through May. After graduating, they help plan content for the next program year.

The program fee covers session materials and programming as well as meals during in-person sessions. The program fee for Class 31 is $7,000. Accommodations and travel expenses are the responsibility of each participant.

Class 30 (2022-2023)

September 16, 2022, 9 am: Alumni Welcome, Virtual
October 11-13, 2022: Orientation, Boone
November 1-3, 2022: Government, Raleigh
December 6-8, 2022: Education, Greensboro
February 7-9, 2023: Health and Human Services, Charlotte
March 7-9, 2023: Economic Development, Wilmington
April 11-13, 2023: Environment, Asheville
May 9-10, 2023: Planning Meeting/Graduation, Raleigh*

*Note that this is shifted one day earlier than the original schedule

Class 31 (2023-2024)*

September TBD, 1 hour: Alumni Welcome, Virtual
October 3-5, 2023: Orientation, Boone
November 7-9, 2023: Government, Raleigh
December 5-7, 2023: Education, Greensboro
January 8-9 or 11-12: Inclusive Leadership Training, The Triangle (hold both sets of dates)
February 6-8, 2024: Health and Human Services, Greenville
March 5-7, 2024: Economic Development, Charlotte
April 9-11, 2024: Environment, Asheville
May 7-8, 2024: Planning Meeting/Graduation, Raleigh

* Dates and locations are tentative

Application window: June 1 – June 22, 2023

Structure for Year 1: Program Participation

Orientation (October)

  • Tuesday: 2:00 – 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:15 am – 4:30 pm plus Class Dinner (required)
  • Thursday: 8:15 am – 2:30 pm

Participation in the full Orientation session is mandatory. Missing any element of Orientation requires withdrawal from the program with no refund.


Program Sessions (November, December, February, March, and April)

  • Tuesday tour or activity 2:00 – 4:30 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.


Inclusive Leadership Training (January)

The mandatory Inclusive Leadership Training for Class 31 will be conducted in two cohorts on January 8-9 and January 11-12. Members of Class 31 will be assigned to a cohort prior to the October Orientation session. Applicants are asked to protect both sets of dates. Each training will run 8:00 am – 5:30 pm each day.


Planning Meeting and Graduation Ceremony (May)

  • Reflections Session: 2:00 – 5:00 pm the afternoon before graduation (optional)
  • Class Gathering: 6:00 pm the evening before graduation (optional)
  • Full-Class Planning Meeting: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm (required)
  • 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. Participants may also join monthly Class Connections phone calls facilitated by LNC.  There are no other requirements outside the scheduled session programming.

Structure for Year 2: Planning for the Next LNC Cohort

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.

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