LNC Class XXVIII Program Schedule
Alumni Welcome: Virtual, September 25, 9 am
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: Beaufort and Morehead City, March 2-4, 2021
Environment: Asheville, April 13-15, 2021
Planning Meeting/Graduation: Raleigh, May 12-13, 2021
Make sure you have all sessions blocked on your calendars.
Session Structure for Class XXVIII
Virtual Orientation (October)
- Tuesday, 2 pm – 6 pm
- Wednesday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
- Thursday, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
- Participation in all Orientation content is mandatory. Missing any element of Orientation requires withdrawal from the program with no refund.
- Details for the October Orientation session can be found here.
Virtual Program Sessions (November*, December)
- Pre-session virtual tour or activity, times tbd–typically 2 hours between 2 and 5 pm (optional)
- Session reception, 5:00 – 6:00 pm (optional)
- Day 1 required programming 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
- Day 2 required programming, 8:30 am – 2:30 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 Day 1 and Day 2 elements are required. The pre-session elements (tour/activity and reception) are optional but encouraged. 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. All other sessions follow a Tuesday – Thursday format.
In-Person Program 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.
Regular attendance at all required session elements is critical to success for LNC’s participants and the LNC program. Participants are expected to attend each session in its entirety, but we recognize that conflicts and emergencies arise.
Participation in the full October Orientation session is mandatory. Failure to take part in all components of Orientation requires withdrawal from the program. Absences at the five remaining sessions are counted in segments. There are 23 required segments during the program year. Each morning or afternoon counts as one segment, as does the class dinner for the in-person sessions. Allowed absences may be divided across multiple sessions. If more than six segments are missed, the participant is automatically withdrawn from the program with no refund.
There are no “excused absences” – the Board of Directors’ policy since LNC’s inception has been that missing more than the number of segments outlined here results in an unrecoverable loss of content and class interaction, even if due to work, illness, or emergency.
The Tuesday afternoon activity and the Tuesday evening reception are both optional. Attendance is encouraged but does not count for nor against the attendance requirement.
As outlined in the application materials, 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.