As we move through careers, life’s demands sometimes impede the extraordinary. When my incessantly creative wife described Leadership North Carolina, as a linear-thinking introvert my thoughts went to time commitment and cost. Looking back a year later, I found my initial reaction turned on its head.
Since 1995, Leadership North Carolina (LNC) has provided cutting-edge leadership development to current and emerging leaders from across North Carolina. There are more than 1,100 alumni whose continued ties to the LNC organization and to one another foster awareness of opportunities to improve life in our state.
Each year LNC selects a class of 55 engaged citizens to learn about issues related to government, economic development, health and human services, education, and the environment. Sessions combine presentations, tours, experiential learning activities, and facilitated dialogue to gain perspective on challenges and opportunities facing our communities and beyond. Participants from business, government, education, health care, and other sectors tell of personal enrichment through their experience.
As graduates of Class XIX (2011-12), my wife, Debbie, and I highly recommend the program. The fall orientation session in Boone primed us for what was ahead through an amazing overview of North Carolina history. It gave us a better understanding of how culture, resources, politics, and religion have collectively shaped who we are as a state.
Personally, I launched new friendships, expanded my professional network, built confidence in my understanding of the legislative process, learned how to better advocate for the causes I support, gained a deeper appreciation of our multi-faceted health care challenges, and much more.
DMJ & Co., PLLC, recognizes the value of the LNC experience, having regularly placed a firm member in the program for more than 15 years.
Would your organization consider sponsoring a current or aspiring North Carolina leader? In addition, LNC welcomes sponsors for its 100 County Initiative, to assure representation from all parts of North Carolina.
Applications for Class XXVI (2018-19) will be accepted May 16–June 29, 2018. To receive program announcements and a quarterly newsletter, complete the LNC interest form. And for sponsorship opportunities or to recommend an applicant, please contact Kelly Turner at [email protected].
LNC is nonpartisan and a Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Through The Micah Project, Dennis Walsh, CPA, serves as a volunteer consultant to Christian workers and exempt organizations. He emphasizes financial management, legal compliance, and organizational development. Dennis can be reached by email at [email protected]