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Thank you for your interest in Leadership North Carolina. Please complete all elements of the following application by June 28, 2019.
You may save your application in progress and return to it at any time before your final submission. We highly recommend that you save your work frequently. To save your work, select the "Save my progress and resume later" option at the top of each page. You will be prompted to enter an email address and password each time you save. You may use the same email and password each time. When logging back into an application in progress, the system will recognize your most recently used email and password combination. Hitting "Next" at the bottom of each page does not save your work.
Your application is not considered complete until we have received your two letters of recommendation and the $75 application fee. Payment instructions are included at the end of the application. Be sure to request recommendation letters from your references in advance. Letters must be submitted directly to LNC through this Candidate Recommendation Form by June 28, 2019.
Please review the following schedule, program time commitment, selection criteria, program fee, and application deadline information carefully before proceeding with the application.
Some organizations have an internal process for selecting their applicant(s) for Leadership North Carolina. We recommend checking with the individual or department that handles the LNC partnership for your organization prior to completing an application to make sure you are following your organization's protocols.
If you have any questions, contact Kelly Turner, LNC program director, at email@example.com or (919) 803-5325.
2019 - 2020 Dates
2019 - 2020 Schedule
The five topic sessions typically follow this
Planning Meeting and Graduation and
Awards Ceremony, Raleigh
The LNC Selection Committee seeks to identify individuals most likely to use their leadership abilities for the long-term benefit of the state of North Carolina. Class size is typically between 50 and 55. Space limitations will result in a number of highly qualified applicants not being selected for Class XXVII. Applicants who are not selected are encouraged to apply in subsequent years.The selection committee will seek diversity in areas including, but not limited to, profession, geography, education, stage of career, ethnicity, and gender. LNC does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin.
Successful candidates will be well-rounded and actively involved in many facets of their communities, such as business, education, the arts, religion, government, community-based organizations, and volunteer service, and will reflect the diversity of North Carolina’s communities. Prior leadership program participation is not required but may be noted on your application.
The program fee for the 2019 - 2020 program year is $5,500. It will be billed upon notification of acceptance and due by August 30, 2019, to ensure participation. The program fee must be paid in full prior to the Orientation session for accepted participants to remain in the program.
The program fee covers most meals during each session, but participants are responsible for travel and lodging costs. Staying at the group's designated hotel is required for the Orientation session and encouraged for all other sessions. LNC will provide a list of session hotels and the negotiated group rate to those accepted into the program.
A limited number of partial, need-based scholarships are available through the William Garrett Fund to help candidates for whom the program fee presents a barrier to participation. LNC may not be able to provide the full requested amount but will work with you to support your participation. William Garrett Fund scholarships generally fall between $500 and $2,000.
Through the BCBSNC 100 County Initiative Scholarship, additional funding is available for participants from the 9 counties that have never been represented in the LNC program as well as for participants from other Tier One counties that have been underrepresented in the LNC program. This scholarship covers $4,750 towards the program fee as well as hotel accommodations.
Participants must be accepted into the LNC program before they can be considered for scholarship support. Scholarship applications should be submitted promptly upon completing this online application and can only be considered if received by the application deadline of June 28. The application for both scholarships can be found here and is also available through the "Apply" tab under "Program" on the LNC website.
Completed applications, two letters of recommendation, and the application fee, are due before midnight on June 28, 2019. Applications will be reviewed in July and notification will begin in early August.
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All of the following questions must be answered for your application to be considered complete. We recommend that you draft your responses in a separate document and paste them into your application. Remember to save your online application frequently throughout the process.
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Two (2) letters of recommendation are required and must be received by June 28, 2019, for your application to be considered. Letters of recommendation should speak to your leadership qualities, your personal and professional engagement with issues of importance to your community and your state, and any other information that addresses what you will bring to the LNC program, how you will benefit from the program, and how the program can help you contribute to North Carolina.
Please request letters from your references well in advance to ensure receipt by the June 28 deadline. Letters should be addressed to the LNC Selection Committee and submitted through this Candidate Recommendation Form. Letters must be sent directly to LNC and will not be shared with you.
Please complete the information below to let LNC know who will be serving as your references. It is the responsibility of the applicant to request these letters. Completing this section does not generate a request for letters from LNC.
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By submission of this form, you confirm that you have carefully read and agree to all requirements and instructions contained herein and that you will commit the necessary time and resources to complete the program.
1. Attendance: To graduate from Leadership North
Carolina, a participant is expected to attend all sessions in their entirety. Attendance
at the Orientation session is mandatory. Failure to attend Orientation in full
(including the Tuesday evening reception and the Wednesday evening class
dinner) requires withdrawal from the program. Absences at the five remaining
sessions are counted in segments – there are 25 segments during the program year
(five sessions with five segments each: each morning or afternoon counts as one
segment, as does the class dinner). If more than six segments are missed, the
participant is automatically withdrawn from the program.
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.
2. Non-Refundable Program
Fee: If a participant
withdraws or is dismissed from the program at any time for any reason, that
participant shall not be entitled to have any portion of his or her program fee
refunded. The program fee is not transferable from one year to the next.
3. Schedule for Class
XXVII (2019 - 2020):
Dates and locations:
o Orientation - October 1 - 3, 2019 - Boone
o Government - November 5 - 7, 2019 - Raleigh
o Education - December 3 - 5, 2019 - Greensboro
o Health and Human Services - February 4 - 6, 2020 -
o Economic Development - March 3 - 5, 2020 -
o Environment - March 31 - April 2, 2020 - Asheville
o Planning Meeting/Graduation - May 13 - 14, 2020 - Raleigh
· Orientation runs
Tuesday, October 1, at 2:00 pm through Thursday, October 3, at 12:15 pm. An
optional lunch is offered at 12:15 pm on Thursday. Attendance at the full
Orientation session is mandatory.
Missing any element of Orientation requires withdrawal with no refund.
· The five topic-specific
sessions typically follow this schedule: Tuesday optional activity 2:00 -
4:00 pm and optional evening reception 5:30 - 7:00 pm; Wednesday required
morning, lunch, and afternoon segments and class dinner; Thursday required
morning, lunch, and afternoon segments, adjourning around 3 pm. Times for
optional elements may vary slightly.
· An end-of-year reflections session is held on Wednesday, May 13, 2:00 - 5:00 pm. The required planning
committee meeting runs 8:00 am - 2:30 pm on Thursday, May 14, 2020. The graduation
ceremony begins that afternoon at 4:00 pm, with a reception immediately
· Each participant will be
assigned to a Learning Team for the program year. Learning Teams schedule
required 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.
4. Program Planning Committee: 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 (May 14, 2020). 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.
5. Conduct: Participants are neither employees nor
agents of LNC but are expected to conform with basic standards of conduct as a
condition of their affiliation with LNC. Any conduct that discriminates,
threatens, intimidates, or coerces on any basis a fellow participant, LNC
employee, Board member, alumnus, volunteer, visitor, or a member of the public involved
in LNC activities at any time, including not only LNC sessions as described
above, but also non-business and/or purely social functions associated with the
LNC program, will not be tolerated and will result in immediate dismissal from
the program. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, all acts of
inappropriate conduct as described above or discrimination, including
harassment or discrimination that is based on an individual's gender, race,
age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any
characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Any individual who
believes he or she has been subject to conduct in violation of this policy
should immediately report his or her concern to the LNC president, or
alternatively, if the complaint involves the LNC president, to the LNC Board
Chair. The organization will follow the process outlined in the whistleblower
Accommodations: As outlined in the
application information, the program fee covers all expenses except your
individual travel to and from each session and overnight accommodations. With
the exception of the Orientation session, you will be responsible for making
your own reservations at the identified base hotel for each session (lodging
form will be available prior to Orientation).
7. Meals and Special
Needs: Your program fee
includes the following meals: Tuesday evening’s optional reception (heavy
hors d’oeuvres); breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Wednesday; and breakfast and
lunch on Thursday. Snacks are provided each morning and afternoon. If you have
dietary restrictions or any other special needs, please let us know so that we
may make necessary arrangements.
8. Phone Calls: As a courtesy to speakers and fellow
participants, mobile devices should be in silent mode during session and their
9. Guests: The program year is designed for you and
your classmates. Participants are notified when there is an opportunity for
guests to attend. Otherwise, please do not invite guests to attend LNC
activities. Occasionally, LNC Board members and alumni attend a session.
10. Participation: You are strongly encouraged to
participate and share your thoughts and views during each session. Remember,
speakers often need to be challenged to get to the “meat of the issues.”
To maximize class participation, please allow others to speak if you have
11. Special Interest
Affiliation and Individual Views: LNC is a non-partisan and non-sectarian organization and
will not engage in any activities favoring or opposing the election, platform,
or views of any political or special interest party, group, or faction, nor
will it attempt to develop or promote any policies or positions. However, we do
expect individual participants to be free to share their views with our
speakers and with each other, recognizing that our objective is to inform and
understand and not to condemn any views, coerce others to a particular
viewpoint, or reach consensus as a group.
12. Confidentiality: Candid discussions and exchange of
opinions and ideas are made possible by the expectation that participants will
treat all comments made during any program session as confidential. Participants
agree to treat the comments of session speakers, presenters, and participants
as confidential. While participants are free to share ideas they learn with
non-participants, participants agree that they will not attribute to any
speaker the substance of any such comments from a program session to
13. Evaluations: To continuously improve the LNC program,
you will be asked to complete an evaluation form at the conclusion of each
session. Your cooperation in these evaluations is most appreciated and will
help to serve future classes.
14. Attire: Dress for LNC sessions is generally
business casual attire. Individual segments of some session agendas may call
for either business attire (receptions, etc.) or casual/outdoor attire (field
trips, outdoor activities, etc.). Your session agendas will be distributed in
advance with recommendations for appropriate attire.
15. Class Materials: All class information will be posted in the
Class Portal of the LNC website and updated throughout the program year.
16. Inclement Weather: We will still meet if there is inclement
weather. Updates will be shared via email and posted at www.leadershipnc.org.
17. Emergency Contact: If, after close of business on the day before
the beginning of session, you wish to contact or leave a message with LNC
regarding your participation in that week’s activities, contact Kelly Turner
via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by text at (919) 523-4336.
18. Scholarship Campaign: Each member of the
participating class is asked to make a contribution based on his or her ability
and the value they find in the LNC program to the William Garrett Fund. This
fund provides partial need-based scholarships to future LNC participants. The
class sets the fundraising goal, with a primary goal of 100% class
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Due to the time commitment, cost, and strict attendance policy, all applicants must have the full support of their employers. By completing the information below, the applicant affirms that his/her employer endorses this application and is aware of these requirements.
Your application is not considered complete until we have received payment of the $75 application fee as well as your two letters of recommendation.
After confirming final submission of your application per the instructions below, you will be directed to this page to make your payment by credit/debit/e-check. If you would like to pay the application fee by check, please make your check out to Leadership North Carolina and mail to 2700 Wycliff Road, Suite 402, Raleigh, NC 27607. Please include "Class XXVII Application Fee" and your name as it appears on your application in the memo line.
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