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Application Fee and Recommendation Letters
Your application is not considered complete until we have also 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 July 1, 2020.
Please review the schedule, program time commitment, selection criteria, and program fee information on the next pages 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.
Contact Kelly Turner, LNC program director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 803-5325 with any questions.
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 XXVIII. 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.
Completed applications, two letters of recommendation, and the application fee, are due before midnight on July 1, 2020. Applications will be reviewed in July and notification will begin in early August.
2020 - 2021 Dates
Orientation - October 6 - 8, 2020 - Virtual
Government - November 4 - 6, 2020 - Virtual (Wed. - Fri.)
Education - December 1 - 3, 2020 – Virtual
Health and Human Services - February 2 - 4, 2021 – Charlotte
Economic Development - March 2 - 4, 2021 - Morehead City
Environment - April 13 - 15, 2021 - Asheville
Planning Meeting/Graduation - May 12 - 13, 2021 – Raleigh
Virtual Sessions (November, December)
In-Person Sessions (February, March, April)
Tuesday tour or activity 2:00 – 4:00 pm (optional). Start and end times may vary slightly.
The program fee for the 2020-2021 program year is $4,675. It will be billed upon notification of acceptance and due by August 31, 2020, 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 in-person session, but participants are responsible for travel and lodging costs. Staying at the group's designated hotel is encouraged for all in-person 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, funding is available for participants from the 4 counties--Alexander, Gates, Greene, and Hoke--that have never been represented in the LNC program. Secondary consideration for this scholarship goes to participants from counties that have been historically underrepresented in the LNC program. This scholarship covers $4,000 towards the program fee as well as hotel accommodations.
A scholarship application should be submitted promptly upon completing this program application and will only be considered if received by the application deadline of July 1. The single application for consideration for both scholarships can be found here and is also available through the "Apply" tab under "Program" on the LNC website.
Only candidates accepted into the program will be considered for scholarship funding. Scholarship applications are reviewed separately--applying for a scholarship will not impact consideration of your program application.
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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.
Please request letters from your references well in advance to ensure receipt by the July 1 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.
By submission of this application, 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.
Adjustments: The safety of our
participants, partners, and staff and the quality of the Leadership North
Carolina program experience are our top priorities. In keeping with current
recommendations regarding COVID-19, the Class XXVIII schedule has been adjusted
to host all 2020 programming on a virtual platform. 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,
presenters, and guests. Spring programming will proceed in-person as
circumstances allow, with requirements regarding masks, temperature checks, and
social distancing to be defined in advance of each session. Additional adjustments to the spring schedule
will be made as needed.
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. Acknowledging the unique circumstances for the 2020-2021
program year, exceptions to this policy will be considered on an individual
basis to prioritize the health and safety of all participants, partners, and
2. Program Fee
Policy: As per Leadership North
Carolina’s standard policy, if a participant withdraws or is dismissed from the
program at any time for any reason, that participant shall not have any portion
of his or her program fee refunded. The program fee is not transferable from
one year to the next. Additional programming will be shifted to a virtual
platform at the discretion of Leadership North Carolina as circumstances
dictate. No further adjustments will be made to the program fee.
3. Schedule for Class
XXVIII (2020 - 2021):
Dates and locations:
- October 6 - 8, 2020 - Virtual
- November 4 - 6, 2020 - Virtual
(Wed. - Fri.)
- December 1 - 3, 2020 – Virtual
o Health and Human Services - February 2 - 4, 2021 – Charlotte or Virtual –
structure to be determined as circumstances dictate
Development - March 2 - 4, 2021 -
o Environment - April 13 - 15, 2021 - Asheville
Meeting/Graduation - May 12 - 13, 2021 –
Orientation runs Tuesday, October 6, at 2:00 pm
through Thursday, October 8, at 12:00 pm. Required programming will end by 5:00
pm each day. Participation in the full Orientation session is mandatory. Missing
any element requires withdrawal with no refund.
Program sessions typically run Tuesday –
Thursday. To accommodate Election Day, the November 2020 session will run
Wednesday - Friday.
The virtual sessions (November, December, and
possibly February) will include an optional element the afternoon of the first
day. Required programming will run within business hours on the second and
third day of each session.
The in-person sessions (February, March, and
April) will follow this general 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 2 pm. Times for optional
elements may vary slightly.
An end-of-year reflections session is held on
Wednesday, May 12, 2:00 - 5:00 pm. The required planning committee meeting runs
8:00 am - 2:30 pm on Thursday, May 13, 2021. The graduation ceremony begins that
afternoon at 4:00 pm, with a reception immediately following.
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.
4. Participation and
Attendance: To graduate from
Leadership North Carolina, class members are expected to participate in all
required programming. 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. If more than six segments are
missed, the participant is automatically withdrawn from the program.
5. 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 13, 2021). 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.
6. 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 in-person session and overnight
accommodations for those sessions. You will be responsible for making your own
reservations at the identified base hotel for each session. A list of
designated hotels will be provided.
8. Meals and Special
Needs: For the in-person
sessions, 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 also provided. If
you have dietary restrictions or any other special needs, please let us know so
that we may make necessary arrangements.
9. Phone Calls: As a courtesy to speakers and fellow
participants, mobile devices should be in silent mode during session and their
10. 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.
11. Engagement: You are strongly encouraged to engage 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 already spoken.
12. Virtual Session
Protocols: For the virtual
sessions, participants are requested to use their cameras and to be visible to
their classmates whenever possible. Recommendations and guidelines for
effective interaction with classmates and presenters will be provided, and
sessions will be facilitated to maximize connections. To protect the confidentiality
of participants and presenters, no session content may be recorded or shared at
13. 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.
14. 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
15. 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.
16. Attire: Dress for LNC sessions is generally
business casual attire. Individual segments of some session agendas may call
for either business attire or casual/outdoor attire. Your session agendas will
be distributed in advance with recommendations for appropriate attire.
17. Class Materials: All class information will be posted in the
Class Portal of the LNC website and updated throughout the program year.
18. Inclement Weather: We will still meet for the in-person
sessions if there is inclement weather. Updates will be shared via email and
posted at www.leadershipnc.org.
19. 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 email@example.com or by text at (919) 523-4336.
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 participation.
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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 XXVIII Application Fee" and your name as it appears on your application in the memo line.