LNC Class XXIX Program Application

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Application Instructions

Thank you for your interest in Leadership North Carolina. Please read the following instructions carefully and submit all application elements by June 25, 2021.

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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 and share with them the link below.  Letters must be submitted directly to LNC through this Candidate Recommendation Form by June 25, 2021.


Additional Instructions

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 kelly@leadershipnc.org or (919) 803-5325 with any questions.

Selection Criteria


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 XXIX.  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.

Application Deadline


Completed applications, two letters of recommendation, and the application fee, are due before midnight on June 25, 2021.  Applications will be reviewed in July and notification will begin by early August. 

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Program Schedule for Class XXIX

The schedule and locations for the full program year are outlined below. Start and end times may be adjusted slightly for individual session elements.


Fall 2021—Virtual Session

 

October 5-7, 2021—Orientation*

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Session: 2:00 – 4:30 pm

Session: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Session: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Reception: 5:00 – 6:00 pm

 

 

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

November 2-4, 2021—Government

December 7-9, 2021—Education

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Optional Activity: 2:00 – 4:30 pm

Session*: 8:30 – 4:00 pm

Session*: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Optional Reception: 5:00 – 6:00 pm

 

 

*Counts towards program attendance requirement. Substantial breaks will be included within these windows.

 

 

Spring 2022—In-Person Sessions

 

February 1-3, 2022—Health and Human Services, Charlotte^

March 1-3, 2022—Economic Development, Beaufort and Morehead City

April 5-7, 2022—Environment, Asheville

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Optional Activity: 2:00 – 4:30 pm

Breakfast: 7:15 am - 8:15 am

Breakfast:  7:15 am - 8:15 am

Optional Reception: 5:30 – 7:00 pm

(serves as dinner)

 

Session*: 8:15 am - 4:30 pm

Session*: 8:15 am - 2:30 pm

 

Class Dinner*: 7:00 pm

 

*Counts towards program attendance requirement. Morning, afternoon, and lunch breaks included each day.

^For the February session in Charlotte, the Tuesday afternoon activity on February 1 will be expanded to 12–4 pm and will include lunch. Participation is highly encouraged at this first opportunity to gather in person.

 

May 11-12, 2022—Planning Meeting and Graduation, Raleigh

Wednesday

Thursday

Reflections: 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Planning Meeting: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm*

Optional Class-Organized Dinner: 6:00 pm

Graduation Ceremony: 4:00 pm

 

Reception: Immediately following ceremony

*Required

 

 

Monthly Learning Team Calls, Class Connections Calls, and Homework

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. The LNC team will facilitate optional Class Connections between each session as an additional opportunity to build community with fellow participants. There are no other requirements outside the scheduled session programming. 

 

 

2022 - 2023 Commitment
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 pre-defined role in preparing the program for the following class. There is one in-person meeting held the day of graduation (May 12, 2022).  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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Program Fee


The program fee for the 2021-2022 program year is $5,500.  It will be billed upon notification of acceptance and due by August 31, 2021, to ensure participation.  Payment plans may be arranged in unique circumstances. 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.

Scholarships

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 $4,750 of the $5,500 program fee as well as hotel accommodations during the program year.  


To be considered for either or both of these scholarship programs, applicants must submit the separate scholarship application after completing this program application and before the June 25 deadline. The single application 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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Letters of Recommendation
Two (2) letters of recommendation are required and must be received by June 25, 2021, 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 25 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.  


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Program Protocols

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.


1. COVID-19 Statement and Program Adjustments: The safety of our participants, partners, and staff and the quality of the Leadership North Carolina program experience are LNC’s top priorities. In consultation with the LNC Health Advisory Task Force, the LNC Board of Directors determined that fall 2021 programming for Class XXIX will be hosted on our virtual platform. In-person programming will resume with the Class XXIX spring sessions starting in February 2022. 

 

This hybrid model (virtual fall programming and in-person spring programming) provides clarity around program structure and schedule, addresses travel restrictions still in place for many organizations into the fall, extends the time for participants to become fully vaccinated before gathering in person, provides an opportunity for session venues and destinations to fully reopen, and maintains the integrity of LNC’s attendance policy. Through successful implementation of the Class XXVIII (2020-21) program year entirely online, LNC has demonstrated that impactful content can be delivered, and powerful connections can be built in a virtual environment. LNC also commits to including members of Class XXIX in additional in-person programming as we make it available.

 

The virtual fall sessions will include a combination of pre-recorded content, live presentations, interactive simulations, real-time interaction with presenters, and opportunities to connect with LNC classmates, alumni, presenters, and guests. The spring sessions will be held in person, with requirements regarding masks, symptom and exposure checks, and social distancing to be defined in advance of each session. LNC will abide by all federal, state, local, and venue/vendor rules and reserves the right to impose more-stringent requirements as defined by LNC's Board of Directors. 

 

Compliance with LNC's requirements will be mandatory for attendance and participation in all in-person LNC programming and events. LNC strongly encourages all participants to be fully vaccinated before attending in-person programming.

 

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. LNC reserves the right to shift any of the spring sessions to a virtual format as dictated by continued impacts of COVID-19 and any variants on organizations, vendors, and venues and in keeping with government regulations and recommendations. Shifting any session or sessions to a virtual format will not impact the program fee.

 

3. Schedule for Class XXIX (2021-2022): The schedule and locations for the full program year are outlined below. Start and end times may be adjusted slightly for individual session elements. 


Fall 2021—Virtual Sessions

 

October 5-7, 2021—Orientation*

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Session: 2:00 – 4:30 pm

Session: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Session: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Reception: 5:00 – 6:00 pm

 

 

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

November 2-4, 2021—Government

December 7-9, 2021—Education

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Optional Activity: 2:00 – 4:30 pm

Session*: 8:30 – 4:00 pm

Session*: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Optional Reception: 5:00 – 6:00 pm

 

 

*Counts towards program attendance requirement. Substantial breaks will be included within these windows.

 

  

Spring 2022—In-Person Sessions

 

February 1-3, 2022—Health and Human Services, Charlotte^

March 1-3, 2022—Economic Development, Beaufort and Morehead City

April 5-7, 2022—Environment, Asheville

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Optional Activity: 2:00 – 4:30 pm

Breakfast: 7:15 am - 8:15 am

Breakfast:  7:15 am - 8:15 am

Optional Reception: 5:30 – 7:00 pm

(serves as dinner)

 

Session*: 8:15 am - 4:30 pm

Session*: 8:15 am - 2:30 pm

 

Class Dinner*: 7:00 pm

 

*Counts towards program attendance requirement. Morning, afternoon, and lunch breaks included each day.

^For the February session in Charlotte, the Tuesday afternoon activity on February 1 will be expanded to 12–4 pm and will include lunch. Participation is highly encouraged at this first opportunity to gather in person.

 

May 11-12, 2022—Planning Meeting and Graduation, Raleigh

Wednesday

Thursday

Reflections: 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Planning Meeting: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm*

Optional Class-Organized Dinner: 6:00 pm

Graduation Ceremony: 4:00 pm

 

Reception: Immediately following ceremony

*Required

 

Monthly Learning Team Calls, Class Connections Calls, and Homework: 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. The LNC team will facilitate optional Class Connections between each session as an additional opportunity to build community with fellow participants. 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, including the class dinner, 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 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.

 

5. Program Planning Committee for Year 2: 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 12, 2022). 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 policy. 

 

7. Overnight 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. We will do our best in partnership with vendors to accommodate dietary restrictions shared with us in advance.

 

9. Phone Calls: As a courtesy to speakers and fellow participants, mobile devices should be in silent mode during session and their use limited. 

 

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 any sessions conducted on a virtual platform, 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 by participants at any time.

 

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 non-participants.

 

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 kelly@leadershipnc.org or by text at (919) 523-4336.

 

20. 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 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.

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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 Post Office Box 31125, Raleigh, NC, 27622.  Please include "Class XXIX Application Fee" and your name as it appears on your application in the memo line.

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