About the Leadership Charlotte Class

About the Leadership Charlotte Class

The Leadership Charlotte program is for emerging and existing leaders.  It is our flagship program and is considered a “backstage” pass to the Charlotte community.  It is a two-part program, starting with ten, once-a-month program days where approximately 50 participants explore current issues with a variety of community leaders. Tuition for at-large applicants is $3,000, and scholarship and payment plan options are available.  The program is complete after participants serve on a committee that coordinates one of these program days for the incoming class.

Program days focus on:

  • Charlotte: Past, Present & Future
  • Education
  • Government & Politics
  • Healthcare
  • UMEUS
  • Justice
  • Arts & Culture
  • Sustainable Charlotte
  • Community Trusteeship

Click Here to view the schedule for Class 39.

FAQs about the Leadership Charlotte program

What else will I learn in the Leadership Charlotte program?

Self-discovery and community leadership skills are a by-product of the Leadership Charlotte experience.

Who can apply to Leadership Charlotte?

The program is open to adults working and/or residing in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Qualified applicants have demonstrated leadership capabilities in the public, private or religious sector, or show a motivation to contribute to the Charlotte community. They have served their community by contributing time and energy, or have an interest in getting involved through the Leadership Charlotte experience.

When can I apply to Leadership Charlotte?

The application opens in December, and closes on February 15 of each year. Click here to go to the application. There is a $25 application fee, and everyone who applies gets an interview. We hold an Open House each January to explain our programs and to answer questions.  If you would like to be placed on an email list to receive information about our programs and to receive details about the Open House, contact our office at 704.688.2888, or email us.

What makes a strong Leadership Charlotte candidate?

Click here to view the Criteria for Selection to Leadership Charlotte.

What is the duration of the program?

The Leadership Charlotte programs begins in August of every year with a program orientation and opening weekend retreat. The final program day is in early May, and commencement takes place during the first week of June.

Is there a cost?

Yes, tuition for at-large applicants is $3,000. We do offer scholarship options at an at-need basis, and we are also able to accommodate payment plans.

How can I find out more information about Leadership Charlotte?

View the other points on this website, contact our office at 704.688.2888 or email us.