Where Charlotte's Leaders Connect and Grow

Founded in 1978, Leadership Charlotte is focused on building Charlotte community leaders through inclusive leadership development.

The mission of Leadership Charlotte ...

… is to develop and enhance volunteer community leadership by providing a diverse group of emerging and existing leaders with the opportunity to increase their community knowledge, civic network, and service to the community. Leadership Charlotte embraces inclusiveness in our community.

The Leadership Charlotte program is a 10-month program for emerging and existing leaders.

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ENCOUNTER Charlotte is a one or two-day orientation to Charlotte and community leadership.

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The Legacy Awards highlighted those creating lasting change and measurable differences in our community.

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Leadership Charlotte is supported by a diverse group of local businesses and organizations. CRVA is one of the twenty-five organizations who serve as Tuition Partners for 2020-2021.

Alumni Connections

LC Alumni

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Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Janice Witt Smith (LC39)

Name:  Dr. Janice Witt Smith, MBA, PCC Leadership Charlotte (LC) Class:  Class 39 (The Best Class EVER!) Title/Company: Founder and Chief Strategist, J.W. Smith and

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40 wonderful years

40 wonderful stories


Classes of Leaders


Leaders Trained


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What are the programs like?

"As a relatively new resident of Charlotte, I found my Leadership Charlotte experience to be extremely helpful getting to know our City, the region and the challenges and opportunities that face our community. I also got to meet some pretty incredible people during our journey together."
John Lewis
LC 38
"ENCOUNTER is the perfect balance of information, engagement and emotion. I left inspired, empowered and eager to get started on my path to fulfill my root desire- to be a more informed and active member of my community."
Ylida Roberson
Encounter Charlotte