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.

Offered twice a year, ENCOUNTER Charlotte is a one or two-day orientation to Charlotte and community leadership.

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Alumni Spotlight

Kelly Little

Name:  Kelly R. Little Leadership Charlotte (LC) Class:  LC41 Title/Company:  Founder and CEO, of the Urban Institute for Strengthening Families Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa Current personal or

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Partner Spotlight

Leadership Charlotte is supported by a diverse group of local businesses and organizations. City of Charlotte is one of the twenty-six organizations who serve as Partners for 2023-2024.


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What are the programs like?

"ENCOUNTER Charlotte exceeded my expectations. The sessions provided a wealth of information that has energized me to become more active and intentional about doing my part in making Charlotte one of the best places to live, work and play."
Mario King
Encounter Charlotte
"Leadership Charlotte helped spark my interest to serve in additional leadership positions with nonprofits I support, including Charlotte Family Housing and the Junior League of Charlotte. Since graduating from LC 42, I've been asked to move into the Vice Chair role at Charlotte Family Housing and serve in an advisor capacity to the JLC's incoming Executive Vice President. Although I was previously engaged with these organizations and had already served as President of the JLC, my LC experience and what I learned inspired me to dig back in at a deeper level."
Tricia Magee
Tricia Magee