We are the collaborators, the unifiers, and the bridge builders. Setting aside our personal interests, we are putting the community first to make Charlotte work for everyone.

Sue Gorman 
LC Class 28
Principal & Interior Designer, Sue Gorman Interior Designs

Coincidentally, Sue Gorman’s first day of Leadership Charlotte was also her first day in the city. “Leadership Charlotte gave me the chance to assimilate quickly,” Sue says. The friends she made have become her network for the past 11 years. Eventually, Sue found ways to lead her community by serving on the Leadership Charlotte board and helping create the Encounter program. “LC was the affirmation that if you want to be a part of Charlotte leadership you need to be part of Leadership Charlotte!”

Greg Schermbeck
LC Class 37
Founder & Principal, SchermCo Consulting

During the three years Greg Schermbeck taught at West Charlotte High School, he saw firsthand the inequalities underserved communities experience. When he moved back to Charlotte years later, he brought with him his firm SchermCo, which focuses on education strategies that empower communities like West Charlotte. “Since LC, I have grown SchermCo from one person serving one client to four people serving 32 clients in 14 states,” says Greg. “I developed connections with LC classmates and alumni that have helped to grow the education innovation work to touch more people and more communities.” SchermCo helped launch the first district charter school; introduced family nights to over 2,000 West Charlotte residents; and helped raise $1 million to incubate after-school programs. “LC grew me as a person by pushing me to better develop existing leadership skills and understand gaps and areas of growth for being a leader in the community,” says Greg. “LC also introduced me to people in city systems to be able to open doors to working on making our community a better place.”