We are about the new ideas, the new conversations, the new connections. We are the change seekers and the ones pushing the envelope to ensure our community thrives in the future.
Maurice “Mo” Green
LC Class 23
Executive Director, Z Reynolds Foundation
Community is a crucial element to the LC experience. It’s why opening retreat attendance is required…except if you’re General Counsel for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education and the U.S. Court of Appeals issues an opinion on a desegregation lawsuit the same day as the retreat. Mo Green was called away for an emergency press conference. “I recall members of my LC class and the LC staff kidding with me that I had gone through great lengths to get irrefutable proof to support my reason for leaving.” The next morning, Mo returned to the retreat and went on to graduate. “LC allowed me to develop relationships with leaders in Charlotte, many of whom I likely would have never met, to learn more about Charlotte, to deepen my understanding of my personality traits, and to become more comfortable as a leader of organizations in Charlotte and beyond.” Mo went on to become the CEO and later the Deputy Superintendent/COO for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. After serving as superintendent for Guilford County Schools, he became the executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. Reflecting on the impact he’s had, Mo is still the servant-leader that graduated from LC, saying, “I will leave it to others to evaluate whether I changed Charlotte for the better.”
LC Class 36
Executive Director, League of Creative Interventionists
Art is a powerful expression of the human experience, although it’s not always accessible to or representative of underserved communities. After graduating from LC, Jonell Logan became focused on creating opportunities for diversity and inclusion in the arts. “After participating in LC, the idea of servant-leadership became even more important to me,” Jonell says. She left her job and worked independently to develop exhibitions and programs that supported diversity in artists and brought art directly into communities. Jonell partnered with big city organizations to bring the work of artist Antoine Williams to Charlotte. Williams’ work, which explores the black experience, was featured at the Mint Museum and installed on newspaper kiosks and private buildings throughout Charlotte. Jonell became the Executive Director of the League of Creative Interventionists, a non-profit developing a national network of artists and leaders invested in transforming neighborhoods from within. “LC not only modeled what servant leadership should look like, but it also connected me with others who are invested in changing Charlotte for the better,” Jonell says. “As a result, I have been able to receive guidance from and develop programming in partnerships with individuals and organizations who are genuinely invested in creating opportunities for others.”