We are the visionaries. We saw the future and its potential and had the courage to turn our ideas into action.

John Lassiter
LC Class 9
President, Carolina Legal Staffing

“With the encouragement of many of my LC 9 classmates, I was able to serve on the board for Charlotte-Mecklenburg School and later for Charlotte City Council,” says John Lassiter. John and his wife moved to Charlotte when John joined the legal department at Belk, Inc. Belk encouraged its employees to get involved in the community and John had served on a few boards before joining LC. But during his LC experience, he started his own business and was able to define its role within the community. “I learned to integrate service as a part of our business mission,” John says. His community involvement shows no sign of slowing. “Recently, I have served as founding chair of the Economic Development Partnership for North Carolina and as CEO of the Host Committee for the Republican National Convention in 2020.”


Arthur Griffin
LC Class 1
Former Senior Vice President, McGraw-Hill Education

It’s a wonder whether the early Arthur Griffin, the one that had just returned home to Charlotte from a duty tour in Vietnam working at the at Legal Aid Society, could’ve predicted his future leadership roles. The list of boards that Arthur has served on is long. It includes the Head Start Policy Council, the Mecklenburg County Board of Social Services, the Human Services Council, and the NEQP Advisory Board. Add to that list, chair of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, trustee for the Central Piedmont Community College, and chair of the Black Political Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, a position he holds currently. Like for so many community activists, LC was a catalyst for Arthur. As he describes it, “Interacting with LC participants provided me the encouragement, inspiration, and hope for a more just community.”