NEW: ENCOUNTER Charlotte is back! Join us March 1 & 2, 2022. Register here beginning December 1.

ENCOUNTER Charlotte is an orientation to Charlotte and to community leadership. This program is open to newcomers to Charlotte and those who simply want to get involved. Participants learn firsthand from a wide range of community leaders about what makes Charlotte work. Participants will come away with new relationships, a greater knowledge of our local community, and specific ways they can make a difference in our community.

The program occurs in the spring and fall of each year. Registrations are accepted until the program has been filled. We also offer a waitlist. Scholarships are available.

If you have any questions call our office at 704-422-4279 ext. 2 or email Sarahanne Smith:

Please note, tuition for ENCOUNTER is non-refundable.

What participants say about ENCOUNTER Charlotte:

“This has been the most impactful program I have attended in quite some time. I learned more about Charlotte in a day and a half than I have since I moved here almost 13 years ago!”

“ENCOUNTER Charlotte gave me an inside look at Charlotte which allowed me to understand where I fit in and where my talents could be used most.”

“I have been an executive recruiter in the Charlotte area for over 10 years and am known as someone who knows a lot about Charlotte but was pleasantly surprised to find out many new and exciting things about our great city.”

Read the ENCOUNTER Charlotte profile in Charlotte Agenda or read about ENCOUNTER Charlotte in CharlotteFive.

The focus of ENCOUNTER Charlotte is on the seven components of a healthy city. Community leaders representing each of these topics will discuss what is happening in the Charlotte region from their unique perspective, and how it relates to our community at large:

  1. Education
  2. Business/Economics
  3. The Arts and Culture
  4. The Environment
  5. Human Services
  6. Public Safety
  7. Volunteerism and its importance in the Charlotte area
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