At LEAD NC, we identify talented, diverse, civic-minded people and equip them with the skills necessary to be leaders in their communities and workplaces. We support North Carolina’s next generation of leaders so they can help North Carolina continue to be a great place to work, live and raise a family.

Our Mission

Mission Statement

LEAD NC exists to seek out, encourage and cultivate a new generation of community leaders for North Carolina. We focuses on leadership development for North Carolinian's who strongly support the following ideals:

  • All of North Carolina’s children deserve access to a quality and equitable public education that is adequately funded, as guaranteed by the state Constitution. 
  • Both private enterprise and government are essential for creating individual opportunity and growth, and our economy should work for everyone, not just those at the top.
  • In order to provide energy that is critical to North Carolina's economic growth and well-being, we must develop cleaner, more renewable forms of energy while protecting our natural resources and ensuring a healthy and safe environment for current and future generations.
  • North Carolina citizens have the right to accessible and fair elections free of unnecessary obstacles and intimidation.
  • Women have the right to decide if and when they will have a child, and everyone has the right to parent the children they already have in safe environments and healthy communities.
  • The unique mission and purpose of government is to promote the public interest and help create a high quality of life and community well-being

We are committed to creating a nonpartisan leadership development model that works to address structural and racial inequities.  This commitment includes not only our responsibility to recruit and train a cohort of leaders that reflects the changing demographics of north Carolina, but also to develop a greater understanding among civic leaders of inequalities based on race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and citizenship.

Leadership Values

LEAD NC seeks to cultivate leaders who adhere to the following principles:
  • Inclusiveness: ability to work with diverse communities, across race, class, sexual orientation and gender identities
  • Integrity: ability to discern between right and wrong, a willingness to act on that discernment even at personal cost and to openly/publicly stand for that which they believe to be right
  • Transparency: ability to be honest, to consistently keep commitments and to be held accountable
  • Altruism: willingness to take action on behalf of others even at great person a cost.


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Are you ready to Lead?

Are you ready to lead? Fill out the form below and we’ll help you assess whether you are a good fit for the LEAD NC program. If you don’t see yourself as a leader, then maybe you know someone in your community who would make a great leader, and they just need more training and support. Most of the best leaders have never considered themselves potential leaders. Submit their names below and we’ll contact them!

Only questions with asterisks are required but the more information you provide, the better we can help you!​​

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For more information, please contact LEAD NC at:

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P.O.Box 1093 Raleigh, NC 27602

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