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LNC_logo-smallNC Sustainability Center president Katie Kross has been selected to join the 2012-13 class of Leadership North Carolina, the state’s premier leadership engagement program. She will join fifty-three other civic and community leaders from across the state in Class XX.

The Leadership North Carolina Program cultivates a network of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who share a deep commitment to the state and seeks to “inform, develop, and engage committed leaders by broadening their understanding of and involvement in issues and opportunities facing North Carolina.” There are more than 900 graduates of the program, many of whom are serving in senior business and government leadership positions.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for me to strengthen my contribution to North Carolina and its future,” Kross said.  “I know that this experience will make me a more effective leader.”

Each year, though a rigorous selection process, LNC chooses a class of established and emerging leaders from across the state to participate in the program. Over the course of six two-and-a-half day sessions, LNC participants learn about issues critical to the state through discussions with top officials and professionals, field trips, and experiential learning activities. LNC’s sessions focus on five key areas: economic development, education, environment, government, and health and human services.

The members of Class XX will convene in Boone in October for their Orientation session, where they will be welcomed at a reception by Chancellor Ken Peacock of Appalachian State University. The group will meet in Raleigh in November for the Government session and in Hickory in December for the Economic Development session. The remaining sessions for LNC Class XX will be held in Concord, Greensboro, and Wilmington.