Build. Learn. Inspire. Igniting Community Leadership.  

The mission of Leadership Winston-Salem educating, connecting, and energizing leaders to serve and improve the community – guides everything we do. Our programs are all about building strong, lasting relationships with other leaders, learning more about our community, and being inspired to make a difference in our community.

Leadership Winston-Salem, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization began in 1984 by Thomas K. Hearn, Jr., Julius H. Corpening, and C. Edward Pleasants to increase the understanding and commitment to the city’s future during a time of significant change.

Our LWS Flagship Program retained the same format from 1984 until 2004 when it was taken offline to undergo a redesign to incorporate adult learning principles and best practices in experiential learning. The reformulated program, which began in 2005, reflects the results of that effort. From its inception in 1984, over 1,500 individuals representing the rich diversity of our community have graduated from the program.

INSIGHT Winston-Salem for senior-level executives was added in 2012 by key community leaders who serve as trustees for this six-session evening forum. Objectives for this invitation-only offering are:

  • Connecting leaders with each other and established local community leaders;
  • Facilitating leadership conversations about our community; and
  • Fostering engagement and collaboration for community improvement.
As a donor, you provide the opportunity to energize others to serve our community. Through your gifts, lives are improved. The results of your support are evident in projects implemented by our Flagship Classes – projects serving organizations such as the Clemmons Food Pantry and The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem. Please consider a gift today. You can make a difference.
To really see the needs in a very personal way through the different LWS days. It really opened my eyes to the food deserts and the number of children who face hunger.
Maria Burke -  Hanesbrands
I have encouraged others to enter the program. I learned so much about myself, the community, and how to better serve on boards and contribute on a higher level. I have applied for a city commission and have met with two non-profits about board membership. Thank you LWS!
Cindy Strine -  Winston-Salem State University
This community welcomed me with open arms and opportunities. In return, I am delighted to serve on two community boards. The more involved I become the more “at home” I feel at Winston Salem!
Gloria Laureano -  Winston-Salem State University
By meeting passionate people who want to serve our great community! It made me better understand that together we can make a difference.
Daisy Rodriguez -  Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina
Each of the full-day programs has been well structured and packed with information about the City and County which has given me a more comprehensive knowledge of the complexity of challenges faced by citizens, service providers and government at every level. The greatest benefit of Leadership Winston-Salem was the rich resource of people with whom we made personal contact, from our classmates to the presenters and the Leadership Winston-Salem team. Thank you!
Bill Womble Jr. - Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, Partner

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Join the Class of 2024 at Fair Witness this Saturday from 4 pm - 8 pm for food, giveaways and more! Tickets available on site. All fund raised go toward the Class of 2024 gift. ... See MoreSee Less

Join the Class of 2024 at Fair Witness this Saturday from 4 pm - 8 pm for food, giveaways and more!  Tickets available on site.  All fund raised go toward the Class of 2024 gift.

Join us for the best party of the year - LWS Celebration 2024! June 6 from 5pm - 8:30 pm. Tickets available here - leadershipws.networkforgood.com/events/71221-celebration-2024?utm_campaign=dms_email_blast_3315405 ... See MoreSee Less

Join us for the best party of the year - LWS Celebration 2024!  June 6 from 5pm - 8:30 pm.  Tickets available here - https://leadershipws.networkforgood.com/events/71221-celebration-2024?utm_campaign=dms_email_blast_3315405

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Join the LWS Community in a conversation surrounding Mapping Prejudice in Forsyth County with Dr. Russell Smith, Professor of Geography in the Department of History, Politics & Social Justice at Winston-Salem State University.

Today, Noon-1 pm

Registration required. Link in the comments.
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Join the LWS Community in a conversation surrounding Mapping Prejudice in Forsyth County with Dr. Russell Smith, Professor of Geography in the Department of History, Politics & Social Justice at Winston-Salem State University.  

Today, Noon-1 pm

Registration required. Link in the comments.

How does gentrification relate to spatial justice?

By explaining inequalities in housing, access to resources, cultural representation, and economic opportunities within urban spaces. Addressing these issues requires comprehensive strategies that prioritize the needs and voices of marginalized communities, promote inclusive development practices, and strive for equitable distribution of resources and opportunities across all neighborhoods.

Join the LWS community as we hear from Professor Russ Smith of WSSU, who has worked extensively mapping prejudice in Forsyth County.

Wednesday, May 15
Noon-1pm
Registration Required, Link in comments
... See MoreSee Less

How does gentrification relate to spatial justice?

By explaining inequalities in housing, access to resources, cultural representation, and economic opportunities within urban spaces. Addressing these issues requires comprehensive strategies that prioritize the needs and voices of marginalized communities, promote inclusive development practices, and strive for equitable distribution of resources and opportunities across all neighborhoods.

Join the LWS community as we hear from Professor Russ Smith of WSSU, who has worked extensively mapping prejudice in Forsyth County.

Wednesday, May 15
Noon-1pm
Registration Required, Link in comments