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
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
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
This community welcomed me with open arms and opportunities. In return, I am delighted to serve on 2 community boards. The more involved I become the more “at home” I feel at Winston Salem!
Gloria Laureano -  Winston-Salem State University
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
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Black history month honors African Americans’ hardships, accomplishments, and experiences. By observing this month, we are reminded of the achievements and sacrifices made by Black men and women. And while one month is not long enough to honor all that Black people have given to humanity and the world, it prompts us to stop and consider our past. Happy Black History Month! ... See MoreSee Less

Black history month honors African Americans’ hardships, accomplishments, and experiences. By observing this month, we are reminded of the achievements and sacrifices made by Black men and women.  And while one month is not long enough to honor all that Black people have given to humanity and the world, it prompts us to stop and consider our past.  Happy Black History Month!

As a result of the thought-provoking and engaging questions and comments during our initial Community Conversation on Mental Health, we will host a follow-up panel discussion as a part of our February Leaders and Lunch webinar series. On February 15 at noon, please join us for Part II of the Community Conversation featuring subject matter experts: Denise H. Price, Behavioral Health Services Director-Forsyth County Government; Kristin Ryan, Director of the BEAR Team-Winston-Salem Fire Department and Matthew Motsinger, MIH Community Paramedic Supervisor at Forsyth County Emergency Services and moderated by Gary Gunderson, Vice President for FaithHealth, Atrium Wake Forest Baptist Health. And Professor in Public Health Sciences and School of Divinity, WFU.

Our panelists will answer additional questions around mental health and share resources that are available right here in our city and county. Please register here - us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hs23t_2WQ8SCJj-H_pjf5A
... See MoreSee Less

As a result of the thought-provoking and engaging questions and comments during our initial Community Conversation on Mental Health, we will host a follow-up panel discussion as a part of our February Leaders and Lunch webinar series. On February 15 at noon, please join us for Part II of the Community Conversation featuring subject matter experts: Denise H. Price, Behavioral Health Services Director-Forsyth County Government; Kristin Ryan, Director of the BEAR Team-Winston-Salem Fire Department and Matthew Motsinger, MIH Community Paramedic Supervisor at Forsyth County Emergency Services and moderated by Gary Gunderson, Vice President for FaithHealth, Atrium Wake Forest Baptist Health. And Professor in Public Health Sciences and School of Divinity, WFU.

Our panelists will answer additional questions around mental health and share resources that are available right here in our city and county. Please register here - https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hs23t_2WQ8SCJj-H_pjf5A