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.

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
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
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
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
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 us for a Leadership Workshop with Bookmarks and Big Brothers Big Sisters on March 5th at 8:30am. Ed O’Malley and Julia Fabris McBride will be guiding us through “When Thought Leads, the toughest challenges get seen and solved.” ... See MoreSee Less

Join us for a Leadership Workshop with Bookmarks and Big Brothers Big Sisters on March 5th at 8:30am. Ed O’Malley and Julia Fabris McBride will be guiding us through “When Thought Leads, the toughest challenges get seen and solved.”Image attachment

On the walls of the Leadership Winston-Salem office hangs an article about Mr. Bill McClain and the many lives that he touched through his work in our community. Mr. Bill, as he was affectionately known, was a member of the LWS Class of 1996 and later a member of the LWS Board of Directors. He was a servant leader to his core and a living example of human kindness.
Today and for many days to come, we will mourn the loss of this community stalwart. Thank you, Bill, for all you did to serve and improve our community. Your work will not be forgotten.
www.russellfuneralservice.com/obituary/william-mcclain
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On the walls of the Leadership Winston-Salem office hangs an article about Mr. Bill McClain and the many lives that he touched through his work in our community.  Mr. Bill, as he was affectionately known, was a member of the LWS Class of 1996 and later a member of the LWS Board of Directors.  He was a servant leader to his core and a living example of human kindness.  
Today and for many days to come, we will mourn the loss of this community stalwart.  Thank you, Bill, for all you did to serve and improve our community.  Your work will not be forgotten.  
https://www.russellfuneralservice.com/obituary/william-mcclain

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Bill was a true leader, kind, gentle and committed to helping those in need!

Rest in Peace Community Giant & Servant

Sirwalter Mack 🙏🏾💙🕊

Rest in Peace, Mr Bill

Mr Bill worked with generations of youth, including mine. He was a great man and a great example. He will be missed.

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If you are a team leader, division leader, or enterprise leader, you do not want to miss award-winning author and people & culture thought leader, Dr. William T. Lewis' thoughts on the 10 Key Considerations on DEI and Belonging for 2024. Joined by Shana Gregory, Vice President, Human Resources, and the Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DE+I) Officer, Allegacy Federal Credit Union.

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If you are a team leader, division leader, or enterprise leader,  you do not want to miss award-winning author and people & culture thought leader, Dr. William T. Lewis thoughts on the 10 Key Considerations on DEI and Belonging for 2024.  Joined by Shana Gregory, Vice President, Human Resources, and the Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DE+I) Officer, Allegacy Federal Credit Union. 

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Calling all Alumni! Join LWS for Community Coffee, Friday, February 16, 8:30-10am! BYOC* (Buy your on coffee)

Stop by, grab a cup, chat with other alums, and your new Alumni Engagement Director.
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Calling all Alumni!  Join LWS for Community Coffee, Friday,  February 16, 8:30-10am! BYOC* (Buy your on coffee)

Stop by, grab a cup,  chat with other alums, and your new Alumni Engagement Director.