Hidden Town: Celebrating Black History in Old Salem

Hidden Town is a groundbreaking project launched by Old Salem Museums & Gardens in 2017 with the goal of revealing the hidden legacies of the African American people who lived, worked, struggled and achieved there, and to restore their rightful place in our local history. Hidden Town Project Co-chair Bill Cook will explain how Old Salem is using decades of archeological, genealogical, historical and ethnographic data to reconstruct a portrait of life for 18th and 19th-century African Americans that has been largely overlooked, much like a hidden town living underneath the surface. Join us on February 24 at 8:00 a.m. Register here.



Leadership Winston-Salem grads fully understand the value of the relationships that were forged with their classmates. Our CONTINUING CONNECTIONS program is designed to renew and strengthen those existing relationships and to reach across program years to foster new relationship building. This year, VENTURE CAFE, located in the historic Bailey Power Plant, will host LWS Alumni on Thursday, October 17 at 5 PM. Chances are you’ve heard of Venture Cafe, but you may not be sure exactly what they do. And chances are you’ve seen the renovated Bailey Power Plant from the outside, but maybe you’ve never been inside. Well… now’s your chance!

  • Enjoy an alumni “mini-reunion” with complimentary beer and wine begins at 5 PM
  • Learn from Venture Cafe’s Program Director Susan Morris (LWS Class of 2014) about their worldwide presence and how their business model enhances and accelerates the growth of innovation and entrepreneurship in Winston-Salem
  • All are invited to stay for their regular programs and conversations starting at 6 PM

There is no cost to attend and tickets are not required, but we’d love to know who is coming. Please let us know by clicking here: REGiSTER  Venture Cafe is located inside the historic Bailey Power Plant at 486 Patterson Avenue in Winston-Salem’s Innovation Quarter. Visitor parking is available in the “Link Deck” located on E. Sixth St. and Patterson Ave. Due to temporary construction, access the lot from 6th Street.

Alumni Service Day – June 8, 2019


 Saturday, June 8  –  9:30 to 11:30 

 Help Feed Hungry Kids with H.O.P.E. 

With the help of volunteers like you, H.O.P.E. (Help Our People Eat) assembles over 1,000 meals for children and packs hundreds of bags of fresh produce for adults every Saturday morning.  Join with other LWS alumni to make a difference in addressing food insecurity in our community. Volunteers will receive instructions from H.O.P.E.’s Operations Manager to pack produce items into bags and stage them on racks for distribution the following day, and then assemble nutritious meals and stage these in coolers for next-day distribution. The facility for this service project is located at 505 Deacon Blvd.

We’ll start signing volunteers up soon. For now, mark your calendars and save the date.

Celebration 2019 – June 6

Celebration 2019

 Thursday, June 6  –  5 PM at The Millennium Center
Celebrate the Class of 2019 and join fellow alumni in welcoming them into community trusteeship. Cocktails and cash bar start at 5 PM. Dinner and program are from 6:15 to 8 PM followed by a dessert reception.
Save the date — tickets available for purchase on 
April 1. No fooling!

Education Day Follow-On – April 17 2019

Education Day Follow-On
Wednesday, April 17 
 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Engaging Education in Forsyth

Inviting the current class and all LWS alumni to join us for a thoughtful and engaging student-led panel discussion about life as a college student in Winston-Salem in 2019. Students from Winston-Salem State, UNC-School of the Arts, Forsyth Tech, Salem College, and Wake Forest will share their experience as collegiate scholars and future leaders after a tour of Wake Forest’s campus. The tour will begin in front of Farrell Hall at 5:30 PM, and the panel discussion will take place inside Farrell Hall from 6:30 to 7:30.

To register, email 
Katherine Perry at programdir@leadershipws.org

LUNCH & LEARN — Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Search for a New Superintendent: 
It’s all about Leadership!
Alexandra Hoskins, Chief of Staff for Winston Salem/ Forsyth County Schools and member of the LWS Class of 2018, will talk about the selection process and provide a status update on recruiting this important leader for NC’s fourth largest public school system.
Thursday, April 11 Noon to 1 PM at the LWS office, 624 W. Sixth Street, Suite 110
Registration Required; Seating is limited.
Tickets: $12
Click here to purchase (Note: this site may be slow to load)
To purchase by phone, call the LWS office at 336.723.1002, ext. 200