Flagship Program

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Leadership Winston-Salem’s Flagship Program is designed to ignite community leaders with a mission of educating, connecting, and energizing leaders to serve and improve the community. Likened to a “community MBA,” participants benefit through active engagement, attending one Program Day each month, and working in Action Learning teams to address an actual dilemma faced by a local agency.

The program challenges participants to increase their personal and collective capacity to transform the community through civic engagement, servant leadership and building social capital. Components include:

  • Informative sessions with community leaders
  • Experiential group activities
  • Relationship building/networking opportunities
  • Opportunities for honoring all aspects of diversity
  • Action Learning Projects addressing community needs
  • Emphasis on servant leadership

Founded in 1984, Leadership Winston-Salem continues to provide life-changing experiences, including unparalleled networking opportunities and a learning environment comprised of participants who want to make a positive impact in the community.

 The flagship program starts in October and ends in June of each year. This program involves a considerable time investment that participants are asked to commit to in terms of class day attendance, pre-work assignments, and engagement in action learning projects for the duration of the program. LWS Alumni note that, as with any important endeavor, the results are worth the time investment.

Candidate recruitment for the Flagship program begins in the Spring of each year. 


Flagship Program Dates for 2022-2023:

*Wednesday & Thursday, October 12-13
Thomas K. Hearn Jr., Opening Retreat*

Thursday, October 27
Bus Tour (2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, November 9
Our Community: Past & Future

Wednesday, December 7
Government, Criminal Justice, and Public Safety

Thursday, January 5
Human Relations Pre-Day (4:30 p.m – 7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, January 11
Human Relations Day

Wednesday, February 8
Healthcare Day


Wednesday, March 8
Arts and Innovation Day

Wednesday, April 12
Education Day

Wednesday, May 3
Social Services Day

*Wednesday, June 7
Closing Session

*Thursday, June 8
Celebration 2023* (5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)

Each program day begins at 7:15am and ends at 5:15pm (unless otherwise noted)
*denotes mandatory attendance