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 positively impact 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 regarding 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.

This is a tuition-based program, and tuition is $3,000 per person. Most employers usually pay for the tuition. However, LWS has limited funds for tuition assistance, which can cover up to one-half of the program’s cost. Tuition assistance is approved on a need-based consideration for those who request it.

Due to corporate processing delays for candidates, we have extended the deadline to Monday, June 17, 2024 (11:59 PM) to receive applications for the LWS Class of 2025.


What is the time commitment?

The success of the Leadership Winston-Salem experience depends upon the commitment of each participant to be present and fully participate in each program day as well as pre-work and action learning projects between sessions.On average, each participant should expect to invest:

  • 8 hours per month for program days throughout a nine-month timeframe
  • Up to 6 hours each month in pre-work assignments and action learning team project work. (This will vary in accordance with each project team’s choices)

Flagship Program Dates for 2024-2025:

*Wednesday & Thursday, October 2-3, 2024
Thomas K. Hearn Jr., Opening Retreat*

Thursday, October 24, 2024
Our Community Bus Tour (four hour afternoon program)

Wednesday, November 6, 2024
Our Community Day

Wednesday, December 4, 2024
Government, Criminal Justice, and Public Safety Day

Thursday, January 9, 2025
Human Relations Pre-Day (four hour evening program)

Wednesday, January 15, 2025
Human Relations Day

Wednesday, February 5, 2025
Healthcare Day


Wednesday, March 5, 2025
Arts and Innovation Day

Wednesday, April 9, 2025
Education Day

Wednesday, May 7, 2025
Social Services Day

*Wednesday, June 4, 2025
Closing Session*

*Thursday, June 5, 2025
Celebration* (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