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

Since 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.

2017-2018 Flagship Brochure

The flagship program starts in October and ends in June of each year. A non-refundable tuition of $2,600 includes materials, transportation, and meals for each activity day. This program involves a considerable time investment that participants are asked to commit to, both in terms of class day attendance and pre-work, and also in action learning projects undertaken for the duration of the program. Alumni note that, as with any important endeavor, the results are worth the time investment.

Key Program Dates for 2017-18 Program

*Wednesday, Oct 11 “ Thursday, Oct 12Thomas K. Hearn, Jr. Opening Retreat
Wednesday, Oct 25Bus Tour
Wednesday, Nov 8Our Community: Past, Present & Future
Wednesday, Dec 6Government, Criminal Justice & Public Safety
Wednesday, Jan 10Human Relations
Wednesday, Feb 7Health Care
Wednesday, Mar 7Weather Make-Up Day (if needed)
Wednesday, Mar 14Arts in Community
Wednesday, Apr 11Education
Wednesday, May 9Social Services
*Wednesday, June 6Closing Session 2018
*Thursday, June 7Celebration 2018

*denotes mandatory attendance


Leadership Winston-Salem is more of a leadership enhancement program than a leadership instruction program, because most of the people going through it are already leaders in their own right. Regardless, it’s an incredibly important part of our city. The program really pays extraordinarily good dividends for the city. I had never really thought about running for office prior to the program.

Allen Joines, City of Winston-Salem, Mayor, Class of 1989