Advanced Leadership Corps

Applications for 2021 are now open. Applications are due by April 16, 2021.

Advanced Leadership Corps will now be held August 1st-6th, 2021. 

ALC is a six-day residential program beginning on Sunday afternoon, August 1st, and ending after lunch on Friday, August 6th, at the Carolina Inn on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.

Sessions are held each day and most evenings. If accepted, you agree to attend and participate in all events.

Participants are required to complete individual and multi-rater leadership assessments and advance readings before arriving in Chapel Hill. Your confidential results from the leadership assessments will be provided and explained to you during the on-site program.


OUR VISION     Enable you to become an extraordinary and inspiring leader in your community,                                        region, and the state

OUR GOAL        Form a dynamic and sustainable leadership network across the state

What to expect from Advanced Leadership Corps ƒ

  • Improve your ability to inspire others to work toward a shared vision ƒ
  • Develop deeper insights into what it means to lead and govern in the public sector ƒ
  • Reflect on leadership as a skill to be learned and a relationship to be nurtured ƒ
  • Learn to observe and adapt to others’ communication styles for better relationships

What Advanced Leadership Corps expects from you ƒ

  • Commit to spending a week in Chapel Hill, August 1st - August 6, 2021 ƒ
  • Prepare in advance of the program ƒ
  • Share with others and respect differences ƒ
  • Be fully present


Thanks to generous support from Prudential, the fee to attend is $500, making it possible for local elected leaders across North Carolina to participate.  The fee covers lodging and most meals as well as all instruction, materials, and pre and post-course coaching


How to Apply

Any experienced local elected leader is eligible to apply for the Advanced Leadership Corps. Preference will be given to those who have served more than one term of office. All applicants will be considered based on space availability. The class is limited to 24 participants.  Click HERE to apply.
Watch the video below to hear what past ALC participants think about the program! 

The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners provides cost offsets for county elected officials to attend LELA courses. For information on this discount click here.

Additional information



The program consists of three parts:

  1. Advance work: You will complete assessments in advance designed to give you insight into your leadership style.
  2. On-site program: The program runs from Sunday evening to Friday afternoon at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill. We will work together all day and most evenings.
  3. Follow-up coaching: Every participant receives two sessions with a professional executive coach. 







  • Chapel Hill, NC
    August 1 - 6, 2021
    Carolina Inn
    Chapel Hill, NC 27599
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    The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners provides cost offsets for county elected officials to attend LELA courses. For information on this discount click here.

    View Cancellation Policy
    Course participants who cancel their registration on or before July 24, 2021 will receive a full refund. No refund will be made for cancellations on or after July 25, 2021, but you will receive a transferrable credit to be used within 12 months. Click here to view the School’s full cancellation and refund policy.
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    We have decided to go with the back up dates of  August 1st-6th, 2021. 

    Registration and payment for this course grants access for a single attendee. In order to register a group of attendees, please register each person individually. If you have questions, please contact our registration office at or 919.966.4414.
    If you are a returning customer, please note that we have a new course registration system that we hope will be easier for you to use. If you encounter any registration issues, please explore our list of frequently asked questions or contact us at or 919.966.4414.



2020 Agenda (pdf, 571 KB)
For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar, Registration and Client Services Group
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Jessica Khan

Program Manager, Leadership Group
Margaret Carlson
Professor of the Practice in Public Leadership and Organizational Development and Director, Center for Public Leadership and Governance