ENCOUNTER Charlotte is an orientation to Charlotte and to community leadership. This program is open to newcomers to Charlotte and those who simply want to get involved. Participants learn firsthand from a wide range of community leaders about what makes Charlotte work. Participants will come away with new relationships, a greater knowledge of our local community, and specific ways they can make a difference in our community.

What participants say about ENCOUNTER Charlotte:

“Encounter Charlotte gave me an inside look at Charlotte which allowed me to understand where I fit in and where my talents could be used most.”

“I grew up in Charlotte and can honestly say that I was flooded with information that I never knew in this amazing one day ENCOUNTER. Would recommend this program not only to newcomers to our city, but to native Charlotteans as well.

“To observe a community take shape is one thing, but to become involved and positively impact its development is another. ENCOUNTER Charlotte provides the tools to help participants establish community roots AND to facilitate an individual’s aspiration to make a difference.”

The focus of ENCOUNTER Charlotte is on the seven components of a healthy city. Community leaders representing each of these topics will discuss what is happening in the Charlotte region from their unique perspective, and how it relates to our community at large:



The Arts and Culture

The Environment

Human Services

Public Safety

Volunteerism and its importance in the Charlotte area

ENCOUNTER Charlotte provides an in-depth look into how our community functions in a convenient and quick format. In a very limited time you will gain the knowledge it takes others years to acquire.

ENCOUNTER Charlotte is offered in the Fall as a 1-day program and in the Spring as a 2-day program. The cost is $350 for the Fall ENCOUNTER and $450 for the Spring ENCOUNTER. Applications are accepted first come first paid basis. Program size is limited to 50 participants.

If you have any questions call our office at 704.688.888 x3 or email: info@LeadershipCharlotte.org.

Leadership Charlotte honors outstanding community leaders

Garmon-Brown, Brunnick, Yi, Richardson and Promising Pages 2016 Legacy Award recipients

Charlotte, N.C., February 10, 2016 – Leadership Charlotte honors individuals and organizations that have stepped up to make an impact in the Charlotte community at the 32nd Annual Leadership Charlotte Legacy Awards. Award recipients represent the ideals, values and service skills that Leadership Charlotte strives to instill through its programs.

Leadership Charlotte invites community-minded individuals, friends and family of the award recipients and local business leaders to celebrate their achievements at the awards breakfast on Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7:30am at the Richardson Ballroom in the Charlotte Convention Center.

To learn more about the awards, the recipients and to purchase tickets, LeadershipCharlotte.org/legacy-awards.

About Leadership Charlotte

The mission of Leadership Charlotte is to develop and enhance volunteer community leadership by providing a diverse group of emerging and existing leaders with the opportunity to increase their community knowledge, civic network,

Registration for 15th Annual Walk to End Lupus Now in Charlotte Now Open

The 15th Annual Walk to End Lupus Now: Charlotte will be held on Saturday, April 16 at Central Piedmont Community College – Philip L. Van Every Culinary Arts Center, Belk Plaza located at 425 North Kings Drive in Charlotte (28204). Check in begins at 3:00PM and the Walk starts at 5:00PM. While there is no registration fee for the Walk, every walker is considered a fundraiser, and each walker is encouraged to raise or donate $100 or more. To register, visit LupusNC.org.

“Our Walk is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together to take steps for lupus and raise funds for lupus research and local support services,” said Christine John-Fuller, President and CEO of LFANC. “Participants can experience firsthand the power of the movement to end lupus, while increasing awareness for those who suffer the brutal impact of this disease.

Opera Carolina pairs a U.S. premiere (Aleko) with one of the most famous operas of all time (Pagliacci)

A betrayal leads to jealousy and then murder. That’s the plot of many true crime books and TV shows. But it’s also the plot for a pair of one-act operas Opera Carolina is showcasing together. Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Aleko has never before been staged by a professional opera company in the United States. This rare production is being programmed with an opera that’s one of the genre’s most beloved – Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci.

Opera Carolina’s 67th season is made possible by a generous sponsorship from Wells Fargo Private Bank. Production presenting sponsors for Aleko/Pagliacci is The Opera Guild of Charlotte. Opera Carolina receives major support from Bank of America, Electrolux, the Hearst Corporation and the Hearst Foundations, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Philip Van Every Foundation and the Maurer Family Foundation.

All mainstage performances are at the Belk Theater, North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Single tickets are on sale now through the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 704.372.1000 or via OperaCarolina.org.