Ready to Lead
Ready to Lead is a workshop designed to support values-aligned potential leaders who are taking their first steps towards running for office. As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to connect with and articulate their motivation for stepping into public leadership, understand core considerations for running and serving, and begin to identify the support they have or need to build; and understand the early actions and steps they should take before and immediately following the launch of a campaign.

STEP 1: Fill out the application below

STEP 2: Once you have been accepted, we will send you a link to register for the training.

Space in the workshop is limited, and your spot is not guaranteed until your application is accepted, you complete the registration process, pay the fee (sliding scale $20 - $40), and receive confirmation from LEAD NC.
Email address *
First Name (as it appears on your voter registration) *
Middle Name
Last Name (as it appears on your voter registration) *
Street Address *
City, State *
Zip Code *
Phone *
Statement of Values
LEAD NC exists to recruit, coach, and foster relationships with a new generation of community and civic leaders for North Carolina. We focus on developing leaders who strongly support the following ideals:

- The unique mission and purpose of government is to protect public goods, promote the public interest, and help create a high quality of life and community well-being for everyone.

- All of North Carolina’s children deserve access to a quality and equitable public education that is adequately funded, as guaranteed by the state Constitution, and equitable public schools that inspire imagination, cultivate critical thinking and help all children grow to live fulfilling lives.

- Our economy should work for everyone, not just those at the top. Public enterprise, private enterprise, and government should all contribute to an economy that generates opportunity, prosperity, and sustainability for all.

- North Carolina must develop cleaner, more renewable forms of energy, protect our natural resources, and ensure a healthy and safe environment for current and future generations.

- North Carolinians have the right to participate in political decisions that impact their lives. We need accessible, fair, and secure elections, nonpartisan, representative political districts, and other policies and structures that support democratic practices and promote civic engagement.

- Individuals have the right to decide if and when they will have a child, and everyone has the right to parent the children they already have in safe environments and healthy communities.

- Structural racism is historical, current, and pervasive in our society. All of us - and especially our public leaders - have a responsibility to practice anti-racism and work for racial and social justice.

- Systemic discrimination and oppression are antithetical to democracy. We must proactively work to end gender, social, religious, economic, and every other form of injustice.
Do you agree to act in alignment with LEAD NC's values articulated above? *
Which of the following Ready to Lead workshops do you hope to attend? All trainings are held via Zoom, and training times are Friday from 3:00-5:00 PM EST and Saturday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM EST. *
What type of leadership position are you interested in? *
Which of the following best describes you? *
Tell us a little about yourself and why you are interested in stepping into public leadership. Please include any leadership positions you currently hold or have held, including elected or appointed office. *
What organizations have you or are you currently affiliated with? *
Please list up to three things you hope to learn or be able to do as a result of this workshop. *
How do you identify racially and/or ethnically? *
Do you identify as a person of color? *
What is your gender identity? *
Do you identify as a member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and/or Queer (LGBTQ) community? *
What is your age group? *
Are you a veteran? *
Have you ever held elected office? *
How did you hear about this workshop? *
Please share anything else you'd like us to know. If you have any accessibility needs related to Zoom or technology, please describe those here.
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