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The Training

The first two years of the program focus on the development of five core competencies. The fundamental catalyst for the development of these skills is the Fellows' willingness to engage with each other across their political, geographic, demographic and other differences.

In this open environment, Fellows will:


Align values with action:

  • identify their strongest beliefs, passions and strengths;
  • act in accordance with them; and
  • acknowledge that others may have different motivations, and that there is difficulty and risk involved in living with such integrity.


Tell their stories and hear others':

  • know and share their own truths and experiences;
  • develop empathy toward others by regularly inviting and validating their stories; and, 
  • document North Carolina issues in their communities 


Cultivate collective leadership:

  • develop intentional relationships with others;
  • understand group process; and,
  • tap the perspectives and concerns of every group member.


Engage power and difference:

  • acknowledge the value of our similarities and differences;
  • question and challenge the status quo of how power operates in our culture; and 
  • consider, explore, and identify personal, political and market solutions to advance equity.


Lead adaptively for sustainable change:

  • create an environment that includes divergent voices and promotes shared leadership;
  • mobilize people and pace the work to confront complex issues; and 
  • examine values, attitudes, and behaviors that are blocking progress toward a shared goal
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