Leadership Development Institute


Who We Are

The Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. (JLC) ‘s Leadership Development Institute is a workshop series that educates, inspires and connects Provisional, Transfer, Active and Sustainer JLC members, along with women in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area, through the study of six core leadership values:

  • Do What’s Right
  • Lead Courageously
  • Inspire and Develop People
  • Deliver Today
  • Build for Tomorrow
  • Passion to Succeed

The Leadership Development Institute monthly workshops are interactive and engaging, designed to further leadership potential in every participant. Our goal is to help women develop their leadership skills and become some of Charlotte’s most impactful and influential women.

Program Overview

Leadership Development Institute is a participant fee of $50 for JLC members and $70 for non-JLC members. The LDI program includes 8 leadership training workshops (6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) held monthly from October to May. Social and community service events will also be offered throughout the program. Applications are now OPEN!

2023-2024 LDI Workshop Dates:

  • October 10 – Welcome & LDI Introduction
  • November 8 – Communication
  • December 12 – Identifying and Navigating Bias/Equitable and Inclusive Leadership
  • January 9 – Emotional Intelligence and Performative Intelligence
  • February 13 – Mentoring
  • March 12 – Conflict Resolution
  • April 9 – Leadership Vision to Action Plan
  • May 14 – Graduation

The Application Process

All members are encouraged to apply when the application period opens. Applications must be submitted online, and any incomplete applications will not be considered. Leadership Development Institute participants are selected by Leadership Development Institute committee members after a careful review of all application requirements received by the application deadline. An Application Scoring Matrix will be used to evaluate each application individually. Invitations will be extended to the top candidates.

To apply for the 2023-2024 LDI program, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Thomas.


Read a testimonial from Ansley Wood, a recent graduate of the Leadership Development Institute, below.

The Leadership Development Institute was a developmental program like no other. This program had a dynamic format to encompass inspirational speakers, a self-growth novel, and group discussions to break it all down. This group served as a vulnerable space to have an open discussion about any topic ranging from difficult conversations at work to small stresses we face in daily life. The speakers that were brought in were wonderfully diverse but all alike in their mission of female empowerment. As a woman just starting out in my career, this group also served as a mentorship experience. Discussions with our group of strong individualists gave me inspiration and tips to carry into the corporate world that have proven successful. This group was truly one-of-a-kind. I cannot imagine a more fulfilling, motivating, and fruitful experience.