Leadership Academy

Learn and Develop to Better Lead Nursing Forward®

Do you have what it takes to be a leader? One of NCNA’s most popular and successful programs is our Leadership Academy.

Statement of Purpose: The Leadership Academy program empowers nurses to think outside the box while improving their skills as communicators and advocates in professional, civic, and community arenas. The program is a high-intensity, six-day immersion that includes a series of leadership workshops that prompt participants to consider how leadership happens and what perils and possibilities are present as nurses lead themselves, others, and the community.

Leadership Academy Applications

Applications for Leadership Academy are now being accepted through October 1, 2023.
Click here to submit your Leadership Academy application. 



Wendy Butcher, Winston Salem*
Lori Elks, Lawndale*
Emily Funk, Raleigh
Carissa Haney, Apex*
Cascelia Howard, Huntersville*
Priscilla Huggins, Hope Mills*
Carol Mayernik, Huntersville*
Doug Phillips, Southern Pines
Jennifer Perry, Greenville*
Jamie Rouse, Maggie Valley*
Laura Schlabach, Raleigh*
Stacey Schlesinger, Statesville*
Kara Timmons, Belmont
Lainie Weitkamp, Wake Forest*


*NCNA Member



Graduates of Past Classes

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“The Leadership Academy made learning fun in a collegial environment. The skills I obtained will help me to excel not only professionally, but personally. I am a better team member and leader for the experiences the Academy provided, and I have created lasting relationships with nursing professionals across the state. I would strongly encourage others to use this valuable tool in helping to develop their best self!”
Christine Bazik, CRNA, MSN
Leadership Academy Graduate