GFWC initiated the Leadership Education and Development Seminar, LEADS, for the purpose of finding, training, and encouraging clubwomen from the grassroots level to pursue and accept leadership opportunities in their clubs, districts, and states. GFWC-NC LEADS was developed in 2002 to build upon GFWC’s goal of developing future leaders. Each district sponsors one member to represent them annually at the GFWC-NC LEADS seminar. The District Representatives receive a complimentary lunch, and one-half night’s accommodation at a designated location. They prepare and present a 3-minute presentation to be given at the LEADS Seminar. This year’s seminar Connect – Learn – Lead! will be held on April 25, 2024.

One District LEADS Representative will be chosen to represent North Carolina at the GFWC Annual Convention LEADS Seminar. GFWC does assist with some of the costs of attending this program at the convention. Participation is highly recommended! GFWC-NC District LEADS Representatives should meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates leadership capabilities at the club level as an active club president, officer, or program or committee chairman or co-chairman.
  • Exhibits a commitment to the Federation.
  • Exhibits an understanding of the GFWC mission of community service, illustrated by programs and projects in which she is or has been involved in.
  • Demonstrates leadership skills, including, but not limited to, organization, responsibility, and enthusiasm.
  • Shows an interest in and willingness to pursue higher leadership positions in GFWC-NC.
  • Agrees to share information gained from participation in LEADS with others in the State/District/Club.
  • Understands and accepts potential expenses involved in participation.
  • Has not attended a previous LEADS Seminar or held a State Executive Committee Position (or higher.) Members are eligible to attend only once as the District Representative.
To apply for GFWC-NC LEADS as the District LEADS Representative, please provide the following to your District Representative or President by November 1, 2023.
  • LEADS Application
  • Two letters of endorsement attached from active GFWC-NC club members.

GFWC-NC LEADS Award – Beverly W. Lassiter silver dish will be awarded annually to a GFWC-NC District LEADS winner. The winner will represent North Carolina at the GFWC Annual Convention.

To apply as a GFWC-NC LEADS attendee, please provide the following to Phyllis Broughton, GFWC-NC LEADS Chairman, by March 1, 2024.
  • LEADS Application – Also available through the member portal – log in to download the application.
  • Two letters of endorsement attached from active GFWC-NC club members.

The GFWC-NC LEADS seminar was expanded to include additional attendees. After the Official District LEADS Representatives have been chosen, the remainder of the attendees will be selected in two ways. District Presidents may submit additional names to the GFWC-NC LEADS Chairman for consideration. Members can apply for admission to GFWC-NC LEADS without being considered for selection as an Official District Representative by applying directly to GFWC-NC LEADS Chairman Phyllis Broughton.

Non-district attendees will be responsible for their $35 registration fee, which includes lunch and materials, and their travel to and from the LEADS seminar.