Leadership Development Academy

Olive Hill CEDC

What You'll Learn

Participants expand their understanding of the nature of leadership, public policy and community change, and gain inspiration and practical guidance from seasoned leaders and professionals through eight weekly sessions. Whether exploring something completely new or you're ready to take your current career to the next level, our Leadership Development Academy sessions have you covered.

 Often people complain about current leadership as they feel as if they have no representation at the table.  These sessions will inform, inspire and help you to take your seat, fulfill your role & be that REPRESENTATION! "There’s room for us at the top," is the recurring theme throughout our time together.


2021 brings with it, high expectations for the new year––including this to be a year of greatness and transformation.  If you want to instill greatness into a team, or prepare and develop your own great team that will inspire others to do well for themselves and their community, this course will help. Learn how to define leadership from an organizational perspective, build on your existing acumen and examine the differences between management and leadership.  Get to know the hard and soft skills that combine to create effective leadership figures, laying the groundwork for a successful career in the field. If you see yourself as a born leader, now is the time to take the next step.

  • March 18th: Need for New Leadership
    Race & Racial Identity*

  • March 25th: Understanding Local Context

Guest Burke County Commission Chair/County Manager

  • April 1st: What Do Leaders Need In  Order to Change System

Levels of Racism - Racial Identity

  • April 8th: UW Virtual Town Hall Meeting* (view recording from Feb 23rd)

  • April 15th: Elected Officials Round Table

  • April 22nd: Getting the Whole System in the Room

Privileged, Who Me?


  • April 29th: Arc of Learning

Building A Race Equity Culture

  • May 6th: Convening 3: Integration

Building a Race Equity Culture*

Talking About Race is Challenging for Some People; Here's Why.

Wrap Up/ Closing Session


*Topics from the 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge -

Discussion Topics​​

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.

- Audre Lorde

Meet Your Coach,

Beverly F. Carlton

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Beverly Carlton understands what matter's most in being a leader – being at the table while adding views and values that represent the community.

One of her main goals in the 23 years of leadership as the director of Olive Hill Community Economic Development Corporation, a non profit she founded, is to continue to invest her time, skills and talents that help raise up leaders both young & old. To equip them with knowledge, understanding & strength in order to participate confidently in a democracy at all levels .

Mrs. Carlton's leadership style is one of inspiration and compassion, having the love of Jesus Christ for all people, in sync with the communities needs representing their interests.

As a young activist fueled by the civil rights movement of the 60’s and an early student of local public school integration, Mrs. Carlton's lifelong involvement with civil rights organizations supports her love of leadership and activism, while standing for change that has positive, inclusive community impacts.

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Leadership Development Academy

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