Welcome to The Leadership Asheville Forum

Mark your calendar!

Critical Issues Luncheons::

  • October 25, 2017: City Council Candidates Forum
  • November 15, 2017:  Redistricting in North Carolina

Evening Forums:

  • November 1, 2017:  China and the North Korea Threat with Jim Lenburg

Member Socials:

  • Holiday Social 2017 – Wednesday, December 6 at Biltmore Lake Clubhouse

Click on Events Information for details about cost, when, where, etc., or visit Upcoming Events for a complete list of upcoming events.

While historically an alumni association of the graduates of the community leadership programs at UNC Asheville, the Leadership Asheville Forum (LAF) has become an association open to the public. The mission of the Leadership Asheville Forum is twofold: (1) providing public forums on issues critical to the well-being of the Asheville-Buncombe County community; and (2) providing opportunities for members to network with other leaders in the community. The Forum seeks to fulfill its mission by encouraging its members to become active in the network of community leaders, by offering a neutral and focused discussion of important local issues, and by promoting camaraderie and networking among the its members.

Membership and Benefits

While membership in the Forum is not required in order to participate in its activities, we hope you will support the Forum activities both by participation and membership. Benefits of membership include our annual special “members only” Christmas Party and additional Social, and discounted luncheon fees.
Click on Membership for more information and to download the form to send in for membership.

Critical Issues Luncheons

Critical Issues Luncheons reflect Leadership Asheville Forum’s effort to focus on its core mission: to foster leadership by connecting our members to critical issues and to other leaders in the community. A fee is charged to cover the cost incurred. These are open to the public.

Evening Forums

Evening Forums represent LAF’s collaborations with other organizations that share our goals of connecting Forum members with other community leaders and with issues important to our region. These Evening Forums, on important and timely topics of interest to the Asheville and Western North Carolina communities, are always free and open to the public.

Circle of Excellence Awards

Leadership Asheville Forum annually recognizes an outstanding community leader to receive The Circle of Excellence Award. Circle of Excellence Awards Recent past winners are:

  • Deborah Miles
  • Dr. Gordon Grant
  • Susan Roderick
  • Dr. David G. Brown
  • Laurey Masterton
  • Sean O’Connell
  • Denise Snodgrass
  • David Bennert
  • Cissie Stevens

Information on submitting candidates for the 2017 winner is available on the Circle of Excellence Awards page.
Barry Mundt
Chair, Circle of Excellence Nominating Committee

For more information contact:

Leadership Asheville Forum
Darrell Strong, President
Email: jdstrong@charter.net

Ed Hay, Vice President
Email: ehay@phhlawfirm.com

email: information @ leadershipashevilleforum.com