The PENC Leadership Institute is a unique leadership program designed to help NC engineers develop the skills they need to become visionary leaders. This career building opportunity is being offered starting fall 2020. The only requirement is the desire to learn leadership skills. Though offered through PENC, being an engineer is not a requirement. This program uses hands on training to develop leadership skills like understanding Emotional Intelligence and how to use that knowledge when dealing with employees, supervisors, clients, and regulatory agencies. It teaches public speaking skills and the ‘elevator speech’. The program is for those that want to develop the skills not often taught in the classroom or in job training. The class is limited to 16-people and 2 of those will be sponsored public sector employees. 

2020 PENC Leadership Institute
Leading Remotely in Times of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity (VUCA)
This year's Leadership Institute will be entirely online through webinars and phone calls with the instructor.
Download the application here and reserve your spot for the 2020 Fall class now. 
Webinars will be Fridays from 8:30-11:30am

For More Information, please contact
Sean Gleason at

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Leadership Institute Testimonials

The PENC Leadership Institute changed my perception of leadership and molded me into a better person overall. The content of the course was presented in an interactive, thought-provoking manner that kept me interested throughout the program. I would recommend the PENC LI to anyone who's looking to sharpen their leadership and team working skills.
Thanks, Tamara Murphy, PE

Tamara Murphy, PE AE Coordinator
US Army Corps of Engineers,
Wilmington District

I found the PENC Leadership Institute to be an excellent experience. The classes provided a well-rounded foundation in leadership principles and practices, and also provided a constructive venue for applying the teachings. The classes allowed us to not only learn from an exceptional instructor, Rich St. Denis, but also to learn from our fellow classmates. I would highly recommend the Leadership Institute to any engineer interested in broadening their career potential and their leadership skills, regardless of the stage of their career.

Patrick Gunsch, PE
Director, Facilities Operations & Planning
RTI International


2019-2020 Leadership Institute 

Aaron Wagoner, PE, Land Design
Warren David Isenberg, Jr, NCDOT
Michael J. Fendrick, PE, ATCS
Courtney Potter, PE, Robinson & Sawyer
Lydia Ward, EI, ENV SP, Freese and Nichols
Troy Karski, WK Dickson
Stuart Woodard, McAdams
Carlos Nieves, Little
Drew Ritter, Ramey Kemp
Colleen Brophy, WK Dickson
Daniel Brown, Jacobs
Haley Martin, PG, Terracon
Cary Rodrigez, City of Gastonia

2018-2019 LI Graduates:

Matt Alexander, PE Terracon

Scott Beard, PE Duke Energy
Jon Becker, PE WSP

David Blankfard, PE, SE LEED AP BD+C Little

Randall Brookshire, PE WK Dickson

 Elizabeth Reid Collins, PE Jacobs

 Douglas Cooper, PE McAdams

 Kelly Dodson, PE Jenkins Consulting Engineers

 Janelle Griffin, PE, CCP, LEED AP RTI

 John Martin, PE McAdams

 Alexander McMillan, EI WK Dickson

 Sharareh Nejad, MSE, PEM, LEED AP RTI

 Kenneth Ritchie, PE, MPA City of Raleigh

 J. Dantzler Withers, PE Paramounte Engineers


2016-2017 LI Graduates:

Elizabeth Goodson, PE - Town Engineer, Town of Pittsboro
Lou Misenhamer, IV, PE, - Duke Energy
Joshua Nelson, PE - Duke Energy
Tamara Murphy, PE - US Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District
Sterling Baker, PE - NCDOT
Ebony Hagans, PE - WK Dickson
Pat Gunsch, PE - RTI International
Monroe Huckaby, PE - WK Dickson
Corey King - Kimley-Horn
Brian Wert, PE - NCDOT
Chris Boggs - NC State
Chad Bobrowski, PE - Vaughn-Melton
Bradley Kimbrell, PE - City of Raleigh

2014-2015 LI Graduates

Robert Barrier - NCDOT
Gabe Dobbs - Kimley-Horn
Joe Piccirilli - Kimley-Horn
Stephanie Holloman, WK Dickson
Lauren Wellborn - Geosyntec
Melissa Taylor - Little Online
Caroline Kone - City of Hickory
Justin Biegler - Dewberry

2013-2014 LI Graduates 
Kelly Becker
John Core
Chad Easter
Sean Gleason
Kristen Hill
Greg Kershaw
Simon Lobdell
James Michel
Mike Neff
John Norwood
Mike Shelton
Christina Warr
Ludmila West

2012-2013 LI Graduates 
Monica Fulkerson
Jeremy Rivenbark
Jacob VandenBosch
Crystal Freeburg
Kevin Plemmons
Wes Carter
Christopher Oliver
Jamie Gregg
Larry Mitchell