Applications for the class of 2017 have now closed. For email notification of the next application process please email LCanty(at)

Leadership Johns Creek (LJC) is designed to develop leadership talent in individuals representing the Johns Creek community through a structured series of learning experiences. The program consists of an evening orientation, one two-day retreat, seven one day sessions, a class project and a graduation.  Meetings and activities are distributed over a ten-month period beginning in August.

In addition to leadership training and development, class participants gain insight into business, government, community quality of life, volunteer service and local history. LJC graduates are projected to be the future leaders of Johns Creek, leading civic and business organizations for community action and improvement. LJC Alumni are expected to take an active role in planning the next year's Leadership curriculum.

A vital component of LJC is community service. The graduating classes to date have made substantial contributions to the community. Some of the projects have included: The Newtown Park Community Garden, the Educational Pond at Autrey Mill Nature Preserve, Historical Markers, a Video History of Johns Creek, a certified Natural Wildlife Habitat along the upgraded Johns Creek Greenway near JCHS, and the "Billy Badge Program" to introduce Public Safety to elementary school children!

Potential participants are encouraged to email our Executive Director, Lynn Canty to be informed about the 2018 class application process. Because it is both an honor and a privilege to be selected for the Leadership Johns Creek program, the highest degree of commitment is expected of all participants.

LJC Mission:  To develop, energize, and activate community leaders in Johns Creek by providing insight into and interaction with city, business, and government executives to affect positive change.

August 11, 2016 Kick-off Social - Location; 5:30 pm

August 19-20  Opening Retreat Location: Evergreen Marriott, Stone Mountain

September 8  City Day – Location:  City Hall
In this session participants will gain a clearer understanding of how the JC city government works, its relationship to Fulton County government, how these governments work together and separately.  They will hear from the Mayor about the history of the creation of the city, and the current state of and goals for the city.  The day will include a tour of Johns Creek City Hall, City Council Chamber, and a border-to-border tour of the City, and ending with an interactive lesson.

October 13 Non Profit Day-Human Services and the Arts – Location:  Johns Creek Arts Center and Taylor Lodge at St. Benedict Catholic Church
Focus is on existing human services non-profit organizations in our community, services they provide, future challenges, changing trends, and services still needed., The Economic Development Plan recognizes the significant impact the arts have on the quality of life and to the reputation of a city. The richness of the various arts and cultural events will be highlighted and challenges discussed.

November 10   Healthcare Day / Leadership Training –
Half day discussion regarding the breath of services and challenges faced by the many healthcare and medical facilities in Johns Creek and the surrounding community.  Presentations on current community health related issues such as drug addiction, depression, etc.

Remainder of day focus is on leadership training, team projects, fundraising, collaboration, communication.

December 8 Teams and Projects – Location:  City Hall
Team project presentations to LJC Board of Directors; Various LJC alumni share their wisdom, dos & don’ts, fundraising advise, etc. with time for Q&A; project management; project work session.

Motivational speaker: Udaiyan Jatar- Inventing A Better Future, Transcending Leaders

January 12, 2017 Economic Development Day / Business Day – Focus is on factors that influence the economic development of the city.  Participants will learn about the economic engines that drive development, jobs and sustaining a workforce, housing, affordable housing/poverty, types of businesses, and plans for economic growth. Participants will gain an appreciation of the competing interests and how they affect public policy decision making, how their civic and economic impact affect the city economy and quality of living in the city .

The Changing Face of JC and Building Bridges-Minority groups represent a large and growing population within Johns Creek.  Discussions will focus on how the changing demographic impacts and the ramifications on the schools, economy, social/community building, and public safety.  Participants will develop a better understanding of cultural competence and leadership.

February 9  Education Day – Presenters focus on participants gaining a better understanding of current issues and challenges facing the Fulton County school system and how this affects us locally.  Federal, State and local policies will be discussed.  Emphasis will be placed on how local leaders can enhance the success of the school and providing students the tools they need to succeed.  The class visits community schools; presentations by local school officials; and a panel discussion with principals and teachers, School Board and principals.

Speaker: Dr. Rob Anderson, Deputy Superintendent of Academics, Fulton County Schools

March 9   Government Day – (Topics and tours are dependent on current events and elected officials availability).  Participants will learn about the history of the capitol, how the government works, current events, and how the court system works in Georgia. Tour the Georgia State Capitol, Fulton County Government Center, Court House; meet and greet our North Fulton delegation, Senate and House representatives.

April 13    Public Safety Day – Johns Creek Police, Fire and Rescue Department. Participants will learn about the operation of the first responders, challenges they face, community relations projects, public education programs and plans to enhance services.   K-9, SWAT Demonstration, Motor Demonstration, Active shooter, CSI and traffic demonstrations or education programs may be included.

May 11 Graduation – Daytime:  TBA
Evening: Social hour and dinner (invite alumni, friends, spouses) – awards,  certificates of completion, sponsors, etc.

  • Applicants should live or work in the Johns Creek area, be employed by companies which have a significant impact in Johns Creek or work for a company with plans to locate or do business in Johns Creek.

  • Applicants should come from a cross section of the community, including business, labor, government, education, the arts, community-based organizations, and human services.

  • Applicants should reflect the racial, ethnic and cultural diversity of Johns Creek.

  • Applicants will be assessed based upon their record of leadership and community involvement, as well as their interest in the program, willingness to commit to the program requirements and goals, and demonstrated problem-solving and creative thinking skills.

  • Applicants from a corporation or organization must have the full support of their employer or sponsoring organization. (Individuals not associated with a business or organization may also apply.)

  • Applicants must be able to fulfill program attendance requirements, including mandatory attendance at the overnight opening retreat (in September) and full week-day sessions once a month from October through May. In addition, they must work with classmates to complete a community service project. (No exceptions.)

  • Tuition is $1500 if application received on/before May 31; $1750 if application received after May 31.