Elizabeth McKee has led Leadership Charlotte for twelve years as Executive Director. Founded in 1978, Leadership Charlotte strengthens community leaders through inclusive leadership development. Elizabeth is a proud graduate of Leadership Charlotte Class 25. During her interim, she has guided and facilitated the organization’s programs for over 1,000 leaders.
For the past nineteen years, she has worked as an educator and leader for non-profit organizations. As former Director of Leadership Initiatives at McColl School of Business, Queens University of Charlotte, NC, she developed and implemented leadership curriculum programs for both undergraduate studies and MBA programs.
Her global perspective in community leadership inspired her to organize an international leadership experience in 2007 to Santiago, Chile, in partnership with Vertical, S.A., a global organization known for its experiential approach to leadership and team dynamics through adventure and outdoor activities. She continues to develop her own leadership skills with Vertical through travel and challenge. In 2012, Elizabeth trekked to Mount Everest Base Camp with Vertical and summited Mount Kilimanjaro with them in September 2017.
Elizabeth was honored by Mecklenburg County Bar with the Liberty Bell Award in May, 2015. In the same month, she was also chosen as one of Mecklenburg Times 50 Most Influential Women in the greater Charlotte area. She has also been nominated for the Athena Leadership Award (2012, 2017) and The Charlotte USA 20: Celebrating Dynamic Women (2010). She has continually participated in community leadership programs, including American Leadership Forum Charlotte Chapter (Class X) and the Innovation Institute with the McColl Center for Art & Innovation and the Women’s Leadership CORPs facilitated by Flynn Heath Holt.
A native of Lumberton, NC, Elizabeth received a B.A. from Elon University and an M.A. from Appalachian State University. Her vision is clear; “to connect and advocate for community both at the individual and collective levels.”