LCELP – September 10-15, 2017

Thank you for visiting the participant website for the Life Cycle Executive Leadership course, proudly administered by the Institute for Defense & Business! It is recommended that you carefully read through all of the materials provided on this page as well as the program page in order to prepare for your time here. On these pages you will find answers to frequently asked questions and more specific details about the program and venue. 


1) If you have not already done so, please register for the course. As part of that registration, you will be asked to provide a one-page biography and a problem statement. Both will be included in the participant course materials and shared with the VIP speakers. Please upload them as soon as possible. Sample problem statements are provided in the FAQs section of the registration page. If you experience any difficulties in uploading these documents, feel free to email them to

2) Pre-reading assignments will be made available with the program materials. Email reminders will be sent out closer to the course start date with a schedule of readings and a reminder to access them online.


The course will begin on Sunday, September 10 at 6:00 p.m. with an opening reception and dinner. We will make a hard stop by 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 15. Return flights should be scheduled for no earlier than 3:00 p.m. on Friday.

The curriculum will consist of a combination of in-class presentations and discussions, group project work, and networking opportunities. The final schedule will be added to the program materials as soon as it is finalized. Lara will send an email once complete.


If you are driving, free parking is available at the Courtyard Chapel Hill, and the classroom is walking distance from the hotel. All other program related travel will be provided by the program during your stay here, so a rental car is not necessary.

If you are traveling by plane, the nearest airport is Raleigh/Durham International Airport (RDU). It is located approximately 15 miles from Chapel Hill, but traffic can increase the driving time to as much as 45 minutes. You are responsible for your transportation to and from the airport.

There are generally plenty of taxis waiting outside of baggage claim; however, if you would like to schedule your taxi with a local service, we recommend RDU Express Taxi & Towncar, (919) 771-8222 or (800) 840-8098.


A single occupancy room has been reserved in your name at the Courtyard Chapel Hill  at 100 Marriott Way, Chapel Hill, NC, 27517.

Check-in on Sunday, September 10, and check out is on Friday, September 15. If you require reservations for additional nights, contact Lara at 919-969-8008 or taylor@idb.orgDo not contact the hotel directly.

Your name is your confirmation with the hotel. You need only provide a government-issued ID and a credit card at check-in. Room and board are included in your tuition, so you will only be responsible for any incidental charges you might incur and extra nights added to your stay.

There are workout facilities available as part of your guest package.


Classes will be held at the UNC’s William & Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. It is walking distance from the hotel. You will receive a welcome packet upon arrival that includes a map to the facility.


All meals are included in your tuition, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as assorted snacks and beverages each morning and afternoon.

When registering, be sure to share any special food/dietary restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, kosher, gluten or lactose intolerant, or any other specific food allergies, restrictions, or sensitivities).

During reception and graduation, a cash bar will be available.


Participants may bring a laptop and use the available wireless network. High-speed Internet access is available in all guest rooms, classrooms, and breakout rooms. Laptops may be useful for group work in breakout rooms. However, laptop and cell phone use is highly discouraged during classroom sessions.


There is no need for suits or military attire; civilian business casual dress (such as slacks, polo or button-front shirts/collared shirts, and blouses) is appropriate for Sunday evening and all class sessions. For our tour at GE Aviation, all participants must be in slacks and closed-toed shoes. The classrooms can be quite cool at times, so a light sweater or jacket is recommended. Also, the weather is unpredictable, so please pack for rain as well.

You can check the following websites for weather forecasts:

The Weather Channel (enter the zip code 27517)
WRAL-TV (local TV station)


Should you have any questions regarding the program, please contact your program manager, Lara Taylor, at or 919-969-8008. Once again, we hope you will find the experience to be a rewarding and exciting one and look forward to welcoming you to Chapel Hill, North Carolina on 2 April!