WHERE: Harrah's Cherokee Tower

WHEN: July 9-11, 2023


The North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools proudly presents the 2023 North Carolina Charter Schools “Moving Mountains” Conference in Cherokee, NC!  This year’s theme was chosen to reflect the ever-changing obstacles that must be addressed and overcome so that each NC Charter School can achieve maximum potential at every stage of development.  This conference will not only leave attendees feeling empowered to move their own mountains, but also prepared to pivot when changing-terrain requires it. 

 As in previous years, we are expecting over 500 educators, administrators, board members, company representatives and legislators to continue making this the largest and most exciting Charter event in our state.  Come feel the energy as this impressive community gathers to elevate NC Charter Schools from the mountains to the sea!

Continue to check this page for updates as we get closer to the conference.


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Sponsorship Opportunities 

The 2023 Rock the Boat Conference brought record attendance of over 500 people. Connect with the charter school sector at the largest event in NC.

Please reach out to Lisa Renn at l[email protected] for available sponsorships.

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 Please reach out to Lisa Renn at [email protected] with any questions or assistance in registration.      2023 Sponsor FAQ's  


NCAPCS is pleased to Announce the Keynote Speakers for 2023! 




Flip Flippen

 Flip Flippen is a New York Times best-selling author, serial entrepreneur, psychotherapist, and the founder and chairman of the Flippen Group, one of the largest educator training, corporate talent, and team development companies in North America. Mr. Flippen is one of the world’s top thought leaders in building culture and overcoming constraints, but he is known most for his heart to serve others.

 Flip and his wife Susan, who is CEO, were named Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the Year, the first couple to ever receive this prestigious award. Their company was chosen by Texas Monthly magazine as #2 in the listing of Best Companies to Work for in Texas.

 Flip’s first book, The Flip Side, is available in nine languages and became an instant New York Times bestseller; and his second book, Your Third Story, hit #3 in its category on Amazon. He has contributed to hundreds of publications, including Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and SUCCESS magazine; and he is regularly interviewed on national television, including segments on the Today Show and the Super Bowl Pre-Game special.




 Yanick Hicks-John Maxwell Leadership Team Certified

 "Success is not a destination. It is a process - a lifelong strategy of building on strengths, minimizing weaknesses, and focusing on the people and points of life that are most important. In How to be a REAL Success and Move Mountains, I will help you understand the keys you need to succeed in life. Whether you are a charter school leader or a corporate executive, you will achieve great things by understanding four very important success building areas: Relationships, Equipping, Attitude and Leadership."

 With his experience working as a pharmacist with Walgreens, Yanick realized his niche for recognizing the strengths and equipping people to become better leaders. After experiencing the tremendous growth of people and his ability to inspire others, he became part of the John Maxwell team. 

Yanick has the ability to assess a situation, recognize the problem, and lay a solid, workable plan of action that empowers the business or individual involved. Whether it is a team of 200 health care professionals, a new business without a clear direction, or an individual looking to quickly climb up the corporate ladder, Yanick will get you where you want to go. His training will enrich your attitude, rekindle your determination to succeed, and expand your self-confidence.  You'll come away empowered, centered, and focused on your determined goals