Leadership Arkansas 

Leadership ArkansasLeadership Arkansas is a program designed to take a statewide view of the economic and political challenges that face our great state.  Leadership Arkansas offers leadership opportunities that expand the impact of community leaders across the state. Created by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas, Inc., Leadership Arkansas builds a sense of statewide community by identifying and training individuals with the passion and commitment to become personally engaged in issues, programs and activities aimed at building a better Arkansas.

The individual contribution of Arkansas leaders is multiplied by their collective strength and enhanced by the distinct and diverse nature of the regions of Arkansas in which they reside.  The members of Leadership Arkansas are dedicated not only to their local communities, but to their statewide community. Leadership Arkansas is a unique program designed to promote statewide leadership. 

Leadership Arkansas is based on the belief that individuals can expand their leadership capacities to make a difference in the state of Arkansas. Leadership Arkansas alumni and class members learn, grow and change as they go through the nine-month program, which allows them to see firsthand the challenges and accomplishments of our local communities. 

The success of Leadership Arkansas to date has led to alumni members deciding to change the landscape of our state and their local communities by becoming state legislators, city councilmen, planning commissioners, etc. 

Leadership Arkansas has been fortunate to have the support of the Arkansas General Assembly with the former Speaker of the House serving as class chairman and members of the General Assembly participating in the class.

Leadership Arkansas sessions include:

  • annual educational, issues-oriented, nine-month class program
  • seven day-and-a-half sessions held in various communities throughout the state
  • Arkansas leaders who represent a wide geographic base and who have diverse backgrounds and vocations
  • exposure to the many social and environmental complexities of the state
  • on-site demonstrations and tours
  • diverse geographical and cultural experiences
  • insight into the people, places and history which influence public policies
  • fun and casual settings which foster new relationships and camaraderie

Leadership Arkansas now has more than 450 alumni with a program goal of one participant from each of the 75 counties within five years.

Applications Now Being Accepted for Leadership Arkansas Class X

Applications are now being accepted for Leadership Arkansas Class X presented by Nucor.

The deadline to apply for Leadership Arkansas Class X is Friday, August 14.

To access an application and find out more about the upcoming Class X schedule, click here.

For more information on Leadership Arkansas, contact Susie Marks at smarks@arkansasstatechamber.com or 501-210-4206.