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 300 alumni with a program goal of one participant from each of the 75 counties within five years.

Leadership Arkansas Class IX Selects 35 Individuals

Thirty-five individuals from throughout the state have been selected for Leadership Arkansas Class IX, a program created and operated by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas and presented by ARcare. For a list of the 35 members of Class IX, click here.

Leadership Arkansas Class IX begins with a Retreat Session – Session I Tourism on October 5-7 at Lake Dardanelle near Russellville. Class IX sponsors include Southland Park Gaming & Racing and Walmart Stores, Inc.

Other planned sessions include:

Session II – Arkansas State Chamber/AIA Annual Meeting/Mock Legislative Session, November 12-13

Session III – Manufacturing/Workforce, December 11-12, Batesville

Session IV – South Arkansas Economy, January 15-16, 2015, Texarkana

Session V – Northwest Arkansas Economy/Education, March 19-20, 2015, Fort Smith

Session VI – Northeast Arkansas Economy/Agriculture, May 13-15, 2015, West Memphis/Blytheville

Session VII – Military/Central Arkansas Economy/Leadership Arkansas Class IX Graduation, June 18-19, 2015

The mission of Leadership Arkansas is to challenge, inform, inspire and engage current and future business leaders to enhance the economy of the state of Arkansas. Leadership Arkansas’s vision is to work to build an economically strong and vibrant state by training skilled community leaders to recognize and capitalize on economic opportunities, motivate others to act to strengthen the economies of local communities, serve as an ambassador for the economic potential and growth of the state, and promote the election and appointment of officials who understand the importance of economic growth to the state.

Leadership Arkansas comprises a nine-month class program consisting of seven day-and-a-half sessions held in various communities throughout the state. The sessions include 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 that influence public policies; and fun and casual settings which foster new relationships and camaraderie.

Leadership Arkansas has educated and engaged more than 400 alumni since its inception eight years ago. The program’s goal is one participant from each of the 75 counties within the next five years.

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