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 VIII Schedule

Leadership Arkansas Class VIII will hold the following sessions during 2014:  

Session V – Northwest Arkansas Economy, March 20-21, 2014, Bentonville; Sponsors – AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company, Farm Credit Services of Western Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas Airport XNA, Signature Bank of Arkansas, SourceGas Arkansas and The Empire District Electric Company.

Session VI –Northeast AR Economy, May 14-16, 2014, West Memphis/Jonesboro; Sponsors - E.C. Barton & Company and Nucor Steel Arkansas/Nucor Yamato Steel.

Session VII – Military/Central Arkansas Economy/Leadership Arkansas Class VIII Graduation June 19-20, 2014, North Little Rock/Jacksonville; Sponsors - First Arkansas Bank & Trust

Leadership Arkansas Class VIII is presented by ARcare. Class VIII is sponsored by Southland Park Gaming and Racing and Walmart Stores Inc.

If your company or organization is interested in helping sponsor one of the remaining Class VIII sessions, contact Bill Watson at bwatson@arkansasstatechamber.com or 501-802-1740.

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