Fifty-seven individuals from across Arkansas have been selected for Leadership Arkansas Class XII, a program operated by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce / Associated Industries of Arkansas. The Underwriting Sponsor for the 2017-2018 Leadership Arkansas program is The Citizens Bank of Batesville. The Presenting Sponsor is ARcare, and Statewide Program Sponsors are Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, Farm Credit of Arkansas, Mitchell Communications, Nucor Steel-Arkansas, Southwest Power Pool, and Walmart.
The Chairwoman for Leadership Arkansas Class XII is Toni Bahn, Director of Governmental Affairs, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce / Associated Industries of Arkansas.
Vice Co-Chairs for Leadership Arkansas Class XII are Mark Scott, Senior Communications Manager, Walmart, Inc., and Jill Dabbs, Mayor of the City of Bryant, Arkansas.
Leadership Arkansas Class XII launches its activities on Sunday, October 1 at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute in Morrilton, Arkansas. The session is being sponsored by Green Bay Packaging/Arkansas Kraft Division. Other planned sessions include:
Session II: Arkansas’s Workforce
October 26-27, 2017, Fort Smith. Sponsored by First National Bank of Fort Smith, Gerdau Special Steel North America and AOG.
Session III: Government & Military
November 29-30, 2017, Little Rock & Jacksonville. Sponsored by Entergy Arkansas and Wright Lindsey Jennings.
Session IV: Agriculture & Outdoor Life
December 11-12, 2017, Stuttgart. Sponsored by Riceland Foods.
Session V: Natural Resources, Defense & Industrial Development
January 22-23, 2018, East Camden, El Dorado & Magnolia.
Session VI: Economic Development, Infrastructure & Education
February 26-28, 2018, West Memphis, Wilson & Blytheville. Sponsored by Southland Park Gaming & Racing.
Session VII: Tourism, History & Revitalization
March 29-30, 2018, Hot Springs
Session VIII: Regional Development
April 24-26, 2018, Fayetteville, Springdale & Bentonville. Sponsored by Northwest Technical Institute.
Session IX: Leadership, Planning & Graduation
May 24-25, 2018, Little Rock
If your company or organization would like to sponsor a session, contact Bill Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-802-1740.
The mission of Leadership Arkansas is to challenge, inform, inspire and engage current and future business and civic leaders to enhance the economies of – and the communities within – the state of Arkansas. Leadership Arkansas’s vision is to work to build a strong and vibrant state by training skilled community leaders to recognize and capitalize on opportunities, motivate others to act to strengthen regions and communities, serve as ambassador for the potential and growth of the state, and promote the election and appointment of officials who understand the diverse aspects leading to growth of Arkansas.
Leadership Arkansas comprises a nine-month class program consisting of nine multi-day sessions held in different locations throughout the state. The sessions feature Arkansas leaders who represent a wide geographic base and who have diverse backgrounds and vocations. The members are given broad exposure to the many social, political, geographic and environmental complexities of the state; on-site demonstrations and tours; unique 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 over 500 alumni since its inception in 2005 and represent nearly every Arkansas county.