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A Letter from Program Director Toni Lindsey

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Leadership Arkansas is a nine-month program designed to develop emerging and established business, civic and community leaders who have the desire and potential to create a better Arkansas. To date, more than 950 – representing business sectors, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, government entities and civic groups – have completed the program.

The Leadership Arkansas program delves into essential Arkansas issues, enhances leadership skills and offers a solid foundation for creating future opportunities. Not only do participants gain valuable insights about Arkansas’ history, landscape and economy, but they also receive meaningful interactions with leaders from diverse backgrounds and regions across the state. By examining critical regional issues through a statewide perspective, individuals who successfully complete the program gain a deep understanding of the intricacies of state and local communities, uniquely equipping them to contribute to the state as leaders in the future.

Leadership Arkansas graduates have gone on to:

  • Serve on statewide boards and commissions.
  • Chair local community boards and charitable projects.
  • Invest in Arkansas’ local community.
  • Serve as elected representatives on school boards, city councils, planning commissions, and in the Arkansas House of Representatives and Arkansas Senate.

When participants fully engage in the program, they expand their network, their skill as leaders and their understanding about the state — its people, its challenges and its strengths. Most Leadership Arkansas graduates also experience personal growth and find that they have a greater desire to invest in their communities after connecting with others who share the same passion. Many people who have lived in Arkansas for years, or even decades, have been surprised at how much the program educated them about our state, all because of their decision to get involved in Leadership Arkansas.

We thank Citizens Bank, ARcare, Central Moloney, Southwest Power Pool, Nucor Steel Arkansas, Farm Credit Services of Arkansas, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, Walmart and Entergy Arkansas for their generosity and yearlong support of Leadership Arkansas Class XVIII.

As we prepare for Class XIX, we are looking for individuals who are eager to join us in discovering the many strengths and opportunities within our state and prepared to play a key role in shaping Arkansas’ future.

Toni Lindsey
Leadership Arkansas Program Director
Director of Governmental Affairs
Arkansas State Chamber/AIA

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