In an effort to put some of the brightest young minds in Arkansas to work together, the first ever Under 40 Forum will address attracting and retaining young talent within the state.
On April 1-2, the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute will host the will host the inaugural Under 40 Forum in partnership with The Clinton School, Arkansas Business and the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson will be the keynote speaker for the event and the attendees are the 2015 classes of 40 Under 40 from both publications.
According to Jeff LeMaster, director of communications and marketing at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, the goal of the program is to allow the 40 Under 40 honorees a chance to network and work together to address key issues facing the state.
“We’re going to bring in a facilitator in leading a facilitated discussion on attracting and retaining young talent,” LeMaster said. “We feel like that is a topic that this group is uniquely poised to addressed — what attracted and kept them in Arkansas.”
Hutchinson will kick off the event followed by time for the attendees to participate in a Q&A. By the end of the two-day forum, the goal is for the Clinton School and Winthrop Rockefeller Institute to form a report to share with leadership in the governor’s office and Legislature and “potentially other entities as well.”
LeMaster said he expects about 40-50 honorees from the two publications’ 40 Under 40 will attend the event at Petit Jean.
“We think there is great value and this speaks to the Institute’s mission — we’re all about convening the right groups to collaborate on important issues,” LeMaster said. “You get the right people in the same room and great collaborations can come from it.”
LeMaster said the goal is for this to become an annual event.