Schedule of Events & Session Descriptions

Leadership Arkansas Schedule of Events:

Class XI Retreat & Opening Session – September 18-20, 2016, Red Apple Inn, Heber Springs, Arkansas

Session II: Arkansas’s Workforce – October 27-28, 2016, Fort Smith, Arkansas

Session III: Government & Military – November 29-30, 2016, Little Rock & Jacksonville, Arkansas

Session IV: Energy, Natural Resources & Industrial Development – January 10-11, 2017, El Dorado & East Camden, Arkansas

Session V: Economic Development, Infrastructure & Agriculture – February 22-24, 2017, West Memphis & Jonesboro, Arkansas

Session VI: Education – March 30-31, 2017, Hot Springs, Arkansas

Session VII: Regional Development – April 20-21, 2017, Fayetteville, Springdale & Bentonville, Arkansas

Session VIII: Leadership, Planning & Graduation – May 18-19, 2017, Little Rock, Arkansas 


Leadership Arkansas Session Descriptions:

Class XI Retreat & Opening Session – September 18-20, 2016, Red Apple Inn, Heber Springs.
Participants will come together as a class, examine leadership, their individual roles and responsibilities and begin to develop a personal brand.  The class will also receive a background on topics of significant concern in Arkansas as a foreword to issues presented throughout the program.  Contributing facilitators to be announced soon.
Session II: Arkansas’s Workforce – October 27-28, 2016, Fort Smith.
Fort Smith has long been on the leading edge of industrial development in Arkansas.  The city’s business, civic and education leaders continue to work together to ensure a cohesion between the classroom and the workplace.  Where do the rest of us stand and who and what shapes the future of Arkansas’s diverse workforce needs?
Session III: Government & Military – November 29-30, 2016, Little Rock & Jacksonville.
Little Rock is the home of the State’s Capitol and three branches of its highest governmental bodies.  On its flanks are some of Arkansas's strongest military installations.
In Part 1 of the Session, the class will assume the roles of legislators and work with sitting elected legislative leaders and various specials interests to move bills through the process from introduction in the committee room to final passage or defeat on a Chamber floor.
In Part 2 of the Session, the class will travel to Jacksonville, Arkansas to experience a 10,000 foot view of Central Arkansas's militarty footprints.  Top military personnel will escort the class through this experience and shine a light on the importance of these installations - and where we'd be without them.
Session IV: Energy, Natural Resources & Industrial Development – January 10-11, 2017, El Dorado.
The oil industry in Arkansas, which includes exploration and the production, refinement, and distribution of petroleum-based products, exploded onto the state’s economic scene in the early 1920s, and once-local production expanded into an international business. From 1920 to 2014, more than 2 billion barrels of oil have been produced in Arkansas.  Likewise, South Arkansas has seen a rapid expansion of electricity generation and distribution.  The issues surrounding the utilization of our important resources come together in South Arkansas and Class XI will examine them all.
Session V: Economic Development, Infrastructure, & Agriculture February 22-24, 2017, West Memphis & Jonesboro.

The rich soil of the north Arkansas Delta has seen both boom and bust and remains to this day a cornerstone of economic development in Arkansas.  Where cotton was once king and rice and soybeans yielded food for the table, cutting edge science fuels reserach to expose the true yields of these ancient staples.  
Session VI: Education – March 30-31, 2017, Hot Springs.

The deployment of Arkansas’s education system has a storied history and is to this day our State’s a standard-bearer for local control.  Facilitated by administrators and respected leaders from across the gamut of Arkansas’s education system, the class will be immersed in one of our state’s greatest responsibilities and challenges.
Session VII: Regional Development – April 20-21, 2017, Fayetteville, Springdale & Bentonville.

From nanotech to poultry production, and transportation to retail sales, Northwest Arkansas continues to be one of the fastest growing and most progressive areas of the U.S.  Class members will examine the impact a relative handful of entrepreneurial pioneers have had on our state and our nation and how those who've followed have pooled the collective resources to continue their legacy.
Session VIII: Leadership, Planning & Graduation – May 18-19, 2017, Little Rock.
Classmates will pull on their proverbial gowns and parade through the streets.  But before they do, this now cohesive unit will examine the miles they’ve traveled and make plans for the future.  Joined by ten years of alumni, the class will take their places in a long line of graduates and become a part of this accomplished group.  Highlighting the series of events will be some of Arkansas’s most accomplished leaders.


For more information on Leadership Arkansas Class XI, contact Andrew Parker at (501) 372-2222 or