Fostering personal development & professional growth in Arkansas's emerging business & nonprofit leaders.




The five-session* program will include:


Build Your Foundation

- Aug 23, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Build Your Culture

- Sep 6, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Build Your Endurance

- Sep 20, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Build Your Pipeline

- Oct 4, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Build Your Future

- Oct 18, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

*Session titles and order are subject to change. Meet the facilitators. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be provided.


All sessions will be hosted in the Arkansas State University System Office in Little Rock’s Capitol Hill District.


Tuition is $3,250 per person and includes program fees, course materials, and meals. Payments are due by Friday, August 2, 2019 by accepted applicants.





Arkansas' emerging business and nonprofit leaders:

  • Accomplished leaders poised to take the next step within their organization, nominated by CEO/Board Chair (or similar organization leader).

  • Corporate executives, non-profit heads, entrepreneurs, policy makers.

  • At least 30 years of age.

    *Class size is limited.



This unique learning experience will enable participants to grow via:

  • Personal and professional development through strengths assessment and one-on-one training.

  • Established C-Level executives who provide leadership lessons learned and fresh perspectives.

  • Custom curriculum and real-world case studies that can be applied across industries and organizations.

  • Professional network of like-minded peers from a cross-section of industries and organizations.

2019 Leadership Class Timeline

  • Nominations will be accepted through July 15

  • Class members will be announced July 24

  • Program fees are due August 2

  • Program begins Aug 23

  • Program concludes Oct 18

Get Nominated


To be considered for the Arkansas Business Executive Leadership Academy, you must be nominated by the CEO or a senior executive from your organization.

Business Owners:  If you are a business owner, you can simply nominate yourself.

Nomination Deadline: July 12, 2019