Thank you for your interest in the Conway Area Leadership Institute (CALI). Applications are available in January of each year. Once downloaded and completed, applications can either be submitted via email or mail:
Conway Area Chamber of Commerce
900 Oak Street
Conway, AR 72032
Applications are not considered complete until two letters of recommendation and a passport size headshot photo have been submitted to Leo@ConwayArkansas.org by the deadline. Please provide photo in a jpeg format. Acceptance letters will be mailed to applicants in late February.
An outside committee of Leadership Alumni and community leaders will select each year's class. This committee will develop a leadership class diverse in profession, geography, education, state of career, ethnicity, and gender. Conway Area Leadership Institute does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin. Successful candidates will be well-rounded, actively involved in their community, and reflective of the diversity in Conway.
Tuition is $1295 and is due in full by April. If payment or other arrangements have not been made by this time, the class participant will be withdrawn from the program. Tuition covers all meals during each session and lodging at the retreat. Participants are responsible for travel.
NOTE: Class participants will share a room with a fellow classmate during the retreat. If a class participant wishes to have individual accommodations, they must contact Freda Lancaster of Pinewood Cabins at 870-269-5900 to make their reservation. Individual room reservations will be at the expense of the participant.
A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to CALI applicants. To request financial assistance, submit an application for a CALI scholarship. If selected as a class participant, payment plans are available to you and/or your employer.
If a participant withdraws or is dismissed from the program at any time or for whatever reason, tuition for that participant will not be refunded or transferred to a subsequent year.
To graduate from the Conway Area Leadership Institute, a participant is expected to attend all sessions in their entirety. Attendance at the Leadership retreat and graduation program is mandatory. Failure to attend the retreat in full requires withdrawal from the program. One absence during other remaining sessions is allowed. More than one absence will result in the participant’s automatic withdrawal from the program.
2017 Program Schedule:
March 9: Class Announcement at Annual Meeting
April 7-8: Class Retreat, Mountain View, Arkansas
April 13: Class of 2017 and Alumni Event
May 16: Outlook Conway
June 1: Keep Conway Creative/Keep Conway Safe
July 6: Keep Conway Working
July 7: Little Rock Air Force Base
August 3: Keep Conway Building/Keep Conway Moving
September 7: Keep Conway Healthy/Keep Conway Active
October 4: The Conway You Don’t See
October 5: Keep Conway Learning
November 2: Conway Area Leadership Institute Graduation
Letters of Recommendation
Two (2) letters of recommendation are required with your application and must be received by the application deadline. Letters of recommendation should speak to your leadership qualities, personal/professional engagement with issues of importance to the community, how you will benefit from the program, and how the program can help you contribute to the Conway area.
Please request these letters from your references well in advance to ensure receipt by the application deadline. It is the responsibility of the applicant to request these letters.
Letters should be addressed to the Conway Area Leadership Institute Selection Committee and sent to CALI via mail (900 Oak Street, Conway, AR, 72032) or email (Leo@ConwayArkansas.org). Letters must be sent directly to CALI. Letters will not be shared with you. Please list on your application who will be your references.
For questions, please contact Leo Cummings III, director of member engagement, at Leo@ConwayArkansas.org or 501-327-7788.