Thank you for your interest in the Conway Area Leadership Institute (CALI). Applications for the Class of 2020 will be available to download at the end of 2019.
Once downloaded and completed, applications can either be submitted via email or mail by the January deadline:
Conway Area Chamber of Commerce
900 Oak Street
Conway, AR 72032
Applications are not considered complete until the completed application, two letters of recommendation and a headshot photo (.JPEG format) have been submitted to Ed@ConwayArkansas.org by the January deadline. Acceptance letters will be emailed to applicants in late February.
An outside committee of CALI 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 If payment or other arrangements have not been made by this time, the class participant will be withdrawn from the program.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 Ed Linck at firstname.lastname@example.org or (501) 932-5404. 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. Two absences during other remaining sessions is allowed. More than two absences will result in the participant’s automatic withdrawal from the program.
2019 Program Schedule:
March 14, 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM: Class Announcement at Annual Meeting
April 9, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM: CALI Alumni Event
April 12-13, two full days with overnight stay: Class Retreat, Arkansas 4-H Center
May 2, 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM: Little Rock Air Force Base
May 23, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Outlook Conway
June 6, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Keep Conway Working
August 1, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Keep Conway Building / Keep Conway Creative
September 5, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM: The Conway You Don't See
October 3, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Keep Conway Active
October 17, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Keep Conway Moving / Keep Conway Safe
November 1, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Keep Conway Learning
November 14, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Conway Area Leadership Institute Graduation
November 19: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM: CALI Class of 2018 End of the Year Party
December TBD: CALI Alumni Event
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 email to Ed@ConwayArkansas.org. Please list on your application who will be your references.
For questions, please contact Ed Linck, chief operating officer, at Ed@ConwayArkansas.org or (501) 932-5404