Conway Area Leadership Institute

Preparing Emerging Leaders to Serve Their Communities

Underwritten by First Arkansas Bank & Trust

The Conway Area Leadership Institute prepares emerging leaders to serve the Conway community. Through shared experiences and frequent interactions, participants will engage in a ten-month curriculum inspired by Conway2035. Conway2035 is a long-range strategic plan developed with the input of more than 1,800 area residents. 

This plan identifies priorities that have been grouped into “People” and “Places”: Arts, Entertainment and Culture; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Education; Job Creation; Poverty and Homelessness; Public Safety; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; Beautification; Bicycle Paths and Trails; Downtown Business District; Land Use and Planning; Parks and Recreation; Public Transportation; Streets, Sidewalks and Drainage. 

Class participants are highly motivated individuals who are interested in learning, pursuing first-hand experience, and interacting with community leaders, businesses, and organizations. Upon graduation, the Conway community will welcome a dynamic group of leaders fully equipped to help create a better Conway. 

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Program Overview

Selection Criteria

An outside committee of CALI Alumni and community leaders selects each year's class. This committee will develop a leadership class diverse in profession, geography, education, state of career, ethnicity, and gender. The 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 $1,795 and due in full by March 28, 2024. If payment or other arrangements have not been made by this time, the class participant will be withdrawn from the program. Tuition covers on-site meals during sessions and lodging at the retreat. Participants are responsible for travel unless otherwise indicated. If a participant withdraws or is dismissed from the program at any time or for any reason, tuition for that participant will not be refunded or transferred to a subsequent year.

Tuition Assistance

If selected as a class participant, payment plans may be available to you and/or your employer. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to CALI applicants requiring financial assistance. To request financial assistance, submit a CALI scholarship application by February 5, 2024.


Participants are expected to attend all sessions in their entirety to graduate from the program. Participants missing more than 24 hours of the curriculum may be automatically withdrawn from the program without a tuition refund.


Thank you for your interest in CALI!  Please submit your application, two letters of recommendation, and a professional headshot online or via email to Jack Pillow at by February 5, 2024, to apply. 

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