Benton County has been blessed with a wealth of financial, physical and human resources, but we sometimes tend to take for granted the future of our area by simply assuming that the appropriate leadership talent will emerge to guide us whenever we need it. Leadership Benton County was developed to serve as the training ground for our future leaders. The keys to our future are knowledgeable and skilled leaders, willing to step to the forefront, who have an awareness and understanding of all facets of our community, including government, business, education, recreation, utilities, infrastructure, housing, health care, social services and more.
The Leadership Benton County program provides leadership training specific to regional issues facing the county, and serves as the Chamber’s training ground for future leaders in Benton County. Goals of the 11-session program include identification and motivation of individuals with leadership potential; acquainting participants with community needs, challenges and opportunities; offering a forum for dealing with community issues; and challenging future leaders to become involved with local issues and the process of decision-making.
Class participants meet monthly from August to May. Sessions focus on local and county government, education, economy, human services, health care, quality of life, state government, regional issues, and leadership skills and theories.
Participation in Leadership Benton County is open to persons 21 years of age or older, living and/or working in Benton County.The selection committee seeks representation from a cross-section of the county, reflecting the diversity of the area. Participants should have a strong interest and commitment to serving the Northwest Arkansas region.
Applicants should also have the full support of their family and employer, as the program requires a significant time and money commitment. Tuition covers all sessions, materials, speaker and instructor fees, field trips, overnight lodging, meals, refreshments, and tours.
Sponsorship opportunities are available, and are a valuable method for reaching an audience of emerging leaders in the area.