Jacksonville Leadership Academy

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Established in 2022, the Jacksonville Leadership Academy seeks to develop community leaders by training and informing participants on a wide array of local public policy issues and concerns.
In-depth training sessions focus on these issues, exploring their background, origin and present-day status. The program covers a full slate of topics, including government,
the area’s economy, education, social services and much more. The sessions combine lectures, tours, dialogue and interaction between speakers and participants.

For more information, contact Kathy Perez, (501) 982-1511.



The Purpose

The Curriculum

Jacksonville Leadership Academy was created by the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce to develop a strong group of leaders that are equipped to handle current and future needs of our city. To accomplish this, the JLA is looking to:

  • Identify and motivate citizens with leadership potential
  • Educate these potential leaders on community needs, challenges and opportunities
  • Offer a forum of exchange on methods for dealing with community issues
  • Challenge potential leaders to become involved with local issues and the decision-making process.

The Jacksonville Leadership Academy meets once a month. The curriculum may vary slightly from year-to-year, but a typical year's sessions are as follows:

  • Class Reception
  • Team Building
  • Little Rock Port Authority
  • City & County Government
  • Economic and Workforce Development
  • Annual Meeting for the Chamber
  • Health and Human Services
  • State Government
  • Education
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Military - Little Rock Air Force Base
  • Graduation


Jacksonville Leadership Academy Class I Graduation


Applications are currently being accepted for Class II, starting in September 2023. Applications are Due September 5, 2023!

Download your application here!