There is no typical “Northwest Arkansan.” NWA residents are from all over the world. In fact, more than half of our residents were born in other states, countries or territories. Our diverse, growing workforce includes more than 260,000 people, and that number increases daily.
There are fantastic programs operated across the region that allow business professionals to connect with one another, as well as the community. Many great leadership programs are operated by our region’s chambers of commerce.
Groups like Emerging Leaders who exist to connect and engage Northwest Arkansas young professionals through personal and professional development experiences. Membership is open to anyone in Northwest Arkansas who has a desire to get involved in the community, expand their leadership skills and become engaged in the program of work. The Emerging Leaders Program is divided into five teams, which have supported initiatives such as developing sustainable practices for nonprofit events, establishing community bike programs and educating members on issues and candidates seeking public offices.
Three other programs that would be a great resource for connecting with your community are Leadership Benton County, Leadership Springdale, and Leadership Fayetteville.
Leadership Benton County is a 12-session regional program with components focused on such things as health care, local and county government, education and regional issues. Leadership Fayetteville the 10-month program meets once a month from August to May and gives participants the opportunity to explore Fayetteville as they develop and enhance their leadership skills. The Arkansas State Chamber runs a great annual program called Leadership Arkansas.
There are a lot of interest groups and networking opportunities for professionals. If you’re looking for something else and can’t find it, please don’t hesitate to contact us.