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Groups and Programs: Leadership Greater Little Rock

Leadership Greater Little Rock


Leadership Greater Little Rock is aimed at developing a network of competent leaders for present and future community needs. To meet this goal, LGLR seeks to:

  • Identify and motivate individuals with leadership potential;
  • Acquaint them with 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.


Established in 1985, Leadership Greater Little Rock 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.


Leadership Greater Little Rock (LGLR) is a nine-month community leadership program committed to enhancing and connecting leaders from businesses, nonprofits and government. This unique program has empowered participants with a comprehensive understanding of our region’s challenges and opportunities. Each month (October – June), the class meets at a different central Arkansas location to explore topics through expert speakers, panelists, tours and group presentations.  The curriculum may vary slightly from year to year, but a typical year’s sessions are as follows:

Class Announcement/Reception, Orientation/Retreat, ExCEL Leadership Challenge Course (Ropes), History, Education, Community/Neighborhoods, Economic Development, Government & Politics, Military, Criminal Justice and Public Safety, Health Care, Quality of Life, Graduation. Generally, the sessions are scheduled for the 3rd Thursday of the month. The exceptions to this rule are in December, due to the holidays, and March and June because we meet twice during those months.


With very strict attendance guidelines, class members are allowed to miss no more than 16 hours (each session is considered 8 hours). Additionally, the 2-day retreat, typically held the first weekend of October, is mandatory for participation in the class.


Applications for Class XXXIX will be available starting Friday, March 31st, 2023. 

Want to learn more about Leadership Greater Little Rock? Contact Kellen Davis, Executive Director, Leadership Greater Little Rock, at 501.377.6012.   

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