• Would you like to become more involved in your state and national association?
  • Are you interested in taking a leadership role in your practice, community or civic organization?
  • Would you like to learn more about your own leadership style and develop experience in various forms of communication and advocacy?

 If your answer is “yes!” consider applying for the Arkansas Leadership Program. The future success of the Arkansas Optometric Association depends greatly upon visionary leaders who will continue to preserve, promote and advance optometry in our state.

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The Arkansas Leadership Program has been designed to provide a format for our future leaders to learn about the history and workings of our association and to develop the skills to enable them to be strong leaders in our association, as well as in their practices and communities.

The next class for the Arkansas Leadership Program will begin in April 2020 and will be limited to 12 participants. It will consist of 4 sessions:

Learn (July 11-12, 2020)

Your personality style
Use DiSC profiling to learn about your unique personality style.  The first session focuses on topics including association governance, parliamentary procedure, serving on boards, background of the Arkansas Optometric Association, State Board of Optometry and related entities. (This session begins as the ArOA wraps up their annual board retreat on Saturday at noon and goes until Sunday at noon.  Potential of 1 overnight stay in NWA)

Explore (October 17-18, 2020)

Your Communication Style

We will explore “you as a communicator.” Explore your communication style and dig deeper on all levels of communication as a leader - to patients, staff, peers, the community/public and elements of communication like social media.  We talk about how communication in the sense of practice management and how that affects your entire practice setting. We explore reaching out to the community including social media and public speaking. We bring the DiSC profile analysys back into discussion to tie your unique personality with the learned communication efforts. (This session begins as Fall Convention ends and goes through Sunday morning.  Potential of 1 night stay needed in NWA)

Advocate (January 28, 2021 in Little Rock)
You will learn from experts how to communicate with legislators and be a part of grassroots efforts. You will also visit the Capitol, watch a committee meeting, sit in on a House or Senate session and get to meet your local legislator and other state officials. (This session is an all-day session and ends after an evening reception.  Potential for 1 or 2 overnights in Little Rock).

Define (2021 Spring Convention)
Each participant will develop their personal brand and mission and will have the opportunity to present an overview of “What I learned, what I was, who I am, who I will be…” We will also have a celebration dinner with the association board. (This session begins on Thursday, pre-convention with the final class.  You will be expected to attend a dinner on Friday evening and Awards Luncheon on Saturday).  

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please complete the online application. Click here to apply!


April 25, 2020 - 11:30am-1:30pm, Introduction at Spring Convention

July 11-12, 2020 ( starts 12pm 07/11; ends 12pm 07/12)

October 17-18, 2020 (starts 12pm 10/17; ends 12pm 10/18)

January 28, 2021 - Tentative (starts 9am; ends 8pm)

Spring convention 2021 (TBD) 

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