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.

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 inaugural class for the Arkansas Leadership Program will begin in July 2018 and will be limited to 12 participants. It will consist of 4 sessions:

Learn (July 2018)

Topics will include association governance, overview of the State Board of Optometry and Vision Arkansas. It will also help you learn your leadership style through DiSC profiling.

Explore (2018 Fall Convention)

We will explore “you as a communicator.” This session will emphasize media and spokesperson training, social media and communication with patients.

Advocate (January 2019 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.

Define (2019 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. 

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