Junior Leadership Academy

2018-19 Junior Leadership Academy

The Junior Leadership Academy (JLA) was created by the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce and is supported by the regional business community.  JLA is a program for students that desire the opportunity to learn more about Fort Smith and the opportunities available in our city.  Students will meet community leaders from area businesses, government agencies, and civic organizations.  Students will be introduced into an environment designed to enhance and develop their leadership skills which will benefit them throughout the rest of their life.

We are currently securing sponsorships for the upcoming 2018-2019 Junior Leadership Academy.  If you are interested in being a part of this exciting program please contact Susan Krafft at 479-783-3111 or email skrafft@fortsmithchamber.com.

Opening Retreat – August 3 – 4, 2018 (Friday – Saturday)
Innovators in Our Community – September 5, 2018
Career Opportunities – October 3, 2018
Healthcare – November 7, 2018
Public Service – December 5, 2018
Higher Education/WATC/Vocational – January 16, 2019
Closing Session – February 9, 2019 (Saturday)
Commencement – March 7, 2019 (Thursday)

Event Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:

First National Bank (Main Branch)

Platinum Sponsors:

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith


Gold Sponsors:

Baldor Electric Company
BHC Insurance
OK Foods, Inc.


Session Sponsor

ArcBest Corporation
Five Rivers Distribution
Mercy-Fort Smith


Rheem Manufacturing Co.
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
Vista College


Student Sponsors:

Mid-South Steam Boiler & Engineering Company Inc
Water Tech, Inc.

Armstrong Bank (Main Branch)
Arkansas Colleges of Health Education

Beall Barclay
Stainless Innovations


Vista College
Turn Key Construction Management
Weldon, Williams & Lick, Inc.


2019 Class Participants:

Inaugural Junior Leadership Academy Class Video