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LeadAR Participant Testimonials

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LeadAR Class 16 poses for the camera during the 2014 Day at the Capitol.

We have over 30 years of past participants who have had amazingly positive experiences in our LeadAR program. Read below for a fraction of the positive reviews the program has received.

LeadAR prepared me for community service and connected me to some of the best resources available. People from both large and small communities gave me fresh ideas and a more complete perspective than my own view of things.

Bruce Martin
Regional Operations Manager, Holt Agribusiness

Class 3 – Jonesboro


The LeadAR experience was the "change" that allowed me to stretch and discover horizons that I would not have otherwise considered. As a result, I grew personally and professionally and am now a champion for improving the status quo.

Diane Tatum
Regional Manager, Entergy (retired)
Class 8 - Pine Bluff


If you want to be a part of a dynamic program that will affect and influence your life beyond the two-year commitment become a LeadAR class member. If you want a program that will help you make contacts and friends throughout the state of Arkansas and beyond, become a LeadAR class member. If you feel you need and want to make a difference in your community and state, then become a LeadAR class member. LeadAR changed my life, and I know it will change yours.

Rose Mary Jackson
Director of Community Relations
Arkansas State University-Beebe
Class 8 – Searcy


My LeadAR experience was the pivotal point in my personal and professional life. Through friendships, networking, knowledge, and experiences gained during my two-year commitment, I developed the confidence and skills to step outside the box.  I now have a very challenging and rewarding career that touches communities throughout the state of Arkansas.

Denisa Pennington
Director Community Development
Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Class 9- Maumelle


LeadAR is an amazing opportunity to meet people from around the state and form professional bonds and friendships. My classmates have been resources that have made a huge impact on my job performance over the last few years. Without the LeadAR experience, I can honestly say there are a number of projects for my community that wouldn't hav

Jon Chadwell
Executive Director
Newport Economic Development Commission
Class 10 – Newport


With LeadAR’s valuable leadership training along with the national and international experience, I came away from the program with a greater understanding of challenges we face: but more importantly, confidence and resources to overcome those challenges.

Alan McVey
Director, Delta Center for Economic Development
Arkansas State University
Class 4 – Jonesboro


There seems to be a direct correlation between ignorance and living a selfish, isolated life. LeadAR immerses it's participants in travel and interaction, not only with classmates, but people who are in positions to make a real difference in this world. LeadAR allowed me to walk a mile in a lot of other people's shoes, giving me insight and perspective on a wide spectrum of subjects. Subjects that matter, the ones which shape the communities, state and nation in which we live.

Jackie C. Prince
Rice and soybean farmer
Class 12-Biscoe