Is it right for me or someone on my staff? 

ELC is open to any association professionals looking to develop leadership skills and advance their careers within the state association market. The goal of the ASAE ELC is to identify and cultivate the next generation of leaders in Arkansas through professional development and peer networking opportunities.

Nominees do not have to be current members of ASAE at the time of application but will be required to join before joining the council. Dues are included in ELC tuition.

How do I nominate myself or someone from my staff?

Potential ELC members must be nominated by their employer. If nominee is self-employed, the nominating company must be a member in good standing of ASAE.

Nominators will submit the required form along with the candidate’s resume for review before end of the day on November 30th. 

Who was in the 2023 Inagural Class?

2023 Emerging Leaders Council Members

Reagan Heffley
Director of Communications & Marketing
Big I Arkansas

Jenny Higgs
Director of Marketing
Arkansas Farm Bureau

Janet Marshall
Membership Administrator
Arkansas Bar Association

Catrinia Rojas
Coordinator Policy Development & Legislative Rearch
Arkansas Farm Bureau

Cassandra Van Tassel
Educational Operations Specialist
Arkansas Hospital Association

When will candidates be notified of selection?

Nominators will submit the form and candidate’s resume to be reviewed by the Executive Director and the current ASAE chair. Selected candidates will be notified within two weeks of nomination deadline.

What’s the curriculum?

Classes scheduled for 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM and include lunch.

LEGISLATURE 101 - How does a bill become a law? We’re not just talking about School House Rock, but how to discuss your industry’s top issues with state legislators and leaders. Hear tips and lessons learned from state executives and the ins-and-outs of governor’s office from staffers. Are PACs really that important and how can you get members to engage with yours?  Tentative Date:  Tuesday, April 23, 2024 in downtown Little Rock.

LEADERSHIP & ENGAGEMENT - At the heart of nearly every successful association is an engaged board that reflects the wider membership pool. Learn to identify potential board members, how to set them up for success and keep them engaged. Executives share insights on how they manage alongside their boards and share their personal stories of how they came to lead their association.  Tentative Date:  Friday June 21, 2024.  This session will be held at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute at Petit Jean Mountain

MEMBERSHIP - Membership recruitment and retention is at the heart of everything we do as associations. Learn about the different types of memberships, which member benefits to promote, how to build an engaged membership, gauging membership satisfaction and how to manage relationships with other associations. Tentative Date:  Tuesday, August 27, 2024 in downtown Little Rock.

ASSOCIATION & EVENT MANAGEMENT - Associations – and the events they host – come in all shapes and sizes. What are different staff roles and what skills do they need? ASAE associate members discuss how organizations and venues can work together to host successful events. Tentative Date:  Tuesday, October 22nd in downtown Little Rock.

COMMUNICATIONS - Can this be an email? Is anyone reading our email? Should this post go on Facebook or Twitter? Are we communicating too much or not enough? Learn about the mediums, services and tricks of the trade that lead to successful communication across all audiences. Tentative Date:  Tuesday, December 17th in downtown Little Rock.

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