Leadership Academy

Join the 2021-2022 Leadership Academy!

The NASW Arkansas Leadership Academy is pleased to accept applications for the 2020 – 2021 class from individuals who have demonstrated a capacity for leadership and have the potential to make a substantial positive impact on the future of the field of social work.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 class. We have extended the application deadline to July 1, 2021. Email your completed application to Holly Barron at hbarron.naswar@socialworkers.org.

About the Leadership Academy

The NASW Arkansas Leadership Academy was established by a board-appointed task force in 2014 and has graduated two classes of Leadership Academy Fellows.

“[The Leadership Academy] gave us hands-on activities to assess our skills as leaders and identify our strengths and areas in which we would like to see growth.”

2016 Leadership Academy Graduate

The purpose of the NASW Arkansas leadership program is to identify and develop leaders who will act as positive change agents for the field of social work and their respective agencies. The NASW Arkansas Leadership Academy supports the vision of NASW Arkansas by providing quality programs and experiences that will impact the state of Arkansas and empower the profession through education, networking, and advocacy. Participants have an opportunity to interact with colleagues and professionals from across the state to gain a better understanding of their personal leadership styles, build relationships, understand the issues facing leaders in social work, and gain the skills necessary to create positive change. Participants will earn 40 CEUs for full participation and receive 50% annual conference registration*.

The NASW Arkansas leadership program seeks to:

  • Foster an environment where participants can build relationships and work across agency boundaries.
  • Offer an opportunity for participants to identify problems and generate solutions for critical issues facing social work.
  • Provide participants with the tools needed to develop and enhance their leadership skills, specifically in the areas of positive communication, strategic planning and problem solving, and collaboration.
  • Develop leaders who can advocate for themselves, the profession, and the clients and communities they serve.  

Please review the application for more detailed information and join us on this exciting journey!