Conway Area Leadership Institute Application

Thank you for your interest in the Conway Area Leadership Institute (CALI). Applications for the Class of 2020 are now available. Click this link to download the 2020 CALI Application

Once downloaded and completed, applications must be submitted via email by the February 16, 2020 deadline:


Applications are not considered complete until the completed application, two letters of recommendation and a headshot photo (.JPEG format) have been submitted to by the February 16, 2020 deadline. Acceptance letters will be emailed to applicants in early March.

Selection Criteria

An outside committee of CALI Alumni and community leaders select each year's class. This committee will develop a leadership class diverse in profession, geography, education, state of career, ethnicity, and gender. Conway Area Leadership Institute does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin. Successful candidates will be well-rounded, actively involved in their community, and reflective of the diversity in Conway.


Tuition is $1295 and is due in full by April 1, 2020. If payment or other arrangements have not been made by this time, the class participant will be withdrawn from the program. Tuition covers all meals during each session and lodging at the retreat. Participants are responsible for travel.

NOTE: Class participants will share a room with a fellow classmate during the retreat. If a class participant wishes to have individual accommodations, they must contact Isaac Sims at or (501) 932-5419. Individual room reservations will be at the expense of the participant.

Tuition Assistance

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to CALI applicants. To request financial assistance, submit an application for a CALI scholarship. If selected as a class participant, payment plans are available to you and/or your employer.

Non-Refundable Tuition

If a participant withdraws or is dismissed from the program at any time or for any reason, tuition for that participant will not be refunded or transferred to a subsequent year.


To graduate from the Conway Area Leadership Institute, a participant is expected to attend all sessions in their entirety. Attendance at the Leadership retreat and graduation program is mandatory. Failure to attend the retreat in full requires withdrawal from the program. Participants may miss up to 16 hours of sessions and still graduate. Missing more than 16 hours of sessions may result in the participant’s automatic withdrawal from the program.

2020 Program Schedule (Revised):

Thursday, August 20: Keep Conway Working

Thursday, September 10: Keep Conway Safe 

Tuesday, September 29: Keep Conway Active          

Thursday, October 22: Keep Conway Building + Moving 

Thursday, November 12: The Conway You Don’t See          

Thursday, December 10: Keep Conway Learning     

Thursday, January 14: Keep Conway Creative      

Thursday, February 4: CALI Graduation Ceremony         

Friday, February 5: CALI End of Year Party      

Letters of Recommendation

Two (2) letters of recommendation are required with your application and must be received by the application deadline. Letters of recommendation should speak to your leadership qualities, personal/professional engagement with issues of importance to the community, how you will benefit from the program, and how the program can help you contribute to the Conway area.

Please request these letters from your references well in advance to ensure receipt by the application deadline. It is the responsibility of the applicant to request these letters.

Letters should be addressed to the Conway Area Leadership Institute Selection Committee and sent to CALI via email to Please list on your application who will be your references.

For questions, please contact Isaac Sims at or (501) 932-5419.