Bring others together.
Set yourself apart.
Ourtown Institute for Inclusive Leadership
February 17-19, 2016
Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Click here for an application.
To achieve big goals...it takes all of us.
All of us are different, with different experiences, perspectives, even cultures. But we share something very important: the community in which we live, work, and play. Our diversity provides a wealth of energy, creativity, and shared resources...but only if we know how to harness it.
Existing and emerging leaders representing business, nonprofit, government, law enforcement, faith communities, healthcare, news media and education are invited to this unique and highly interactive professional development retreat. Ourtown is designed to help participants develop the ability to talk, listen, and develop greater understanding in order to more effectively work across intergroup barriers for constructive change.
The main goal of Ourtown is to make Arkansas an even better place to live and work by removing impediments to intergroup communication, and to personal and corporate success that are often based on perceived or real differences.
The two and a half day retreat is completely interactive and allows individuals to develop the skills and framework necessary to promote effective communication, positive interaction, and the prospect of coalitions for constructive change. Issues explored in depth are race, gender, sexual orientation, along with the nature of prejudice, discrimination, oppression and privilege.
Ourtown is guided by a diverse team of skilled facilitators. Activities are designed to build trust, open lines of communication, encourage a respectful interchange of ideas and experiences, understand the role and effects of discrimination, and to create common ground which reduces community conflict...and helps us get things done for the benefit of the entire community.
Tuition is $500 per delegate and covers retreat materials, lodging and meals. The program begins at 5 p.m. on Wednesday and ends at noon on Friday. Applying to attend does not guarantee a place in the workshop. Candidates will be selected to ensure a diverse class particularly regarding race, gender, and profession.
Here's what past participants have said about JCA programs:
"Ourtown had a very positive impact on my life, both business and social. I had a much deeper appreciation of race, gender and religion that was different from mine, plus I made new friends at the retreat. As a result, I have changed my perception and interaction with others."
Bob Birch, President and CEO
Centennial Bank, North Little Rock
"Entergy Arkansas' experience with JCA has been through their outstanding knowledge and experience in preparing and delivering training to all our team members about how the power of a diverse group of people, and their ideas, strengthen any organization and better prepare it, and themselves, for the future."
Hugh McDonald, President
"I've taken part in so many of these types of exercises that it is hard for any to break through as an extraordinary experience, but this one did. The level of openness of the participants coupled with the facilitation of the leaders led to a genuine exchange of ideas, hopes and fears...The retreat activities led to serious reflection and growth for me personally."
Marc R. Peters
Masters of Public Service 2012
Clinton School of Public Service
"Through the JCA training, all 280 employees of Central Arkansas Water better understand our commonalities and our differences. We have become closer as an organization and better appreciate the gifts that each of us brings to the task of providing clean water to our community. Overwhelmingly, our employees said this was the best training they'd ever had."
Graham Rich, CEO
Central Arkansas Water