Rising Leaders Conference

What is the Rising Leaders Conference?

The NWA Business Women’s Conference hosted the first Young Women’s Professional Conference in 2018 for students in grades 8-12. The event expanded from 400 students in 2018 to 850 participants in 2019 as the Rising Leaders Conference. Students from Siloam Springs and Gentry to Pea Ridge, Rogers, Springdale, and Bentonville Schools participated in the event. Each year students attend three breakout sessions, a keynote session, and a luncheon.  Students enjoy topics ranging from college and career planning to protecting their digital brand. Leaders from 13 area public and private schools collaborated for year two.  


Sponsorship Contact: AHowland@GreaterBentonville.com

Student Event Contact:  JMorrow@BentonvilleK12.org


2018 Founders:  Debbie Griffin and The Bentonville Chamber, Dr. Debbie Jones and Bentonville Schools, Dr. Becky Paneitz and Inseitz Group, and also of Bentonville Schools - Dr. Jennifer Morrow, Leslee Wright, and Amanda Hinds, Callie Sanchez, Jessica Imel, Julia Woods, Lauren Warren, Rebecca Camarigg, Tanya Vaughn, and Anna Gouveia.


2019 Organizers: Jennifer Morrow, Amanda Hinds, Callie Sanchez, Jessica Imel, Julia Woods, Rebecca Camarigg,  and Tanya Vaughn of Bentonville Schools. Anna Gouveia of Rogers Public Schools, Margaret Robinson and Chelsea Perry of Springdale Public Schools, Jerrie Price of Siloam Springs, Anne Martfeld of Pea Ridge Public Schools, Cathy Segur of Pea Ridge and many more.



Supporting the 2020 Rising Leaders Conference not only helps support our local economy, but you give opportunities to young women who may never have the chance to attend a professional development conference. With your support, we can provide free entry to the conference and provide professional programming and unique educational opportunities with expert speakers.

Interested in sponsoring the 2020 Rising Leaders Conference?
Drop your info. below & we'll be in touch!

are you accepting speaker applications?

Yes! We are currently accepting speaker applications until June 5, 2020. Breakout sessions and keynote sessions should be age appropriate and focus on women's issues & empowerment. 


We’re looking for individuals to:

Present an interactive breakout session.

Create and moderate a panel discussion.

Lead an engaging and compelling activity.




Finalists will be notified in July.

Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce
702 SE 5th St., Ste. 40 | Bentonville, AR 72712


Tel: 479.273.2841

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