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Lisa DavisProgram Associate-LeadershipPhone: 501-519-5472Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
by Lisa Davis - June 7, 2021
Class 19 member Amanda Lance works as the director of Hempstead Hall and Workforce
Development at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana campus. She helps to bring
culturally relevant events to Hempstead County, to ensure local industries and businesses
are provided with a trained workforce, and to promote and maintain a state-of-the-art
conference center and theater for the area.
After spending a decade in the events industry, Lance was excited to bring her brand
of hospitality to Hempstead Hall. She has hosted guests such as President Bill Clinton,
Mack McLarty, Joe Purvis, the Kentucky Headhunters, Fairytales on Ice and more. Concerts
are back at Hempstead Hall with Pat Green performing live at the amphitheater on June
25, 2021. Learn more here.
When she is not at work, Lance enjoys baking for friends and family, learning to turn
her brown thumb green, and discovering new podcasts (currently caught up in "Undisclosed:
While she never dreamed of becoming a playwright, within the last year Lance has co-written,
produced, and directed two original plays. She is a member of the Hope Church of Christ,
Junior Auxiliary of Hope, Southwest Arkansas Arts Council Board and United Way of
Hempstead County Board. She also volunteers with many organizations in Hempstead County.
For this LeadAR Class 19 Member Spotlight, we asked her to share her responses to
the following questions.
Why did you apply to the LeadAR program? What motivated you? I applied to LeadAR for the opportunity to build connections across our state. I believe
we are stronger together than we are competing against each other and want to be part
of the group that will make that happen.
What leadership quality do you admire most in others? Why?Innovation. Listen, change for the sake of change is not always the best strategy.
However, thoughtful change that moves our communities forward? Wow! I see too many
people get stuck in the routine of "normal" and never challenge themselves to create
a new normal. I am thankful for the leaders I've had in my life who have said "this
is the way it has been, but it doesn't have to be that way forever. How can you make
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? Why is this surprising?I asked my team this question and they responded with two things that had equally
surprised them: 1) I was my high school's rodeo queen, and 2) I used to have very
blonde hair. The rodeo queen was surprising because my interests and hobbies have
evolved so much over the years. And I'm a natural brunette ... and I had fun as both!
What are your top three ingredients necessary for success?
What are your top three ingredients necessary for happiness?
Describe your personal leadership style.We are part of a team. Everyone in my departments has a specific role to play. My
job is to provide them with the resources to fulfill that role so that we can succeed
together. Also, because we are a team, I ask for input on long-term and short-term
goals. In the past I have been a micromanager. I have learned to delegate more throughout
the years and instead look at that as an investment in my team's growth. I fully believe
in cross-training and that everyone team member should have some basic knowledge of
every role within our departments. As a team, we have a BIG long-term goal that we
are working towards, and I take every opportunity I can to connect some of the smaller
tasks we do each day to that big goal. I also try to make sure we laugh whenever we
can and create an enjoyable work area. We can have stressful situations pop up, but
overall, we know that we are going to tackle those together and they won't last long.
What is something you hope to gain from your LeadAR experience?I don't want to become complacent. It can be easy to fall into the trap of "this is
the way we've always done it." One of the things that drew me to LeadAR was the intensity
of the program and how challenging it promises to be. Again, I believe if we don't
challenge ourselves, we'll never grow. I am looking forward to the connections with
people across the state and for the self-improvement I hope to do over the next several
You are stranded on a desert island. What are your three MUST HAVE items?
What else do you want others to know about you?110% is a myth. You can't give 110% to anything, and you can't give 100% to everything.
You must find a balance that works, and it can be a lifelong journey to find that
balance. Focus on improving yourself and helping others, the rest "magically" falls