Senator Ingram Selected as National CSG Toll Fellow
September 7th, 2017 • News Updates

LEXINGTON, KY. – Arkansas state Senator Keith M. Ingram has been selected to participate in one of the nation’s premier leadership development courses, the Henry Toll Fellowship of the Council of State Governments.

The 48 members of the class of 2017 are from 32 states, Puerto Rico and Guam, and they represent the three branches of government. They were selected by a committee of program alumni.

“Knowing the caliber of the people who have been Henry Toll Fellows, this is quite an honor,” Ingram said.

“My goal is to gain insight and knowledge,” Ingram said. “Henry Toll fellows tend to assume leadership roles at national meetings and conventions, and in legislative bodies in their home states.”

The Toll Fellowship, named for CSG founder Henry Wolcott Toll, has convened a group of the nation’s top officials for the intensive, six-day, five-night intellectual boot camp for more than 30 years. This year’s program will be held August 25-30 in Lexington, Kentucky.

The agenda includes sessions designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth, while providing networking and relationship-building opportunities. Each year’s program is unique, but previous programs have included sessions on leadership personality assessment, media training, crisis management, appreciative inquiry and adaptive leadership.

“CSG’s Toll Fellowship is a once-in-a-lifetime leadership development opportunity that has shaped public service careers for decades,” said David Adkins, CSG executive director/CEO. “CSG welcomes these new leaders into the Toll Fellows family and we look forward to being a resource for them throughout their careers.”

“Regardless of where we’re from, we all face so many of the same problems,” Ingram said. “Creativity and problem-solving outside the box are not approaches that must be limited to any specific state. Through collective knowledge we can best use knowledge to benefit our communities.”

The Council of State Governments is the nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.

Toll Fellows alumni include Cheri Beasley, associate justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court; Oregon Gov. Kate Brown; U.S. Rep. John Carney of Delaware; Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey; Anne McKeig, associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court; U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita of Indiana; and former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.