Heartland Forward’s flagship event, the Heartland Summit, brings together approximately 350 of the top thinkers and doers across sectors, geographies and generations - right in downtown Bentonville, AR to “Meet in the Middle” by sharing their collective insights on advancing the heartland. Attendees range from policymakers, investors, entrepreneurs, business, philanthropy and thought leaders.

Some of the brightest minds across sectors, geographies and generations—350 business and thought leaders united by a shared sense of purpose—to make the middle of the country the best it can be.
Engagement in participatory conversations that explore topics important to the Heartland's future: economic development and entrepreneurship, 21st-century skills and jobs, the future of food, healthy living, technology and arts and culture.
The Heartland is at the epicenter of many of America's biggest challenges. Yet, the Heartland is also a storehouse of tremendous American potential. Too many well-meaning conversations about the future of the Heartland take place outside of it. It's time we bring the conversation home.
Heartland Summit attendees experience the region's culture, nature and wellness first-hand through yoga, bike rides, local cuisine, contemporary art, live music and so much more.
Natural resources help drive economic development throughout the Heartland. Through trail rides and other cycling adventure, you'll explore the beauty of Northwest Arkansas and enjoy an adrenaline-fueled experience.
At the Heartland Summit, you won't be sitting in a room listening to people talk all day. Our dynamic and diverse talks will get you "out of the classroom" and encourage exploration through a mix of session styles and locations.
The Heartland is full of amazing artists and we are excited to bring a diverse group of musicians and performers to the Heartland Summit. With styles ranging from country to jazz to bluegrass to rock and many others, these artists show some of the best creativity in the Heartland.