About the Delta Leadership Network

The Delta Leadership Network comprises all alumni of the Executive Academy and is tasked with maintaining these relationships among regional leaders so as to foster regional collaboration, resource sharing, and continued education to support addressing the Delta’s most pressing issues.

Members of the Delta Leadership Network continue their engagement with the Delta Leadership Institute through state meetings, an annual Delta Leadership Network conference, and continued engagement with new cohorts of the Executive Academy. The Network is coordinated in partnership with Arkansas State University's Delta Center for Economic Development, who maintain the DLN directory, produce a monthly newsletter, and support the Regional Advisory Council with programming. 

For more information, contact the Delta Leadership Institute director, Spencer Lucker, or Arkansas State University's Delta Center for Economic Development staff.

If you are a DLN member, get to know your state's representatives on the DLN Regional Advisory Council

Delta Leadership Portal

DLN Annual Conference | Memphis, TN
February 5-7, 2018

Staying Ahead of the Curve: The Next Generation Delta Workforce, the 2018 DLN annual conference in Memphis, TN, will help you lead your communities to harness future opportunities and get ahead of the curve with new innovative strategies for meeting our regional economy's workforce needs. 

During the conference, we will explore programs and strategies that are preparing current and future workers for the next generation of jobs, starting with early childhood education and moving through a worker's lifecycle, including retraining for re-entry into the labor market. We will identify and break down the barriers to securing high-level skills with the goal of low unemployment. We will participate in breakout workshops that challenge you to apply lessons to your own community. State meetings on the last day will help our Network develop actionable goals for our communities.

Join us in Memphis, Tennessee, on February 5-7, 2018, and stay ahead of the curve!

Check out the draft agenda, get information on lodging, and register today at leadership.dra.gov/dln-conference.

Authentic Leadership Executive Education Opportunity

One of the objectives of the Delta Leadership Network is to foster continued education for Delta leaders. In support of this objective, Delta Regional Authority and the Delta Leadership Institute is proud to offer its 3rd continuing education training opportunity at Harvard University exclusively to the Delta Leadership Network this coming Fall.

The Authentic Leadership executive education program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is designed and led by Harvard faculty, and focuses on cutting edge leadership principles in the U.S. More information on Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education can be found at https://exed.hks.harvard.edu/.

This year's program will be held on Monday, November 27-Thursday, November 30, 2017. 

Congratulations to this year's DLN delegation!


Susan Keith of Selma

Teresa McCall of Montgomery

Donald Mills of Livingston

Chad Nichols of Hoover

Gena Robbins of York

Max Snyder of Northport


Mellie Bridewell of Lake Village

Jennifer Conner of Lake Village

Lynn Hawkins-Caldwell of Lexa

Bevin Hunter of Wilson

Karen McDaniel of Jonesboro

Trudy Redus of Pine Bluff

Peggy Wright of Forrest City


Brandi Bradley of Marion

Lynne Chambers of Grand Chain

Brian Chapman of Ava

Tracey Glenn of Herrin

Jennifer Olson of Carterville

Woody Thorne of Makanda


Brandi Harless of Paducah

Mark Lee of Madisonville


Cole Avery of Jonesboro

Leslie Durham of St. Joseph

Adam Holland of Oak Grove

Heather Malone of Vidalia


Josh Bower of Jackson

Rolando Herts of Cleveland

Tim Lampkin of Clarksdale

Lane Riley of Cleveland


TR Dudley of Potosi

Steve Halter of Poplar Bluff

Maude Harris of Sikeston

Kris Klaus of Perryville

Scott Sattler of Perryville

Christina Wade of Caruthersville


Minnie Bommer of Covington

Julie Allen Burke of Milan

Landy Fuqua of Martin

Travis Martin of Jackson

Bill Rawls of Brownsville

Kayla Taylor of Jackson


Andrea Allen, ASU

Shawnie Carrier, ASU

Leigh Hersey, ULM

Peter Kinder, DRA

Lauren Lewis, UA

Spencer Lucker, DRA