About the Executive Academy
The 252 counties and parishes served by the Delta Regional Authority make up one of the most distressed regions of the country, facing profound economic, health, educational, and infrastructure challenges. The Delta Leadership Institute was created to empower a corps of leaders with the tools, experiences, and networks to address these local and regional challenges. The DLI Executive Academy trains leaders from diverse backgrounds, sectors, and industries to improve the economic competitiveness and social viability of the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt.
|Develop skills and knowledge in policy areas relevant to economic and community development and competencies that enhance your ability to improve your community.||Visit eight states and learn from more than numerous communities the strategies that are helping grow local economies in diverse cities and towns throughout the region.||Connect with fellow community leaders, practitioners, and experts to develop a strong network for regional collaboration, information sharing, and continued learning.|
Sessions cover policy areas and skills such as:
|> Regionalism||> Transportation||> Public-Private Partnerships|
|> Public Health||> Infrastructure||> Resilience|
|> Entrepreneurship||> Policy & Government||> Asset-Based Development|
|> Workforce & Education||> Culture & Tourism||> Coalition Building|
2021 Executive Academy
The application cycle for the 2020-2021 Leadership Institute are open now through Wednesday, September 30. Visit our "Apply Now" page to start your application. We look forward to receiving your application soon! Nofications of selections will be made the week of October 30, 2020.
Session I: Orientation (Attendance is mandatory.)
January 25 - 28, 2021 | Little Rock, Arkansas
(Travel day: January 25)
Session II: Increasing Community Capacity
March 8 - 11, 2021 | Montgomery, Alabama
(Travel day: March 8)
Session III: Policy and Governance
May 3 - 6, 2021 | Washington, D.C.
(Travel day: May 3)
Session IV: Improving Workforce Competitiveness
June 7 - 10, 2021 | Jackson, Mississippi
(Travel day: June 7)
Session V: Enhanced Modern Infrastructure
July 12 - 15, 2021 | Memphis, Tennessee
(Travel day: July 12)
Session VI: Graduation
September 20 - 23, 2021 | New Orleans, Louisiana
(Travel day: September 20)
*Schedule is tentative. Final class schedule will be provided with notifcation of selection.
2019-2020 Executive Academy
Click here to meet the 2019-2020 DLI Fellows.
- Session I: Orientation
November 12 - 15, 2019 | Natchez, MS (Attendance is mandatory.)
(Travel day: November 12)
- Session II: Enhanced Modern Infrastructure
January 27 - 30, 2020 | New Orleans, LA
(Travel day: January 27)
- Session III: Health and the Built Environment
March 9 - 12, 2020 | Little Rock, AR
(Travel day: March 9)
- Session IV: Digital Infrastructure and the Modern Economy
May 11 - 14, 2020 | Chattanooga, TN
(Travel day: May 11)
- Session V: Increasing Community Capacity
July 13 - 16, 2020 | Paducah, KY
(Travel day: July 13)
- Session VI: Graduation
September 21 - 24, 2020 | Memphis, TN
(Travel day: September 21)
If you missed this year's application cycle, please submit your information on the Nominate a Delta Leader page and we will notify you when the applicaiton cycle opens for the 2020-2021 cohort.
2018-19 Executive Academy
The 2018-2019 Schedule takes DLI fellows to every state in the Delta region and connects them with alumni through the Annual DLN Conference and welcome events at each session:
- Session I: Orientation
October 29-November 1, 2018 | Memphis, TN (attendance mandatory)
(Travel day: October 29)
- Session II: Improved Workforce Competitiveness
December 4-6, 2018 | Vicksburg, MS
(Travel day: December 3)
- Session III: Delta Leadership Network Conference
February 5-7, 2019 | Little Rock, AR
(Travel day: February 4)
- Session IV: Strengthened Modern Infrastructure
March 26-28, 2019 | New Orleans, LA
(Travel day: March 25)
- Session V: Increased Community Capacity
Week of May 13-17, 2019 | Alabama Black Belt
- Session VI: Organizing for Community Success
June 18-20, 2019 | Cape Girardeau, MO/Carbondale, IL
(Travel day: June 17)
- Session VII: Graduation
Week of August 6-9, 2019 | Lake Barkley, KY
(Travel day: August 6)
Click here to meet the 2018-19 DLI fellows.
Watch these testimonials from alumni and DLN members to learn about the many ways the DLI Executive Academy can provide you with the training, resources, and networking tools you need to make a positive impact in your Delta community!
Delta Regional Innovator Certificate
The 2018-19 Executive Academy will offer for the second year the Delta Regional Innovator certificate, which is designed to provide DLI fellows with specific skill sets they can take back to their communities and implement immediately. To reach this goal, each session of DLI will incorporate hands-on workshops, engaging field experiences, and interactive consultancy protocols which lead to a multi-faceted understanding of each core competency:
- Develop resources for the community (including financial, human, and physical);
- Facilitate grassroots and local governance;
- Work with legislators on regional and state-wide initiatives;
- Sustain collaborative relationships; and
- Communicate with a diverse population.
At the end of the Executive Academy, fellows will demonstrate their knowledge and use of these skills through the presentation of a group project focused on solving an issue in their region. Fellows who fully participate in the designated certification activities will receive the non-credit DRI Certificate, which is backed jointly by The University of Alabama, Arkansas State University, and University of Louisiana Monroe and accredited by The University of Alabama College of Continuing Studies.