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Apply to the Delta Leadership Institute's Executive Academy

ATTENTION (Monday, July 21): Due to an error with the online application tool for the Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy, the deadline to submit an application has been extended to Monday, July 28 by Close of Business. If you submitted your application before Monday June 14, it has already been received.  If you have been unable to upload your application, please submit all information requested—including supporting documentation in an attachment form—by email to

Any questions regarding your application or this extension, please contact Amanda Richardson at (501) 912-5722. 

Applications Due July 28th

The Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) provides a yearlong leadership development program for regional leaders desiring to prepare themselves to collaborate regionally and lead change. The DLI is looking for motivated individuals who are leaders in their communities and wish to broaden their understanding of leadership and regional collaboration. Participants will attend two four-day sessions and four three-day sessions, with speakers and workshops aimed at working through community, county and state leaders to enhance the quality of life in the Delta region.

In order to succeed in building one of the best leadership programs and Alumni groups in the region, a participant must be willing to:

  • Attend Orientation, graduation and all program sessions currently planned for:
    • September 21-24, 2014 - Orientation in Oxford, Mississippi
    • November 11-13, 2014 - Southern Illinois
    • January 20-22, 2015 New Orleans, LA
    • March 3-5, 2015 - Memphis, TN
    • May 12-15, 2015 - Washington, DC (*contingent upon congressional schedule)
    • July 20-24, 2015 - Graduation in Point Clear, AL (*7/20 - Snow day)
  • Participate in group activities over the course of the year, including assignments between sessions,
  • Assume minimal financial responsibility. (Although each person is given a scholarship, participants may incur some meal and miscellaneous expenses.)
  • Attend all sessions (If you cannot attend all six sessions, please wait to apply in a future year when full participation is possible)
  • Have employer acknowledgement for time required to participate in the Executive Academy program.

Ideal Candidates for the DLI Executive Academy would:

  • Represent a cross-section of the region, i.e. business, government, education, non-profits.
  • Serve in leadership roles in their communities, organizations, or states.
  • Have potential for assuming leadership roles at regional roles.
  • Commit to managing work and/or home obligations so they do not interfere with attendance and full participation.

If the obligations and conditions in the above mentioned documents are acceptable to you, please complete the following application.

Letters of Recommendation may be addressed to:

The Honorable Chris Masingill, Federal Co-Chairman
Delta Regional Authority
236 Sharkey Avenue, Suite 400
Clarksdale, MS 38614

**Once written, these letters may be mailed to our offices, but MUST also be scanned and uploaded with on-line application.

**Please do not press submit until your application is complete and all letters of recommendation as well as your personal statement has been uploaded.

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