Delta Leadership Institute Holds Inaugural Training for Alumni

January 15, 2014

Delta Regional Authority Program Brings Leadership Network to participate in four-day course at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government

Chairman Masingill: “Developing cohesive leadership in our communities is vital to moving the Delta region forward.”

Cambridge, Mass. - This week, the Delta Regional Authority partnered with Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts to offer the four-day inaugural executive education training opportunity exclusively to the Delta Leadership Network. The program, designed and led by Harvard faculty, focused on cutting edge leadership principles in the U.S.

Since 2005, the Delta Leadership Institute’s Executive Academy has provided educational experiences for committed community members that enhance their leadership skills and abilities to create solutions to the region’s challenges. Graduates of the Academy become members of the Delta Leadership Network, taking their new knowledge and understanding of issues home to better serve their communities and develop new ways of thinking that foster regional collaborations and partnerships.

DLI is a three-entity collaboration with support from the entire eight-state region: The University of Mississippi's McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, Arkansas State University's Delta Center for Economic Development and the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Social Science Research Lab.

“Developing cohesive leadership in our communities is vital to moving the Delta region forward,’’ said DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill.  “As our Delta Leadership Network grows in both quantity and quality, we must continue to engage these skilled professionals in understanding how to exercise leadership.”

Harvard Kennedy School maintains an abiding commitment to advancing the public interest by training skilled, exceptional leaders and solving public problems through world-class scholarship and active engagement with practitioners and decision makers. The school offers the depth, reflection, insight, and excellence of ideas and teaching that can shape future leaders, affect public policies, and make an impact on people and their daily lives.  Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education serves senior leaders in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors who participate in civic life around the globe. A comprehensive range of programs train skilled, enlightened leaders to develop workable solutions to the world’s most pressing public problems.

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership that is congressionally mandated to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives in the 252 counties and parishes of the Delta. Through twelve cycles of federal investment, the Authority is helping to create and retain more than 41,000 jobs and has leveraged $2.7 billion in other public and private investment.

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Contact: Amanda Richardson
arichardson@dra.gov, 501-912-5722