Delta Regional Authority Opens Application for 2023 Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy

June 01, 2022

The extensive, nine-month executive leadership program will select leaders from public, private, and nonprofit sectors for the 2023 class.

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LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA REGION – Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today opened the application for the 2023 Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) Executive Academy.  DLI is an extensive, nine-month executive leadership program that brings together public, private, and nonprofit sector leaders from the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt regions.  Chosen through a competitive application process, the 2023 Executive Academy class will include approximately 30 fellows from the eight-state DRA region

Since 2005, the DLI Executive Academy has provided leadership development to more than 700 community leaders from diverse backgrounds, sectors, and industries to strengthen skills development, information sharing, regional collaboration, and improve the economic competitiveness and social viability of the Delta.  The leadership program empowers fellows with the tools, experiences, and networks needed to address local and regional challenges. 

Sessions led by local, regional, and national experts cover policy areas such as infrastructure and transportation, small business and entrepreneurship, workforce development, public health, and other fields necessary to facilitate economic growth in the Delta.  As a result, DLI fellows graduate with improved decision-making skills, policy development know-how, strengthened leadership capacity, and a mutual understanding of regional, state, and local cultures and issues.

Those interested can apply through August 12, 2022 at  The 2023 DLI Executive Academy schedule is listed below.

2023 Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy Schedule

  • Session I:  January 23-26, 2023 | Selma, Alabama
  • Session II:  March 6-9, 2023 | New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Session III:  April 24-27, 2023 | Greenville, Mississippi
  • Session IV:  June 12-15, 2023 | Washington, D.C.
  • Session V:  July 24-27, 2023 | Memphis, Tennessee
  • Session VI:  September 11-14, 2023 | Paducah, Kentucky

DLI is administered as a collaborative partnership between DRA and regional institutions of higher learning. Upon graduation, DLI fellows become members of the Delta Leadership Network (DLN), which provides peer-to-peer engagement opportunities for continued leadership development, information sharing, and collaboration with other leaders dedicated to the future of the Delta region.


About the Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to promote and encourage the economic development of the lower Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt regions.  DRA invests in projects supporting transportation infrastructure, basic public infrastructure, workforce training, and business development.  DRA’s mission is to help create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of those who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state region.

DRA Media Contact:
Shawna Blair