About the 2020 Delta Leadership Network Annual Conference

 

The Delta Leadership Network (DLN) is hosting its Annual Conference, September 14-17, 2020 at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown. The DLN is an organization of more than 550 alumni of the Delta Leadership Institute who represent the eight states within the Delta Regional Authority’s footprint: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. These alumni are highly engaged and use their Delta Leadership Institute experience to affect positive change in their communities. We are excited about the 2020 DLN Annual Conference and the opportunity to partner with to strengthen workforce competitiveness in the Delta region.

 

This year’s conference will focus on partnership development opportunities that are both local and regional in the DRA footprint. Delivery of a world-class event for persons representing local development districts and economic development organizations, elected officials at local, state, and regional levels, small business owners, and community leaders in agricultural, health care, education, and faith-based communities.

 

DLN members rely on the Network to share today’s best approaches to growing their local economy and improving the communities and lives of people in the Mississippi Delta and Alabama Black Belt. Graduates of the program often describe the training and opportunity to engage with alumni as life-changing. The annual conference delivers important continuing education and the opportunity to maintain and grow professional networks.

CONFERENCE HOSTS

 

Regional Advisory Council

The Delta Leadership Network’s members are led by an elected volunteer Regional Advisory Council, which includes two members from each state and a council chair, chosen from the past year’s RAC to lead the Council. The RAC supports DLI staff in planning and executing the DLN Annual Conference each year and drive state meetings and activities throughout the year that support DLN’s mission of continuing education, information sharing, and collaboration beyond the DLI experience. RAC state representatives are important points of contact for DLN members in their state to learn about DLI and DLN activities.

Alabama

Max Snyder

Class of: 2016

Development Coordinator

City of Northport    

 rmsnyder12@gmail.com

Alabama

Winfield Ezell Jr.

Class of: 2017

CEO, Obsidian Creative Studios
winezell@gmail.com

Arkansas

Len Blaylock

Class of: 2018

Executive Director

Bradley County Economic Development Corp.   leneverb3@gmail.com

Arkansas

Kay Brockwell

Class of: 2008

CEO/Owner, Future Focus Development Solutions
kbrockwell@futurefocusds.com

Illinois

Martin Rowe

Class of: 2016

Director, Carbondale Chamber of Commerce
jennifer.olson618@gmail.com

Illinois

Andrew Sisulak

Class of: 2017

Staff Member

Office of Illinois State Senator Dale Fowler
asisulak@hotmail.com

Kentucky

Greg Curlin

Class of: 2017

Executive Director

Hickman - Fulton County Riverport Authority

greg@hickmanriverport.com

Kentucky

Mark Lee

Class of: 2016

President, Paragon Development Consultants
mdlee@paragon-living.com

Louisiana

David Cavell

Class of: 2018

District Director, Office of Congressman,

Garret Graves

David.Cavell@mail.house.gov

Louisiana

AJ Walker

Class of: 2017

Project Manager, Louisiana Economic Development
ajwalker43@gmail.com

Mississippi

Ruth Nichols

Class of: 2014

Assistant Vice President,

Alcorn State University
rnichols@alcornstate.edu

Mississippi

Mani Hairston

Class of: 2017

Chief Operating Officer, Billy’s Original Foods
mani@billysoriginalfoods.com

Missouri

Kris Klaus

Class of: 2016

Facilities Manager, The Bank of Missouri

kpklaus@bankofmissouri.com

Missouri

David Wyman

Class of: 2017

Area Engineer

Missouri Department of Transportation
trdudley@potosicityhall.org

Tennessee

Lori Nolen

Class of: 2018

Executive Director

The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center
lfuqua@utm.edu

Tennessee

Travis Martin

Class of: 2016

Principal, TLM Associates, Inc.
t.martin@tlmae.com

 Networking. Tools. Experiences. 

 

CONFERENCE INFORMATION FOR YOU

You can also call 205-348-3000 or 866-432-2015 and register over the phone. 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received in writing by January 21, 2019, will be issued a full refund. Cancellations received after January 21 will be issued a refund minus $50.00.  Cancellations must be sent to the Registration Services department at 205-348-3000 or emailed at regsvcs@ccs.ua.edu. No refunds will be issued after the start of the conference.

DLN /DLI Testimonials

 

Presenting Sponsor

Mississippi River Sponsor

Conference Bag Sponsor

Digital Delta Sponsor

Tennessee River Sponsors

Anonymous 

Donor

Friends of Louisiana

Christian Creed     Michael Echols     Mary Ann Moon    Lt. Governor Billy Nungessor

Friends of DLI Class of 2016/17

                     Jake Bynum, Cedric Campbell, Marcus Campbell, Greg Curlin, Lee Denny, Leslie Durham, Maliea Evans, Gwen Gavin,                                                               Tina Gibbs, Adrienne Hudson, Mary Anne Medlock, Maureen Neighbors, Andy Sisulak, Annette Slaughter, Susan Smith,                                          Kristy Stephenson,  AJ Walker, Cindy - Lyn White, Jason Willett, David Wyman, and Ella York

Alumni Gold

Buddy Boe - Class of 2014/15, Louisiana

Kay Brockwell - Class of 2006/07, Arkansas

Mayor Libby Coates - Class of 2014/15, Arkansas

Karen McDaniel - Class of 2013/14, Arkansas

Alumni Silver

Mayor Jason Ashmore - Class of 2014/15, Illinois 

Susan Smith - Class of 2016/17, Alabama

DLI Class of 2015/16 

                   Adam Holland, Kris Klaus, Spencer Lucker, Tyrone Moye,               Jennifer Olson, Trudy Redus, Peggy Wright

Alumni Bronze

Eric Atchison - Class of 2017/18, Mississippi

Mayor Adam Holland - Class of 2015/16, Louisiana   

              Bevin Hunter- Class of 2015/16, Arkansas                        Sharin Taylor McKinney - Class of 2005/06, Tennessee

University Partners

 

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