• Mills and Robbins selected by DRA to attend Harvard Kennedy School for executive training, leadership development

    Posted: November 17, 2017

    Author: Public Relations

     Two UWA professionals have been selected by the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) in its continuing partnership with Harvard University’s Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) to offer an advanced education opportunity exclusively to members of the Delta Leadership Network.

    The program, designed and led by Harvard faculty, focuses on cultivating “authentic leadership” to move Delta communities forward. The Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) will send 41 representatives from across the eight states of the DRA footprint, including Donald Mills, Livingston, of the University of West Alabama Small Business Development Center and Mayor Gena Doggett Robbins, York, a public relations specialist for the Division of Economic Development and Outreach at the University of West Alabama.

    This year’s four day-session in November will be led by retired Air Force Brigadier General Dana Born, co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at HKS.

    “This executive training will equip regional leaders across the Delta with the latest advancements in leadership skills and will prepare them to make positive changes in their local communities,” said Peter Kinder, DRA’s alternate federal co-chairman. “These participants are alumni of the Delta Leadership Institute’s Executive Academy and were selected due to the leadership they have exemplified in their communities and their ability to translate these experiences to actionable solutions for the region.”

    The class includes six members from Alabama; seven from Arkansas; six from Illinois; two from Kentucky; four from Louisiana; four from Mississippi; six from Missouri; and six from Tennessee. The group reflects the diversity of the Delta region and includes public, private, and non-profit leaders that have graduated from the DLI’s Executive Academy. Chairman Kinder, DLI director Spencer Lucker, and select DLI staff will participate with the delegation of Delta leaders in the continuing education session.

    The 2017 Authentic Leadership participants are:

    Susan Keith of Selma | City of Selma
    Teresa McCall of Montgomery | Alabama Department of Mental Health
    Donald Mills of Livingston | The University of West Alabama Small Business Development Center
    Chad Nichols of Hoover | Sight Savers America
    Gena Robbins of York | City of York & The University of West Alabama
    Max Snyder of Northport | City of Northport

    Mellie Bridewell of Lake Village | Arkansas Rural Health Partnership
    Jennifer Conner of Lake Village | University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service
    Lynn Hawkins-Caldwell of Lexa | Arkansas Rural Health Partnership
    Bevin Hunter of Wilson | Lawrence Group
    Karen McDaniel of Jonesboro | Arkansas State University
    Trudy Redus of Pine Bluff | City of Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation
    Peggy Wright of Jonesboro | Arkansas State University

    Brandi Bradley of Marion | Office of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin
    Lynne Chambers of Grand Chain | Bigler Law Office
    Brian Chapman of Ava | Southern Illinois University System
    Tracey Glenn of Herrin | Peoples National Bank
    Jennifer Olson of Carterville | The Lookout at the Lake
    Woody Thorne of Makanda | Southern Illinois Healthcare

    Brandi Harless of Paducah | City of Paducah
    Mark Lee of Madisonville | Paragon Development Consultants, LLC

    Cole Avery of Jonesboro | Office of U.S. Representative Ralph Abraham
    Leslie Durham of St. Joseph | Office of Governor John Bel Edwards
    Adam Holland of Oak Grove | Town of Oak Grove
    Heather Malone of Vidalia | City of Vidalia

    Josh Bower of Jackson | Hinds Community College
    Rolando Herts of Cleveland | Delta State University – The Delta Center for Culture and Learning
    Tim Lampkin of Clarksdale | Higher Purpose Co.
    Lane Riley of Cleveland | Delta Hands for Hope

    TR Dudley of Potosi | City of Potosi
    Steve Halter of Poplar Bluff | Greater Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce
    Maude Harris of Sikeston | University of Missouri Extension
    Kris Klaus of Perryville | Klaus Construction
    Scott Sattler of Perryville | Perry County Economic Development Authority
    Christina Wade of Caruthersville | Delta Regional Authority

    Minnie Bommer of Covington | City of Covington
    Julie Allen Burke of Milan | Milan Chamber of Commerce
    Landy Fuqua of Martin | University of Tennessee at Martin REED Center
    Travis Martin of Jackson | TLM Associates, Inc.
    Bill Rawls of Brownsville | City of Brownsville
    Kayla Taylor of Jackson | Younger Associates

    Since 2005, the Delta Leadership Institute has worked to strengthen the knowledge and skills of community leaders across the Delta by broadening their understanding of regional issues and building a corps of alumni that have a regional and national perspective. DLI is a program of the Delta Regional Authority in partnership with three institutions of higher education from the DRA’s states: The University of Alabama, Arkansas State University and the University of Louisiana Monroe.
    About the Delta Regional Authority and the Delta Leadership Institute

    The DRA is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development and infrastructure projects in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. DRA has provided leadership development to nearly 500 community leaders over twelve years and strengthened regional collaboration through the Delta Leadership Institute. Learn more at dra.gov/leadership.

    About Harvard Kennedy School
    Harvard Kennedy School aims to improve public policy and public leadership in the United States and around the world through research, teaching, and direct engagement with policymakers and public leaders. Nearly 20,000 alumni of the School’s degree programs and 44,000 people who have taken executive education courses at the School work in more than 200 countries.

    In addition, faculty, staff, and students of the School are currently undertaking projects to advance knowledge and strengthen public policy and leadership in dozens of countries. Around the world, the skills and energy of the Harvard Kennedy School community are dedicated to helping make people’s lives safer, more prosperous, and more fulfilling.
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