Delta Emerging Leaders


The DELs serve as the official associate board of Delta Institute and advance Delta’s mission by expanding its network of supporters, donors, and partners through events and initiatives that engage new and diverse audiences.

Every year, we host a live, crowd-funding pitch competition called BOOST for sustainable startups. The DELs have invested $50,000 in 13 organizations over 7 years. We also educate the community on environmental, economic, and social challenges and solutions through events. DELs attend other community events and spread the word about Delta Institute’s mission to build a more resilient Midwest.  

We are currently recruiting! We are looking for driven professionals that have an interest in solving the Midwest’s environmental, economic, and social challenges by engaging with other creative and dedicated DELs to bring educational events and rewarding programs to our community. You may view our currently serving members here. 

Joining the DELs is an opportunity to meet other like-minded individuals and great friends, build your professional network, and support programs that have a positive impact for Chicago region residents. 

It’s a way for you to raise awareness of the many opportunities and solutions that will create positive, environmental change for our home, the Midwest. 

Apply online to be a DEL by Friday, May 10th Please reach out to the DELs (please see the sidebar for contact info) or to Sid at,  with any questions you may have.  

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