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Association and Nonprofit Professionals to Discuss Diversity and Inclusion at ASAE Conference

February 7, 2011

WASHINGTON—This month, ASAE and the ASAE Foundation will hold a Diversity & Inclusion Conference for association and nonprofit professionals to spark strategic discussions on workplace trends and diversity and inclusion practices in the association and nonprofit community. Held at the Park Hyatt in Washington, February 24-25, the event offers learning and networking opportunities for HR professionals, CEOs and senior-level leaders who aspire to achieve sustainable traction with overall diversity efforts, including driving growth, developing talent and mobilizing individuals to increase community engagement.

The two-day event aims to engage thought provoking discussion and link association and nonprofit executives as they move toward positive outcomes in their diversity and inclusion efforts. With 15 sessions led by association executives and diversity and inclusion thought leaders, the Conference offers practical solutions to organizational challenges, field-tested strategies and space for crucial conversations about work realities, and opportunities for association and nonprofit professionals.

“We want participants to walk away from the Conference with solutions on how to leverage diverse points of view in their organizations, feel more connected to other organizational leaders doing similar kinds of work, and know that they really can advance their individual and institutional diversity and inclusion efforts,” said Alexis Terry, director of diversity and inclusion at ASAE.

Attendees can earn up to 12 CAE hours toward certification or recertification. This program has also met HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for 8.5 general credit hours.

For several years, the ASAE Board of Directors has acted on a strategic plan, spearheaded by the Diversity Committee, to enhance diversity, and support the development of inclusive practices throughout the association community. ASAE has held a Diversity Summit, hired full-time staff, and expanded the Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) into a two-year program, expanded staff training and development, and released three years of cutting edge research on diversity and inclusion in membership associations.

“With the leadership from ASAE’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, together we’ve arrived at some impressive accomplishments, and more will be done to ensure our membership, volunteer leadership and staff represent a strong, vibrant and evolving model of diversity and inclusion in our sector,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, CAE. “The Conference is an important event for our community and a milestone for our commitment to this important area of association management. Leaders don’t want to miss this opportunity.”

“We extend a special thank you to our primary event supporter, Hyatt, and our Strategic Partners, the Canadian Tourism Commission, the Detroit Metro CVB and the Mexico Tourism Board, for their continued commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion as well as their support of our diversity and inclusion programs and practices,” added Graham.

For more information, visit, or contact Alexis Terry, director of Diversity and Inclusion at ASAE, at 202-626-2717 or

MEDIA CONTACT: Jakub M. Konysz, 202-626-2831,

About ASAE
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 22,000 association executives and industry partners representing more than 11,000 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit


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