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DELP Program Information

Goals of the Program

  • To provide support, education, access and service opportunities to individuals from identity groups (i.e. people of color, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender, people with disabilities) who are under-represented in the association community
  • To provide scholars with a mentor, group coaching, and volunteer experiences to enhance their career development and expand their professional networks
  • To encourage more diverse candidates to assume leadership roles in association management
  • To develop a more diverse leadership pool for the association profession
  • To demonstrate the long-term benefit of the program to the scholars, ASAE and to the association profession


During their two-year term, DELP Scholars receive:

  • Membership in ASAE
  • Registration, travel and lodging to ASAE annual meetings during the scholarship term.
  • Registration, travel and lodging to any two (2) other ASAE education programs as selected by the DELP scholar (i.e. Great Ideas Conference, Future Leaders Conference, Finance & Business Operations Symposium, etc.) (1 each year)
  • Registration, travel and lodging to one (1) Volunteer Leadership Retreat (2nd year)
  • Travel and lodging to an orientation at ASAE in Washington, DC and a DELP reunion in Detroit, MI (1st year)
  • Waiver of CAE examination fee (provided the exam is taken within 3 years of DELP participation) and study guide materials
  • Connection to an industry leader to serve as a mentor
  • Group coaching to enhance the connection of the DELP cohort
  • Service experience with an ASAE volunteer group or other association- related volunteer opportunity (2nd year)
  • Opportunity to meet with ASAE senior staff and volunteer leadership

Eligibility & Application Process

To be eligible to receive a Diversity Executive Leadership Program Scholarship, candidates must be:

  • A member of a racial/ethnic minority group, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender, or a person with a disability
  • Currently employed as a mid-to-senior level association professional with a minimum of three (3) years experience in mid-to-senior level association management position(s) or as an association CEO for a minimum of one (1) year
  • Demonstrated professional, volunteer, civic/community leadership experience
  • Committed to fully engage in all DELP scholarship benefits

While membership is not a requirement for DELP selection, preference is given to individuals who are members of ASAE.

Application Process

The application period for the DELP class 2014–2016 closes on Friday, March 14, 2014.

A completed application packet includes:

  • A completed application form submitted by the due date with the following attachments: current resume, short bio, photo
  • Program Agreement Form signed by the applicant's CEO; if the applicant is the CEO, the form should be signed by the Board Chair
  • Letter of recommendation from a colleague in the association community
  • Letter of recommendation from immediate supervisor

DELP Scholar Commitment

  • Attendance at the DELP orientation to be held at ASAE in Washington, DC (starts at 3 p.m. on June 25–June 27, 2014) and the DELP reunion that follows in Detroit, MI ( June 27-29, 2014).
  • Attendance at two (2) ASAE Annual Meetings during the scholarship term: August 9-12, 2014 in Nashville, TN and August 8-11, 2015 in Detroit, MI.
  • Attendance at one (1) Volunteer Leadership Retreat. (November 2015, Location TBD)
  • Active engagement with a mentor, including assisting in identifying a potential mentor within the association field
  • Active engagement in the group coaching
  • Active engagement as a volunteer through an ASAE volunteer group or other association-related opportunity
  • Complete the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credentialing exam within three (3) years of the first year of the DELP scholarship
  • Timely submission of program-related materials

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