Twelve Association Professionals Selected for Two-Year DELP

ASAE has recently selected 12 scholars for the Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP), class of 2011-2013. DELP offers individuals from underrepresented segments of the association profession an opportunity to advance into the ranks of leadership in association management by providing networking opportunities, educational programs and career guidance.

WASHINGTON—ASAE has recently selected 12 scholars for the Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP), class of 2011-2013. DELP offers individuals from underrepresented segments of the association profession an opportunity to advance into the ranks of leadership in association management by providing networking opportunities, educational programs and career guidance.

“Congratulations to the 2011-2013 Diversity Executive Leadership Scholars,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, CAE. “Diversity is an important initiative at ASAE and we are proud to honor these individuals for their outstanding accomplishments. And, we are excited to support the leadership capacity of these individuals as we seek to develop a diverse and inclusive leadership pool for the association community.”

The DELP scholarship is a two-year program that aims to prepare the participants for future leadership roles and to provide a more robust learning experience. This year, 12 scholarships have been awarded to candidates from across the country. “I would like to thank Larry Alexander, president and CEO of the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau and the DMCVB for their continued support of DELP and their commitment to diversity and inclusion,” added Graham. DELP is exclusively sponsored by the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau.

This year’s class includes:

Francine Bennett, MBA, CAE   
Senior Marketing Manager   
American Nurses Association
Silver Spring, MD

Derrick L. Boykin    
Associate for African American Leadership Outreach
Bread for the World     
New York, NY   

Mariah Burton Nelson, MPH      
Executive Director     
American Assn for Physical Activity and Recreation
Reston, VA 

Yvonne Kankam-Boadu, CPA, PMP  
Director of Finance     
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Rockville, MD 

Marsha Kiner     
Associate Executive Director    
Association of Florida Colleges
Tallahassee, FL 

Tonya McCray, MS    
Controller      
American Geophysical Union
Washington, DC 

Ericka Plater-Turner, CAE   
Managing Director, Professional Development  
Council on Foundations
Arlington, VA 

Martha T. Ramirez, SPHR 
Director, Western Region   
Society for Human Resource Management 
Lafox, IL     

Angel L. Ramos, Jr.    
Associate Director, Member Services   
American Physical Therapy Association
Alexandria, VA      

Billie Robinson, MBA, CAE   
Associate Director, Meetings & Conventions  
Assn of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Washington, DC 

Donte P. Shannon    
Medical School Admissions Specialist II  
Association of American Medical Colleges
Washington, DC       

Renato C. Sogueco    
Chief Information Officer     
Society of American Florists
Alexandria, VA       

DELP scholars receive membership in ASAE for the two-year period, registration, travel and lodging to two ASAE Annual Meetings, any two ASAE education programs as selected by each scholar, a Volunteer Leadership Retreat, orientation at ASAE headquarters in Washington, DC, and a DELP reunion in Detroit. DELP scholars also receive access to a Certified Association Executive (CAE) study group to prepare for the CAE credentialing exam, waiver of CAE examination fee (taken within three years of DELP participation) and study materials. DELP scholars will gain 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, and opportunities to meet with ASAE senior staff and volunteer leadership.

For more information, visit www.asaecenter.org/DELP.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jakub M. Konysz, 202-626-2831, [email protected]

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 www.asaecenter.org.


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