ASAE Opens DELP Applications for 2018-20 Class

January 5, 2018

WASHINGTON—The call for association professionals to apply for the 2018–2020 Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) class is open. Deadline for submissions is Monday, March 19. The Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau has been the exclusive sponsor of DELP since 2001.

“For the past 17 years, DELP has been instrumental in enhancing the leadership skills of scholars and building a pipeline of diverse, successful professionals in our industry,” said ASAE President & CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, and CAE. “The Detroit Metro CVB and Larry Alexander have supported the program from the beginning. Because of their investment, we have worked together to develop executive-level talent for associations.”

DELP is an accelerated leadership program of education, mentoring, and volunteer service in the association community. Candidates who have at least three years of mid-senior level association management experience or at least one year of experience as an association CEO (as of the date of their application) and are members of a racial/ethnic minority group, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender, or have a disability are encouraged to apply. 

During this two-year program, 12 DELP scholars will experience membership and volunteer service in ASAE. They will also have access to industry leaders who could serve as career coaches or mentors.

For more information and to apply for DELP, visit

MEDIA CONTACTS: Sabrina Kidwai, APR, CAE,, 202-326-9505.

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

ASAE is a membership organization of 39,000 association executives and industry partners representing 9,300 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