Diversity Executive Leadership Program


Today’s competitive environment requires organizations to develop leaders who bring a wide variety of professional and personal experience to the table. ASAE’s answer to that challenge is the Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP).

DELP supports individuals from under-represented identity groups to advance into the ranks of leadership in the association management profession. DELP scholars participate in an accelerated leadership program of education, mentoring, and volunteer service in the association community.

ASAE has committed to redesigning the DELP program in 2021 to better align this long-standing program with ASAE’s new strategic plan and program of work. This decision is made with the support of the ASAE Board of Directors and DELP sponsor, the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.

While the DELP redesign is underway, ASAE will not select or initiate a new class of scholars this year (2021-2023). The next class of DELP Scholars will be 2022-2024. Also note that offerings accessible by DELP Scholars can vary from year to year depending on ASAE’s current programming and are subject to change


Goals and Benefits

DELP seeks to advance the careers of program scholars, help associations develop motivated leaders to fuel organizational success, and enhance the effectiveness of the wider association community. Goals include:

  • To provide individuals from identified under-represented groups in the association community (i.e., people of color, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender people, people with disabilities) with support, access, and opportunities for leadership.
  • To provide the association community with increased access to a diverse pool of talented leaders.

During their two-year term, DELP scholars receive membership in ASAE and registration, travel, and lodging to ASAE annual meetings and other select education programs and events, along with a variety of additional professional development benefits.


Eligibility, Application, and Commitment

To be eligible for DELP scholarship, a candidate must be a member of a racial or ethnic minority group, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender, or a person with a disability who is currently employed as a mid- to senior-level association professional. He or she must have at least three years’ experience in mid- to senior-level association management positions or at least one year as an association CEO. Candidates must have demonstrated professional, volunteer, or civic/community leadership experience and be committed to fully engage in all DELP scholarship benefits.

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

Those accepted into the program commit to participate in a variety of ASAE activities and to pursue CAE certification.

The application period typically runs from January to March. More Information about eligibility, the application process, and the DELP Scholar Commitment are available on the application platform.


Who’s involved?

Meet the new 2020–2022 DELP scholars, the 2019–2021 DELP scholars, and the DELP alumni.

For more information, contact:

Ashley Roberts
Manager, Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP)
Phone: 202.626.2883
Email: aroberts@asaecenter.org


Thank you to our sponsor:

Detroit Metro CVB