NAA’s Diversity Leadership Program (DLP) provides up to 15 individuals of diverse backgrounds an opportunity to develop as rental housing industry leaders, virtually and in-person for free. Your complimentary registration to 2023 Apartmentalize, NAA’s largest rental housing conference, will give you a chance to network with your mentor, the rest of the DLP Class of 2023 and the entire rental housing industry. We’ll continue to foster your professional growth with the prospect of participating on a local or national committee, too. You’ll gain an understanding of how to facilitate healthy conversations around diversity and your cultural background in the workplace; recognize how unconscious bias’ influences your interactions and views of others and what you can do to contribute to your company’s diversity, equity & inclusion (DE&I) efforts; and how to personalize your career growth plan and position yourself for success in the rental housing industry by using strategic leadership and communications skills.
- Active NAA Membership
- Member of an underrepresented group
- Junior to Mid-Level, with 3-7 years in the rental housing industry
- Updated resume
- Personal Statement
- Professional Reference
- Acknowledgement of support by supervisor
If you would like to nominate an individual from a marginalized group that is an emerging leader in the rental housing industry, please submit a nomination form. All nominees will be contacted to complete and submit an online application once the call opens on September 19.
Diversity Leadership Program participants are required to attend monthly virtual sessions and NAA's Apartmentalize Conference.
• March 6 - November 3, 2023: Monthly Virtual Sessions (Education Sessions, Reading Discussions, Capstone Calls and Mentor Calls)
• June 7-9, 2023: Apartmentalize (Atlanta, GA)
Note: All selected candidates are responsible for travel expenses for attending Apartmentalize.
September 19, 2022: Applications Open
November 18, 2022: Applications Due
November 28, 2022- January 4, 2023: Application Review
January 11, 2023: Selected Applicants Notified
Meet the Class of 2022
Members of NAA’s Diversity Leadership Program, Class of 2022 are the next generation of leaders with a lot of ideas for the rental housing industry.
Within NAA’s Diversity Leadership Program, participants work in small groups to develop real solutions for advancing diversity and inclusion in rental housing. Watch the Capstone Presentations from the Class of 2021.
The Bridge Program
DLP Participants Monica Frazier, Meaghan Mannion and Wesley Dean present “The Bridge Program”, a year-long program designed to “bridge the gap” between corporate and onsite team members.
DLP Alumni and Mentor Network
DLP Participants Buddy Bryson, Jason Cantu and Staci Hasman present “Diversity Alumni Network and Resource Center”, a mostly virtual hub for knowledge and resource sharing for past, current and future members of the DLP program.
DLP Participants Samantha Harvey, Ishea Shepherd and Ruha Vorha present “Inclusive Spaces”, a network and education initiative for emerging leaders.
From Onsite to Insight
DLP Participants Dana Duckworth, Destiny Igiebor and Rita Khan present “From Onsite to Insight”, a comprehensive plan to move minority women from onsite and vendor suppliers to the executive level.
DLP Participants Crystal Dukes, Julianna Kim and Jessica Romero present “Diversity & Inclusion Hubspace”, a platform where individuals can share their stories, offer support, and access Diversity & Inclusion resources.