ASAE Receives $300,000 Grant for New Leadership Academy

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) & The Center for Association Leadership have received a $300,000 grant from American Express. Equally divided and distributed over the course of the next three years, the grant will be used to train young professionals for careers in association management via ASAE & The Center's new Leadership Academy.

"With the help of American Express, ASAE & The Center will focus on creating the workforce of the future for associations and nonprofit organizations," Carylann Assante, vice president of development at ASAE & The Center, said in a statement. "We are very excited to receive this support to recruit, educate and retain future leaders in our profession."

ASAE & The Center's Leadership Academy will launch its pilot program this fall with 25 students, although the program will eventually expand in order to accommodate 50 students at a time. When they enroll in the academy, students will learn the mechanics of association management by participating in online tutorials, Web-based discussion groups and group activities at ASAE & The Center events.

"The new workforce realities for associations and nonprofit organizations, with many executives and senior staff approaching retirement age, indicates a need for more skilled and experienced professionals to enter our profession," ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, CAE, said in a statement. "The new program being launched by ASAE & The Center will prepare young professionals for future careers and fill the gap of leadership in the association community."

ASAE & The Center will begin accepting applications for its inaugural Leadership Academy class at its 2008 annual meeting Aug. 16-19 in San Diego. For more information, contact Steffanie Feuer, development and partnership coordinator, at [email protected] or 1-202-326-9539.