NAA’s Diversity Leadership Program (DLP) provides up to 15 individuals of diverse backgrounds an opportunity to develop as a leader in the rental housing industry. Participants who are considered junior to mid-level (3-7 years in rental housing) will gain leadership experience through mentoring, and training as part of the yearlong program. The program is a crucial aspect of the NAA’s leadership diversification strategy intended to identify, mentor and engage individuals from underrepresented minority groups.
Upon completion of the Diversity Leadership Program, participants will be able to:
Gain understanding and comfort of your cultural background.
Learn how unconscious bias’ impact your view of others and interactions with them.
Develop insight on how you can contribute to D&I efforts at your company.
Advance your leadership and communication skills to position yourself for success in a diverse world.
Learn how to facilitate healthy conversations around diversity in the workplace.
Develop a personalized career growth plan to achieve a leadership role within the rental housing industry
The application period for the Class of 2022 is now closed. If you would like to be notified when the next application period opens, please email [email protected].
Lynett Smith | Property Manager, Atlantic Pacific Management Company | McDonough, GA
Gicel Suarez | Property Manager, Apartment Homes by Tonti | Metairie, LA
Sara Wood | Director of Operations, Sunset Property Solutions | Cincinnati, OH
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.
Inclusive Spaces 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.
D&I Hubspace 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.