NAA Diversity Leadership Program

Posted By: Krystal Humphrey Diversity & Inclusion,

NAA Diversity Leadership Program

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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.

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Program Information

Application Requirements
  • 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
Nominate Others
  • 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 formAll nominees will be contacted to complete and submit an online application once the call opens on September 19. 
Apply to Mentor

Submit your application to mentor a Diversity Leadership Program participant.


Time Commitment

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