Association Headquarters continues its DEI journey with its DEI Action Plan
MOUNT LAUREL, NJ – October 18, 2021 – In the wake of social unrest and a call for change, organizations across America have responded by taking actionable steps to implement diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. Association Headquarters, Inc. (AH), a leading association management company located in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and Alexandria, Virginia, has created a DEI Action Plan In an effort to make DEI part of the fabric of the organization and to help ensure the organization meets its DEI goals.
Earlier in 2021, AH integrated DEI into the culture of the organization by adding a DEI-focused core value to its existing core values. The Unified Diversity core value serves as the backbone of AH’s DEI Action Plan:
“We respect and seek out the inclusion of differences which fuels our innovation and builds a culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diverse voices of our employees, client partners, vendors and communities we serve.”
AH’s DEI Advisory Council and its senior leadership worked together to create a DEI statement that will serve as the guiding principle for AH’s DEI efforts:
“AH strives to live our core value of unified diversity which we define as a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, because it’s simply the right thing to do.
“We aim to exemplify this core value by ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion are firmly embedded in our culture. We strive to be a model and proactive resource for our client partners and the association community as a whole.”
The Unified Diversity core value, DEI statement, and DEI Action Plan together will propel AH toward its goals of being a unified, diverse, inclusive, and equitable employer and safe place for all who partner with AH.
“I want to thank the DEI Advisory Council and the senior leadership for all the hard work and hours that they put in to make AH a safe and diverse place to work,” Bob Waller Jr., CAE, the President and CEO of AH said. “With the Action Plan in hand AH has a solid plan to continue work on its DEI efforts.”
The Council and leadership have created four long-term DEI Goals to help AH, employees, Client Partners, and Vendors, to be allies. These goals include:
- Proactively Create Recruitment & Retention Strategies to Maintain a Diverse Workforce
- Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Firmly Embedded in Our Culture
- Assisting Client Engagement in Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
- Engaging an External Audience on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
“This is just one more step in AH’s DEI journey,” said Amy Williams, CAE, Vice President of Sales and Consulting and Chair of the DEI Advisory Council. “What we have accomplished so far has laid the foundation for our future DEI efforts, and I look forward to sharing the results of those efforts in the future both to celebrate our collective efforts and to inspire other organizations that want to create diverse and inclusive cultures.”
About Association Headquarters, Inc.
Association Headquarters (AH) is a best-in-class professional services firm dedicated to enabling nonprofit organizations to fulfill their missions, create value, and advance their causes, industries, and professions. AH understands association trends and best practices and has professionals experienced in management, meetings, marketing, non-dues revenue growth, technology, recruiting, finances, and more. The Mount Laurel, NJ – based company maintains AMC Institute Charter Accreditation status. The AMC Institute Accreditation program is based on an ANSI Standard. As named by the Customer Service Institute of America (CSIA), AH is a Platinum Certified Customer Service Organization. For more information, visit www.associationheadquarters.com, connect with AH on Facebook, on LinkedIn, and follow us on Twitter.