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Who should apply for the Individual Honors Awards?

Individuals who have demonstrated a sustained level of thought leadership and impact within their respective organization and the association community at large. Individuals who have influenced and impacted the association space in a positive way.

What are the judges looking for in my application?

Going above and beyond. Doing one’s job well won’t get the judges’ attention. Making a broader impact because you have purposefully done more to positively impact the world will influence the judges. Examples of the ways you have provided sustained thought leadership and positive impact within your organization and the association community at large. 

What does this award do for my professional career?

Receiving an award of this type can serve as an objective source of recognition and validation of the caliber of your professional contributions. The awards are decided by the Recognition and Selection Committee, a group of outstanding association professionals. This peer recognition is the genuine expression of appreciation from your colleagues and the industry. Also, the recognition at the Annual Meeting provides an immediate spotlight and adoration throughout the conference.

What qualifies as contributions to ASAE?

Significant Leadership commitment and involvement with ASAE, the ASAE Foundation, and the Nonprofit Community, ie: service on boards, councils and committees, speaking, facilitating or teaching, publication of article or reports, Honors, awards or other recognition.

What are contributions to the profession defined as?

  1. Accomplishments in your area of responsibility

  2. Improvements or enhancements to existing programs or procedures

  3. New or innovative initiatives

  4. Honors, awards or other recognition from your employer(s) or organizations related to your employment

What are good examples of contributions to outside the profession or industry?

Sustained involvement in community, civic and/or philanthropic initiatives such as local PTO, food pantry, family groups, religious groups, political groups, etc.

How is diversity and inclusion defined?

In principle and in practice, ASAE values and seeks diversity and inclusive practices within the association management industry.

ASAE promotes involvement, innovation, and expanded access to leadership opportunities that maximize engagement across identity groups and professional levels. Identity groups include and are not limited to age, appearance, disability, ethnicity, gender, geographic location, nationality, professional level, race, religion, and sexual orientation.

ASAE will provide leadership and commit time and resources to accomplish this objective while serving as a model to other associations engaged in D+I endeavors.

How does one show commitment to diversity and inclusion?

There are any number of ways – such as assuring: diverse and inclusive practices related to volunteer engagement opportunities and hiring practices and outcomes; cultural competence is addressed in professional development and resource materials for your members; photos include diverse individuals, etc.

Also acknowledging your own path to becoming more respectful and inclusive. Examples of taking a stand or going out of your comfort zone are also good.

What are some best practices to follow when completing my application?

Be honest, sincere, and specific. Take your time and think about your past and find the best examples to put your best foot forward. Try to feel honored that you are being considered. Be proud of yourself whether you win or lose.


ASAE has a dedicated volunteer task force made up of past winners, judges, board members and staff,

who are able to answer any of your Individual Honors Awards program questions. If you have a question,

email HonorsAwards@asaecenter.org and someone will get back to you promptly.