Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) 

DEI Vision & Values Statement

On December 10, 2021, the VSAE Board of Directors adopted the DEI Task Force's recommendations, including VSAE's DEI Vision and Values Statement. The DEI Vision and Values Statement guides how VSAE incorporates DEI efforts. 

The Task Force will be developing action items for each value statement to positively impact all facets of the association, including events and education; member, board, and volunteer recruitment; participation of underrepresented groups within the membership, board, and volunteers; communications and publications; and special interest groups. 

Task Force

The DEI Task Force was established in May 2021 to encourage opportunities for discussion and education. share resources and best practices, and help define what diversity, equity, and inclusion mean to the association and its membership. The following VSAE members serve on the Task Force:  

  • Abby Tammen, Charlottesville Association of Realtors (Chair)
  • Bruce Whitehurst, Virginia Bankers Association (Vice Chair)
  • Rachel Coney, LeadingAge Virginia
  • Kelly Ann Gull, CAE, National Society of Professional Engineers
  • Richard Gordon, Virginia Society of CPAs
  • Tom Hardiman, Hardiman-Williams, LLC
  • Bailey Kasten, CAE, Virginia Recreation and Park Society
  • Nicole McAllister, McGuireWoods Consulting 
  • Sonnia Montemayor, CAE, Virginia Forestry Association 
  • Susan Park, CAE, Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation


Thanks to the following organizations for sharing many DEI-related resources, including position statements, whitepapers, toolkits, training, and more. This list will be updated as additional resources become available. 

Association of Child Life Professionals
Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation
Design Build Institute of America
Florida Society of Association Executives (Toolkit)
National Society of Professional Engineers
Racial Truth and Reconciliation Virginia
Texas Society of Association Executives
Virginia Bankers Association
Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
Virginia Society of CPAs

* These resources are provided for informational purposes. For questions and additional information, contact [email protected].

Workplace Inclusion Network

VSAE is again partnering with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) to offer VSAE members the opportunity to participate in VCIC's 2024 Workplace Inclusion Network (WIN) program.

Now in its 11th year, WIN allows professionals who support or lead diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts to hear from experts in the field and learn best practices they can apply within their organizations.