Jason Rae Awarded ACCE Scholarship for Leadership Diversity

Alexandria, Va., July 15, 2014 – Under its new Leadership Diversity program, the American Chamber of Commerce, the national association for chamber of commerce professionals, recently awarded a scholarship to Jason Rae, executive director of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

ACCE’s leadership diversity program seeks to encourage leadership diversity among member chambers. The scholarships have three-year terms and will aid in providing information, training and other resources to enhance the leadership skills of women, members of racial/ethnic minorities, those who identify as lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender, or those with a disability.

“This spring, chamber professionals with at least three years of senior level experience in the chamber industry were invited to apply for the scholarships,” said Crystal Moore, ACCE’s vice president, professional development and convention. “We had a great response to our call for applicants and scoring was very difficult. We are excited about the next three years and look forward to working with the first cohort.”

As a scholarship recipient, Rae, one of nine chamber professionals from across the U.S. representing the first cohort, will commit to a three-year term of:

· Quarterly networking conference calls with other scholarship recipients
· Attendance at three of ACCE's annual conventions
· Attendance at four webinars in each of the three years of the scholarship
· Active membership in ACCE's Volunteer Portal
· Participation in ACCE's Mentor Program
· Documentation of the three-year learning experience in a report at the end of the scholarship term
· Application to ACCE's Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) Program at the end of the scholarship term

“I’m looking forward to building additional skills to help the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce continue to grow,” said Rae. “I’m honored to be a part of this cohort.”

Jason Rae has been the executive director of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce since its founding in September 2012. Rae also works as a public affairs consultant at Milwaukee-based Nation Consulting. In addition, he serves as the Chair of the Milwaukee County Human Rights Commission and Board Chair of Fair Wisconsin.

Established in 1914, ACCE is the only national association uniquely serving the professional development needs of individuals managing chambers of commerce throughout the United States and Canada. This year, as ACCE marks 100 years of service to chamber leaders, the association represents more than 7,000 chamber professionals. ACCE enhances the knowledge, leadership skills, and management effectiveness of chamber executives and their staffs through education, trend analysis, benchmarking, and best practices. ACCE promotes the highest standards of professional excellence and integrity within the chamber profession. For more information, visit www.acce.org.