Diversity & inclusion succession initiative (DISI)

2024 and 2025 DISI Programs: Apply now to be a DISI Mentor

DISI is a career development program designed to support those pursuing their CPM Certification. The program is open to all IREM members and employees of AMO organizations, with a focus on members of marginalized identities or backgrounds. US residents only.

To further advance the DISI benefits, there have been several program changes. Beginning in 2023, you are no longer required to be an IREM member to apply. Employees of AMO firms can now participate as well. Visit the AMO Directory to see if your firm is a current AMO.

Established in 2009 as Diversity Scholars, the program was renamed DISI in 2019. Since its foundation, this program’s benefits have evolved significantly. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the IREM Foundation, 10 DISI Leaders are selected each year.

Apply to be a DISI Leader in 2024
Applications for the 2024 DISI program are open until March 31, 2024. Scroll down for more information on eligibility, how to apply, and program benefits. 

New this year: Also accepting applications now for 2025 DISI Leaders
The application timeline for 2025 DISI Leaders has begun a year in advance. Our hope is that this will allow our participants more time to plan and enjoy the full benefits of the program. 

Applicants for both 2024 and 2025 DISI Leaders complete the same application and indicate the year they prefer to participate. Scroll down for more information on eligibility, how to apply, and program benefits.

Applications for both 2024 and 2025 DISI Leaders will be accepted until March 31, 2024.

Who's eligible?
Any current IREM member who does not already have their CPM, or current employees of AMO firms are eligible for the DISI program. Visit the AMO Directory to see if your firm is a current AMO.

The program is open to all people, with a focus on professionals of marginalized identities who do not already have a CPM certification. Marginalized identities may be defined as, but is not limited to, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and people from economically-disadvantaged, urban areas. US residents only.

Expectations & Responsibilities

  • Plan to meet with your Mentor at least four times throughout the year, including once at an IREM education event.
  • Participate in one virtual 2-hr. Orientation - via zoom
  • Participate in two Community calls with IREM HQ – via zoom

Benefits of being a DISI Leader

  • Professional mentorship from a CPM certified IREM member, meeting at least four (4) times a year.
  • One (1) IREM Foundation scholarship covering 75% of the cost of up to three courses or exams toward a certification, and a waiver covering the CPM candidacy fee and CPM graduation fee.
  • Complimentary registration to attend an IREM education event.
  • Travel allowance of up to $1000 to attend an IREM education event - may be used towards hotel, airfare, meals, and incidentals. Leaders can expect to attend an up to three-day event. Please note, all allowances will be reimbursed after Leader’s attendance of the IREM event. Travel costs will vary. Please keep this in mind when applying to the program.
  • Recognition in IREM publications and social media.
  • Networking and leadership building opportunities.

DISI Leader timeline

2024 DISI program

2025 DISI program

April ’24

  • DISI Leaders notified

May ‘24

  • DISI Leaders notified

May ‘24

  • Virtual Orientation
  • Paired with Mentor
  • Publicly Announced

June ‘24

  • Virtual Orientation

September ‘24

  • Community Call

July ‘24

  • Paired with Mentor

October ‘24

  • IREM Global Summit Conference

November ‘24

  • Community Call

December ‘24

  • Program officially ends

Jan – Oct 31, 2025

  • Program officially begins: Access your scholarship & other DISI resources

How to apply?
Applications were open from February 20 - March 31, 2024. Apply for terms in 2024 or 2025.

How long does it take to apply?
It typically takes an applicant an average of 30 minutes-1 hour to complete the DISI application. You're not required to complete the full application at one time. Once an account is made through our online form, you can make changes to your application before submission. Applications must include reference letters for consideration.

May I see examples of who's been named a DISI Leader in previous years?
Sure! View previous DISI Leaders

Want to Mentor a DISI Leader?
Learn more and Apply.

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The IREM Foundation is a proud partner of this program.

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