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Make a Difference

2017 Michigan ACE Network Conference

Michigan ACE Women’s 2017 Network Annual Conference
June 5 – 6, 2017
Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol | Lansing, Michigan
Hosted by Oakland University

In concert with the Inclusive Excellence Group of the American Council on Education, the Michigan ACE Network is committed to identifying, developing the leadership of, advancing, and supporting the retention of women in higher education throughout the state.

The theme of this year’s conference is Make a Difference: Move the Needle in Michigan, with a focus on the following goals:

  • Generate a national sense of urgency elevating the need for advancing women in higher education leadership position
  • Encourage governing boards and other higher education institutional decision- and policy-making bodies to consider recommended practices for recruiting and hiring women to chief executive offices
  • Achieve women’s advancement to mid-level and senior-level positions in higher education administration by building capacities in women and institutions
  • Suggest recommended practices and models and recognizes success in advancing women in higher education
Register Now

Registration is now open!

Two-day registration: $300

One-day registration: $175

Graduate Student: $75 per day

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Hotel &

The Conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol located at 111 N. Grand Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933.

The MI-ACE 2017 Conference rate is $112 per night.

If booking online, please use the code MACE17 to get the conference rate. If calling in to book your room, mention the ACE Women's Network Conference.

2017 Day 1
Conference Schedule at a Glance Monday, June 5
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.MI-ACE Conference Registration
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.Poster Presentations
8 - 9 a.m.Women of Color Collaborative (WOCC) Continental Breakfast
9 - 10 a.m.WOCC Welcome Remarks and Keynote Address
10 - 10:15 a.m.Break
10:30 a.m. - noonWOCC Breakout sessions
noon - 6 p.m.MI-ACE Book Sale
noon - 1:15 p.m.Lunch and Keynote Address
1:15 - 1:30 p.m.Break
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.WOCC Cafe Conversations
2:30 - 2:45 p.m.Break
2:45 - 4 p.m.WOCC Panel Discussion
Closing Remarks
4 - 5 p.m.Institutional Representative Training
5 - 6 p.m.Annual Conference Reception
Hosted by: Public Policy Committee
6 - 8:30 p.m.Annual Conference Dinner and Panel Discussion
Hosted by: Public Policy Committee
2017 Day 2
Conference Schedule at a Glance Tuesday, June 6
7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.MI-ACE Conference Registration
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.Hospitality Lounge
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.MI-ACE Book Sale
8 - 9 a.m.Breakfast
8:15 - 8:45 a.m.Newcomers' Session
9 - 10:15 a.m.Conference Welcome and Keynote Address
10:15 - 10:30 a.m.Networking Break 
10:30 - 11:20 a.m.Leadership Panel 
11:20 - 11:45 a.m.Networking Break
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.MI-ACE Networking Luncheon
12:45 - 1:15 p.m.Distinguished Women and Outstanding IR Awards Ceremony
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.Educational Breakouts: Session A
2:40 - 3:40 p.m.Educational Breakouts: Session B
3:45 - 4 p.m.General Closing Session

Educational Breakouts: Session A
Leadership Job Shadow Program for Women in Mid-Level Administrative Positions
Shaily Menon, Professor and Associate Dean, Grand Valley State University
Marlene Kowalski-Braun, Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Inclusion, Grand Valley State University
Nancy Giardina, Professor, Movement Science, Grand Valley State University
Anne Hiskes, Dean, Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Grand Valley State University
Diane Anderson, Vice President for Student Affairs, Western Michigan University
Michigan II and III

Learn about a new leadership program for women aspiring toward senior-level positions in higher education in Michigan. Mentees and mentors from nine institutions of various types, participated in this pilot year. Participants learned from mentors, gained diverse institutional perspectives, and developed knowledge and skills through observation and applied learning.

Generational Management – Why It’s Not As Hard As You Think
Suzanne Kart, Director of Marketing, Protrain
Capitol IV

There’s a lot of talk in the media about the Millennial generation’s impact on the workforce. But there is very little focus on the generation responsible for managing them – Generation X. Find out how formative cohort experiences, current life stage, and the current state of societal issues impacts the way we send and receive messages. Discover the techniques for better managing a cross-generational workforce, and how work-life is changing with the retirement of the Baby Boomer generation.

Identity Crisis: The “Masks” We Wear in Academic Institutions
Deirdre G. Pitts, Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, William Beaumont School of Medicine
Linda Gillum, Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Capitol II

Research in higher education has concentrated on a number of ways women, and particularly women of color, are perceived in academia. The collective identities women of in academic roles will be presented using scenarios to create dialogue and conduct a personal self-assessment using specific objectives.

How Welcoming is Your Campus Environment?
Romona Williams, Professional Counselor, Washtenaw Community College
Regency I

Discussions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) have too often focused on issues of cost and compliance. This presentation, by an individual who navigates life via a wheelchair, chooses, instead, to concentrate on what is unsaid--how failing to maintain an accessible and welcoming campus environment for employees, students, and job candidates with disabilities impacts recruitment and retention.

Creating Pathways to Leadership for Women of Color
Shannon Polk, J.D., D.Min., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary at Evangel University
Capitol III

This workshop would highlight methods and strategies for creating more opportunities for women of color within your institution. You will learn how to develop a strategy for creating an inclusive environment for women of color, how to be help others become allies based on data, and ways to coach staff and faculty on diversity and inclusion.

Building, Bridging, and Blazing: Strategies Women Leaders Use to Succeed
Tonya C. Bailey, Founder and Lead Consultant of TCB Consulting LLC
Capitol I

This interactive session will provide an opportunity to explore and better understand the strategies women in key leadership roles possess. Attendees will be engaged from start to finish in this session and will gain successful pathways to leading at all levels of their profession. The session will provide attendees with success packets designed to help women leaders build, bridge and blaze personally and professionally.

Focus on Women and Women Leaders: Laying the Groundwork for Campus Activism
C. Michelle Piskulich, Associate Provost, Oakland University
Heidi Lyons, Associate Professor of Sociology, Oakland University
Leigh Ann DeVreugd, Program Assistant, WISER (Women in Science, Engineering and Research), Oakland University
Petra Knoche, Co-chair, Women's Employee Resource Group, Oakland University
Regency II

Concern about the environment for women and a lack of women in leadership positions led to renewed energy among different women's groups on the Oakland University campus recently. The ACE Network responded with the goal of laying the groundwork to move the needle.

Educational Breakouts: Session B
Women Leading Cross Generationally
Stephanie Lee, Administrative Assistant, Oakland University
Anita Hicks, Interim Director, Oakland Center, Oakland University
Michelle Southward, Director, Academic Advising and Student Services, School of Health Sciences, Oakland University
Capitol II

The presentation will focus on inter-generational differences. We will provide information as to how understanding individuals from within the different generations could impact your work environment. Understanding the characteristics of each generation of the individuals on your team could be an asset to the success of the organization. Providing insight as to how managers leading from the middle impacts across generations and individual performance.

Moving “Your” Needle: Explore Leadership Development Opportunities
Nancy M Giardina, Professor of Movement Science; Grand Valley State University
Marlene Kowalski-Braun, Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Assistant Vice President of Inclusion and Equity, Grand Valley State University
Martha Grier, Emeritus, Wayne State University
Margaret Winters, Emeritus, Wayne State University
Michigan II and III

The purpose of this session is to provide session participants with information related to leadership development programs for women in higher education. The information includes programs for women currently holding entry-level, mid-career or senior-level positions in higher education. Members of the MI-ACE Professional Development Committee will share programs and engage session participants to explore programs best aligned with individual aspirations for career advancement.

Exploring Unconscious Bias in the Workplace
CharMaine Hines, Vice Chancellor, Academic Accountability and Policy, Wayne County Community College District
Capitol III

Implicit unconscious bias are those positions we hold about others that are influenced by past experiences, forming filters that cause conclusions to be reached, about groups or ethnicities, by ways other than through active thought or reasoning. They manifest themselves in micro-messages e.g. thinly veiled communications with underlying intent that can destroy positive relations. Awareness of one's self bias is a first step toward shifting our daily interactions with others.

Measuring Your Distance from the Glass Ceiling: Discourse on Under-served Employee Positionality and Organizational Alignment
Marie Michelle Rosemond, Fellow with the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, University of Michigan School of Education
Capitol I

In most workplaces, under-served employees compete with a bias for traditional leadership models for key job roles and responsibilities. This workshop explores the space between under-served employee locations on the career ladder and organizational culture. Learning outcomes expands the narrative on leadership and strategies to navigate career mobility.

Advancing your cause through advocacy
Kendra Howard, Alumna James Madison College/Michigan State University, registered lobbyist in the State of Michigan (2012)
Regency I

The goal of this breakout session would be to effectively empower the participants to advocate for funding and beneficial legislation for the higher education sector on the state level.

Communicating Across Generations: Mentoring Relationships
Reva Curry, Vice President of Instruction and Learning, Delta College
Capitol IV

Mentoring is frequently cited by professional women as something they would like to have but have difficulty finding or sustaining the relationship. The Free Dictionary defines mentors as a “wise and trusted counselor or teacher”. It further describes the business definition of mentoring: “the practice of assigning a junior member of staff to the care of a more experienced person who assists him in his career”. Many women in higher education long for just such relationships. But how should one get started? The most frequent reason cited for not becoming involved in mentoring is time constraints. How to achieve an effective mentoring relationship is the focus of this presentation.

Institutionalizing National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program Goals for Women Faculty, not only in STEM, but throughout a University
Julie Walters, Associate Professor; Oakland University
Kathleen Moore, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry, Oakland University
Leanne DeVreugd, Program Assistant, WISER (Women in Science, Engineering, and Research), Oakland University
Regency II

In 2011, Oakland University received an ADVANCE - PAID program grant from the National Science Foundation. Though the ADVANCE program supports recipient institutions in addressing aspects of STEM (“Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics”) academic culture and institutional structure that might differentially affect STEM women faculty in areas such as recruitment, retention, and promotion, Oakland University’s grant leadership team recognized that many aspects applied to women faculty in departments other than STEM. Accordingly, in contemplation of the eventual ending of its grant, the leadership team identified ways that many of the accomplishments under the grant could be sustained at the institutional level beyond the life of the grant. This presentation provides an overview of the leadership team’s identification, action, and results regarding the institutionalization of various facets of its grant program goals.

Moving the Needle in Public Policy: Why It Matters
Rochelle Black, Oakland University
Lisa Marshall
Kathy Wilberg
Michigan I

Learn about recent developments in Public Policy and learn how you may contribute to moving the needle in Public Policy.
2017 Keynote
Day 1 Opening Keynote Speaker - Denise B. Maybank, Ph.D.
Denise B. Maybank, Ph.D.
Denise B. Maybank, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and
Services, Michigan State University
As Vice President for Student Affairs and Services at Michigan State University, Dr. Denise B. Maybank is an advocate for students, focused on promoting learning outcomes while sustaining engaged student experiences.

Dr. Maybank's career achievements span the areas of administration, consultation, counseling, and education, including teaching graduate courses internationally. A native of New York City, Dr. Maybank has a doctoral degree in counseling and school psychology from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in educational administration from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

Prior to returning to her alma mater, she held the position of associate to the president in the University of Nebraska’s central administration.  Dr. Maybank has served on the faculty or as an administrator at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of New Jersey, and the University of Nebraska–Omaha.

Dr. Maybank has held a variety of positions on boards of directors, councils, coalitions, and committees through which she has had the opportunity to serve others. She currently serves as commissioner of the Greater Lansing Area Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission. She has served as co-chair of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Council on Student Affairs Executive Committee and as a member of the Lansing Community Board of Ele’s Place, a nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to creating awareness of and support for grieving children, teens, and their families.

Day 1 Luncheon Keynote Speaker - DeAngela Burns-Wallace, Ph.D.
DeAngela Burns-Wallace, Ph.D.
DeAngela Burns-Wallace, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Undergraduate
Studies at University of Kansas
Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace is the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies at  University of Kansas (KU). Prior to moving to KU, she held the role of  Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies at the University of  Missouri (MU) as well as the Assistant Vice Provost for Enrollment  Management and Director of Access Initiatives. She has also held the  position of Assistant Dean in the Office of Undergraduate Admission at  Stanford University.

Dr. Burns-Wallace was selected as an American Council on Education Fellow  for the 2013-14 academic year. In this capacity she worked directly with  presidents and other senior leaders, observing how the institution and its  leaders address strategic planning, resource allocation, development,  policy, and other issues and challenges.

Prior to her work in higher education, Dr. Burns-Wallace served as a  Foreign Service Officer (FSO) with the U.S. Department of State, where she  worked in Guangzhou and Beijing, China; Pretoria, South Africa; and in  Washington D.C. In her capacity as an FSO, she held numerous positions  including Management Officer, Non-Immigrant Visa Officer, Press Attaché,  and Special Assistant on Legislative Affairs. She was also trained in  French and Mandarin Chinese.

Dr. Burns-Wallace holds a dual bachelor’s degree in International Relations  and African American studies from Stanford University, a Master in Public  Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs  at Princeton University, and a doctorate in education from the University  of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on issues of access and success for  students of color and low-income students throughout higher education as  well as equity-minded leadership. Dr. Burns-Wallace holds a courtesy  associate professor appointment in KU’s Department of Educational  Leadership and Policy Studies in the School of Education, as well as the  Department of African and African American Studies in the College of  Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is originally from Kansas City, Missouri.

Day 2 Keynote Speaker - Susan E. Borrego, Ph.D.
Susan E. Borrego, Ph.D.
Susan E. Borrego, Ph.D.
University of Michigan

Chancellor Susan E. Borrego, Ph.D. is the seventh chancellor of the University of Michigan-Flint. She is a student-centered leader with a passion for academics and a dedication to community transformation. Her career has been driven by a dedication to student success that was inspired by her own ability to see what a difference higher education can make, should make, and does make in students’ lives.

Chancellor Borrego is a nationally-renown leader and advocate for student success, particularly for traditionally under-represented students. Chancellor Borrego also has served on numerous boards and national task forces, including as a team leader for the AASCU Hispanic Success study, chair of NASPA undergraduate fellows program, and consultant for the Irvine Campus Diversity Initiative project. After arriving on campus, one of her first actions was the establishment of scholarships for top students at five traditionally under-represented Genesee County high schools, and she continues to work with the campus and community on issues of diversity and inclusion.

Since coming to the University of Michigan-Flint in August 2014, Chancellor Borrego quickly established herself as a community partner and UM-Flint as a regional comprehensive university dedicated to research, innovation, and investments that advance the campus and community. In August 2015, Chancellor Borrego announced a strategic alliance with the Crim Fitness Foundation to benefit the health and wellness of the community, including welcoming the Crim as part of the UM-Flint campus. Her community outreach also includes serving on the Hurley Medical Center Board of Managers and the Board of Directors for the Greater Flint Health Coalition, as well as collaborating with numerous local entities for the collective good of the region.

Raised outside Detroit, Michigan, Chancellor Borrego received her Bachelor of Arts in speech and communication from Northwest Nazarene College, Master of Arts in Social Science: Student Development from Azusa Pacific University, and her Ph.D. in Education from Claremont Graduate School.

Debbie Dingell
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

We are proud to announce that Congresswoman Debbie Dingell will be joining us for the Public Policy Dinner to be held the evening of Monday, June 5.

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell represents the 12th District of Michigan in the U.S. House of Representatives. Before being elected to Congress, Debbie was the Chair of the Wayne State University (WSU) Board of Governors. An active civic and community leader, she is a recognized national advocate for women and children.

For more than 30 years Debbie served one of Michigan’s largest employers, the General Motors (GM) Corporation, where she was President of the GM Foundation and a senior executive responsible for public affairs.   In her commitment to job creation, Debbie led the effort to bring the 10,000 Small Businesses initiative, a $20 million partnership designed to help create jobs and economic growth, to southeast Michigan. She is a past chair of the Manufacturing Initiative at the American Automotive Policy Council.

With values instilled by her Catholic education, Debbie’s activism took root in her passion for issues important to women and children. She successfully fought to have women included in federally-funded health research, and advocated for greater awareness of issues directly related to women’s health, including breast cancer and women's heart health. She is a founder and past chair of the National Women’s Health Resource Center and the Children's Inn at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has served on numerous boards related to women’s issues including the advisory boards for the NIH Panel for Women’s Research, the Michigan Women's Economic Club, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and the board of the Michigan Women's Foundation. She was a co-founder of both the first Race for the Cures in Michigan and in Washington, D.C.

Debbie has led a number of efforts and initiatives related to young people and education stemming from her role as a WSU Governor and co-chair of the Children's Leadership Council, a business-led advocacy group that promotes investment in early childhood education. She chaired the Michigan Infant Mortality Task Force, the Baby Your Baby public education campaign that reduced infant mortality rates in Michigan, and has served on the board of Michigan’s Children, the only statewide independent voice working to ensure that public policies are made in the best interest of children from cradle to career. She was appointed by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to serve on the Early Childhood Investment Corporation and the Cherry Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth.

Much of Debbie's recent work has been focused on ethical issues and social responsibility as they relate to government and business. She co-chaired One United Michigan, which sought to preserve and support programs that ensure equal opportunity in Michigan. She chairs the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition, a statewide organization that brings business, labor and government together to find commonality on issues. She continues to serve on the Parade Company board of directors of which she is past chair, where she helped save America’s Thanksgiving Parade, an important Detroit tradition. A known “bridge-builder,” she continues to promote and lead efforts toward greater understanding among people of differing points of views and backgrounds.

Debbie is a respected voice in Michigan. She co-hosted Detroit Public Television’s “Am I Right,” regularly served as a panelist on “Flashpoint,” a public affairs program on WDIV-TV4 Detroit, and was named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan by Crain’s Detroit Business.

Debbie resides in Dearborn with her husband, retired Congressman John D. Dingell of Michigan. She holds both a B.S.F.S. in Foreign Services and an M.S. in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University.