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Michigan ACE Women's Network Conference: June 8-9, 2015

"Make a Difference: Leadership • Inclusion • Connections"

Kellogg Center, East Lansing


Board member named MMCC president

Michigan ACE Women's Network board member Christine Hammond will serve as the next president of Mid Michigan Community College.hammond

Hammond had been the chief academic officer for North Central Michigan College. Read more about her appointment here.

WOCC keynote speech

Kim Ford, director of inclusion for the NCAA, served as the keynote speaker for the Women of Color Collaborative on June 2.

Her well-received presentation included 10 teachable moments. Click here for the text of Ford's speech and here for a pdf of the 10 Teachable Moments bookmark.


2014 Public Policy Pioneers announced

The Michigan American Council on Education Women’s Network honored three women as part of its 2014 class of Public Policy Pioneers, each of whom has spent her career championing women’s equality issues as well as matters that impact her community.m.griffiths

The Honorable Lana Pollack and the Honorable Alma Wheeler Smith were recognized for their achievements as contemporary honorees while the Honorable Martha Griffiths, M.C., was saluted posthumously during the MI-ACE Annual Conference June 2 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.

Public Policy Pioneers are women who have impacted public policy or taken precedent-breaking action on behalf of women and higher education, and who have championed access, collaborative leadership and the equitable treatment of women. They are women who have affected public policy through their sustained efforts and who have led the way through their example and service for other women to follow. It is a nonpartisan recognition. Click here to read more about the inaugural class of Public Policy Pioneers.

“It was particularly meaningful to bestow honors on two women who were considered pillars in the Michigan political arena, as well as nationally, in the inaugural year of the Public Policy Pioneers recognition,” said MaryLee Davis, chair of the MI-ACE Women’s Network Public Policy Committee. “This year’s honorees again shine light on the amazing work of women who have served tirelessly to support their communities.”

Below is information about each pioneer.

lana ijc flagwebSen. Lana Pollack – Michigan Senate (1983-94); Michigan Environmental Council (1996-2008); Chair, U.S. Section, International Joint Commission (2010-present): Inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 2002, Pollack is known as a leading advocate for women and children, and the environment. She established two bi-partisan coalitions, one to promote policies preventing teen pregnancy and another to fight gun violence. She also wrote a bill amending Michigan’s civil rights law to end discriminatory practices that kept women athletes off the state’s private golf courses during peak times and relegated them to second-class facilities within their own clubhouses. Additionally, she is credited with introducing legislation that would later be called the “Polluter Pay Law.”

alma wheeler smithSen. Alma Wheeler Smith – Michigan Senate (1995-2002), Michigan House of Representatives (2005-10): There is not an issue of concern for women and families that Wheeler Smith did not champion. She has worked for equal access to education and creating educational opportunities for people from preschool to graduate school, a safe and clean environment, vital urban centers, full access to health care for everyone, a healthy business sector, and protection of the civil rights and liberties of all of Michigan’s citizens. Known as a role model, she has been a mentor and advocate for women inside and outside the political arena.

Lt. Gov. Martha Griffiths, M.C. (deceased) – U.S. House of Representatives (1955-74), two-time lieutenant governor of Michigan (1983-91): Known as a fighter for women’s rights, Griffiths was the first woman representative to win appointment to the House Ways and Means Committee, and she was the first female lieutenant governor in Michigan. Biographers note the first of her two greatest contributions to the women’s rights movement were to champion inclusion of the sex discrimination amendment to the 1964 Civil Rights Act – later prompting the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to more vigorously enforce the act. She also is credited with resurrecting the Equal Rights Amendment before Congress in the early 1970s.


Distinguished Award recipients announced

The Michigan ACE Women's Network announced three recipients of its Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Leadership Award.

The awards were presented at the annual conference June 3 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. Recipients are Martha E. Pollack, provost for the University of Michigan; René Shingles, professor and program director of Rehabilitation and Medical Sciences at Central Michigan University; and Lillian Frick, vice president for Finance and Administrative Services at Mid Michigan Community College.

m. pollack photo dwa 2014webPollack joined the U-M faculty in 2000. Prior to being named provost, she served as the university’s vice provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs, dean of the School of Information, and associate chair for Computer Science and Engineering.

Pollack is a path-breaker in her male-dominated field. When she joined the faculty in computer science and engineering at U-M, she was the only woman in that division of more than 40 faculty members. She has been instrumental in improving the campus environment for underrepresented groups, particularly in STEM disciplines.r.shingles photo dwa 2014web

Shingles was one of the first 20 African American women to become a certified athletic trainer. In 1988, she served as head athletic trainer at Newberry College, breaking gender and racial barriers by taking on athletic training responsibilities for its football program.

Shingles takes time to mentor CMU's young women on a personal level, mentor and promote women in athletic training and in graduate programs, and has been the advisor for the Student Athletic Training Organization and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She has received many professional awards, and recently received the Isabella County United Way Quality of Life Award.

l.frick photo dwa 2014webFrick joined Mid Michigan in 1999 as an accountant and rapidly was promoted to CFO in 2002. As vice provost, Frick has overseen the most robust renovation and construction projects in the college’s history, including the development of an entirely new, full-service campus at a secondary location.

Frick is very active with Zonta International, which seeks to advance the status of women internationally in legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional realms. Last year, she received the Eagle Award from the Mount Pleasant Chamber of commerce for her volunteerism.

The Michigan ACE Women's Network is the state's largest professional development for women who work in higher education. View past recipients of this award here.

Conference keynote speakers announced

Two keynote speakers have been announced for the 2014 Michigan ACE Women's Network annual conference, set for June 2-3 in East Lansing.

Terry W. Hartle is the senior vice president of the American Council on Education, Division of Government and Public Affairs. Considered one of America's most effective and experienced advocates for higher education, Hartle has served ACE for more than 20 years.

Given ACE’s historic role in coordinating the government relations efforts of some 60 associations in the Washington-based higher education community, Hartle plays a central part in developing public policy positions that impact all colleges and universities. Read more about Hartle here.

Vivian R. Pickard is the president of General Motors Foundation and director of corporate relations for GM. In that role, she is responsible for leading the company’s efforts to strengthen communities across the U.S. through partnerships and investments in the areas of education, health and human services, the environment and community development.

A community advocate and philanthropist, Pickard serves on many boards in the metro Detroit area. Pickard is a member of the National Urban League’s National Employer Advisory Council, and an officer for the Detroit Economic Club, among other service work. Read more about Pickard here.