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

"Make a Difference: Leadership • Inclusion • Connections"

Kellogg Center, East Lansing


Testimonial: MI-ACE works!

Recently, Washtenaw Community College President Rose B. Bellanca promoted Kimberly Hurns, a MI-ACE Institutional Representative for the community college, to the position of Interim Dean of the Business and Computer Technologies Division.

In her own words below, Hurns attributes her involvement with MI-ACE Women’s Network in positioning herself for this promotion to senior level leadership:

“President Rose Bellanca, who is a MI-ACE Presidential Sponsor, invited several of us to attend the Women of Color Collaborative (WOCC) day at the MI-ACE Women’s Network Annual Conference. It was a very powerful experience for me as I was able to network with women across the college who I had not met before as well as with many friends. The women and the energy at the conference were extremely motivating. The lessons and relationships gained from the conference allowed me to successfully complete projects at work based on the internal network I had gained.

"I became active in the WOCC Conference Planning for 2014. I attended the 2013 WOCC Fall Networking Luncheon at Oakland University and worked with contacts there to shadow their planning since Washtenaw Community College was scheduled to host the 2014 luncheon. Early in 2014, I began working with WOCC members from Oakland and Eastern Michigan universities to develop a session for the conference, and a group of us from Washtenaw Community College began planning the 2014 WOCC Fall Networking Luncheon. The conference planning and workshop presentation were valuable experiences for me professionally. The network of women I was able to learn and grow from was invaluable to my ability to position myself into the administrative opportunity that became available at Washtenaw. My experience embodies the ideas of MI-ACE as well as WOCC and how powerful mentoring and networking can be to the careers of women in higher education.”

Hurns joined the Business and Computer Technologies Division as a full-time faculty member in the fall of 2002. She received a doctorate degree in management and executive leadership from Walsh College and a master of business administration from Loyola University.

2014 WOCC Luncheon

The annual Women of Color Collaborative Luncheon is planned for November 14, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Washtenaw Community College.

Panelists are Jocelyn Allen, director of Regional, Grassroots, and Diversity Communications, General Motors; Jan Barker, CEO, Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan; Carol Burrell-Jackson, executive director; POWER Inc.; Jacqueline El-Sayed, vice-president of Academic Affairs, Marygrove College; and Tiffany Ford, president and CEO, UM Credit Union.

Tickets are $60. Click here to register or to view more information.

Deadline for ACE scholarship approaches

The Michigan ACE Women's Network will offer scholarships to women who are interested in attending a regional or national ACE Forum.

The deadline to apply is October 10, 2014. Click here for the downloadable form.

The regional forum will be held in Seattle, WA, on October 29-31. The national forum will be December 3-5 in Arlington, VA. Click here for details (scroll to Inclusive Excellence).

New board members named

Two new board members were named to the Michigan ACE Women's Network.newboardmembers

DeAnna Burt, at right in photo, serves as vice president for academics and chief academic officer for Baker College in Muskegon; she has worked for Baker for 15 years. Linda Logan is vice president and dean for Student Life at Olivet College; she has worked for Olivet for 17 years.

The first term for both women goes through 2017.

Board member named to Hall of Fame

davisMaryLee Davis, public policy chair and past state coordinator for Michigan ACE Women's Network, joins a distinguished list of honorees who will be inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in October.

Davis serves as special advisor to the dean and professor of family and community medicine at Michigan State University.

Click here to read more about Davis and the other honorees.