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Michigan ACE Women's Network Conference: June 2-3, 2014

Theme: "Make a Difference: Leadership • Inclusion • Connections"

Kellogg Center, East Lansing


Distinguished Award recipients announced

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

The awards will be 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.

Ready to Run

Ready to Run is a bipartisan program for women who want to run for office, work on a campaign, get appointed to office or learn more about the political system.

The third annual workshop will be held May 3 in Lansing at Lansing Community College. r2rmiv

The Michigan ACE Women's Network is proud to help sponsor this important event. Think of it as one-stop training to run for office or get more involved in public life. Participants will learn from prominent elected leaders, campaign consultants and political experts.

Check out more information here.

Materials from November 2013 IR training

The first training for Institutional Representatives was held November 1 at Davenport University in Lansing.

Click here for the 2013 Campus Activities Report, and click here to view "Tips to Meet with Your President."

Scholarships available to attend ACE forums

The Michigan ACE Women's Network has scholarship funds available for people who want to pursue senior leadership positions at higher education institutions.

Scholarships, from $500-1,500, are preferably used to attend regional and national ACE conferences.

This year's scholarship recipient is Caroline Sanders of Eastern Michigan University.

Click here for application materials and more information. More about the Women's Leadership Forums is online here.