The ACE Women’s Network

Leading the Way: Advancing Women in Higher Education at the State Level

The ACE Women’s Network started in 1977 as a national “network of networks” bringing together chapters from each state, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, with the goal of advancing and supporting women in higher education. This series highlights the innovative efforts and successes of state networks across the country.

College and University Presidents Paving the Way to a Successful Women’s Network
Presidential sponsors are vital to the long-term strategy and success of the ACE Women’s Network, which is composed of state networks that work on a local level to support women in higher education. Nicole Stokes DuPass of Holy Family University writes about how these sponsors helped revitalize the Women’s Network in Pennsylvania.

Advisor, Teacher, Role Model: The Importance of Mentors in Cultivating the Next Generation of Women Leaders
Although women higher education leaders continue to be underrepresented at institutions across the country, many women have established rewarding and successful careers in the field—thanks in part to having had role models and mentors whose paths they could follow. Ann Marie Klotz and Teri Bump, Kara Gravley-Stack, and Thomas L. Keon discuss the vital importance of mentors in advancing through the ranks.

Revitalizing an ACE Women’s Network
Lisa Guion Jones, chair of the ACE Women’s Network of Florida, outlines the structure and strategies she used to revitalize her state’s Women’s Network—and the pitfalls she worked to avoid.

Building Momentum: Lessons Learned and Success Strategies of the Utah State Women’s Network
As in much of the country, Utah is a place where pay equity and leadership opportunities for women have been exceptionally poor. However, the Utah Women in Higher Education Network (UWHEN) has helped begin to turn this around on college and university campuses across the state. Jessica Egbert describes UWHEN’s approach.