We are the New York State ACE Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education!

Welcome from the State Chair of the NYS ACE Women’s Network, Kathy Merget.

The ACE Women’s Network

The ACE Women’s Network is a national system of networks within each state, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia with the goal of advancing and supporting women in higher education. Each state network is led by a state coordinator who works with institutional representatives and at least one presidential sponsor to develop programs that identify, develop, encourage, advance, link, and support (IDEALS) women in higher education careers within that state.


Discover the Leader in YOU!

  The Central NY Region of the ACE Women’s Network held a professional development day on May 25, 2017.  In addition to the engaging sessions, there was also time for networking, socializing and walking.   



The event presenters have graciously agreed to share their PowerPoint presentations.


2017’s State Conference “Leading Decisively” was decisively great!

This year’s State Conference was wonderfully energizing. Part of it was the beautiful setting – the Otesaga Hotel was a gorgeous place and they took such wonderful care of us, it was a treat just being at the conference.

Part of it was the inspiring speakers. Nancy Zimpher walked among the tables, giving us insights from her experience and mindful creation of her own career. The panel of presidents were as always very open and educational with their own thoughts about ways to lead decisively – how to make decisions without data to know if they will be right or wrong, as well as how to lead people to create the organization you want to lead. Our breakout sessions provided people with concrete tools for taking their career to the next level.

Closing the day with a session with the entire SUNY Cobleskill cabinet, pictured above, was the perfect dessert for the day – thoughts about the participant’s personal and professional experiences, at SUNY Cobleskill and throughout their careers in higher education.

It was a wonderful time and we hope to see you at our next conference!


4th Annual Networking Breakfast at Pace University

New York State ACE Women’s Network is pleased to invite you to attend our

4th Annual Networking Breakfast 

Tuesday, May 9, 10 a.m. – noon

featuring Judy Greiman of Stony Brook University 

Ms. Greiman serves as Chief Deputy to the President and Vice President for Government and Community Relations. As Chief Deputy, she manages high level relationships with internal and external constituencies and provides day-to-day assistance and guidance, serves as a chair of key committees, responds to faculty and student matters, chairs the Vice President Council and interfaces with various campus constituencies. In addition, she oversees the government and community relations efforts of the institution and supervises several units and initiatives including Conferences and Special Events, the Ombuds Office, and Healthier U.

Greiman was president of the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges (CCIC) from 1998 through 2015 and was responsible for research, public policy development, government and public relations, and purchasing coordination work on behalf of the CCIC’s 16 member colleges and universities. Prior to her appointment at CCIC, Greiman served as Chief Administrative Officer for the Connecticut State University System Office. Earlier, she worked at the State Office of Policy and Management where she served in a variety of positions that ranged from Counsel to Deputy Secretary. Prior to that, she served as Counsel for the Connecticut House of Representatives, Majority Office and as hearing officer for the Illinois Local Labor Relations Board.

Greiman received her BA in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Juris Doctor from DePaul University-College of Law.

Registration is online and open now!

Westchester/Rockland Spring ’17 Professional Development Series – Presentation and Awards Luncheon

2017 Westchester/Rockland Spring Professional Development Series (Women Making a Difference)  – Presentation and Carol S. Russett Award Luncheon –  Leadership Without Authority:  Leading Teams from Within – Friday, April 21, 2017




ACE Westchester/Rockland Spring 2017 Professional Development Series, Strategies to Build a Career in Higher Education: Tips and Techniques from Successful Women!

Panel Discussion
Friday, March 3, 2017
1-3:30 p.m.
St. Thomas Aquinas College, 125 NY-340, Sparkill, NY 10976
Romano Student Alumni Center
The panelists, moderated by Nereida Quiles, Director of Admissions for Adult Education, Concordia College-New York, will provide important insights and advice to creating a fulfilling and productive career in higher education.

·        Janet Garber, Former Chief HR Officer, Practising Law Institute (not-for-profit continuing legal education firm), Journalist and  Author

·        Joann Mulqueen, Associate Provost, The College of Westchester

·        Joanne Steele, Vice Provost for Information Technology/CIO, Iona  College

·        Elaine Winship, Instructor of Communication Arts, St. Thomas Aquinas College


Register Here

Registration is open for 2017!

Registration is now open for our annual state conference April 6-7, 2017!

New this year: the housing AND the conference will be at a hotel, the gorgeous Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, NY. They will be opening just for us! What a treat, and what an opportunity to refresh mind and body.

And our keynote speaker will be Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor of the SUNY State System!

More information and registration info is on the conference page. See you there!

American Council on Education Women’s Network Networking Luncheon

American Council on Education Women’s Network  presents President Heidi R. Macpherson, Ph.D., The College at Brockport:  State University of New York.  She will tell her story of her journey to the presidency and will be available for questions.
It’s a great opportunity for women in the Central Region to come together for food, conversation and inspiration!




October 14, 2016 - NYS ACE Networking Luncheon

Cornell seeking software engineers

From member Janet Heslop in the Central region, 2 positions: Flyer here



Make Mentoring Work: Be a Catalyst for Change/Dr. Carol Russett Awards Luncheon

Join us on Friday, April 15 at the Knollwood Country Club as we recognize this year’s ACEWN Westchester/Rockland Region’s  outstanding woman leader in higher education. We will be awarding the 2016 Dr. Carol Russett Award to Dr. Judith Langer from Westchester Community College.  Our keynote speaker, Dr. Sue Maxam, will  present “Make Mentoring Work: Be a Catalyst for Change”.



NYSACEWN Women of Color Conference April 8, 2016


Women of Color Conference – Friday, April 8, 2016

Join the social conversation: #nysacewomenofcolor2016

Believing in Yourself: You Are Already Ready

New this year – our statewide Women of Color Conference is taking place in TWO locations! With a similar program and a shared keynote speaker, you will be participating with other women from across New York State whether you attend at Daemen College in the Buffalo area or Mercy College in the New York City area.

This is an outstanding conference to meet and network with colleagues on topics directly related to advancing the careers of women of color in higher education in New York State.  We can’t wait to see you there!

Admission: $60, both locations
Registration: Online only

Mercy College, 9:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Bronx Campus, 1200Waters Place
Bronx, NY 10461, French Auditorium9:00 a.m.-9:20 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:20 a.m.-9:45 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Daemen College, 9:00 a.m – 3 p.m.
4380 Main St., Amherst, NY 14226
Wick Center, Alumni Lounge9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks


9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m Virtual Keynote Address at Mercy and Daemen Colleges
Dr. Belinda Miles President, Westchester Community College SUNY
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Question & Answer Period

10:45 a.m – 11:00 a.m. Networking Break

Mercy College

11:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions #1

  • Is a Doctorate Degree In Your Future? Panel discussion
  • The Path to Leadership in Higher Ed: Become a Leader!
  • Women Making Change: Uniting the Double Consciousness-Making the Personal and Political Professional
  • It’s about Politics: Advancing Women in Leadership Roles-Fireside Chat

12:00 noon Lunch
12:45 p.m.  Speed Mentoring: Get and Give Advice-Fast and Free!
1:45 p.m.  Breakout Sessions #2

  • Repeat of 11 a.m. sessions

2:30 p.m.  Raffle and Closing Remarks

Daemen College

11:00 a.m. Morning Breakout Sessions #1

  • Is a Doctorate Degree In Your Future?
  • Navigating the Road to Executive Leadership in Higher Education
  • You’ve Struck a Rock: Administrative Women in Education in the Social, Cultural, and Political Movements – Past and Present


12 noon  Lunch and Empowerment Expo
12:45 p.m.  Mentoring Roundtable Discussion
1:30 p.m.  Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • Repeat of 11 a.m. sessions

2:30 p.m.  Raffle and Closing Remarks


Download the full Mercy College program here.  Download the full Daemen College program here.

We can’t wait to see you there! Build connections, build your career.

Online registration is open now.
Choose your site – New York City area or Buffalo area,
both are available from this registration link!

Questions? Contact:
Daemen College site host Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah, jabbaar@buffalo.edu
Mercy College site host Sarah Fowler-Rogers, Sarah.Fowler-Rogers@sunywcc.edu
both members of our state’s executive board.




Mercy College Daemen College

Is a Doctorate Degree in Your Future? — Panel discussion

    • Elfreda Blue, Ph.D., Chair, Specialized Programs in Education, Special Education, Associate Professor, Hofstra University
    • Elizabeth Ciabocchi, Ed.D., Vice Provost, Digital Learning, St. John’s University
    • Nereida Quiles, M.S., (Ed.D., Doctoral Candidate), Associate Director of Admissions-Director of Adult Education, Concordia College-NY
    • Yvonne Riley-Tepie, (Ed.D., Doctoral Student), Vice President of U.S. Field Marketing, TD Ban

The Path to Leadership in Higher Ed: Become a Leader!

    • Evelyn Miller-Suber, D. Min., Director of Human Resources, Hofstra University

 Women Making Change: Uniting the Double Consciousness—Making the Personal and Political  Professional

    • April Hathcock, J.D., L.L.M., M.L.I.S., Scholarly Communications Librarian, NY University Libraries

It’s about Politics: Advancing Women in Leadership Roles—Fireside Chat

    • Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, M.S., Former NYS Secretary of State, currently Sr. V.P. Corporate Relations & Government Affairs, EmblemHealth
    • NYS Office of State Comptroller (OSC) Thomas DiNapoli:
      • Grisel Cuprill-Davis, B.S., Statewide Outreach Coordinator & Northern Hudson Valley Regional Director
      • Nancy R. Hernandez, M.P.A., Deputy Comptroller, Division of Diversity Management

Speed Mentoring: Get and Give Advice—Fast and Free!

  • Sue Maxam, Ed.D., Vice President for Undergraduate Education, Pace University

Closing Remarks

Concetta M. Stewart, Ph.D., Provost, Mercy College