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.



Welcome from the New York State ACE Women's Network State Coordinator

Breakfast with a President, Dec. 11, 2015

The New York City/Long Island Region is pleased to invite you to their third annual

Breakfast with a President


Dr. Christine M. Riordan
Adelphi University

to discuss

The Value You Create as a Leader

Discussion/Q&A with Dr. Riordan will follow the presentation

Date: Friday, December 11, 2015
Time: 9:00-11:00 AM
Address: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine
at the NYIT Old Westbury Campus
710 Northern Blvd., Old Westbury, NY 11568

Breakfast is sponsored by NYITCOM but you must register by December 8th at 5 p.m.

Register online now!

Berkshire Conference comes to New York State

The prestigious Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders and Sexualities is accepting paper proposals until January 1. Hope to see you there!

berksflyerCall for Papers for the 17th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders and Sexualities
June 1-4, 2017
Hofstra University Hempstead, NY (in the New York area)

Theme: “Thinking and Talking About Women, Genders, and Sexualities Inside and Outside the Academy”

Deadline for the Submission of Proposals: January 15, 2016

Conference Dates: June 1-4, 2017

Location: Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York (Outside New York City).

Women’s history has undergone enormous shifts since the First Berkshire conference, recasting dominant historical narratives and pioneering new ideas and methodologies. Fresh ideas about the very category of “women,” innovative studies of the body, new analyses of sexuality, trans-regional and transnational scholarship have transformed understandings of history. We now stand at a critical crossroads rich with possibilities for exciting innovations in research and teaching in this field.

Reviving connections between communities and institutions, historians are increasingly joining forces — inside and outside the academy – with an eye toward affecting social change and social justice. New forms of cooperation have raised important historical questions: What can we learn from internationalizing the discussion of women, careers and family? How can we use multi-sited histories of slavery to write gendered histories of global capitalism? How can scholars and activists collaborate to transform the pedagogical landscape in our ‘classrooms’? The 2017 Berkshire Conference will be a venue for difficult conversations about these and other crucial questions.

We will accept proposals for organized panels, roundtables, and workshops along with individual paper presentations for the following themed tracks, seeking submissions from historians, gender studies scholars and feminist activists who work on diverse periods and regions. The program committee reserves the right to break up and/or combine proposed panels, and will find an appropriate panel for each individual proposal that has been accepted. We support creative presentation formats involving performances or film viewing. Please visit our Call for Paper website listed below for explanation of the various session formats and instructions for submission.

Themed Tracks:

  • Gender and the State: Majorities and Minorities
  • Social Justice, Migration and the City
  • Globalized Labor
  • Slavery and Other Forms of Unfree Labor
  • Women, Gender and Capitalism
  • Sexualities, Gender and Science
  • Pedagogy and Work Culture, K-12
  • Women, Gender and War
  • Refugees, Asylum and Gender
  • Women, Gender and Religion
  • Performance Studies and Visual Culture
  • Politics and Popular Culture
  • Work Cultures/Work Realities: The Academy and Beyond

Note on Registration and Accommodation: To encourage a greater range of scholars to participate in our conference, Hofstra University offers housing in student dormitories for conference participants in addition to providing information about nearby hotels. Contact us for more information on conference expenses. International participants from developing nations may apply for financial aid to defray the cost of travel, room and board. If you have questions about registration, accommodations, and/or financial aid, feel free to contact us at our email address below.

For more information on track themes and session formats visit

Questions? Contact us at

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One-Day Leadership Institute in New York State

November 13th– Institute for Leadership Action in Higher Education

Are you ready to take your career up a level? If yes, we invite you to attend our “Institute for Leadership Action in Higher Education” event, where you will be inspired to create actionable plans that improve the likelihood of developing your full potential and achieving your most important professional career goals.


Stony Brook Manhattan Campus

At our One Day Institute, you will develop a one-year Individual Strategic Action Plan.In addition, you will receive access to:

Eight Month, Post-Institute Online Community, where you will be able to network and share progress with other leaders during the academic year, and

Monthly Online Forum, where you will learn and ask questions about the latest local and national higher education trends, how they emerge and how they leverage influence on campus.

When: Friday, November 13th, 2015
Where: Stony Brook University Manhattan Campus
               387 Park Avenue South between 27th and 28th Streets
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
Cost of Attendance
: $250 (with a presale discount cost of $200).
This fee includes access to an eight month long institute, networking with other professionals, lunch, and institute materials.

Register here!

Our Institute Facilitator

Dr. Lisa R. Braverman is a leader and innovator in the field of higher education with a thirty-seven year career working for colleges and universities across the country. She has served at senior levels in academia as chief academic officer, associate provost and dean at major colleges and universities throughout the country.

ILAHE Poster 6The New York/Long Island region is hosting this for women leaders in higher education throughout New York State. All are welcome!

Feel free to share this print flyer on your campus!
(Click to see full-size; right-click (Windows) or control-click (Mac) to download the image to your hard drive.)


Women leaders in online learning at St. John’s Manhattan campus

Online learning leaders present Oct 1, 2015

The Women’s Leadership in Online Learning panel discussion of October 1, 2015—co-sponsored by the ACE Women’s Network of NY, St. John’s University and the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and held at the St. Johns University Manhattan Campus—drew participants from around New York State and New Jersey.   A panel of five online higher education experts, including Elizabeth Ciabocchi, Ed.D. (St. John’s University), Amy Gaimaro, D.B.A. (Molloy College), Kathleen S. Ives, D.M. (Online Learning Consortium), Christine G. Shakespeare, Ph.D. (Pace University), and Deborah Spiro, Ed.D. (Nassau Community College), led a lively discussion on the issues and challenges facing women leaders in online learning in public and private 2- and 4-year higher education institutions in the region.  Participants were encouraged to seek out leadership opportunities and professional development in online higher education via the ACE Women’s Network of NY, the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), and other professional organizations and leadership development programs for women in higher education.
Check out upcoming ACE Women’s Network of NY events here on this website or on our LinkedIn group or Facebook page, plus you’re invited:
Online Learning Consortium (OLC) International Conference for Online Learning, October 13-16, 2015, Orlando, FL

Oct. 19 – Cultivating a Robust Mentor Network, Central Region

Please join us!

Monday, October 19, 2015
Cultivating a Robust Mentor Network

It’s all about relationships!

Presented by

Christa Downey
Director of Engineering Co-op & Career Services
Cornell University

We will discuss:

  • Benefits of having a diverse mentor network
  • How to connect with additional people as resources & possible mentors
  • The mentors in your life and how to draw from their wisdom

Finger Lakes Community College
Room 1175
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Registration is $12 and open now!

Muffins, bagels, fruit, and hot drinks will be provided

Click the image to download this flyer to distribute on your campus!

NYSACEWN Flyer 10.19.15

Oct. 16 – Speed Networking in the Westchester-Rockland Region!

All are welcome!

Speed Networking: Expand your skill set!

Friday, Oct. 16
2:00-4:00 PM

New York Medical College
40 Sunshine Cottage Road
Valhalla, NY 10595

$25; registration is open!

Feel free to share this flyer on your campus!

New State Coordinator and Associate State Coordinator for New York State

CONTACT: Nereida Quiles, NYS ACEWN, Public Relations Officer


The New York State chapter of the ACE Women’s Network announced this spring that Dr. Judith Tabron, Director of Faculty and Student Computing Services at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, was elected and has stepped into the position of State Coordinator. Dr. Tabron is leading the NY State Executive Board composed of thirteen talented education leaders, and representing the state’s network to the ACE Women’s Network national Executive Council.

The move is part of the group’s planned succession process. Dr. Tabron has served as the state’s Information Officer since 2011, and was elected Associate State Coordinator in 2012. She has established the group’s website and social media presence, as well as the SaaS tools it uses for event advertising, registration, and payment. She has also served on all of its recent conference committees, including the collaborative multi-state conference with New Jersey, Delaware, and Connecticut in November 2014 and the popular Women of Color conference in March 2014. From 2012 to 2014, she also presented on current topics in information technology for higher education leaders at the chapter’s annual state conferences, and in 2015 on budget management.

“The state of New York has a large and thriving network of women who are serving in every type of leadership position in higher education,” said Dr. Tabron. “Institutions of higher learning are very diverse here, and so are the women who participate in the NYS ACE Women’s Network. Our members are the present and the future of higher education leadership. We want to highlight these women and their accomplishments, and the network gives us all colleagues and friends from every area throughout higher education. We are in a great position to keep growing and offering women unique professional development opportunities as well.”

As part of the same succession process, Dr. Kathleen Merget, Dean for Liberal Arts and Business Management at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, was elected Associate State Coordinator. She has led the active Hudson Valley region since 2012, has initiated several improvements for inter-network communication while serving on the executive board, and was conference coordinator for the very well received ACEWN State Conference in both 2014 and 2015 at the CIA.

Both will continue to be assisted by Dr. Patricia Burlaud, Dean of Operations, Assessment & Accreditations, Global Programs, at New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, NY. Dr. Burlaud takes on the executive board position of Past State Coordinator. She revitalized the New York State chapter of ACE Women’s Network beginning in 2010. She put regional organizations in place, established new bylaws and working processes for the group, and reconstituted its executive board to its dynamic new form. Her presentations at the state conferences on managing in an increasingly global environment have been extremely popular. Dr. Burlaud was the first recipient of the state chapter’s Catalyst Leadership Award in 2014, and will continue to be a valuable leader for the network.

For more information about NYS ACEWN please visit

NYS ACEWN Mission: “To promote and support women leading in higher education.”

Women’s Leadership in Online Learning

Please join us for a discussion of current issues and challenges for women leaders in online learning. The event will feature a distinguished women’s leadership panel from a variety of New York higher education institutions and the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), a leading professional organization in this burgeoning field.
Our panelists:
  • Amy J. Gaimaro, D.B.A., Dean of Nontraditional Programs, Molloy College
  • Kathleen S. Ives, D.M., CEO and Executive Director, Online Learning Consortium (OLC)
  • Alexandra M. Pickett, M.A., Director, Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence (COTE)
  • Christine G. Shakespeare, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Continuing & Professional Education, Pace University
  • Deborah Spiro, Ed.D., Assistant Vice President, Distance Education, Nassau Community College
Date:             Thursday, October 1, 2015
Time:             9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (breakfast included)

St. John’s University – Manhattan Campus
101 Astor Place

New York, NY 10003
Registration for the event will be $15.  Registration is open now.
We hope to see you there!
This event is co-sponsored by the NYC/LI ACE Women’s Network, the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), and St. John’s University.

Sue Maxam receives 2nd Annual NYSACEWN Catalyst Award

Sue Maxam

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

Congratulations to Dr. Sue Maxam—the 2015 recipient of the NYSACEWN Catalyst Award!

The “ACE Catalyst Award” is awarded on an annual basis to a woman leader in higher education who: exemplifies the mission of ACE/National Network of Women Leaders; dedicates herself to higher education by serving her students, colleagues, and institution generously; demonstrates a personal commitment to professional growth and enrichment; unselfishly gives her time and energy in assisting other women in their professional development as a mentor and role model; and advances and promotes higher education through collaborative efforts across disciplines in academics, government, and business communities.

A little about Sue….

She is the Assistant Vice President of Undergraduate Education at Pace University where she has worked for the past 26 years in a variety of progressively responsible leadership roles relating to retention, advising, student engagement, academic enrichment, and career services. In her current position, Sue provides oversight to 5 units within the Division for Student Success and her primary goal is to create a transformative experience for all students at Pace.

As an undergraduate student working in the shantytowns of Peru back in the early 1980s, she formed women’s empowerment groups aimed at educating women to advocate for their rights. Since then, she has made it her mission to continue educating, mentoring and empowering women on the higher education (students and staff) level as well as those less fortunate (victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, etc.). Additionally, she is

(1) leading a university-wide initiative to bring all Pace women’s initiatives under one umbrella so as to support other women in their personal and professional development;

(2) serving as a mentor to 4 Pace employees through a formal mentoring program (while also serving as an informal mentor to many others);

(3) the founder of Pace’s Women’s Empowerment Network (for students);

(4) the Institutional liaison for American Council on Education/Women Leaders in Higher Education (Westchester/Rockland Region);

(5) the former member of the ACE/Women Leaders in Higher Education Board of Directors as the Regional Representative;

(6) teaching women’s empowerment and social justice courses;

(7) engaging in volunteer work aimed at empowering others to effectuate positive social change; and

(8) leading efforts to create the first human trafficking crime mapping project of its kind in conjunction with 20 Pace students and an international NGO dedicated to ending human trafficking.

Sue has traveled widely to developing countries in Latin America and Africa, participating in peace, justice and educational efforts. Her doctorate is in Higher Education Leadership with a focus on social justice. Sue’s motto for life and work is: be the change you want to see in the world.

Our sincere thanks to Sue for her many significant contributions to her institution, the community at large and to the American Council on Education at the state and regional level. She simply makes the world a better place!