“Architects of Change: Negotiating Your Future”

The 2015 conference for the New York State American Council on Education Women’s Network was a wonderful event!

This conference is New York State’s leadership event for women in higher education.

The conference took place at the beautiful Hudson Valley campus of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, for the second year!  It is a gorgeous location and yes, they cooked for us!  Many participants made a weekend of the trip and enjoyed this scenic and relaxing area of New York State.

The first session began on Thursday evening, June 4, with a networking power hour before dinner with attendees from every NYS region, Board Members and Regional Coordinators.

We continued the evening with a networking dinner with “truly authentic regional Italian cuisine taking the center stage at Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici, a sophisticated dining room overlooking a stunning herb and rose garden, and the Hudson River” in a beautiful Tuscan-style building.

The first full day occurred on Friday, June 5, with conference sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We had workshops on:
> Negotiating strategies
> Developing and presenting your budgeting skills
> Mentoring and being mentored
> Non-traditional students as the new majority in higher education
> and more!

Friday morning began with welcoming comments from our host Dr. Kathy Merget of CIA, Dr. Judith Tabron, State Coordinator, and Dr. Margaret Drugovitch, our Presidential Sponsor and member of the ACE Women’s Network Executive Council.

We welcomed Deborah McCreery, keynote speaker, Vice President of Advancement at Albright College, PA, and member of the ACE Women’s Network Executive Council.   Ms. McCreery kicked off our event with news and information about “Moving the Needle”, the ACE Women’s Network initiative to have women be 50% of higher education chief executives by 2030. This is a movement in which we all have a part to play!

Friday Breakout Sessions were for women’s careers at every level:

>Making Mentoring Work: Be a Catalyst, Sue Maxam, EdD, Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Education, Pace University

>Government Relationships, Comedy & Skateboard, Jeffrey Rosenstock, Assistant Vice President of Governmental and External Affairs, Queens College (CUNY).

>The Rising and Important Majority on Campus: Nontraditional College Students, Nereida Quiles, ABD, MS, Director of Admission for Adult Education, Concordia College-NY.

>Putting Your Budget in Context, Judith Tabron, PhD, Director of Faculty and Student Computing, Hofstra University.

>Negotiating Strategies for Success, Patricia Burlaud, PhD, Dean, Operations, Assessment & Accreditations, Global Programs, New York Institute of Technology.

> Self-Advocacy and the Power of Negotiation– Carolyn M. Tragni M.A., Dean of Academic Planning and Engagement, The Culinary Institute of America.

NEW for 2015, were a limited number of opportunities for members of the network and registered conference attendees to meet individually with the presidential participants. Pre-sign up was required.

The highlight and popular feature of our conference was the President’s Panel Discussion and then an open Q & A with the presidents:
> Dr. Margaret Drugovich, President of Hartwick College, NYS ACEWN presidential sponsor.
> Dr. Martha Asselin, Acting President of SUNY Schenectady County Community College.
> Dr. Pamela Edington, President of SUNY Dutchess Community College.
> Dr. Shirley Mullen, President of Houghton College.

Lunch and presentation of the Catalyst Leadership Award was held at The Bocuse Restaurant, a French restaurant named for the most famous chef in France, Paul Bocuse.  This year’s recipient of the catalyst award was Dr. Sue Maxam of Pace University. 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.

New connections were made. We learned about new tools and resources.  Overall, the conference was a huge success thanks to our Board, CIA, and you!

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Thank you! See you next year!


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