Architects of Change:
Negotiating Your Future

This statewide conference is New York State’s leadership event for women in higher education. Hope we see you at The Culinary Institute in Hyde Park, New York!

Thursday evening, June 4 – Event begins with a networking dinner (separate registration fee).

NEW – kick off the evening with networking power hour before dinner with folks from your region and your Regional Coordinator!
Friday June 5 – All conference sessions take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Breakout Sessions (see ) for women’s careers at every level:

Making Mentoring Work: Be a Catalyst
Sue Maxam, Ed.D., 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, Ph.D., Director of Faculty and Student Computing
Hofstra University

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

Plus: Signups Now Open: Meet with a President! Full Program Below!

President AsselinDr. Martha Asselin,
Acting President of
SUNY Schenectady County
Community College

President DrugovichDr. Margaret Drugovich,
President of
Hartwick College

President EdingtonDr. Pamela Edington,
President of
SUNY Dutchess
Community College

President MullenDr. Shirley Mullen,
President of
Houghton College

NEW for 2015, there will be a limited number of opportunities for members of the network to meet individually with the presidential participants in our conference. You can sign up starting now for one of these first-come, first-served sessions. Participants will need to be registered for the conference at the time that they request to be added to the list for this new feature of the conference. Register now!

Then sign up for a Meeting with a President (first-come, first-served, for registered conference attendees only)


Architects of ChangeKeynote Speaker:

Deborah McCreery, Vice President of Advancement
Albright College, PA
and member of  the
ACE Women’s Network Executive Council





We will be welcoming Deborah McCreery to kick off our event with news and information about “Moving the Needle”, the ACE Women’s Network initiative to have 50% of college and university presidents be women by 2030. This is a movement in which we all have a part to play!

In addition we will have workshops on: Negotiating strategies, Developing and presenting your budgeting skills, Mentoring and being mentored, Non-traditional students as the new majority in higher education.  Plus the rest of our program, including breakout sessions on making mentoring work for you, packaging your budget experience, negotiating, and more!


Thursday June 4:
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. NEW Regional meet and greet – meet other women from your region of New York State!
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Dinner cooked just for us at the Caterina de’ Medici restaurant of The Culinary Institute of America

Friday June 5:
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration, breakfast and networking
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome from the hosting Regional Coordinator and State Coordinator
9:15 – 9:30 a.m. NYS ACE Women’s Network Presidential Sponsor’s Opening Remarks
9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker, “Moving the Needle”
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Networking break
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Breakout sessions (3 career-boosting topics)
11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch at one of the restaurants of The Culinary Institute of America
and presentation of the Catalyst Leadership Award
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Panel of Presidents Discussion
1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Open Discussion with Presidents
2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Networking Break
3:15 – 4:45 p.m.NEW Individual Presidential Mentoring Sessions
(concurrent with)
3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions (2 career-boosting topics)
4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Suggest and plan events for 2015-2016 in your area and around the state!
4:45 – 5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks


$145 per person;
$220 per person including the Thursday evening dinner just for us!

To register, click this link and choose your preferred option:
Conference and dinner (includes Thursday evening networking dinner and all Friday sessions)
Conference alone (all Friday sessions)

(Problems registering? Please contact Debbie Bailey 845-451-1396)

When you’re ready, click Register Now! in the top green bar on the far right to proceed to the next step. (In the next screen, no further discounts or coupon codes apply.)


When you click Submit, you’ll see a screen where you click Continue in the lower left, then you’ll see the screen with the option to Proceed to Checkout.


You will be prompted to log in or, as a New Visitor, to create a new sign-in account. (Most of you will be new to The Culinary Institute’s registration and will want to create a new sign-in account!)

Only credit card payments are accepted.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!


The conference will be taking place at the beautiful Hudson Valley campus of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. It’s a gorgeous location and yes, they will be cooking for us! Make a weekend of the trip and enjoy this scenic and relaxing area of New York state. Perhaps take a cooking class as well!

Driving directions and other travel information is available from the website of The Culinary Institute of America. The campus is available by car, plane, or by train from Metro-North Commuter Railroad from Grand Central Station in New York City.


Arrangements have been made for a block of rooms for this conference at:

Holiday Inn Express Poughkeepsie
2750 South Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone 1 800 315 2621

$112 per room. Use group code ACE when booking by phone to receive discounted rate. Room availability is limited.

There are lots of other housing options – visit this page to see more area hotels!

 We Can’t Wait To See You There!