Lunchtime speaker
Lunchtime speaker Mary Lou DéCosterd on balance in life

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Speakers’ Notes:

Judith Tabron on IT & The New Normal: What You Need to Know to Master the New Tools

Participants at the 2012 confernece
Participants at the 2012 conference

June 21-22, 2012 NYS ACE Women’s Network Conference

On June 22 over 100 individuals attended the ACEWN annual conference held at the Graduate Center in New York City. The theme of the conference “The New Normal in Academia: Navigating Through Times of Turbulent Changes” focused on the challenges woman face in higher education in advancing their careers.

State Coordinator Pat Burlaud welcomes Jay Hershenson
State Coordinator Pat Burlaud welcomes Jay Hershenson at the Thursday evening reception

The opening reception, Thursday night, June 21 provided an opportunity for networking. The kickoff speaker, Jay Hershenson, Senior Vice chancellor for the University Relations and Secretary of the Board of Trustees, addressed “The History of CUNY and its Focus on Women’s Leadership”. VC Hershenson spoke about the early days of Hunter College as a center for creating women leaders. Currently, CUNY has 7 women presidents, 3 Vice Chancellors and one Executive Vice Chancellor who are women leaders.

The Friday session, June 22nd, was opened by Dr. Kimberley Cline, NYS ACEWN Presidential Sponsor, National Board Liaison, Mercy College. Dr. Clime warmly greeted those attending the conference and inspired all to reach their potential as leaders in higher education. Dr. Cline was followed by Dr. Patricia Burlaud, NYS ACE Women’s Network Coordinator, who described the relationship between the national and state organizations and then introduced Dr. Concetta Stewart, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Mercy College and National Board Liaison to the NYS organization. Dr. Burlaud introduced and welcomed the six Regional Coordinators and all Officers of the NYS ACEWN Network.

Lexa Logue's Keynote Address
Lexa Logue’s inspiration in the first keynote address

The day featured senior leaders in higher education such as Dr. Alexandra Logue, Vice Chancellor and University Provost CUNY and Iris Weinshall, Vice Chancellor Facilities CUNY. They shared their personal stories and provided professional advice to those seeking opportunities in higher education.

The concurrent session were well attended. Topics for these sessions included balancing changing workloads, reputational risk management, using influence and mastering new IT tools. The luncheon speaker, Dr. Mary Lou Decosterd, The Lead Life institute, added a self-reflective tone for women to build upon their spiritual and physical strengths to reach their potential and develop a stable and satisfying life style.

Most participants remained until the close of the conference at 4:45pm. The initial feedback was so positive that many were already speaking about plans for next year’s 2013 NYS ACE Women’s Network Conference.

Iris Weinshall shares insights from her career
Iris Weinshall shares insights in the second keynote address
Three women college presidents
Our panel of presidents share thoughts on how to “navigate the new normal”: Sr. Elizabeth Hill, President of St. Joseph’s College; Margaret Drugovitch, President of Hartwick College; and Kimberly Cline, President of Mercy College and our presidential sponsor.