Success: No Permission Necessary!

Where do you get inspiration, education, and information to help you move your career forward all in one place?

This statewide conference is New York State’s leadership event for women in higher education. Hope we see you at Schenectady County Community College in Schenectady, New York! Here is the latest program.

Driving directions can be downloaded as a PDF here!

Registration is open! Register online until 5 p.m. Friday, June 17. 

Thursday evening, June 23 – Event begins with regional meetings – dine with friends!
Friday June 24 – All conference sessions take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Signups are now open for presidential mentoring sessions!

Sign up here to meet individually with one of our panel of presidents and talk about your goals and your career. This is a unique opportunity not available at any other conference. Introduced in 2015, this was one of the most popular features at our state conference; some attendees are still in touch with their presidents!

Keynote Speaker:Sarah Angel-Johnson

Sarah Angel-Johnson

Chief PMO Executive (Interim) & Chief Alumnae Officer
Girl Scouts of America

“Moving the Needle: Leading by Influence”

In 2014, Sarah made a significant career change from IBM executive to revolutionizing the iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program—taking it digital! In her role as chief Digital Cookie executive for Girl Scouts of the USA, she launched our national digital girl-experience platform with a pilot including 117,000 girls selling almost 1 million boxes of cookies, to teach girls valuable e-commerce entrepreneurial skills. The pilot garnered 4 billion media impressions and recognitions including a spot in Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Non-Profits list. In addition, Sarah stood up Girl Scouts of the USA’s Project Management Office to consistently plan, execute, and achieve significant strategic initiatives for the Girl Scout Movement. Following that success, she was named Girl Scouts’ first chief alumnae officer, charged with harnessing the power of 59 million former Girl Scouts.

In addition to her career, Sarah is passionate about giving back to the community and was honored with a US Congressional Award for her work with youth. She has served on multiple boards of directors, including two Girl Scout councils. She is also an active entrepreneur, owning a performing arts coffeehouse, founding a nonprofit for starting professionals, and establishing a salsa dance studio after retiring from being a professional salsa dancer. Additionally, she teaches organizational behavior at various colleges.

In addition we will be repeating our popular Speed Mentoring with Presidents in the afternoon, following on our annual PANEL OF PRESIDENTS in the morning!

This year’s panel:


Dr. Sharon DeVivo,
President of
Vaughn College of Aeronautics
and Technology


Dr. Marion Terenzio,
President of
SUNY Cobleskill


Dr. Carolyn Stefanco,
President of
The College of St. Rose


Followed by fantastic breakout sessions on skills you need with speakers you will enjoy:


Pat Portrait SMPat Clemency,
CEO Make-a-Wish Foundation
Metro New York & Western New York

on “Taking the Fear out of Fundraising”

Fundraising is becoming part of everyone’s job and yet something

many of us have little to no experience with.

How do you approach it with excitement and without fear?


Stony Brook University; Career Center Staff Portraits

Dr. Marianna Savoca,
Director, Career Center
Stony Brook University

on negotiation;

Everything in life requires negotiation

– not just for salary discussions any more!



Cathy Sweet 2016 SMDr. Cathy Sweet
Assessment Coordinator
School of Arts and Sciences
St. John Fisher College

Ph.D.?   Ed.D.?   Me?”

What degree is right for your career goals?

What degree is right for you?







We’ll also have mini-networking breaks throughout the day (and networking tips from our keynote speaker and members). Bring business cards and prepare to spend the day with a fantastic, inspiring group of women who want to help you on your own unique path to success!

For faculty, chairs, managers, directors, deans, provosts, vice-presidents and presidents – or sponsor a student you would like to see develop into a leadership position! This conference is for all women who want to develop their careers in higher education leadership.

Sponsored by the New York State ACE Women’s Network –
Regional meetings Thursday afternoon 4-6 p.m. – plan for next year or just meet your regional coordinator!

A unique opportunity to re-energize and invest in you


$145 per person;

To register, click this link.

(Problems registering? Please contact event host Martha Asselin, Vice-President for Student Affairs, SCCC SUNY (contact info on registration page), or

PLEASE NOTE: You do NOT have to register with PayPal to pay. Please choose the second option, to just pay with a credit card, below the option to log in to PayPal.


IF you use a credit card that has been registered to PayPal, you must log in to PayPal. NYSACEWN cannot help you recover your account password for PayPal, find out the email address to which the credit card has been registered. If the credit card you are attempting to use requires log in and you do not wish to or cannot log in, please use a different credit card.


Only credit card payments are accepted.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Once again we will offer a great program, full of the tools you need to develop your leadership skills and advance your career, and we hope to see you there!



The conference will be taking place at beautiful Schenectady County Community College in Schenectady, NY. Just over an hour from Albany and 40 minutes from Saratoga Springs — make a weekend of the trip and enjoy this scenic and relaxing area of New York state!

Driving directions and other travel information is available from the website of SCCC. The campus is available by car, plane (20 minutes from Albany International Airport), or by train via Amtrak from Penn Station in New York City straight to the Schenectady Station (SDY), 0.7 miles from the campus.


Hampton Inn Schenectady Downtown
450 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12305

Phone 518-377-4500
Fax 518-377-3575


30 rooms are reserved
King or 2 doubles = $189/ night
Must register for room before May 23, 2016

Glen Sanders Mansion
1 Glen Avenue
Scotia, NY 12302

Phone 518-688-2123


2 rooms are available only
Must register for room before June 1, 2016

Parker Inn and Suites
434 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12305

Phone:(518) 688-1001


22 Rooms reserved
Must register for room before June 1, 2016

Need more hotel ideas? Here are some more options!!


We can’t wait to see you there! Come see old friends, make new ones, and advance your career by being part of the New York State ACE Women’s Network!

Register today!