Higher education weathered the pandemic, but challenges persist. Now our institutions must grapple with a new wave of workplace pressures: “quiet quitting,” the Great Resignation, realignment thinking, and colleagues redefining how, when and why they work.
What does that mean for women in higher education? We are poised to become renaissance leaders as we re-order priorities, reinvest in what matters most, and shift to a new mindset.
The most recent event hosted by NJ ACE Women’s Network drew attendees from across south and central Jersey—all for the opportunity to meet, greet and reconnect at B2 Bistro and Bar in Toms River.
NJ ACE board members Akirah Fenimore of Seton Hall University and Dr. Nicole Pulliam of Monmouth University welcomed guests and facilitated activities designed for attendees to get to know each other. Most were especially grateful to be there and some, who faced difficult commutes, couldn’t wait to wind down the day with other professionals.
“Traffic delays due to the Presidential motorcade didn’t deter our attendees from coming!” said Ms. Fenimore, who ushered in guests who traveled up to two hours to join NJ ACE. “Our guests had the opportunity to connect in-person while sharing their strengths as women in higher education.”
There was no shortage of talent in the room as women shared their ‘superpowers’.
“We learned that women in our community of higher ed professionals are adept at so many things,” said Ms. Fenimore. “They are talented at planning, programming, connecting, presenting data in a creative way, student empathy, and engagement.”
NJ ACE Women’s Network looks forward to more gatherings throughout the 2022-23 academic year. Next up is the organization’s annual Women of Color Symposium. Watch e-mail and social media for details.
More than 50 higher education leaders from across New Jersey gathered recently at Bloomfield College for a NJ ACE Women’s Network event. The organization’s wine and cheese social was hosted by Bloomfield College President Marcheta Evans, Ph.D. (also the presidential sponsor for NJ ACE) and drew professionals eager to connect and catch up.
“It was a great experience. Great people, food, and fellowship,” one participant shared in a follow-up survey after the experience. “I’m amazed to have had the opportunity to meet many higher education professionals who I plan to stay in contact with, and form a collaboration,” said another attendee.
Board members are planning a full year of experiences designed to help NJ leaders reconnect—virtually and in-person—around the IDEALS of the organization: to actively identify, develop, encourage, advance, link and support women in higher education. The event schedule includes another wine and cheese social, slated for October 6 at B2 Bistro and Bar in Toms River, and a virtual Women of Color Conference, to be held online Friday, October 28.
Welcome from our new chair: Michelle Campbell, Ed.D.
September 7, 2022
The academic year is in full swing, and many of us are now seeing our campuses come to life as more students, faculty, and staff return to life on campus. While we spend the majority of our time ensuring students and faculty have the tools needed for teaching and learning success, it is important that as higher education leaders we make time for our development and growth.
Our health, wellbeing, and professional success depend on it. While we may have differing career goals and aspirations, we all benefit from professional development, networking, and support from women in higher education.
Making time to grow, learn and connect
The ACE Women’s Network – New Jersey is a learning-centered organization focused on the development and growth of women serving higher education institutions in the State of New Jersey. This year, we have a slate of networking and programming events that will provide our women leaders, and aspiring women leaders with the opportunity to connect with colleagues across the state, as well as learn and hear from women leaders who continue to serve as trailblazers in higher education.
Our conferences, workshops, and events tackle timely issues, explore promising practices, and offer sisterhood. Some of our events are shared below.
September and October 2022 Locations throughout New Jersey
These in-person events will launch in September. This is a great way to reconnect with colleagues, as well as meet new colleagues as we transition to a post-pandemic working environment. We will kick off the series Wednesday, September 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception at Bloomfield College. Registration is free.
Women of Color Symposium
Friday, October 28, 2022 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Zoom Event
Our Women of Color Symposium will take place online Friday, October 28 from 12 to 2 p.m. This is a virtual event that will include an optional virtual after-party/networking immediately following the main program. More information will be shared in the coming weeks about this event and how to register.
ACE Lunch and Lead
Friday, February 3, 2023 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Zoom Event
Our ACE Lunch and Lead will take place online Friday, February 3 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. This is a virtual event and a great way to connect with colleagues and hear from women leaders in our field during the lunch hour. More information will be shared in the coming months about this event and how to register.
Annual Spring Conference
Friday, March 24, 2023 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Seton Hall University In-person event
Our Spring Conference will take place Friday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Seton Hall University. The first hour will be reserved for check-in, breakfast, and informal networking. The formal program will begin at 10 a.m. More information will be shared in the coming months about this event and how to register.
Time to lean in
We are excited about the year ahead and eager to provide content that enriches your professional and personal growth. At ACE Women’s Network – New Jersey, we dream big and encourage you to lean into your limitless potential while activating your professional network. There is a saying I heard recently that goes like this, “Confidence is feeling the fear and doing it anyway.” As an organization and network of influential women leaders, our goal is to build your confidence and support you in the pursuit of achieving and realizing your professional aspirations.
On behalf of the ACE Women’s Network NJ Board of Directors, we encourage your engagement with our network via our upcoming events. We welcome women from all aspects of higher education.
Feel free to share feedback, stay connected, and follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook. We look forward to meeting you in person and virtually, understanding your needs and interests, and offering programming that best supports your aspirations.
Please stay connected with us and continue checking this website for more information on our upcoming events.
Michelle Campbell, Ed.D. Chair, ACE Women’s Network – New Jersey Board of Directors Vice President for Institutional Advancement Middlesex College
The academic year is now in full swing, and we are adjusting to a new set of challenges as in-person learning resumes. While much of our time and efforts focus on the education, development, and care of students, it is imperative to create space and commit to doing the same for ourselves. Our health, wellbeing, and professional success depend on it. Even amid the ongoing pandemic, we want to thrive! While we may have differing career goals and aspirations, we all benefit from professional development, networking, and support from women in our profession. The NJ ACE Women’s Network is a learning-centered organization. You can count on us to consistently offer programming and experiences that will help you grow and learn from each other and experts in higher education. The upcoming Women of Color Conference is a perfect opportunity to experience the power of the NJ ACE Women’s Network.
We invite you to join us on October 22, 2021, for Bold Leadership: Reclaiming Our Time, Reframing Our Realities, and Reaffirming our Purpose. This virtual conference will be transformative! Participants will be inspired, better informed, and network with colleagues across the state. The $75 conference registration fee is inclusive of the annual membership fee. There is no better time to join NJ ACE Women’s Network and begin forming meaningful connections! The registration fee for aspiring professionals (i.e., those enrolled as full-time students) is $35 and includes the membership fee.
We are excited about the year ahead and eager to provide content that enriches your growth and supports your career goals and aspirations. We want you to dream big, lean into your limitless potential, and activate your professional network. Our conferences, workshops, and events tackle timely issues, explore promising practices, and offer sisterhood. The current disruption in higher education requires adaptability, and NJ ACE Women’s Network strives to be a cutting-edge professional development association. Throughout the year, members will have exclusive opportunities to connect with high-achieving women leaders who are inspirational and will share insights on thriving while pursuing career goals. For example, on November 5, members will be invited to attend “Presidential Perspectives” featuring Dr. Marcheta P. Evans, President of Bloomfield College for the first edition of our Lunch & Lead Series.
We welcome women from all aspects of higher education and look forward to partnering with you. Feel free to share feedback, stay connected, and follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook. For now, we look forward to meeting you virtually, understanding your needs and interests, and offering programming to best support your aspirations. Please stay connected with us and continue checking this site to see what is coming next.
Felicia McGinty, Ed.D.
Antoinette Clay, Ed.D.
Co-chairs, NJ ACE Women’s Network Board of Directors
A Word from our Outgoing Chair, Dr. Allyson Straker Banks
As summer sets in and we put another academic year behind us, I hope that you make time to rest, reflect and most of all, breathe.
During the pandemic, we all faced challenges that strengthened us and changed us. That goes for the ACE Women’s Network-New Jersey, too. For nearly a year, the executive board has worked behind the scenes to sharpen our vision and shape future leadership. My term as Chair of our state network ends this month and I am proud to announce that Dr. Felicia McGinty and Dr. Antoinette Clay will be our new co-chairs, beginning Thursday, July 1, 2021.
Dr. Clay and Dr. McGinty each bring a broad and diverse range of experiences to the network at a time when it is most needed. With the many changes underway in higher education today, their strong skills in leading transformation and adapting higher education practices to the needs of our current student populations will enable the network to offer you strong support and meaningful professional development programs.
They, along with 13 other excellent new board members who represent colleges and universities across the State of New Jersey, are eager to work with you and for you, as they build upon the strong foundation that ACE Women’s Network-New Jersey has maintained for over 43 years.
Since I arrived in 2007, I have learned many lasting lessons that will stay with me as I move into some new and exciting ventures. Through ACE Women’s Network-New Jersey, I was fortunate to have opportunities to expand my leadership, negotiation, and communication skills. I have benefited immensely from the many occasions of networking, connecting with new people, and helping other women along their career paths. Most significantly, I have been able to build long-lasting professional and personal relationships, ones that have guided me on my own career path and will extend well beyond my tenure on the board.
Over the years, I, myself, have been a student in learning and observing the tremendous value of following one’s conviction in voicing a differing opinion with the goal of advocacy for those whose voices too often go unheard. Refining the skill of speaking up and speaking out requires tenacity, self-assurance, and a strong desire to effect change even if it means sacrificing popularity.
ACE Women’s Network-New Jersey also allowed me to exercise many other muscles—budgeting, negotiating, strategic planning, designing and enforcing organizational by-laws and more. For this and so many other teachable moments, I am truly grateful for the efforts of all of the board members who preceded me and those with whom I worked.
More work to do
As we learned in both of the conferences we held during this academic year, our work is not done. We need to encourage women in furthering their professional development and finding ways to have it all. Yes, in my mind, you can have it all. We can each develop career strategies and personal paths in which we organize our goals and bring our own support systems into the mix. Prioritizing our aspirations allows us to determine areas on which we wish to place our focus at different times in our lives, as we explore the diversity of possibilities that exist in our professional and personal lives.
Our future is bright and YOU are an important part of the future success of ACE Women’s Network-New Jersey! The organization continues to flourish with your input, opinions, and participation.
I am leaving this particular leadership role, but I am not leaving my ongoing support for the ACE Network IDEALS (programs that Identify, Develop, Encourage, Advance, Link,and Support women in higher education careers). I look forward to cheering on our new co-chairs as they continuing the work of our network. On behalf of ACE Women’s Network-New Jersey, we wish you the best and look forward to offering you exciting and energizing programming in the upcoming fall!