Two professional women pose for NJ ACE Network

NJ ACE Women meet, greet and reconnect

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.

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About the evening

“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.

ACE Women—Make time for joy, rest, and renewal

December 2020


A word from our Chair

Greetings to you, our dedicated colleagues across the State of New Jersey. As 2020 comes to a close, NJ ACE Women’s Network wants you to know that we are thinking of you! 

For those of you who were able to join us at our Women of Color Conference last October, we hope that the many “pearls of wisdom” shared are still resonating with you and that you have been able to incorporate some of the excellent strategies provided by our presenters, Dr. Connie Hoyos NerviDr. Nicole Pulliam, and Dr. Felicia McGinty for facilitating wellness in your lives. 

We are busy at work planning our spring leadership conference for Friday, March 26, 2021. Save the date on your calendars NOW!

We anticipate that this event will be just as impactful as the last one, focusing on women and equity, especially along the lines of pay, workload, and other related issues.

Why ACE-NJ matters, now and into 2021

As you know, ACE-NJ strives to bring women together to discuss important matters related to advancing and excelling in our careers. Our programming and various forms of support, through our annual conferences, our commitment to individually mentoring women, and our advocacy efforts to increase the profiles of women on our campuses, form the foundation for ACE-NJ. We continually seek to expand the understanding of benefits that are gained when women working in higher education are at the table and involved in all levels of decision making.  

Think of us as part of your support system, your cheering section, your team that provides unwavering encouragement. Yes, these times have been difficult but we remain hopeful, inspired, motivated, and determined. 

But first, a time for rest and renewal

As we approach the end of the year and a very busy semester, I hope that this holiday season will provide you a period of rest and renewal. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish you and your loved ones…good health, peace, and joy, now and in the new year.

Allyson Straker-Banks

Chair, ACE Women’s Network NJ