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Inclusive Excellence Group

Focuses on programs, resources and research to foster greater diversity and inclusion in higher education, particularly within the senior leadership.

ACE Spectrum Aspiring Leaders Program
This new ACE program is focused on attracting mid-level administrators from diverse backgrounds to increase diversity in the senior-level leadership ranks in higher education.  The need for this purposeful programming is evidenced by their underrepresentation in senior leadership roles in higher education.  

Spectrum Executive Leadership Program
Accepting its first applicants in 2012, the Spectrum Executive Leadership Program is geared toward women and administrators of color interested in pursuing presidential positions within the next two years. The program helps participants develop a successful search strategy and manage the transition into the presidency. This highly interactive program combines face-to-face and virtual convenings over several months and facilitates candid conversations with search firm executives and sitting presidents from diverse institutions and backgrounds.

National Women's Leadership Forums
This three-day leadership program is for senior-level women administrators (typically deans and above) seeking a presidency, vice presidency, or major deanship. The interactive program, held both in June and December, fosters discussions with women presidents and executive search firm consultants who help participants develop effective search strategies.

Regional Women's Leadership Forums
Mid-level administrators enter this forum to hone leadership skills like fundraising, strategic planning, career mapping, and media relations. Participants also meet with search firms to prepare for a potential search process.

The ACE Women's Network
Connect with other women administrators from your state by joining your ACE State Network. Each state network holds a wide range of activities and events throughout the year with the goals of identifying, developing, encouraging, advancing, linking, and supporting (IDEALS) women in higher education administration within that state. For more information on how to reach your state coordinator, please contact the Inclusive Excellence Group.

Women's Leadership Legacy Fund
Since the establishment, in 1973, the ACE Office of Women in Higher Education, now the Inclusive Excellence Group, ACE has remained steadfast in its commitment to the identification, development, and advancement of women leaders in higher education. The Inclusive Excellence Group offers a variety of programs dedicated to preparing women for the next level of leadership. The Women's Legacy Fund was established to provide support and create opportunities for women to achieve this goal.

Creating Global Citizens Initiative
The U.S. Department of Education awarded ACE a three-year grant to explore internationalization efforts at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The goals of this project are to identify the factors that enhance and impede the internationalization process at HBCUs and to disseminate findings from this action research project to the broader HBCU community. A national conference is scheduled for 2013 to disseminate findings and lessons to the broader higher education community.

At Home in the World Initiative
The Inclusive Excellence Group and ACE's Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement (CIGE) are working collaboratively with a group of diverse institutions to advance new analytical frameworks, enhance pedagogy, and develop innovative ways of fostering collaboration between internationalization efforts and diversity/multicultural education on campus. A national conference is scheduled for 2013 to disseminate findings and lessons to the broader higher education community.

Moving the Needle Together: Advancing Women in Higher Education
While many believe that women's battle for gender parity in the workplace has already been won, recent data suggest that this is far from reality. According to ACE's The American College President 2012 report, only 26% of the nation's college and university presidents are women and the rate of change has stalled since the late 1990s. This collaborative, multi-association initiative seeks to increase the number of women in senior leadership positions in higher education through programs, research, and resources.​​​

Leadership Group Staff

Lynn Gangone

Vice President

Kim Bobby


Gailda Davis

Associate Director

Krystle Whitaker

Senior Program Manager

Sook-Yi Yong

Senior Program Manager

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