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Regional Women's Leadership Forum

Women administrators serving in mid-level positions (department chairs and above) who aspire to senior-level positions are eligible to participate.


This 3-day leadership program is for mid-level women administrators (typically department chairs, directors, and assistant/associate deans) with high potential for advancement in higher education administration. The interactive program, typically held on campuses across the country, provides emerging women leaders with the opportunity to:

  • Hone leadership skills in critical areas such as fundraising, risk management, crisis response, and strategic planning
  • Receive practical training, including curriculum vitae/résumé critiques and mock interviews
  • Reflect on career next steps
  • Gain a better understanding of the search process for senior-level positions through candid conversations with search firm executives
  • Gain a better understanding of the inherent rewards and challenges of senior-level administrative positions, including the college or university presidency, through exposure to outstanding women leaders who share their experiences and serve as role models​

To receive an email notification for the next Regional Women's Leadership Forum, please complete the ACE Leadership Program Interest Form​.




“ACE is doing some excellent work in offering leadership development opportunities to women, and I wanted Clemson to be a part of that,” said Clemson University President Jim Clements. “We need more women leaders in higher education. Women have an important role to play in shaping the future of higher education, and we need them in positions where they can put their ideas into practice and make a difference for our nation and our world.”

Jim Clements

President, Clemson University

  • Connie Gores

    President, Southwest Minnesota State University

  • Beatriz Gonzalez Robinson

    Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Educational Counseling, University of La Verne


 Scholarships Available


These scholarships are to enable a select group of candidates from all sectors of higher education to participate in ACE’s signature leadership development programs. The Fidelity Investments scholarships are tied to ACE’s broader leadership development initiative designed to advance women and persons of color into the presidency and other leadership roles. Preference will be given to candidates from under- represented populations within higher education’s senior leadership ranks and to those candidates whose institutions lack the necessary resources to cover program attendance costs.

To inquire about available scholarship opportunities, please contact Deborah Ingram Allen at  




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