Corporate Engagement

ACE and the Business Community

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ACE works closely with organizations to strengthen the higher education community. Whether you are a multinational firm focusing on technology solutions or a boutique executive search firm placing the lead​ers of tomorrow, ACE offers a variety of opportunities to engage effectively with our members. Offerings range from sponsorship and visibility at ACE’s live and digital convenings to thought leadership contributions and year-round connectivity as members of ACE and its affinity groups.

Affiliate Membership Program

The ACE Affiliate Membership Program is a bridge between higher education and the business, nonprofit, and foundation communities, bringing together leaders to solve issues facing our institutions today. ACE institutional members serve 80 percent of today’s college students.

The ACE Affiliate Membership Program offers:

  • Engagement opportunities and access to ACE leadership and members
  • Communications and insights to help you understand how to better serve campuses throughout the country
  • Year-round visibility and brand awareness
  • Special opportunities aligned with the ACE Annual Meeting, the nation’s premier higher education event

ACE affiliate membership is open to companies, nonprofit organizations, and foundations that serve all sectors of higher education. To learn more about the Affiliate Membership​ Program offerings, download the Affiliate Membership Brochure below.

Affinity Groups

Affiliate members also have access to the ACE Thought Leaders Circle (invite-only), and the Executive Search Roundtable, two affinity groups open only to ACE affiliate members.

 ACE Thought Leaders Circle

The invite-only ACE Thought Leaders Circle (TLC) is made up of select corporate, nonprofit, and foundation members. TLC members are renowned thought leaders in the higher education field—particularly those known for contributions in the areas of equity-minded leadership, institutional transformation, and student success. TLC partners collaborate with ACE to develop and share relevant content across ACE’s live and digital learning platforms.

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 Executive Search Roundtable

For more than 30 years, the ACE Executive Search Roundtable has addressed the mutual interests of ACE and executive search firms in identifying talented leaders for U.S. colleges and universities.

Roundtable members enjoy all the year-round benefits of ACE’s Affiliate Members Program, as well as additional, exclusive benefits.

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Annual Meeting Opportunities

For over a century, ACE’s Annual Meeting has been the country’s most distinguished higher education event, convening more than 1,700 leaders from all types of higher education institutions and associations across the United States. Campus and nonprofit leaders attend ACE’s Annual Meeting to generate fresh perspectives for practical campus solutions, network with top leaders across all higher education sectors, and bring data-driven insights back to their campuses. ACE offers a variety of sponsorship, advertising, and exhibiting opportunities. Engage with the only national conference that brings together leaders from across higher education institutions.

Program Support

ACE strategically aligns funding and thought partners with an assortment of digital and live programming throughout the year. ACE’s work centers on three critical components of higher education’s value proposition for the twenty-first century: equity-minded leadership, institutional transformation, and student success. Across these areas of focus, we deliver in-depth research, programs and services, communities, networks, and partnerships.

Some key examples of program support opportunities include:

  • ACE Women’s Network and Leadership Programs: The ACE Women’s Network facilitates the networking of women interested in pursuing leadership opportunities in higher education.
  • Thought Leaders Circle: An affinity group made up of select affiliate members that provides year-round opportunities to contribute and support content development across ACE’s various research initiatives and programs.

For more information on the most current programmatic and research engagement opportunities, please contact ACE’s Advancement office at​.

 Affiliate Member Directory

ACE gratefully acknowledges our affiliate members, whose generous support helps sustain ACE programs and initiatives.​

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 Executive Search Roundtable Directory

​ACE is pleased to provide information and facilitate communication with executive search firms that specialize in higher education. ACE does not evaluate or endorse the services of individual firms.

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