ACE Thought Leaders Circle

The ACE Thought Leaders Circle (TLC) is an invitation-only affinity group of select corporations, foundations, and other organizations. ACE selects members from the ACE Affiliate Members Program. In order to be eligible, organizations must be a current affiliate member in good standing. Invited members will have a demonstrated record of accomplishment in strengthening higher education to include the dissemination of important research and other insights.

The TLC will collaborate with ACE in developing and sharing insights and content including white papers, courses, case studies, reports, and other information across various live and digital platforms.

ACE formed the Thought Leaders Circle to:

  • Connect higher education leaders to knowledge, innovations, and best practices
  • Highlight affiliate members that are at the forefront of innovation, developing new solutions and carrying out research with ACE’s member institutions
  • Facilitate conversations and insights among institutional leaders and their counterparts in the corporate, foundation, and other sectors​


Drawing on ACE’s current institutional priorities, this invitation-only affinity group will include members that are:

  • Recognized as thought leaders in the higher education field
  • Developing important insights in a variety of formats, particularly centered on equity-minded leadership, institutional transformation, or student success
  • Interested in having increased year-round engagement with ACE and our member institutions

Annual Benefits

Engagement and Access

TLC members will collaborate with ACE subject matter experts on the following opportunities:

  • Invitation to serve as a panelist during an ACE Forum, or opportunity to co-curate content for ACE ENGAGE® (select microcourses, podcast series, webinar, or white paper)
  • Summary paper, toolkit, video, or guest blog entry
  • Representative appointed to serve on ACE’s content advisory committee

Visibility and Brand Awareness

  • Logo or name listed in applicable program materials (e.g., agenda, registration site, and promotional materials)
  • Name attributed to featured TLC content on the ACE ENGAGE platform
  • Inclusion in the ACE Thought Leaders Circle listing in the Annual Meeting program
  • Listing on ACE’s Thought Leaders Circle web page
  • Use of ACE Thought Leaders Circle logo (in accordance with the TLC member guidelines)
  • Banner ad in e-newsletter recognizing and thanking TLC members (on a rotating basis)

​Contact Us

To learn more about the ACE Thought Leaders Circle, or to explore engagement opportunities that may exceed or differ from the described scope of the program, please contact ACE's Advancement team at​.