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 corporate, foundation, and other 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
  • Regularly developing content in a variety of formats, particularly centered on equity-minded leadership, institutional transformation, or student success
  • Interested in being part of the higher education conversation and 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 speaker during an ACE event, or opportunity to co-curate content for select microcourses, podcast series, webinar, or white paper from ACE
  • Summary paper, toolkit, video, or guest blog entry on Higher Education Today

Visibility and Brand Awareness

  • Logo or name listed in applicable program materials (e.g., agenda, registration site, and promotional materials)
  • Listing on ACE’s Thought Leaders Circle web page
  • 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​.