The 2019-20 class of the ACE Fellows Program kicked off their leadership development experience with an orientation last week at ACE’s offices in Washington, DC. Through two days of panels and interactive learning sessions, Fellows explored the context in which their journey towards senior higher education leadership will begin.
The ACE Fellows Program condenses years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single year. It is the most effective, comprehensive leadership development program in U.S. higher education today. Of the nearly 2,000 Fellows to date, more than 80 percent have served as chief executive officers, chief academic officers, other cabinet level positions, and deans.
This year’s orientation included a session examining individual work styles, titled “Understanding Yourself in the Leadership Context” and led by Louis Soares, chief learning and innovation officer of ACE’s Learning and Engagement division. All during orientation, participants joked and laughed as they built relationships with other members of their cohort and heard advice and guidance from past participants.
The Fellows will complete a summer project before participating in the opening retreat in Hartford, CT, in August and beginning their fellowship placements at another institution, where they will be mentored by that campus’s leadership. Members of the 2019-20 class were announced in March—click here to view the list of participants.
Could you or someone on your campus benefit from this experience? Applications for the 2020-21 class of Fellows are open. Apply or nominate a colleague for this unique opportunity.
For additional information, or to speak to a staff person, please email us at ACELeadership@acenet.edu or call 202-939-9376.