The ACE Women’s Network is a national system of networks within each state, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, with the goal of advancing and supporting women in higher education. Each state network is led by a state chair who works with institutional representatives and at least one presidential sponsor to develop programs that identify, develop, encourage, advance, link, and support (IDEALS) women in higher education careers within that state.

The state networks are linked to one another through their connection with the American Council on Education (ACE)​ and the ACE Women’s Network Executive Council, a group of senior women executives from across the country who serve as both mentors to the state chairs and as advisers to ACE on the overall functioning of the ACE Women’s Network. State chairs also benefit from the mentorship and advice from college and university presidents and chancellors who have agreed to serve as presidential sponsors.

The Michigan American Council on Education (MI-ACE) is the professional network for Michigan women in higher education. Michigan State University is currently one of 50 member institutions within the MI-ACE Network.

MSU Contacts

If you are interested in learning more or have ideas for how MSU can build on this membership, please contact our current institutional representative:

Cindi Leverich at .

MI-ACE Opportunities (Ways to get involved Flyer)

Annual Conference 

The 2020 conference was unfortunately canceled, however, save the date for June 14-15, 2021.   The conference will take place at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan.

Interested in attending the conference but don’t have the funding support?  Apply for the Lynette Findley MI-ACE Women’s Network Conference Scholarship Fund 

Senior-Level Leadership Shadow Program

The program allows mid-level women aspiring toward senior-level positions to learn from mentors, gain diverse institutional perspectives, and develop knowledge and skills. The program utilizes best practices from a variety of existing fellowship and job shadow opportunities to create a unique experience for select women in higher education in Michigan.

Speakers and Consultants Bureau

A resource for member institutions to tap into the vast amount of expertise within the state on a wide range of topics including such areas as from Leadership Issues, Project Management, and Mentoring.

Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Leadership Award

Honorees are chosen from nominations made by the presidents or chief operating officers of Michigan ACE Network member colleges and universities early each calendar year. This award honors Michigan women who have distinguished themselves by providing outstanding leadership to women in their institutions, in their profession and in society at large. The award recognizes groundbreaking work on behalf of women that is outside the scope of the nominee’s formal faculty or staff responsibilities. Honorees have distinguished themselves as advocates for women and catalysts for change.

MI-ACE Women’s Network Women of Color Collaborative (WOCC)

WOCC offers annual meetings focusing on specific career issues and challenges that women of color encounter of programming as well as providing mentoring, ongoing communication, and in-time support for women of color in higher education across the state.