The ACE Women's Network-Ohio is a state affiliate of the American Council on Education, Inclusive Excellence Group. Our network's primary purpose is to promote the advancement of women into senior administrative positions in higher education and support the professional development of all women.
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 coordinator 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 Inclusive Excellence Group 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 coordinators and as advisers to ACE on the overall functioning of the ACE Women's Network. State coordinators also benefit from the mentorship and advice from college and university presidents and chancellors who have agreed to serve as presidential sponsors.
The ACE Women's Network facilitates the networking of women interested in pursuing leadership opportunities in higher education. The 4-part structure – Network Executive Council, independent, state-based networks with state coordinators, presidential sponsors, and institutional representatives – works to support and coordinate these connections. Activities facilitated by the network include the sharing of best practices, particularly at annual state conferences, and the promotion of professional leadership training opportunities by the state networks.