Mentoring Mondays


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2022 Annual MI-ACE Women’s Network Conference Scholarship

The Annual MI-ACE Women’s Network Conference will be held on Monday and Tuesday, June 13-14, 2022 in person at the Suburban Showplace Collection, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, MI. The Network recognizes that accessing funds for professional development is a potential limitation for some women in the state who wish to attend this conference. To help remedy this, the MI-ACE Women’s Network has created scholarship opportunities to provide supplemental funding to cover the cost of registration for this annual conference. 

Are you in need of financial assistance to attend the conference? The Lynette Findley Annual Conference Scholarship is now open for applications through May 13, 2022. Any woman working in a higher education institution in the state of Michigan, whose institution is an “institutional member” of the MI-ACE Women’s Network may apply. Funding is prioritized for women who receive no financial support from their institution. 

How to apply

  1. Submit a “Statement of Interest” that includes:

Name (last, first)

Current title

Phone number and email

Name of your institution

  1. A “Personal Statement” about your professional journey in higher education addressing the following questions (not to exceed 500 words):

What are you currently doing?

How do you think the conference will help you grow?

What are your professional plans in the next five years?

What is your motivation for attending the conference?

How will attending the conference assist you in attaining your professional goals?

  1. Outline your financial limitations and financial request as they relate to the conference:

Is your institution providing you financial assistance for professional development?

Do you plan on attending both days of the conference or only one?

Do you require funding for accommodations?

The maximum scholarship is $350.00. How much are you seeking?

  1. Submit your application to Martha J. Grier, Co-chair of the Professional Development Committee via email at on or before May 13, 2022. Should you have questions regarding the application process, please call 248-488-1942.  

For complete details about the 2022 MI-ACE Annual Conference, visit the website at


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Top 10 Tips for Job Survival  

Get off to a good start! An interviewer who seems almost like a friend is not your friend. Her job is to weed out people who might not fit or might be a problem in the organization. Many personal questions are illegal for interviewers to ask, but they can engage you in friendly conversation, hoping you might share that information voluntarily.

Your relationship with your division manager or supervisor can be a big part of your job satisfaction. Try to choose a good boss over great pay.

Always tell the truth – even if it does not put you in the best position. If it is discovered that you lied about a situation, you may never be trusted again.

Be decisive when you speak. Decisive people receive more attention and respect, than people who sound uncertain.

A new boss means new rules. Meet the challenge of playing the new game instead of struggling to play a new game with the old rules. Never say, “But we always did it this way.”

Go to meetings prepared and on time. If you don’t receive an agenda in advance, ask for one.

Meet deadlines by marking your calendar with each due date. Estimate how much time it will take to complete and set up a schedule.

Courtesy and civility to everyone counts in your favor. Also, remember that inner power comes from being kind to others, not controlling them.

Excuses don’t matter – but results do!

Make your boss glad she hired you.


Source: Excerpts from The Job Survival Instruction Book, by Karin Ireland, Course Technology PTR, Cengage Learning.

Permanent link for Mentoring Monday - March 28, 2022 on March 28, 2022

Fitting the “F” Words into Your Workplace


In today’s workplace, the forces of change are driving all kinds of new organizational strategies for survival. As a result, we must learn to recognize and adjust our behavior and skills to fit into this new environment. As leaders, we must:

  • Be FAST at realigning our goals and skills in order to stay competitive;
  • Be FLEXIBLE enough to adjust our behavior when necessary;
  • FOCUS on what the institution/organization needs from everyone to assure success;
  • Change will dictate how we FIT into the new structures.

The simple fact is that the world is too complex now for organizations and institutions to do business as usual with old rules. According to Allan R. Cohen and David Bradford, “Managers at all levels can no longer expect to be the dispensers of tasks, the dividers of work, the solitary expert problem solvers, and the final arbiters. They have to depend on everyone to take the initiative, deal directly with one another, and inform, stimulate and challenge the leaders who are nominally ‘in charge’.”


Source:  Influence without Authority , by Allan R. Cohen and David L. Bradford, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


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Women's History Month

Inspirational Quotes from Influential Insiders and Innovators

“We all work very hard to fit in. We don’t like to highlight our differences as female or focus on being women” – Maggie Woodward, Commander General, U.S. Air Force

“When Detroit Tiger GM Jim Campbell told me, ‘Over my dead body you’ll go into our Tiger Clubhouse,’ I knew I had to open those locker rooms – not just for my own credibility, but for every woman sports reporter who would come after me.” – Anne Doyle, TV Sports Broadcaster

“The torch is being passed to a new gender. There’s no doubt in my mind that we women will lift up that torch. We will carry it. And we will light a new way forward.” – Maria Shriver, Journalist, Author

“Leaders grow by jumping into the refining fire of a crucible and coming out changed. Leadership is a performing art that can only be learned through action.” – Mary O’Hara
Devereau, Author, Navigating the Badlands

“There is a special place in hell for women who don’t support other women.” – Madeleine Albright, Former Secretary of State
Source: Powering Up! How America’s Women Achievers Became Leaders, by Anne Doyle

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Salute to Women’s History Month   

During March, we celebrate Women’s History Month. Governor Gretchen Whitmer recognizes the contributions of women in our state with these words:

“This month, we look to our past and honor those who secured footholds in the halls of power, shattered glass ceilings, and broke down doors to opportunity. . . .  Each and every day, women across Michigan step up in incredible ways to get things done. But these are tough times, especially for women. That’s why we must work together to create better opportunities for women and in an economy that supports them and their families. I’ll keep working with anyone to create even more progress for women.” 

To the women of the MI-ACE Women’s Network, we salute you and express our sincere appreciation for all that you do for the advancement of women in higher education, not only during March but every day of every year. 

Thank you!    

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“Attitude is the Difference Maker” 


We share with you this week the following excerpt entitled “Attitude is the Difference Maker” from John C. Maxwell’s book “The Choice is Yours.”

What’s all the fuss about attitude? Does it really make a difference? You bet it does! Never underestimate the power of a positive attitude. When facing an opponent of equal ability, the right attitude can give you the edge. Who enjoys everything more, sees more opportunities, and lives life with greater enthusiasm? The individual with the best attitude. As you examine your attitude and decide what to make it, remember these truths:

No matter what, your attitude is a choice. Circumstances may not be of your choosing, but your attitude is all yours. 

It’s easier to maintain the right attitude than to regain it. Fight to develop a positive attitude, and then don’t let it slip.

Your attitude determines your actions. Your outlook will determine your life’s outcomes more than any other single factor.

The people you lead reflect the attitude you possess. If you have any responsibility for others, as a boss, parent, or volunteer leader, the attitude of your people is a reflection of your own.

Tolstoy tells us that “happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.”  Your attitude makes the difference.


Sources:  a) Quote from Leo Tolstoy; b) Excerpt from John C. Maxwell’s book entitled “The Choice is Yours: Today’s Decisions for the Rest of Your Life.”


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“When We Learn”

As we approach the third year of dealing with the coronavirus and its variants, we find it difficult at times to face the day and do our jobs. It is during these difficult times when true leaders stand out – when they “live their purpose.”  

In today’s environment, many of us work remotely and often wonder what challenges lie ahead.   What will be the take-away lessons learned for leaders of the future? Here are some lessons that we have already learned that will sustain us and provide the momentum to continue serving and shaping the lives of others: 

 - Every person has been given the gift of a unique self, and the purpose of life is to share the very best of that gift with the world;

- We can’t control the world around us, but we are the masters of our souls;

- The emergence of good or bad qualities depends on the help given or hurt inflicted by others;

- When times of hardship ravage one’s outer shell, they can enhance one’s character and perspective;

- There is pleasure in the power of lifting others up, not in the pseudo-power of pushing them down;

- Praise from others is flattering but meaningless if it is not matched by self-respect. 

Here is a quote from an unknown source to remember in these difficult days: “Life is a miracle to be lived.” As a leader, you are in a unique position of trust; accordingly, learn how to muster up the energy to keep leading and sharing the best that you have to help others succeed. 


Source: Excerpts from Chicken Soup for the Soul, “101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit.” 


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“National Mentoring Month”

January is National Mentoring Month and we want to urge you to celebrate the mentoring relationship that you may have at this time. If you are not in a mentoring relationship, we urge you to start one today.

Make a meaningful impact on someone’s professional development. In a 2019 report, 71% of mentors and 86% of mentees stated that mentoring impacted their professional growth and success. “In its ideal form, mentoring acts as a perfect circle – a mentor shares their expertise and guidance with a mentee, and the mentee returns the favor to mentor another.”

Great mentors must be able to both “talk the talk” and “walk the walk.”  According to an article from Forbes Magazine, below are the qualities of a good mentor: 


- A desire to develop and help others. A good mentor is sincerely interested in helping someone else without any “official” reward. Good mentors do it because they genuinely want to see someone else succeed.

 - The ability and availability to commit real time and energy to the mentoring relationship. Good intentions aren’t enough—mentoring takes time!

Current and relevant industry or organizational knowledge, expertise, and/or skills. The best mentors have deep knowledge in an area that the mentee wishes to develop.

- A willingness to share failures and personal experiences. Mentors need to share both their “how I did it right” and their “how I did it wrong” stories. Both experiences provide valuable opportunities for learning.

- A growth mindset and learning attitude. The best teachers have always been and always will be those who remain curious learners themselves. Would you rather be advised by someone whose mind is shut because he knows it all or by someone whose mind is open because she is always looking to deepen her knowledge?

- Skill in developing others. This includes the very real skills of: active listening, asking powerful, open-ended questions, self-reflection, providing feedback and being able to share stories that include personal anecdotes, case examples, and honest insight.

There is no better time than now to share your expertise – become a mentor today!  


Forbes Magazine, Editor’s Pick, January 2019


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“Seven Signs of True Strength in A Leader”

“Strength and weakness, it’s a fine line for sure. Neither a singular heroic moment nor a moment of weakness can define you as a leader. The larger pattern of your life tells the real story.

Further, it’s easier to recognize true strength when in contrast to an opposing pressure you face.

In that light, here are seven comparisons that help us see and develop a pattern over the course of our life that reflects and reveals true strength as a leader.”

1)   Strength to forgive when wronged

If you have been leading for some time, you undoubtedly have been hurt, wronged, or perhaps even betrayed. Thankfully, it’s not frequent, but it is part of leadership, and each hit takes its cumulative toll. Forgiving others isn’t always easy, but it’s necessary. If you are unable to forgive, you will likely become bitter, and bitter makes you smaller, which causes your leadership to shrink.

2) Strength to love and care for others

Here we are not talking about a romantic love but the agape love for your fellowman. Love and forgiveness are closely related, but forgiveness is mainly internal, and love and caring demonstrates itself in outward actions. You never know how a simple smile when addressing someone can lift the burdens of the day. On a practical level, the best way to consistently care about the welfare of others is to make the decision to do so. 

3) Strength to take risks when fearful

Taking a risk is often considered in connection to the external issue your decision is based upon, like hiring a particular staff member or launching a new initiative. However, the fear of taking a risk is connected more internally to the level of your personal strength than externally based on the size or gravity of the decision at hand. To be sure, when making a decision on a huge risk, the stakes are higher, and you are wise to be cautious.

4) Strength to stand under pressure 

Over the past eighteen months or so, the pressure leaders have faced has risen dramatically.  Have you felt it? Of course, you have. Now for the more difficult question. Under all the pressures you face today, how well are you standing for your deep beliefs and convictions? No leader wants to crumble under pressure, but because of their strong beliefs and convictions, they are willing to stand strong.

5) Strength to give when empty

Our role as leaders is to serve and set examples. In essence, it is to give. A leader gives in so many ways: making good decisions, solving problems, absorbing criticism, resolving relational conflict, and the list goes on. Giving of yourself on a consistent basis, even when you practice a healthy lifestyle, can occasionally leave your tank on empty. It’s in those moments that your strength to continue giving is tested. What are you doing today to refill your tank so you can continue to give to others?

6) Strength to press on when overwhelmed

When many of the things you once knew or at least thought you knew about leading an organization no longer seem valid, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. But consider this.

The need for change, even difficult change, has always been part of leadership. The difference today is not what you are facing; it’s the speed at which you must face it. It can be overwhelming. What is the remedy? Know your margin for error; allow time to think, and rest.

7) Strength to walk away when tempted.

It is important to know that the inability to say “no” to just one serious temptation could jeopardize your integrity or remove you from leadership. This is true leadership strength.


Source: Dan Reiland, Pastors’ Leadership Coach, edited excerpts from Newsletter, 12Stone Church Resources 


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May January 1, 2022, be the start of success, joy,  and happiness in your life!

As we bid farewell to another challenging year, we write to convey our sincere appreciation for your support of the Michigan American Council on Education (MI-ACE) Women’s Network. As stated so beautifully by State Chair, Dr. Linda Logan, “It is our Network's mission to offer the professional development, networking, partnering, and engagement opportunities that provide an ever-increasing pool of talent to our Michigan campuses. We provide substantial links with other professional fields, peer-to-peer mentoring, and a long list of programs that help our members achieve career success and our campuses to thrive.”

On behalf of the MI-ACE Professional Development Committee, thank you for learning and growing with us throughout the past year. Following is a recap of our Mentoring Mondays journey in 2021:

December 2021

“Life-Changing Decisions, Life-Changing Actions”

“Pushing Past the One-Yard Line and Breaking through to Peak Performance”

“Powering Growth through Momentum”

November 2021

“Choosing Success – Every Day”

“Expanding Your Possibilities for Growth – Seven Minutes at a Time”

“Discovering Your Purpose and Passion”

“The Seven Minute Difference”

“Self-Care Strategies for Faculty”

October 2021

“Creating a Success Culture – Revised Version”

“What Is Your Leadership Battle Cry?”

Investing In and Supporting Women’s Leadership in Higher Education

“Your Leadership Mission Should Fit on a T-Shirt”

~ Summer Recess ~

June 2021

6/28 “Your Personal Brand”

May 2021

Salute to MI-ACE members transitioning to the role of college president

Celebrating the accomplishments of women leaders within our member institutions

Thanks & Recognition: MI-ACE Executive Board “Advancing Women Engagement Plan”

Salute to IRs: The Role of a MI-ACE Institutional Representative

April 2021

“‘Little Miracles’ Happen When We Affect Others”

“Creating a Success Culture”

“The One Question you Need to Ask Yourself before You Say Anything”

March 2021

The History of Women’s Suffrage in Michigan

Celebrating Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame Inductees

Salute to women leading higher education institutions in the state of Michigan

International Women’s Day

“23 Powerful Tips to Help Women Leaders Succeed”

February 2021

Salute to Alexa Irene Canady, M.D.

Salute to “Fly Girl” Vernice Armour

Salute to Sojourner Truth

January 2021

Salute to Amanda S. C. Gorman, the first National Youth Poet Laureate

Salute to the women nominated for U.S. Presidential Cabinet Secretary positions

“Women Who Speak for Biden”

Salute to Kamala D. Harris, the first female Vice President


Carnation: The flower of January

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