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 Your Summer Reading List

Congratulations and kudos to the MI-ACE Women’s Network for putting together an amazing 2022 Annual Conference, held this past week at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. A special thank you to our Host Institution, the College for Creative Studies; our Platinum Sponsoring Institution, the Wayne County Community College District; and to the many wonderful speakers, presenters and volunteers. 

We are sharing with you this week a list of publications for your summer reading. Most of these publications were suggested during the Conference Presidential Leadership Panel. In some instances, there are multiple versions of the titles by varying authors. We have provided a brief description/overview of the publication and we urge you to search the book title to see what is also available by different authors.

The Great Upheaval: Higher Education's Past, Present, and Uncertain Future, by Arthur Levine and Scott J. Van Pelt (2021)

The book is neither an attempt to advocate for a particular future direction nor a warning about that future. Rather, it looks objectively at the contexts in which higher education has operated—and will continue to operate.

Disrupting Whiteness: Talking with White People about Racism, by Drick Boyd (2021)

Disrupting Whiteness proposes an approach to talking about racism that is inclusive, nonthreatening and engaging, and welcomes everyone to the conversation.

The World Is Flat [Updated and Expanded], by Thomas L. Friedman (2007)

This new edition of Friedman's landmark book explains the flattening of the world better than ever- and takes a new measure of the effects of this change on each of us.

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, by David W. Blight (2020)

In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Frederick Douglass won the Bancroft, Parkman, Los Angeles Times (biography), Lincoln, Plutarch, and Christopher awards and was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by The New York Times Book Review and others.

Beyond Happiness: How Authentic Leaders Prioritize Purpose and People for Growth and Impact, by Jenn Lim (2021)

It’s the future of work, and it’s here now. In this life-changing guide, you'll be empowered to find greater purpose in your own life and career, and to spread that power to others in your business and beyond.

Stumbling on Happiness, by Daniel Gilbert (2009)

Why? As Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert explains, when people try to imagine what the future will hold, they make some basic and consistent mistakes.

Your Oxygen Mask First: 17 Habits to Help High Achievers Survive in Leadership & Life, by Kevin N. Lawrence (2017)

Kevin Lawrence has discovered seventeen habits that allow any leader to transcend the perils of success and keep achieving--habits that have already helped hundreds of CEOs and executives become stronger and more resilient.

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently, by John C. Maxwell (2010)

Offers those who continually run into stumbling blocks when it comes to personal success five connecting principles and five connecting practices that the author believes are the keys to creating the change and results you seek.

A Leadership Guide for Women in Higher Education, by Marjorie Hass (2021)

In A Leadership Guide for Women in Higher Education, Hass draws on her sixteen years of senior leadership experience, her work with national higher education organizations, and her mentorship work with dozens of women to address fundamental issues women face when they lead in higher education.

Relax and enjoy your summer reading!


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 2022 MI-ACE Annual Conference

Women Leading with Resilience in Challenging Times

The countdown is on for the MI-ACE Annual Conference scheduled for Monday-Tuesday, June 13-14, 2022 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 45100 Grand River, Novi, MI.

We are just one week away. Have you registered? If yes, we are looking forward to seeing you there. If you have not registered, we encourage you to do so immediately. Come share this state-wide conference with some amazing women leaders in higher education. 

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE: Our conference theme is: Women Leading with Resilience in Challenging Times . The first day of the conference has been planned and produced by the Network’s Women of Color Collaborative Committee. It will feature breakout and workshop sessions, remarks from renowned Michigan women leaders, and a special segment on Public Policy insights. The coveted Public Policy Pioneer award will be announced for 2022.

The second day of the conference is devoted to sessions which respond to the issues voiced by our Network members as of most concern in their professional and personal development. A panel of presidents from Michigan colleges and universities will be a feature, and the Distinguished Women’s Award will be presented at the luncheon. 

The 2022 Host Committee for the conference is the College for Creative Studies. 

Visit our website at and REGISTER NOW! We are the voice of Michigan women in higher education.  Be a part of it!


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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 [email protected] 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.

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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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