Senior-Level Leadership Shadow Program


The Michigan ACE Women’s Network, through its Professional Development Committee, established a senior-level leadership shadow program for women who aspire toward those positions.

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. The personalized nature of the program allows learning to take place through both observations and applied learning.

Senior-level orientation day group photo of the seven MI-ACE Board Members

Pictured above, from left to right, are MI-ACE board member Nancy Giardina, Julia Heck, MI-ACE board member Marlene Kowalski-Braun, Joi Cunningham, Michelle Bruner, Dorine Lawrence-Hughes and Amber Benton.

2019-2020 cohort is pictured.

  • Amber Benton, director of diversity programming & student engagement, Michigan State University; Julia Heck, associate director, Office of the Ombuds, Eastern Michigan University; Dorine Lawrence-Hughes, assistant dean, Undergraduate Education, University of Michigan; Joi Cunningham, assistant vice president, Academic Human Resources, Oakland University; Beth Kubitskey, associate dean of students and curriculum, College of Education, Eastern Michigan University

These mentees are matched, respectively, with the following mentors:

  • Suzie Nagel-Bennett, AVP/dean of students, Western Michigan University; Beverly Walker-Griffea, president of Mott Community College; Don Ritzenhein, provost and vice president for the Learning Unit, Macomb Community College; Dave Veneklase, executive vice president for organizational development, Davenport University; Anita Welch, dean, College of Education, Wayne State University

Read about prior years cohorts here.

Application Instructions

Application deadline for the 2020-2021 cohort is July 13, 2020.

An informational session will be held via Zoom on Monday, June 8, 4 p.m. Send an email to Sue Spears, spearss@gvsu.edu, to receive the Zoom invitation. 

MI-ACE will oversee the application and pairing process, and award a $500 scholarship to each participant who meets the expectations of the job shadow experience.

Questions can be directed to Marlene Kowalski-Braun, kowalskm@gvsu.edu, MI-ACE executive board member and associate vice president for inclusion and student support at GVSU.

Apply for the Senior-Level Leadership Job Shadow Experience Here