Conferences/Professional Development Opportunities

Take advantage of these upcoming conferences, professional development, and networking opportunities.


2018-19 Brown Bag Luncheon Speaker Series

Wednesday, January 23 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Strosacker Room, Park Library
Dr. Reva Curry, Vice-President of Instruction and Learning Services at Delta Collete presents Women Helping Women: Strength Training for the Journey

Thursday, November 15 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Garden View Room, Park Library
Dr. Tara McCarthy, Central Michigan University Professor of History presents
A Century of Suffrage

Wednesday, October 17 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Strosacker Room, Park Library
Dr. Concha Allen, Central Michigan University Director of Community Engagement presents Leading in Place.

Thursday, September 27 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Strosacker Room, Park Library
Harley Blake, Central Michigan University Human Resources presents 
Attitudes and Attributes for Effective Relationships: Building a Foundation of Trust. 


Friday, March 23 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Anspach 255
Taking Action: A Women's History Month Forum
A panel discussion on, and an invitation to participate in a conversation about women's activism in the United States. Featuring:
Dr. Kirsten Weber, Associate Professor, Department of Communication
Dr. Tisha Dejmanee, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication
Dr. Brittany Fremion, Assistant Professor, Department of History
Cali Winslow, student representative, Students Advocating Gender Equality
Saceila Gonzalez, student representative, Black Lives Matter
Ashleigh Laho, student representative, Organization of Women Leaders
Facilitated by Dr. Laura Zwissler, Asst. Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion
Hosted by Central Michigan University's MI-ACE Women's Network, the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion, the Organization of Women Leaders, the Office of LGBTQ Services, and the Women and Gender Studies Program.

2017-18 Brown Bag Luncheon Speaker Series

Tuesday, February 27 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Strosacker Room, Park Library
Dr. Kimberly O'Brien presents Emotional Intelligence 

Thursday, January 25 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Strosacker Room, Park Library
Dr. JoEllen DeLucia presents Women and the Disciplines: A Brief History

Thursday, November 16 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Strosacker Room, Park Library
Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Phersson presents Mentorship, Leadership, and Professional Development: Learning at home and learning away

Wednesday, October 18 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Strosacker Room, Park Library
Dr. Misty Bennett presents Work-Life "Balance" Interactive Workshop

Thursday, September 28 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Strosacker Room, Park Library
Dr. Claudia Douglass - MI ACE State Chair


2018 Women of Color Collaborative Luncheon
Hosted by Ferris State University

Registration is open for the 2018 Michigan ACE Women's Network Women of Color Collaborative Luncheon, set for Friday, November 9, at Ferris State University in Big Rapids.

"Let's Talk About It" will include lunch, deliberative dialogues, optional tours of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, the Museum of Sexist Objects, and networking opportunities. The luncheon is scheduled from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. with optional museum tours at 10 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Ana L. Ramirez-Saenz, a member of the Ferris State University Board of Trustees, will be the keynote speaker. She is the CEO and owner of La Fuente Consulting LLC, diversity and inclusion consultancy, established in 2000.

Registration is due by 5 p.m. Friday, October 26. Cost is $70. Information about hotels and other luncheon details are online; questions can be directed to

ACE WOMEN'S Network Michigan 2019 Annual Conference
Hosted by Olivet College

The annual Michigan ACE Women's Network conference is set for June 3-4, 2019 at the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol. Watch for news of keynote speakers and other special events. Registration will open on February 16. 

Do you want something a little closer to home?  Check out some of the upcoming regional conferences, webinars and networking opportunities. Find your interest by clicking the link above.

ACE Women's Network has a diverse list of upcoming national conferences and webinars.  Find your interest by clicking the link above.