The Massachusetts ACE Women’s Network holds events throughout the year that allow for the fostering of connections among women leaders in higher education throughout Massachusetts. The events are scheduled as in-person events at geographically diverse campus sites so that women from various corners of the state can attend. Scheduled events will be posted here.


lesley university
friday, march 20, 2020

The ACE Women’s Network Massachusetts warmly invites you to join us for networking and breakfast with President of Lesley UniversityJanet Steinmayer, will be speaking about her leadership philosophy and journey to the presidency.

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You will also have the opportunity to discuss ways in which you have provided leadership and mentored others as well as mingle and share and hear about further opportunities for involvement and advancement within New England higher education and beyond.  This breakfast offers an ideal opportunity to (re) connect with women higher education professionals in New England as well as get better acquainted and further involved with the ACE Women’s Network Massachusetts, so please consider bringing someone whom you’ve mentored with you!

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Ms. Steinmayer joined Lesley University as its 7th President in July 2019. She has a longstanding commitment to and passion for Lesley that includes a decade of service on its Board of Trustees. Ms. Steinmayer’s higher education experience also includes 15 years on the board of Bryn Mawr College, her alma mater, where she currently serves as a vice chair, and service on the Board of Visitors of the John F. Welch School of Business at Sacred Heart University.

At Mitchell, Ms. Steinmayer led a transformational period in which the college built a strong financial foundation, clarified its distinct mission and developed a campus master plan that illuminates the history of the campus and addresses the future. Under her leadership, Mitchell developed a unique, ability-driven educational experience designed to make higher education accessible to many who might not otherwise reach their potential through formal education. Ms. Steinmayer also fostered strong community partnerships to give students opportunities to learn skills and abilities relevant to today’s workplace. 

Ms. Steinmayer started her career as a corporate lawyer in private practice in New York and served as general counsel of Trans World Airlines, then a Fortune 500 Company and the nation’s seventh largest airline. She later served as President and CEO of Centerplate, Inc., then the fifth largest hospitality company in North America, with over 135 National Football League, Major League Baseball and other sports and entertainment clients.



Greenfield Community College
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, from 8:30am – 11:00am

Learn more about formal coaching relationships, and about experiences within and outside of higher education. Our Board and Network designed a panel to address women and male allies’ roles in nurturing, coaching, and sponsoring women up the leadership ladder in faculty and administrative positions.  Featured panelists will include Entrepreneur and Investor, Liz Roberts; Google Executive, Steve Vinter; Harvard Club Board Member, John Sims; CEO of Valley Venture Mentors, Kristin Leutz; and Lesley University Associate Provost, Lisa Ijiri. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez, President of Greenfield Community College and MA ACE Network’s Presidential Sponsor.

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