ACE Women's Network of Florida (Affiliate Program)

ACE Women's Network Kick-Off Breakfast 2019

ACE Women's Network Executive Council 

The national ACE Women's Network Executive Council supports over 40 state networks by serving as liaisons and mentors to state chairs and providing leadership for developing of strengthening state planning boards. The Council also advises ACE on issues pertaining to the overall functioning of the ACE Women's Network and women's leadership in needs in higher education.

ACE Moving the Needle Initiative

The ACE Women's Network Executive Council leads efforts to raise national awareness of the importance of achieving parity and recommend practices aimed at achieving the goal of equal representation of women in leadership positions in higher education. The Moving the Needle initiative is a collaborative, multi-association movement seeking to increase the number of women in senior leadership positions in higher education through programs, research, and resources. More specifically, the goal of the Moving the Needle is that by the year 2030 at least 50% of college and university presidents will be women.

ACE Women's Network of Florida

The ACE Women's Network of Florida was reactivated in May 2017 by the University of Central Florida to promote the leadership development of women in public and independent colleges, universities, and other higher education institutions across the state. The ACE Women's Network of Florida facilitates the professional and leadership development of women who aspire to greater levels of leadership in higher education. A collaborative partnership with the ACE Women's Network Executive Council and over forty state-based ACE Women's Network throughout the U.S. and its territories help to develop connections, allow for the sharing of best practices and facilitate broad-based networking opportunities at the state level, Presidental Sponsors, the State Chair, the Executive Board, and Institutional Representatives (IRs) from thirty-four higher education institutions comprise the network's leadership.

Presidential Sponsors: Florida is a large state with outstanding colleges and universities of all sizes and types. In the spirit of partnership, UCF engaged other presidents who are also deeply committed to advancing women in higher education as co-sponsors of the network. Together, the institutions below are leading the way. 

Dr. Judy Genshaft, President, University of South Florida

Mr. Kevin Hyde, J.D., Interim President, Florida State College at Jacksonville

Dr. Wendy Libby, President, Stetson University 

Dr. T. Dwayne McCay, President, Florida Institute of Technology

Dr. Mark Rosenberg, President, Florida International University 

Dr. Thad Seymour, Jr., Interim President, University of Central Florida

State Chair: Every state network has a chair who provides overall leadership, direction, and coordination.

Dr. Lisa Guion Jones, Associate Provost for Strategy and Professor of Higher Education at the University of Central Florida serves as a state chair/director of the ACE Women's Network of Florida 

Institutional Representative: The University of Miami Institutional Representative provides leadership and coordination for institutional events.

Dr. Villy Kourafalou, Research Professor at RSMAS, Director of SEEDS (A SEED for Success), & Co-Director of Ocean Modeling and OSSEE Center

Executive Board: The ACE Women's Network of Florida has thirteen Executive Board members as well as representatives from thirty-four different accredited public and private institutions across the state. These women leaders develop and campus-based initiatives and programs to achieve the goals of the network.  

ACE Women's Network Programs

  • Newsletter
  • Spend-A-Day Shadowing Program

    The "Spend-A-Day" Shadowing program allows women to shadow leaders as they carry out their roles and responsibilities. This program provides a truly unique professional development opportunity for a behind the scenes, "day in the life" type of experience for women in higher education across 34 institutions that are a part of the network. The program debuted in Spring 2019 and included an esteemed group of 29 leaders:

    • 5 Presidents,
    • 12 Provosts/Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs,
    • 3 Deans,
    • 3 Vice Provosts,
    • 3 Vice Presidents,
    • 2 Associate Vice Presidents, and
    • 1 Chief Diversity Officer.
    The launch of the program was a success as 14 of 16 participants have been placed with leaders.

  • Virtual Book Club

    The Florida Network is pleased to announce the creation of a virtual book club that debuted in Spring 2019. The purpose is to connect women in the network and facilitate the discussion of relevant topics and issues in higher education. It is critical that leaders and aspiring leaders stay current and abreast of critical issues in higher education leadership.

  • Campus-Based Programs

    The ACE Women's Network of Florida (FL Network) strives to become one of the most active networks in the nation. Strategically planning and implementing programs on each of the campuses to meet the expressed need of women who aspire to, or are already in, leadership is essential. In that regard, each Institutional Representative (IR) is responsible for developing an annual program plan that includes programs and activities on their campus to help Move the Needle. The plans are approved by the FL Network's Executive Board. Each IR will also prepare an annual report of activities and accomplishments that will be compiled and submitted to the national ACE Women's Network Executive Council.

  • Fall Regional Meetings

    The purpose of regional meetings, held in each region every fall semester, is to strengthen ACE Women's Network of Florida campus networks. Regional meetings serve to bring together Institutional Representatives from across the region and key members of their campus-based steering committees to discuss network programming on each of their campuses, strategies for success, the barrier to overcome and pitfalls to avoid. It is also a time to extend professional networks and engage with dynamic women who are network members within their region.

  • Steering Committee

    Institutional Representative

    Villy Kourafalou

    Professor Villy Kourafalou

    Institutional Representative for the ACE Women's Network Florida Chapter, Director of "SEEDS: A seed for success", co-Director, Ocean Modeling and OSSE Center, Lead, Coastal and Shelf Modeling Group, Co-Chair, Coastal and Shelf Seas Task Team, OcenPredict


    Steering Committee Members 

    ann schopp

    Ann Schopp, M.A.

    Manager of SEEDS Program 

    Aniette Lauredo's Headshot

    Aniette Lauredo,

    Manager of Inclusion Programs 

    Soyeon Ahn Headshot

    Soyeon Ahn,

    Professor, School of Education and Human Development

    jacqueline menendez headshot

    Jacqueline Menendez,

    Vice President, University Communications

    Rebecca Fox Headshot

    Rebecca Fox,

    Dean of Division of Continuing and International Education

    nanette vega headshot

    Nanette Vega,

    Executive Director of Programs, for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

    leslie leonard's headshot

    Leslie Leonard,

    Executive Assistant, University Center Operations