2017 award recipients

The Michigan ACE Women’s Network presented its Distinguished Woman Leadership Awards to two people at the 2017 annual conference, June 5-6 in Lansing.

Theresa Stephens-Lock, Lynette Findley and Christine Wallace

Theresa Stephens-Lock, Lynette Findley and Christine Wallace

This award honors Michigan women who have distinguished themselves by providing outstanding leadership to women in their institutions, in their profession and in society at large. It recognizes groundbreaking work on behalf of women that is outside the scope of the nominee’s formal faculty or staff responsibilities. Honorees have distinguished themselves as advocates for women and catalysts for change.

2017 recipients were Christine Wallace, vice president of the Kettering Global Campus Clinical Faculty, Department of Business, Kettering University; and Theresa Stephens-Lock, chief/executive of public safety, Mott Community College.

Wallace was described as a fantastic mentor who challenges and supports women to perform beyond their expectations, realizing their own abilities. Wallace has shared her verve and talents with women’s symposia, leadership summits, program development and community groups impacting all ages. She founded a chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (in Georgia), worked with state boards and area hospitals to convene fetal and infant mortality research in Kalamazoo at a time when the area had the highest African American infant mortality rate in the state.

Presentations such as “What Dr. Seuss Can Teach Us About Case Management” make her a popular speaker, especially among women’s groups in nontraditional career areas such as STEM.

Stephens-Lock is a law officer, a member of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, a graduate of the Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Institute and the FBI National Academy among a long list of professional credits – most of which broke a gender barrier. She was the only female assigned to her department’s narcotics unit and has some harrowing stories to tell. She is described as the perfect role model for women pursuing a career in a nontraditional field.

Her success has not gone unnoticed; she is the recipient of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award, was featured in an art exhibition, “Women of a New Tribe” and in 2016 was the Peacemaker of the Year from Genesee County. She’s involved in the 3P Campaign: Prevent, Protect and Prosecute Violence Against Women, WIE Women in Education Initiative, the Links and the YWCA.