2019 Keynote Speakers

The 2019 Michigan ACE Women’s Network Conference will be held June 3-4 in Lansing.

Keynote speakers Michelle Loyd-Paige and Caroline Kim have been announced for day one of the conference, which is organized by the Women of Color Collaborative. Day two speakers are Ora Hirsch Pescovitz and Valerie Young.

Michelle Loyd-Paige


Michelle Loyd-Paige

Loyd-Paige is the executive associate to the president for Diversity and Inclusion (EAPDI) and holds an appointment of professor of sociology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids. Loyd-Paige joined the department of sociology and social work at Calvin College in 1985 having finished her graduate course work at Purdue University.

Prior to becoming the EAPDI, Loyd-Paige had served as a teaching faculty member, chair of the department of sociology and social work, and the dean for Multicultural Affairs. In 2015, Loyd-Paige was the recipient of the Floyd Skinner Justice Award. Loyd-Paige currently serves as the chair of the CCCU Commission for Diversity and Inclusion. She also serves as the associate pastor at her home church, Angel Community Church in Muskegon.

Two keynote speakers have been announced for the second day of the conference: Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., president of Oakland University; and Valerie Young, an internationally-recognized expert on impostor syndrome.

Caroline Kim


Caroline Kim

Kim is assistant director for University of Michigan’s Program on Intergroup Relations. She provides DEI (Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion) consultation and leadership coaching for faculty, staff, and administrators across campus, with a focus on social justice education. She specializes in facilitation and skills training, and she manages Transformational DEI programs. She also develops curriculum and teaches a multidisciplinary course on global perspectives on conflict and dialogue across cultures.

Kim is a social psychologist whose research focuses on improving intergroup relations through social intervention and diversity education. Much of her work was in South Africa, where she studied, conducted research, and taught for many years. Before arriving at IGR, she was a psychology department faculty member and had been selected as a Leading International Emerging Psychological Scientist by the International Congress of Psychology.

Kim earned degrees in psychology from the University of Cape Town and Harvard University. She also studied ancient near Eastern linguistics at Princeton Theological Seminary and education at Boston College.


Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D.

Ora Hirsch Pescovitz

Ora Hirsch Pescovitz

Pescovitz was named president of Oakland University in 2017. She is a renowned academic leader, health care executive, pediatric endocrinologist and researcher who has published more than 190 papers and books.

Pescovitz earned her medical degree from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Much of her work has focused on the physiologic and molecular mechanisms responsible for disorders of growth and puberty, and the development of novel therapies for these conditions.

She had an extensive career at Indiana University, then served as University of Michigan’s first female executive vice president for medical affairs and health system CEO, and was Eli Lilly and Company’s senior vice president and U.S. medical leader for Lilly Biomedicines.



Valerie Young, Ed.D.

Valerie Young

Valerie Young

Young has brought her humorous yet highly practical approach to impostor feelings to tens of thousands of students, faculty, and staff at more than 85 universities and diverse companies like Boeing, Facebook, BP, Intel, Chrysler, Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Merck, Ernst & Young, Proctor & Gamble, McDonalds, and more.

She is the author of The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It (Crown Business).

Her advice has been cited in popular and business outlets around the world including Yahoo Financial News, CNN Money, BBC Radio, Time, The Wall Street Journal, USA Weekend, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Science, and The Chicago Tribune.