2016 Conference keynote speakers

Keynote speakers for the 2016 Michigan ACE Women’s Network conference, held June 6-7 in Lansing, were Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran and Phyllis Wise.

Phyllis M. Wise

Phyllis M. Wise


Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran

Wilson-Oyelaran, president of Kalamazoo College, presented “Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now: Reflections of a Sister President” during the morning session on June 6; and Wise, former chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, presented “Threading the Needle of Leadership during Turbulent Times” in the afternoon.

Click here for a transcript of Wilson-Oyelaran’s speech.

The first day of the conference was planned by the network’s Women of Color Collaborative. The day focuses on specific career issues and challenges that women of color encounter.

Yves Salomon-Fernandez, who was named president of Cumberland County College in New Jersey, gave the keynote address on June 7.


Yves Salomon-Fernandez

Cumberland County College is a designated Hispanic-serving institution. Prior to assuming the presidency at Cumberland, Salomon-Fernandez served as interim president at Massachusetts Bay Community College. Her professional portfolio includes experiences at public and private four-year universities as well as two-year colleges.