Senior-Level Leadership Shadow Program

The Michigan ACE Women’s Network, through its Professional Development Committee, established a senior-level leadership shadow program for women who aspire toward senior-level positions.

The program allows mid-level women aspiring toward senior-level positions to learn from mentors, gain diverse institutional perspectives, and develop knowledge and skills. The program utilizes best practices from a variety of existing fellowship and job shadow opportunities to create a unique experience for select women in higher education in Michigan. The personalized nature of the program allows learning to take place through both observation and applied learning.

Download MI ACE Shadowing Application for 2018 for more information and an application.

Applications for the 2018 cohort are due July 15.

MI-ACE will oversee the application and pairing process, and award a $500 scholarship to each participant who meets the expectations of the job shadow experience.

Questions can be directed to Marlene Kowalski-Braun, MI-ACE executive board member and assistant vice president for inclusion and student affairs at GVSU, at

2017 cohort

The second cohort of the Senior-level Leadership Shadow Program met September 15 at Grand Valley State University for a day-long orientation.

Mentees are Michele Kelly, Macomb Community College; Chiara Hensley, Eastern Michigan University; DeeDee Stakley, Ferris State University; Mecha Crockett, Lansing Community College; and Christine Jackson, Wayne State University.

Kelly is matched with Provost Michael McDonald of Kalamazoo College; Hensley is matched with Provost Keith Whitfield of Wayne State University; Stakley is matched with President Christine Hammond of Mid Michigan Community College; Crockett is matched with President Dale Nesbary of Muskegon Community College; and Jackson is matched with Sanjay Gupta, dean of the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. More photos from the orientation are posted here.

McDonald said he wanted to be a mentor as a way to give back to the higher education community. He also said he and others at Kalamazoo College will learn a lot from his mentee, Michele Kelly.

“I hope through this experience Michele can discern what new leadership positions she might be most interested in, and what additional areas she may need to develop in to be best prepared for such positions,” he said.

Click here for information about the inaugural cohort (2016).

From left to right are mentees Mecha Crockett, Chiara Hensley, DeeDee Stakley, Michele Kelly and Christine Jackson.

From left to right are mentees Mecha Crockett, Chiara Hensley, DeeDee Stakley, Michele Kelly and Christine Jackson.

Mentors, mentees and committee members

Mentors, mentees and committee members