Stetson Chapter of the ACE Women’s Network of Florida

ACE Women’s Network of Florida

The ACE Women’s Network is a national system of networks within each state with the goal of advancing and supporting women in higher education. The Network aims to develop programs that identify, develop, encourage, advance, link, and support (IDEALS) women in higher education careers.

Lift As We Climb Newsletter
Stetson’s Network Chapter
ACE Women’s Network Official Site
ACE Women’s Network National Directory
State Conference of the ACE Women’s Network of Florida
ACE Women’s Network Florida on Facebook
Higher Education Today: “Revitalizing an ACE Women’s Network”


What Happens When Women Run Colleges?
Reinforcements: How to Get People to Help You (book)
What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced as a female leader?
Gender: Harvard Business Review
Commission on the Status of Women


Click here to view diverse activities at Stetson focused on issues of women.


Shadow-A-Leader for a Day Program (info coming soon)

Women’s History Month (info coming soon)

February  3, 2020
noon-1 pm; Lee’s Garage: CUB 2nd Floor – Deland Campus
Book Club Potluck
Bring your favorite lunch dish to share as early as 11:30 am! Coffee and water will be provided. Come prepared to share: a lunch meal and what you’ve learned.
Open to ALL staff and faculty, regardless of gender identity

We will participate in activities in the Introduction and Part One of the Dare to Lead Read-Along Workbook.

December  17, 2019
noon-1 pm; Lee’s Garage: CUB 2nd Floor – Deland Campus
Book Club Kick Off & Winter Potluck Mixer Sign Up NOW! 
Join Drs. Rosalie Richards and Lua Hancock as we kick of our winter read.

Bring your favorite lunch dish to share as early as 11:30 am!
Coffee and water will be provided.
Open to ALL staff and faculty, regardless of gender identity

The first 35 book club participants to sign up at the Deland Campus will receive a free copy of this year’s winter read, Brené Brown’s Dare To Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. Dare to Lead is a “practical playbook” based on research with 150 global C-suite executives. Dr. Brown starts her research by asking what people should do differently to lead during our modern times, when “we’re faced with seemingly intractable challenges and an insatiable demand for innovation.” With strategies extracted from her research, this book challenges readers to lead bravely and courageously.


Brené Brown: Dare to Lead   | Workbook

Brené Brown: On courage, vulnerability and courage | Good Life Project

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability | TED Talk

Brené Brown: Listening to shame | TED Talk

Brené Brown: The price of invulnerability | TEDx Talk

Brené Brown: Forgiveness and love | YouTube

November 4, 2019
12:00 pm-1 pm, Deland Hall Boardroom RSVP
Exploring Your Personal Leadership through Strengths
The first 10 participants to sign up receive CliftonStrengthsTM Assessment free.
Open to ALL staff and faculty, regardless of gender identity
Bring your lunch, a colleague, and your STRENGTHS Assessment.

CliftonStrengthsTM empowers you to perform better by doing more of what you naturally do best. Throughout this workshop, you will explore the meaning and application of your personal Strengths to develop a plan to use it to the best of your ability. Additionally, we will dive deeper in the application of Strengths to your leader role in higher education.

Lizzie Dement currently serves as the assistant director of Student Development & Campus Vibrancy at Stetson University where she oversees Student Leadership initiatives and Strengths-Based learning for the institution. Lizzie earned a B.S. in political science & social science at Florida State University, an M.Ed. in higher education & student affairs at the University of South Carolina, and worked previously at Arizona State University. During Lizzie’s time at Stetson University, she worked to help the institution become a Strengths-Based Campus where all incoming undergraduate students take the CliftonStrengthsTM Assessment.

October 8, 2019
11:30 pm-1 pm, Stetson Room
AAUW Stetson Chapter Inaugural Luncheon

The Executive Board of the newly founded Stetson American Association of University Women Chapter hosted the first Chapter luncheon on October 8. Dr. Shawnrece Campbell, chapter president and associate professor of English, spoke about AAUW, it’s mission, goals, Tech Trek, and more.

Shawnrece Campbell, president
Maria Francis, vice president of membership
Debra Touchton, vice president of programs
Terri Bassett, vice president of finance
Vernita Glenn-White, Tech Trek coordinator
Makeba Dorival, student affiliate liaison

September 13, 2019 
12-1 pm, Lee’s Garage ( potluck)
Our Wellness: let’s talk (pdf) RSVP 

Let’s talk about our own wellness as higher education woman leaders. We know that wellness goals work best when simple and realistic. Yet from our own experiences, wellness can feel elusive, unattainable and like it does not fit with our lives. This program will start with a talk from Dean of Students Lynn Schoenberg on what the research into wellness tells us and then progress to a fireside chat with takeaways for your personal wellness.

Lynn Schoenberg, Ed.S. is the Dean of Students at Stetson University where she has held various roles over the last 13 years. A focus on wellness and mental health have been a constant in Lynn’s career. She is a licensed mental health counselor who strives to be a student advocate by both supporting and challenging student growth.

September 10, 2019 RSVP

Building Community and Embracing Change: The Global Voices of Women in Academic Advising (NACADA 24-Hour Virtual Advising Conference)
Location: Faculty Lounge (session handouts)
This facility will be open for participants to access live content.

Drop in at any time on September 10 to participate in this “around the clock” 24-hour live content event.

  • Engage in conversations with educators/advisors from across the world about women and leadership in higher education.
  • Learn about research in the areas of gender, inequality, well-being and more.
  • Gain skills and tools for working with students, colleagues, and ideas to further personal success and growth.
  • Create a network of advising colleagues to empower and energize one another and our students.
  • Celebrate achievements and share collective experiences and wisdom.
  • Each presentation is aligned with NACADA’s Core Competencies.

Conference Schedule


NACADA is the national association of professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators, and students working to enhance the educational development of students.  Stetson University relies on NACADA’s principles of advising.

April 11, 2019
Stetson University (host institution)
2nd ACE Women’s Network of Florida State Conference (Agenda)
Livestream: login and view great speakers and panels or host a viewing party to watch the archived feed after the conference. 

April 2, 2019
Equal Pay Day
Equal Pay Day, April 2, 2019, symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.

March 2019

March 27, 2019
11:30-1:30 pm, RELIC, Deland Campus
Book Club Potluck  (prompts)
Join us as we unpack Margaret Heffernan’s fascinating book, Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Change, where she argues through anecdotes and startling statistics that incremental shifts have the largest impact on organizational change.

March 1-31, 2019
Women’s History Month
Click at the link above to participate in Women’s History Month at Stetson.

February 28, 2019
noon-1:00 pm, SC201, Gulfport Campus
refreshments served
Book Club Read-In (prompts)
Join us as we unpack Margaret Heffernan’s fascinating book, Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Change, where she argues through anecdotes and startling statistics that incremental shifts have the largest impact on organizational change.

February 22, 2019
Spend-A-Day Shadowing Program
The ACE Women’s Network of Florida’s inaugural Spend-A-Day Shadowing Program is designed for women to shadow a leader (president, vice president, provost, dean, etc.) through a “day in the life” experience.

Submit this application and requested materials to Although the deadline is Friday, February 22, this amazing opportunity has been expanded to include women at Network member campuses. So apply NOW. It may take longer to secure the letter of support but submit your materials with notation of letter pending. Contact with any questions.

January 2018  
January 16: 1:30-2:30 pm
Stetson Room – Deland Campus
Campus Life & Student Success Winter Retreat
Women & Higher Education Leadership
Why is women leadership in executive roles significantly lower than men, when women comprise more than 50% of the undergraduate population? What are some non-faculty pathways to executive leadership? We will discuss case studies and trends in women leadership in higher education using the document Pipelines, Pathways and Institutional Leadership.

Rosalie A Richards, Ph.D. is associate provost for faculty development and professor of chemistry and education. At Stetson University, she also serves as institutional representative for the ACE Women’s Network of Florida.

December 2018  

December 14: noon-1 pm
Lee’s Garage – Deland Campus

December 17: 3-4 pm
SC 201, Gulfport Campus
Book Club Kick Off & Winter Potluck Mixer (pdf)

First 50 book club participants receive a free copy of the winter read, Margaret Heffernan’s Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes. Join Drs. Rosalie Richards and Lua Hancock as we kick of the Winter Book Club. Bring your favorite lunch dish! Drinks & coffee will be provided.

Why are you interested in the book club?

November 8, 2018
8-9 am, RELIC
Quality of life and connection: What we need to be effective leaders (pdf)
Dr. Leila Roach’s presentation will explore the importance of happiness, wellness, and satisfaction in the context of community. Participants will learn how to align their daily activities with their values and priorities in order to live a more satisfying life and will understand how creating and sustaining networks of connection is related to their well-being and leadership development in higher education.

Leila Roach

Leila Roach, Ph.D., LMFT, LMHC is associate professor and chair of the Department of Counselor Education at Stetson University. She is also president of the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling.

Career-Life Balance Resources
Brown, B. (2007). I thought it was just me (but it isn’t): Women reclaiming
power and courage in a culture of shame. New York, NY: Gotham Books.
Gottman, J. M., & Gottman, J. S. (n.d.) The Gotham Method
Kelly, M. (2011). Off Balance: Getting beyond the work-life balance myth to
personal and professional satisfaction. New York, NY: Hudson Street Press.
Paquette, J. (2015). Real Happiness: Proven paths for contentment, peace,
& well-being. Eau Claire, WI: PESI Publishing & Media

ADVANCE  Resources (National Science Foundation)
Balancing the Scales: NSF’s Career-Life-Balance Initiative
StratEGIC Toolkit: Strategies for Achieving Gender Equity & Institutional Change
NSF: Gender Summit 3 – November 13-15, 2013
“From Evidence to Action through Dialogue and Consensus: Achievements and lessons from the genSET project in advancing gender equality in science in Europe” by Dr. Elizabeth Pollitzer – April 2, 2012
NSF in the News: #5 on The Atlantic Wire “Top 5 of the Day”
Dual-Career Academic Couples: What Universities Need to Know
Staying Competitive: Patching America’s Leaky Pipeline in the Sciences

October 26, 2018
12-1 pm SC201
Info Session @ Stetson’s College of Law (pdf)
ACE Women’s Network of Florida meets Stetson College of Law

Approximately a dozen College of Law staff/faculty attended the info session. According to one member of the ACE lead team members in Gulfport, “there was the sheer joy others had in having a space to connect, refresh, and learn with women who shared their interests and experiences. At the very least, I think “regular” meetings for “‘gal’owship” (get it?) would be something we could implement that would help meet the needs of our members“. Dr. Lua Hancock met individually with three CoL women thereafter to discuss leadership needs.

Photo of Lua Hancock, Ed.D

Lua Hancock, Ed.D. is vice president for Campus Life and Student Success (CLaSS). At Stetson University, she also serves as a member of the board of the ACE Women’s Network of Florida.

October 25, 2018
8-9 am, RELIC
Three (big) ways women’s financial health is different from men’s: Financial coping tips (pdf)
Dr. Chambers’ presentation will explore the differences in relative income, expense and lifetime asset needs. The presentation will uncover ways women can improve their financial health and its relationship to their leadership development in higher education. 

Valrie Chambers

Valrie Chambers, Ph.D., CPA, is associate professor of taxation and accounting and chair of the M.E. Rinker, Sr. Institute for Tax and Accountancy at Stetson University. Dr. Chambers enjoys designing innovative courses to scaffold learning. She teaches mostly graduate tax courses and a few upper-level undergraduate courses. Chambers also teaches in the Executive MBA program and recently designed an online tax course for managers to be offered for the first time in summer 2017.

Gender Pay Gap
The simple truth about the gender pay gap
Data about the gender pay gap for black women
What factors hold back the careers of women and faculty of color? Columbia U. went looking for answers

The Pink Tax
Pink tax forces women to pay more than men
Culture also plays a role
Effect is worldwide
Some products are taxed directly
Burger King selling ‘Chick Fries’ Thursday to protest the ‘Pink Tax’ imposed on women 

Women & Financial Health
360 Degrees of Financial Literacy 
Get Your S**t Together
Charting Your Course – Financial Guide for Women
TIAA – Woman2Woman Community

September 7, 2018
Stetson women participate at the Central Florida Regional Conference of the ACE Women’s Network of Florida

Director of university events at Stetson University, Julie Hunter, joined Rosalie Richards and Lua Hancock, Stetson’s institutional network representatives, at the regional conference.

August 16, 2018
ACE Women’s Network @ Stetson’s Faculty Resource Fair & Taste of Deland

Info Sheet – ACE Women’s Network of Florida
Stetson Women’s Network of Florida Summer Update 2018

Janie Graziani, assistant vice president for marketing communications at Stetson University, provided information to faculty and staff on the ACE Women’s Network of Florida during the  annual Faculty Resource Fair.

Summer 2018
Stetson Chapter Report Summary

May 17, 2018
Boosting Leadership Opportunities for Women
Led by President Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D., Stetson University served as a Presidential Sponsor for the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Women’s Network of Florida. The event was held April 27 at the University of Central Florida. More

April 27, 2018

University of Central Florida
9 am-4 pm
2018 State Conference of the ACE Women’s Network of Florida (pdf)

Drs. Wendy Libby, Lua Hancock, and Rosalie Richards participated in the inaugural statewide conference of the ACE Women’s Network of Florida. President Libby gave remarks recounting her journey of women’s leadership and Lua Hancock provided remarks during the  “Women in Leadership Panel”.

April 19, 2018
8-9 am
Rinker Environmental Learning Center – Deland Campus
Info Session @ Stetson Deland (pdf)

ACE Women’s Network of Florida meets Stetson Deland: A pre-survey provided information on what participants were interested in learning at the info session.  The session started with a five minute contemplative exercise rooted in the fauna and flora at the environmental center to center the women and ready the group for learning. After a brief introduction of the ACE Women’s Network of Florida, the women introduced themseves. A subsequent breakout session provided additional insight into key issues the women deesired to engage as well as possibilities for programming for the Stetson chapter.

April 15, 2018
Stetson University announces  of the ACE Women’s Network of Florida 
Stetson to Sponsor ACE Women’s Network of Florida

Stetson University is one of six presidential sponsors of the ACE Women’s Network of Florida. Lua Hancock (left), vice president of Campus Life and Student Sucess, serves as a board member of the Florida Network. Rosalie A. Richards (right), associate provost for faculty development and professor of chemistry and education, is Stetson’s institutional representative.