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ACE Women's Network Leadership Programming Open to All UK Faculty and Staff

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2021) The Kentucky ACE (American Council on Education) Women's Network is offering three major events in its spring leadership programming schedule, and they are open to all University of Kentucky faculty and staff. This programming is of interest to established and aspiring higher education professionals.

“We have an outstanding spring leadership program planned, with speakers including the incoming provost of Eastern Kentucky University, Sara Zeigler, and President Neeli Bendapudi of the University of Louisville,” said Kathryn Cardarelli, senior assistant provost for faculty affairs and associate professor in College of Public Health’s Department of Health, Behavior & Society. “The University of Kentucky is an institutional member of the Kentucky ACE Women's Network, so there is no cost for faculty and staff to attend.”

All programs will be offered virtually. Visit this link to register:

Friday, Feb. 5

3-4 p.m.

“Labyrinths and Glass Ceilings: How Women Navigate Promotion and Leadership Opportunities,” presented by Melony Shemberger, associate professor of journalism and mass communication at Murray State University.

Thursday, Feb. 25

11 a.m.-noon

“Leading with Confidence in a Climate of Uncertainty,” presented by Sara Zeigler, dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences at Eastern Kentucky University and the school’s incoming provost in July.

Thursday, March 4

3-4 p.m.

Conversation with President Neeli Bendapudi of the University of Louisville.

Information is also available at the website about the ACE Women’s Network Leadership Conference March 19. The theme of the virtual conference is “Becoming: Inspiring Gender Equity and Women’s Advancement in Higher Education.”


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