Published on November 16th, 2022 | by University Communications


Saint Leo announces formation of ACE Women’s Network chapter

Saint Leo University is excited to announce its very own chapter of the American Council on Education’s  ACE Women’s Network, led by Dr. Moneque Walker-Pickett. All women—faculty and staff—and their allies are invited to join this chapter. The next meeting of the chapter will be held at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 30, in TECO Hall in the Tapia College of Business building.

This meeting will be the kickoff for our chapter’s book club. The inaugural book chosen by the steering committee is How Women Rise by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith. Please contact Walker-Pickett at, or Dr. Georgina Rivera- Singletary at, for more information. While the ACEWNFL is a network for employees, the book club is open to all interested faculty, staff, students, and the community.

The ACE Women’s Network is a national system of networks within each state, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia with the goal of advancing and supporting women in higher education. Each state network is led by a state chair who works with institutional representatives and at least one presidential sponsor to develop programs that identify, develop, encourage, advance, link, and support (IDEALS) women in higher education careers within that state. The ACE Women’s Network facilitates the networking of women interested in pursuing leadership opportunities in higher education. 

In line with the national mission, the ACE Women’s Network Florida (ACEWNFL) is committed to helping advance women in higher education. This organization is part of a national system of networks in over 40 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia with the goal of advancing and supporting women in higher education. The ACEWNFL strives to achieve six goals (IDEALS): 

  • Identify women leaders nationally in higher education through extensive networks;
  • Develop women’s leadership abilities through state and national programs;
  • Encourage women to use those abilities;
  • Advance women into senior-level leadership positions by nominating them and working with search firms on placement;
  • Link women leaders to one another; and, 
  • Support the tenure of mid- and senior-level women administrators and presidents throughout their careers. 

We also want to invite you to join the organization and to participate in the chapter’s book club being kicked off this semester. The purpose of the book club is to connect women in the network and facilitate the discussion of relevant topics in higher education. Please join us even if you haven’t read the book. 

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