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Institute for Leadership Action
in Higher Education

Friday, November 13, 2015
10:00am – 4:00pm
Stony Brook Manhattan
387 Park Avenue South between 27th and 28th Streets


Cost: $250 (early-bird discount of $200 if you register by 11/1/15!)
Seating is limited!

The Institute for Leadership Action in Higher Education sponsored by the NYC/LI Region of the ACE Women’s Network of New York inspires participants to create actionable plans that improve the likelihood of developing their full potential and achieving their most important professional career goals.  Details include:

One Day Institute
Strategic planning is a key activity in higher education, used by institutions across the nation to successfully achieve change.  In this unique and supportive working Institute, you will develop a one-year Individual Strategic Action Plan (ISAP) consisting of attainable action items that begin with your current position and culminate in your plan for short- or long-term career advancement. You will assess your own leadership style, skills and competencies and receive guidance in setting realistic goals and objectives that will lead to change in the immediate future, or lay the foundation for long term future action. The Institute will help you assess your career road map and identify what you must do now as well as throughout the development of your ISAP.

Eight-Month, Post-Institute Online Community
Strategic planning is only successful when the action items are realistic, regularly monitored, supported and flexible in the event that unexpected changes occur. Successful change depends upon regular monitoring of the ISAP to ensure ongoing progress. The Institute provides participants the opportunity to continue this process online by networking and sharing progress with other leaders during the academic year as part of the Institute community.

Monthly Online Forum with Higher Education Guest Experts
Within higher education, remaining an expert just in your “job description” does not help professionals advance their careers.  Career advancement is intimately tied to remaining apace of the latest local and national higher education trends in such varied areas as academic and student affairs, enrollment management, institutional advancement, administration and finance, human resources, institutional assessment, etc.  Given the importance of possessing broader “global” knowledge, participants in the Institute will have access to administrators at all levels and positions across institutions in an engaging online forum where they will learn and ask questions about these conversations, how they emerge and how they leverage influence on campus.

Who Should Attend
The Institute is for women in higher education who are looking to advance in their careers presently or in the near future.

When: Friday, November 13th, 2015
Where: Stony Brook University Manhattan Campus

387 Park Avenue South between 27th and 28th Streets
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
Cost of Attendance: $250 (with a presale discount cost of $200).
This fee includes access to an eight month long institute, networking with other professionals, lunch, and institute materials.

For questions, contact our co-coordinators:  
Althea Forde | | 718-960-8066
Patricia Aceves | | 631-632-2786

Our Institute Facilitator


Lead Facilitator


Dr. Lisa R. Braverman is a leader and innovator in the field of higher education with a thirty-seven year career working for colleges and universities across the  country. She has served at senior levels in academia as chief academic officer, associate provost and dean at major colleges and universities throughout the  country. Dr. Braverman has also held top leadership posts in professional education associations, including on the Board of Directors of both the University  Professional Continuing Education Association and the Association for Continuing Higher Education. She served as Chair of the UPCEA’s Leadership Commission  and Past Chair of its Leadership and Strategy Network. Dr. Braverman is also certified in distance education leadership by the Online Learning Consortium and the  WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies. Dr. Braverman is a consultant and published author. She holds a Ph.D. from New York University and is regularly  invited to speak on leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship in higher education. Throughout her career, she has provided pioneering leadership and successful  program growth strategies, and has developed and mentored scores of professionals regarding their personal and professional career pathways. Her forte is transformative leadership, with strategies designed specifically for women.


Are you ready to take your career up a level ?   Click here to register today !


Thank you to everyone who participated and supported this incredible day!  For a summary of the results of this event, please click HERE

 2014 Women’s Leadership Symposium

Jen Lee ReevesDebora SparNicole Williams


Join us for the

Stony Brook Women’s Leadership Symposium

 Friday, October 10, 2014

Charles B. Wang Center Auditorium

9:00am to 4:30pm

This all-day leadership event serves as a day of conversation around women and leadership in higher education.   The goals of the symposium are to develop women’s leadership capacities within the higher education community and provide career development opportunities for women on the Stony Brook campus and beyond.  Attendees will take away resources, know-how and motivation to build a personal brand, develop networking skills and learn to be their own best promoter.
Who should attend?

  1. Faculty & Postdoctoral Fellows: Learn to advocate for yourself, or move towards tenure with advice from experienced colleagues.
  2. Staff & Administrators: Build your support network on and offline to foster your career success, and learn how to effectively use LinkedIn to promote your personal brand.
  3. Undergraduate & Graduate Students: Learn to create a healthy online presence, use your on and offline network to effectively find your next position.
  4. Community Members are welcome to attend!

Special Keynote with Debora Spar, President of Barnard College, book signing will follow.

Luncheon Keynote with Jen Lee Reeves, Manager of Digital Strategy & Training, AARP

Learn to Navigate LinkedIn with  Nicole Williams, Career Expert at LinkedIn


Registration Fees:  Stony Brook Faculty & Staff: $15.00

Stony Brook Students: FREE

Off-Campus Attendee (Non-SBU): $50.00 (Check, PO or Credit Card)

Registration closes on Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tentative Agenda

9:00 am Registration & Breakfast Wang Center Lobby
10:00 am Keynote Speech with Dr. Debora Spar, Wang Center Auditorium
11:15 am Book signing with Dr. Debora Spar, Wang Center Chapel
12:00 pm Lunch and Keynote with Jen Lee Reeves, Hilton Garden Inn
1:30–2:30pm Workshop “Tenure & Beyond”
1:30-2:30pm Workshop “Building a Power Network”
1:30-2:30pm Workshop TBA
2:40–3:40pm Workshop “Be Your Own Best Advocate”
2:40–3:40pm Workshop “LinkedIn for Networking & Leadership Development”
2:40–3:40pm Workshop “Personal Branding & Social Media”
3:40-4:30pm LinkedIn Makeover Station & Networking Opportunity
Debora Spar has been a vocal proponent of women’s education and leadership, spearheading initiatives that include the Athena Center for Leadership Studies, an interdisciplinary center devoted to the theory and practice of women’s leadership. A political scientist by training, Spar’s scholarly research focuses on issues of international political economy and her most recent book, titled Wonder Women: Sex, Power and the Quest for Perfection, was published in September 2013.  Spar is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and received her doctorate in government from Harvard.

Jen Lee Reeves is passionate about social media, digital literacy and advocacy. She is the social media trainer and a strategist for the AARP after 17 years in journalism. Reeves speaks on the power of social media in non-profits, business, journalism, and the higher education world. Reeves is also the founder of a special needs parenting community at Born Just Right where she shares stories and lessons as a parent of a child who was born with a physical difference. She is married with two kids and a dog. Reeves is a fan of technology, running and photography.
Nicole Williams is the bestselling author of three books, the latest of which, Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success, has been optioned by Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, the producers behind the Academy Award winning films American Beauty, Milk and Silver Linings Playbook. Nicole is also LinkedIn’s Career Expert. Nicole’s role at LinkedIn is to help professionals understand how to enhance their careers using the LinkedIn network. The company she founded, WORKS by Nicole Williams, is the go-to resource for career-minded young women and was named one of Forbes magazine’s Top 10 Career Websites for Women. You’ve seen her on TV— as a regular guest on Today, Good Morning America, and CNN—and in print, where her advice has appeared on the pages of ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Marie Claire and the Wall Street Journal.

For more information, contact the Faculty Center at (631) 632-2780 or via email at


Additional Women’s Leadership Events:

Join us for the Stony Brook film screening & panel discussion of

 ‘The Grace Lee Project’ with director Grace Lee.




Director Grace Lee

There are millions of Asian Americans in the United States, and a surprisingly large number of them are named Grace Lee. In the film screening, Director Grace Lee combines quirky humor with serious discussion of how the widespread use of names like “Grace Lee” often warps popular perceptions of Asian American women in the United States.

The discussion on Asian American identity, stereotypes and women in film will be led by the Director Grace Lee, Stacey Scarpone, Executive Director of Women’s Fund of Long Island and Professor Eng Kiong Tan, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at Stony Brook University.

Co-organized with Women’s Fund of Long Island.



Join us for the Stony Brook Luna Fest!

A Film Festival Containing Short Films: By, For, About Women

Coming December 2014

Check back soon for more information and to reserve tickets!

LUNAFEST – 2014/2015 Season Trailer from Clif Bar & Company on Vimeo.

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8 thoughts on “Women’s Leadership Events”

  1. Are post-docs considered students for the purpose of paying (or not paying) the registration fee?

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      What an excellent question! As a post-doc, you are considered staff, so your fee would be $15 upon registration.

      We look forward to having you at the event.

    • Yes, copies for purchase will be available. Dr. Spar will also be doing a signing following her talk.

  2. Hope this event was a success! For the record, a group of graduate students, faculty, and staff organized what may have been the *first* Women’s Leadership Symposium at Stony Brook in 2002. Marcia Gillespie was the keynote speaker at the two day event, which was attended by 80 women. I co-led the steering committee – an absolute honor and great memory from my time at SBU. Hope this now becomes an annual event!

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