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The Michigan American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network, through its Professional Development Committee, offers a senior-level leadership job shadow program for women who aspire toward those positions in higher education.

The program allows women in mid-level leadership roles to learn from senior-level mentors, gain diverse institutional perspectives, and develop knowledge and skills. Mid’s own Karry Kiste-Toner, Director of Academic Advising, Student Mentoring, and Retention, is participating this year.

Mid Employee Participates in  Senior-Level Job Shadow Program

The 2018-2019 cohort is pictured at an orientation meeting at Grand Valley State University. From left are Jeannette Stein, UM-Flint; Amy Radford-Popp, MSU; Michelle Bruner, Wayne State; Karry Kiste-Toner, Mid Michigan College; and Anne Crain, MSU.

Their mentors are Rhonda Longworth, EMU; Matt Miller, Mid Michigan College; Beverly Walker-Griffea, Mott Community College; Connie Tingson-Gatuz, Madonna University; and Alayne Thorpe, Andrews University.

“This is a great opportunity and I’m enjoying it immensely. To be able to learn from leaders, develop connections across organizations, and experience what it takes to lead are all priceless lessons I am learning as a participant,” shared Kiste-Toner.

Questions about the leadership shadowing program can be directed to Marlene Kowalski-Braun, MI-ACE executive board member and associate vice president for inclusion and student affairs at GVSU, at

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