photo by Carolynn Schneider

Over 100 women leaders in education, as well as many more participants from the community, came together recently for the annual American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network Leadership Forum at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). The leaders came from colleges and universities throughout Southern California and were happy to share their experiences and practices for encouraging women to achieve higher education and continue to succeed in academic careers. The event was titled “Be Brave, Be Bold” – or #bebravebebold on social media. CSUSM President Karen Haynes, Ph.D., is the presidential sponsor for ACE Women’s Network in Southern California and hosted the leadership forum, whose speakers included Laura Morgan Roberts, Ph.D., a nationally recognized author, consultant, and professor. The forum was part of the university’s Extended Learning program, which provides professional and continuing education in North San Diego. To learn more about Extended Learning visit To learn more about ACE Women’s Network events in Southern California visit