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Schedule at a Glance

ACE2019 begins on Saturday, March 9 with social events at 5:00 p.m. and ends on Tuesday, March 12 with the Closing Plenary concluding at 11:30 a.m. Events are open to all attendees unless otherwise noted.

For specific times and full session speakers and descriptions, check out our Session Directory.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9 SUNDAY, MARCH 10 MONDAY, MARCH 11 TUESDAY, MARCH 12

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Registration Open

7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
ACE Board of Directors Breakfast and Registration Invitation only

8:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
ACE Board of Directors Meetings Invitation only

10:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Council of Fellows Weekend (COF Weekend) Open to all ACE Fellows (current cohort and program alumni)

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
ACE Women’s Network State Chairs’ Leadership Conference Exclusive to representatives of an ACE Women’s Network state network

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Master Classes (Pre-Meeting) Exclusively for senior leaders. Engaging, interactive scholar expert classes focused on leadership skill development and pressing higher education issues (three hours)

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
International Welcome and Networking Reception

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
ACE Women’s Network Reception

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Reception for Presidents and Chancellors

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
ACE Women’s Leadership Dinner and Presentation of the Donna Shavlik Award Ticket purchase required

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SUNDAY, MARCH 10

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Open

8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast for Presidents, Chancellors, and Rectors Exclusively for presidents, chancellors, and rectors

7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast for Chief Academic Officers Exclusively for chief academic officers and provosts

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Solutions Hub (Exhibit Hall) Open

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
ACE Networking and Innovation Breakfast in the Solutions Hub

8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
ACE Networking Lounge Open

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Presidents/Chancellors/Rectors Caucus Session Exclusively for presidents, chancellors, and rectors

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Focus Zones Sponsored sessions from corporate and non-profit service and solution providers highlighting thought leadership (30 minutes)

9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions Panel sessions led by senior leaders and issue experts on higher education topics (75 minutes)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Refreshments in the Solutions Hub (Exhibit Hall Open)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Volunteer Opportunity: Stamping Out Hunger The volunteer opportunity will be taking place in the foyer outside of the Solutions Hub.

11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Sunday Luncheon Plenary Session and Presentation of the ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Afternoon Coffee Break in the Solutions Hub (Exhibit Hall)

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Robert H. Atwell Plenary Session and Presentation of the ACE Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor Award

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
ACE Connects Opening Reception in the Solutions Hub (Exhibit Hall)

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MONDAY, MARCH 11

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Open

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Breakfast Plenary Session and Presentation of the Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award Food will be served from 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

For those who cannot attend in-person, the Monday Breakfast Plenary will be livestreamed.


9:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Focus Zones

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Mid-Morning Energizer in the Solutions Hub (Exhibit Hall)

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Volunteer Opportunity: Stamping Out Hunger The volunteer opportunity will be taking place in the foyer outside of the Solutions Hub.

9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
ACE Networking Lounge Open

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Luncheon Plenary Session and Presentation of the 2019 TIAA Institute Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence Author Tara Westover will discuss her best-selling memoir Educated and the transformative power of education

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Ice Cream Social in the Solutions Hub (Exhibit Hall)

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Solutions Hub (Exhibit Hall) Open

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Celebrating Diversity Reception

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Dr. John Hope Franklin Awards Reception

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
ACE Council of Fellows Reception

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TUESDAY, MARCH 12

7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Registration Open

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
ACE Networking Breakfast

8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions

10:00 a.m. – 10:15  a.m.
Morning Coffee Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Closing Plenary Session and Presentation of the ACE Student of the Year Award

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