Lorita Williams is the CEO and Founder of Accelerated College Experiences (ACE), a 501c3 based in Boston, MA. She is an experienced leader in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Before establishing ACE, Lorita spent over 20 years as a corporate executive at IBM and Digital Equipment Corporation, now known as Hewlett Packard (HP). Lorita served as the Executive Director of Alumnae/i Relations and later became the Associate Vice President of Alumni Affairs and the Annual Fund at Simmons University. Lorita’s passion for supporting the development of young adults led her to serve as Adjunct Professor at Roxbury Community College (RCC). For ten years, she taught College Experience, a course designed to help incoming first-year students successfully transition into college life. In 2014, RCC hired her to become the Vice President of Advancement and Community Engagement.
At both RCC and Simmons University, Lorita witnessed the challenges students had adjusting to college. Many became overwhelmed or disengaged as they tried to acclimate to their first year of college. It was through observations and trying different approaches in her classroom that she developed the ACE approach and then founded the nonprofit organization in 2012. In addition to her role as the CEO and Founder of ACE, she currently serves as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Becker College in Worcester, MA.
Lorita has earned many awards, recognitions, and achievements. These include the Recognition for Service Excellence for five consecutive years at Digital Equipment Corporation and the District Quality and the Productivity Award for Operations Excellence from Digital. She has been a speaker at the New England Regional CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) for Simmons University and developed a national services process to evaluate and qualify alternative service providers at IBM. Lorita is a graduate of Northeastern University with a BS in Computer Science. Her memberships and affiliations include The Boston Club, The Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Commonwealth Institute.