Dr. Lupita Ley Hightower is Arizona’s Superintendent of the Year for 2023 and has worked in education for over 26 years in various roles and has served as superintendent for the last 12 years. As an immigrant starting school in the U.S. in the 7th grade, she credits her success to the many believers including family and educators.

Her greatest accomplishment is bringing more learning opportunities to students, especially in cases where they would otherwise not have them. She is a treasure hunter who searches for the talents, skills and intelligence that exist in all children and youth without exception.

Dr. Hightower is proud to serve on the Board of Trustees for Grand Canyon University and served as past President for Arizona School Administrators and the Arizona Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (AzALAS) and past executive committee member for AASA.

In 2023, Dr. Hightower was recognized as Arizona’s Superintendent of the Year and in 2019, Dr. Hightower received the National Latinx Superintendent of the Year among other humbling recognitions
including Arizona School Administrators Superintendent Award for Mid-Size Districts.

2023 ACEL Honorees are:

Keynote Speaker: Van Lai-DumoneFounder and Creative Cultural Strategist at Worksmart.


Celebrating Asian American & Pacific Islander Leadership: Meet the 2023 ACEL Honorees! Join us for an extraordinary evening as we celebrate the remarkable Asian American & Pacific Islander leaders dedicated to making our community thrive! Experience another year of inspiration, filled with delectable cuisine, captivating entertainment, and the company of wonderful individuals. Come and enjoy a delightful dinner, exciting entertainment, and enter our raffles for a chance to win fantastic prizes.

Date: Saturday, August 26, 2023

Time: 5:00 p.m. Registration/Reception | 6:00 p.m. Dinner

Location: Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, 340 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004


  • Awards Gala & General Reception (5:00-8:00 pm):
    • $200.00 ACEL Member Early Bird (before 07/28/2023)
    • $225.00 Non-Member Early Bird (before 07/28/2023)
    • $250.00 General Admission (after 07/28/2023)
  • Corporate Table of 8*:
    • $2500.00* (includes reception, company recognition, and logo in the program)
    • *A 5.0% fee will be applied if paying by credit card

All registrations must be purchased online with a credit or debit card. Upon ticket purchase, you will receive a confirmation email from registration@ACELeaders.org. An email confirming your registration and payment will be sent to the same address. Please ensure that your email address is correct when registering.

Attire: Business professional/Semi-formal. All purchases are non-refundable. Payments must be received by 4 p.m. on August 22, 2023, to guarantee your seat.

Corporate Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please inquire at Registration@ACELeaders.org.

For further information and to register

Click here ->> Registration

You can find more information on our website: https://aceleaders.org

ACEL’s mission is to be the proving ground for Asian American & Pacific Islander professionals, forging leaders of tomorrow through professional development, cultural awareness, community service, and mentorship. To learn more about our member benefits or join the ACEL family, visit http://ACELeaders.org.