Bold Leadership | Inclusive Transformation

In 2022-2023, HERS celebrates 50 years of executing its mission of creating and sustaining a diverse community of woman-identified  leaders through leadership development programs and other strategies, with a commitment to achieving equity, inclusivity, and excellence in higher education. This anniversary presents an opportunity to share milestones, celebrate women within the HERS Network, and reinvest in the HERS values, to charge forth to new beginnings the future of HERS.


50th Anniversary Events & Networking Opportunities


HERS Symposia
  • June: Symposium – Achieving Systemic Change Incorporating DEI Principles throughout Higher Ed. An in-person event in Denver, CO: Weds, June 15, 2022, @ 8:30 am MT 
  • July: Symposium – Redefining Success Opportunity to Define new Roles for All to Thrive Post-COVID.  An in-person event in Philadelphia, PA: Weds, July 20, 2022, @ 8:30 am ET 

Click Here to View the Full 2022 Symposia Schedule

HERS Regional Receptions

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  • June 2, 2022 — American University, Washington, D.C.
  • June 29, 2022 — University of Denver, Denver, CO
  • September 22, 2022 — University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
  • September 23, 2022 — The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • October 7, 2022 — Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  • October 18, 2022 — Michigan Regional Reception (Wayne State University and Oakland University), Detroit, MI
  • November 9, 2022 — Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA
  • February 23, 2023 — University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
  • April 10, 2023 — Butler University, Indianapolis, IN


According to ACEs  2017 American College President Study, only 30 percent of the nation’s college and university presidents are women, increasing just four percentage points since 2011. Additional findings from a report on the status of women in higher education show that despite women earning the majority of college degrees and having increased representation in entry- and mid-level positions, they have made little progress in advancing to chief executive positions.

Imagine how much more equitable it would be if women-identified leaders held half of the senior leadership positions in higher education. Support the next 50 years of HERS, shaping BOLD leaders and an inclusive transformation for higher education administration. 

Among America’s elite R1 Universities, a 2021 study by the Women’s Power Gap found that women hold only 24% of all top-earning titles, and women of color hold only 2.5% of those positions.