We know you are concerned about the COVID-19 outbreak, which is already impacting many of your campuses. We know because we’re concerned as well. That won’t stop us from pursuing our mission: advancing women leaders.


Update 5/27/2020:
Next Stages, Next Steps in August 2020
Our 2020 August workshop will now be offered in an online format to provide participants with the necessary flexibility to take the next step in their career without having to disrupt their lives or worry about the risks of travel and group gatherings. The registration deadline is July 31, 2020.

HERS Leadership Institute 4 Weekend Format

To accommodate the uncertainties around fall schedules and tentative travel restrictions, we’ve made the first weekend a virtual session. The weekend dates for this offering are September 24 – 26, 2020, November 12 – 14, 2020, February 4 – 6, 2021, March 18 – 20, 2021. The application deadline for this offering has been extended to August 3, 2020. 

We’re following the CDC Guidelines for Higher Education institutions as well as the Massachusetts State Government Guidelines to ensure the safety of participants in later weekends. We are also preparing virtual contingency plans for the delivery of the November 2020 weekend session if that is determined to be the safest option for our participants.


Update 3/25/2020:

Every decision we make starts with the health and well-being of our network. To that end, here are the adjustments we’re making to the HERS Leadership Institute summer programs, as well as the impact these changes will have on the experience of our participants:

Virtual Delivery of HERS Programs. Across the United States, public health authorities are advising that to slow the spread of this virus that we need to enact social distancing by reducing face-to-face interactions between people. We have therefore decided to deliver upcoming HERS programs virtually for programming scheduled through August 1, 2020. The HERS virtual program will be more than remote learning. It will be a HERS Leadership Institute experience that retains the components that our alumnae found most valuable.

Networking and community building are hallmarks of the HERS experience, and we are building these into our virtual learning experience. The leadership program you experience will include experiential and hands-on learning relevant to your current work and leadership aspirations.

Summer 2020 HERS Leadership Institute: If you are a member of the June 2020 or July 2020 HERS Leadership Institute cohort, we have two options as you decide how soon you will advance your leadership. We request a response by no later than Monday, April 6, 2020, to this survey. The payment deadline is now April 21, 2020.

  1. If you decide to join us this summer for the virtual learning experience, click here. All paid accommodation fees will be refunded. Outstanding invoices that include accommodation fees will be adjusted.
  2. If you choose to postpone until fall 2020 and spring 2021 (4-weekend, Wellesley location), June 2021, or July 2021, click here. Paid fees will be credited to future enrollment.

Wellesley 2020-21 HERS Leadership Institute: If public health concerns have not subsided by September 2020, HERS will implement either a remote learning or virtual learning plan. Remote learning was used in March 2020 to finish out Wellesley 2019-20, and we plan on using virtual learning for our Summer 2020 programs. Regardless of the delivery method, you will have access to the same facilitators, peer mentoring, and support. We will ensure you have the ability to lead when we most need leaders like you.

Tomorrow is a new day, and we may need to make further adjustments. We will continue to prioritize our leadership programs to benefit your health and well-being.  We are here to advance your leadership, knowing that tomorrow may be the day you take on a new role.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.


Update 3/13/20:

HERS continues to closely monitor the situation involving COVID-19. Your health and wellness are important to us, and we know that many of you are managing rapid change and uncertainty. We want you to know that HERS is here to support you.  HERS continues to be engaged and dedicated toward advancing women leaders.

A top priority is the health and well-being of our HERS Leadership Institute summer participants.  We are committed to delivering the HERS Leadership Institute in one of the following formats:

  • If public health concerns subside, we will deliver our tradition HERS Leadership Institute, where you will be in residence in either Golden, CO, or Bryn Mawr, PA.
  • If public health concerns do not subside, we are preparing a virtual learning experience.

HERS will continue to re-evaluate and provide updates on the HLI as they become available.  Please stay well at home, at work, and in your local communities.


Update 3/10/20:

For our Summer 2020 Participants

Your leadership advancement remains our focus, so we are also developing contingency plans for the delivery of our other programs in 2020, specifically our summer HERS Leadership Institute offerings. For those already registered as well as those interested in applying, we will deliver the Leadership Institute this summer, so keep the originally scheduled dates reserved on your calendar. We recommend waiting to make travel arrangements as the COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly.

We are monitoring the situation daily and will update you regularly via email and our website.

For more information on how to stay healthy and avoid contributing to the spread of the virus, do check out the resources available on the CDC’s website.