Hosted by HERS and co-facilitated by Academic Search, Inc., a long-standing partner of HERS and leader in the executive search field, NSNS was created to help women and people who are gender diverse secure executive-level leadership positions in higher education. The latest research by CUPA shows that women hold approximately 30% of executive positions at the nation’s colleges and universities.1 Next Stages Next Steps is our answer to that equity gap.
*All participants are required to stay at the conference hotel (across the street from the venue) at a group rate of $189/night+tax, checking in by Thursday, January 11, and checking out on Sunday, January 14.
Please note that many of our former participants recommend checking in a day early and/or staying a day late to further explore the location!
¹ HERS is a nonprofit organization. The Program Fee helps defray our venue and program facilitator expenses, as well as various administrative costs. Please review our GuideStar profile for further information about our financials and nonprofit status.
Our career workshop is designed to equip leaders applying to leadership positions with the insight, skills, and practice needed to navigate the often challenging academic search process. To date, we have helped nearly 60% of our participants secure senior leadership roles, with more on the cusp. Join us for our next workshop in January 2024 and get ready to achieve your own career ambitions.
What makes Next Stages Next Steps unique is the cohort of similarly motivated participants you will be joining. Long after the workshop wraps up, alums can tap into their cohort for networking, feedback on job application materials, and inspiration.
Don’t Self-Select out of the Running for a Executive-Level Leadership Position
Don’t fool yourself into believing you’re just not qualified enough for the role. You may have heard the oft-quoted stat that men apply to jobs when they meet 60% of the qualifications, while women only apply when they meet nearly 100% (Hewlett Packard). Academic Search, Inc. says, in their experience, that it’s closer to 40-45% for men and 85-95% for women.2 This gap does not reflect a lack of confidence on the part of women, but a misunderstanding of how the hiring process works.
The Next Stages Next Steps workshop is about mastering the art of positioning yourself as an exceptionally strong candidate, even if you don’t meet 100% of the qualifications. If you’re ready to take your leadership to the highest level, HERS is excited to provide all the practical knowledge you need to secure that leadership promotion.
For additional information, check out our Next Stages Next Steps FAQs webpage.
1Bichsel, J., & McChesney, J. (2017, February). Gender Pay Gap in Higher Ed Administration. Retrieved from https://www.cupahr.org/wp-content/uploads/cupahr_research_brief_1.pdf
2Reported promotion statistics are based on exit surveys of all Next Stages Next Steps workshop participants from October 2016–January 2020. The last survey was administered in April of 2020 with an average response rate of 51%.
3Mohr, T. S. (2018, March 2). Why Women Don’t Apply for Jobs Unless They’re 100% Qualified. Retrieved from https://hbr.org/2014/08/why-women-dont-apply-for-jobs-unless-theyre-100-qualified
One of the barriers to achieving equity in higher education is the executive search process, which can deter or deny opportunities to otherwise qualified candidates who do not know how to position themselves as ready for senior leadership positions. By removing career barriers for women and gender-diverse leaders, HERS drives leadership equity throughout the higher education sector, transforming institutions and the students they serve.