Bold Leadership | Inclusive Transformation

In 2022-2023, HERS celebrates 50 years of executing its mission of creating and sustaining a diverse community of women 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

Tentative Events Schedule for Fall 2021  

  • September: HERS Network Power Hour 
  • November: HERS Network Power Hour 

Tentative Events Schedule for 2022   

  • January: HERS Network Power Hour   
  • February: FREE HERSconnect Webinar   
  • March: Weekend HLI Leadership Panel/Symposium #1 – Inclusive Leadership: Now is the Time. In-person event in Boston, MA (tentatively w/ online streaming): Sat, March 26, 2022 @ 10 am ET   
  • April: HERS Network Power Hour  
  • May: FREE HERSconnect Webinar 
  • June: Intensive HLI Leadership Panel/Symposium #2 – Achieving Systemic Change. In-person event in Denver, CO (tentatively w/ online streaming): Weds, June 15, 2022 @ 8:30 – 10:30 am ET.   
  • July: HERS Network Power Hour   
  • August: FREE HERSconnect Webinar   
  • September: Online Leadership Symposium #3 – Redefining Success. Date/time TBD 
  • October: HERS Network Power Hour   
  • November: FREE HERSconnect Webinar   
  • December: Break (no programming)      

Tentative Events Schedule for Spring 2023   

  • January & April: HERS Network Power Hour     
  • June: 50th Anniversary Gala Weekend — In-person event in Denver, CO (tentatively w/ online streaming). June 16-18, 2023.

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.