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Hosted by HERS and co-facilitated by Academic Search, Inc., Next Stages Next Steps was created to help women secure leadership positions in higher education. The latest research by CUPA shows that women hold less than 30% of executive positions at the nation’s colleges and universities.1 Next Stages Next Steps is our answer to that equity gap.

Our career workshop is designed to equip women 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,2 with more on the cusp. Join us for our next workshop in January 2022 and get ready to achieve your own career ambitions.

Registration for the January 2022 Cohort has closed.

January 2022 Cohort Details: 
Location: Virtual
Date: January 13-15, 2022
Workshop Fees
On/Before November 23, 2021 : $1,399
After November 23, 2021: $1,699
Final Registration Deadline:
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
All registrations after this date will be waitlisted.

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Leadership search processes are significantly different and more demanding than other hiring processes, not least because they are often conducted by an outside search firm. We have partnered with Academic Search, Inc.—itself an outside search firm—to give workshop participants an insiders’ look at how the leadership search process works, what each leadership role entails, as well as peer and group coaching to ensure their candidacy’s serious consideration.

What Participants Learn

How to prepare job application materials that best demonstrate your qualification for the job

Insider tips for tackling search committee interviews and campus visits with supreme confidence

Tools and best practices for expanding and activating your professional network to advocate on your behalf

What makes Next Stages Next Steps unique is the cohort of similarly go-getting women you will be joining. Long after the workshop wraps up, alumnae can tap into their cohort for networking, feedback on job application materials, and inspiration.

Don’t Self-Select out of the Running for a Mid to Senior-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. This gap does not reflect a lack of confidence on the part of women, but a misunderstanding of how the hiring process works.

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“[Women don’t] see the hiring process as one where advocacy, relationships, or a creative approach to framing one’s expertise could overcome not having the skills and experiences outlined in the job qualifications.” – Tara Mohr of Harvard Business Review3

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.

Who Should Attend

Next Stages Next Steps invites women leaders who are either actively or considering applying to directorships, deanships, presidencies, vice presidencies, provost roles, and comparable leadership positions at colleges and universities. The ideal candidate for the program has at least 8-10 years of experience in higher education and is ready to participate in search processes typically conducted by outside search firms.

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Additional information on the learning outcomes, who this program is for, or whether you’re ready for the next stage of your career, check out our Next Stages Next Steps FAQs webpage.

1Bichsel, J., & McChesney, J. (2017, February). Gender Pay Gap in Higher Ed Administration. Retrieved from
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