Find Your Leadership Voice. Pursue Your Career Dreams.

As the only organization committed exclusively to narrowing the gender gap in higher education leadership, HERS supports the advancement of women and people who are gender diverse from the start of their career all the way through to their transition into retirement. Our programs are designed to serve faculty, staff, and administrators who aspire to become bold leaders representing greater equity, inclusivity, and excellence in higher education.

The heart of HERS is the Leadership Institute, a program renowned for its transformative impact on mid-career higher education professionals, and we are always developing new programs to complement it. From helping young professionals begin their leadership development to giving senior-level professionals the tools they need to take control of their career, our goal is to build a robust arch of programs that buttress career-spanning journeys of learning and leadership development.

All HERS programs and services are open to all, regardless of gender identity, who share the commitment to advancing equity in higher education. 

If have additional questions about the portfolio of HERS programs for all career stages, please review the HERS FAQs or email

Find a program that fits where you are at in your leadership and career development.

Early Career
Leadership & Management

Explore topics that young professionals should know to develop into an emerging leader.

0-5 Years of Experience


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Middle Career
Leadership & Management

Transform into a bold and effective leader with the core of the HERS leadership experience.

5-8 Years of Experience


HERS Leadership Institute

Mid-to-Late Career
Career Development

Add clarity and intentionality to your career as you move toward roles in senior leadership.

8+ Years of Experience


Next Stages Next Steps

Early Career

Develop core leadership skills and momentum toward your career aspirations.

Early career professionals with less than five years of experience are encouraged to register for our introductory management and leadership development programs to build the following foundational leadership skills:

  • Authentic leadership development, including managing versus leading with influence
  • Interpersonal skills and internal/external communication strategies
  • Identity and cultural awareness with an emphasis on supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in policy and practice
  • Problem solving decision-making, and how to effectively collaborate with a team through delegation and prioritization

Middle Career

HERS Leadership Institute

The preeminent leadership program for women and people who are gender diverse in higher education will challenge you to develop a richer appreciation for your unique leadership capabilities, as well as learn more about your institution and how to leverage the HERS Network. The HERS Leadership Institute is offered in two formats to provide participants with flexibility: Summer Intensive (9-day residential) and Weekend (staggered 4-weekend residential).

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Transform into a bold leader with the core of the HERS leadership experience.

Faculty, staff and administrators with ~5-8 years of experience are invited to participate in our mid-career programming for the following learning outcomes:

  • Self-knowledge: Gain clarity around your strengths as a leader and acquire the skills to actualize your vision of leadership
  • Institutional awareness: Develop a deeper understanding of your institutional setting and how to successfully operate within it
  • Networking: Build personal and professional bonds to last a lifetime, and learn to leverage the power of the HERS Network

Mid-to-Late Career

Leverage your leadership and network to take control of your career development and become a guiding voice in higher education. 

Senior faculty, department chairs, directors, deans, vice presidents, etc. are invited to participate in our late-career programming for the following learning outcomes: 

  • Strategize your career development and growth 
  • Build your personal brand and story 
  • Leverage your personal networks 
  • Learn to navigate leadership search processes 
  • Define success for your role and put a data-driven action plan in place 

Next Stages Next Steps 

Our three-day 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.

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Join us in creating and sustaining a diverse network of bold leaders. Find the right program for you and take the next step.