Higher Education Resource Services (HERS)

Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) is dedicated to creating and sustaining a diverse community of women leaders through leadership and career development programs that support various career stages. HERS was founded in 1972, and over the past 50 years, the organization has supported the career advancement of more than 6,000 women — from 1,200+ institutions — that have participated in the HERS Leadership Institute.

HERS has been working with DU since 1983, and moved its office to the campus’s Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women in 2004. And from 2007 to 2019, HERS held one of their summer (intensive) offerings of the HERS Leadership Institute on the DU campus.

Lisa VictoravichMy participation in the HERS Wellsey program was a transformational experience as it pushed me to reflect on who I am as a leader and my future aspirations. My favorite parts were getting to know other female leaders across a wide variety of higher education institutions across the country. The bonds and network that I created will last a lifetime.

– Lisa Vitoravich 

 

Rohini AnanthakrishnanHERS Institute was an incredible part of my leadership journey. The institute gave me a holistic view of leadership both personally and professionally. What I loved most was the ability to learn from other HERS sisters who are administrative and academic leaders; and the long lasting alliances I have built with them. HERS is true to its words on developing women leaders in various areas of leadership development with a focus on Institutional Awareness (key to influencing), Networking (exposure to different ideas), and Self-Knowledge (self-awareness).

-Rohini Ananthakrishnan 

 

Leadership Programs Offered by HERS

In addition to the HLI, HERS offers five other leadership and career development programs for early, mid, and late-career advancement. Find a program that fits where you are in your leadership and career development.

Requirements and Recommendations for applying to the HERS Leadership Institute

Letter of Recommendation tip: Put in your request for a letter of recommendation at least two weeks prior to the application deadline. Place your request to a senior officer who knows your current leadership work, and who you want to get to know for your future leadership advancement.

In the application portal, we have included a list of senior officer titles that we prefer applicants contact for a recommendation. Typically, these officers approve the release of professional development funding at institutions as well. We encourage applicants to discuss the availability of funding to sponsor their attendance with these individuals at the time they request a recommendation.

Other Relevant HERS Information
Upon completing the HERS Leadership Institute, Alumnae are invited to join the HERS Network — an online learning and networking platform exclusively for HLI alumnae. Through the HERS Network, you can leverage the collective expertise of the HERS network — over 6,000 women leaders — to share challenges or ideas for collective problem-solving and encouragement. The exclusive alumnae resources and benefits of the HERS Network, include but are not limited to:

  • Access to the HERS Alumnae Directory
  • Private messaging groups for HLI cohorts
  • Library of free HERSconnect webinar recordings
  • Discounted pricing for future HERSconnect Webinar Offerings

Commonly Asked Questions about HERS

DU HERS Alumni

2021 (Deferred due to COVID)

Jennifer Bellamy

Graduate School of Social Work

Leandra Martinez

Controller’s Office

Nashwa Bolling

Office of Financial Aid

Lisa Martinez, CoS

Depart Sociology and Criminology, Interim Assistant Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research & Curriculum

2019 DU HERS Alumni

Kate Willink

Kate Willink

Before HERS: Communication Studies and OTL // After HERS: Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs

Rohini Ananthakrishnan

Rohini Ananthakrishnan

Before HERS: DU IT // After HERS: Assistant Vice Chancellor, Enterprise Application Services

Sarah Pessin

Sarah Pessin

Before HERS: CoS; Depart Philosophy and Center for Judaic Studies // After HERS: Current Senate President

2018 DU HERS Alumni

Andrea Stanton

Andrea Stanton

Before HERS: CoS; Religious Studies // After HERS: Department Chair of Religious Studies.

Lisa Victoravich

Lisa Victoravich

Before HERS: Daniels; CoB school of Accountant // After HERS: Associate Dean, Faculty and Research; Program Director.

Kara Taczak

Kara Taczak

UAP Writing Program

2017 DU HERS Alumni

Natasha Dobrinen

Natasha Dobrinen

CoNS and Department of Math

Kristy Firebaugh

Kristy Firebaugh

Before HERS: CoAS, Office of the Dean // After HERS: Assistant Dean

2016 DU HERS Alumni

Terry Bower

Jennifer Hoffman

Allison Friederichs

Allison Friederichs

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University College

2015 DU HERS Alumni

Deana Ahmad

Deana Ahmad

Before HERS: Associate Director of Undergraduate Student Affairs at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies // After HERS: Assistant Dean for Students, GSSW

Shawn Alfrey

Shawn Alfrey

University UAP; Honors Program

Carrie Forbes

Carrie Forbes

Associate Dean in the Library