"HERS really means a lot for the development of women - Thank you!"
"Absolutely great - the space, shared experiences, the topics covered, insights learned, tools shared - all invaluable."
"I leave feeling very much empowered about new methods that can be used in leadership."
"It has given an opportunity for me to reflect on leadership and strengths of my organization and more."
"It was more practical and focused than the ACADEMY. They both have been very helpful and are equally important."
"It revised the discussions we explored at the main ACADEMY. Had time to reflect on the choices that we discussed at the main ACADEMY."
"Definitely, happy to discover that all the women have common challenges and we need to dwell on positive things that we can control. I will be back just to reinvent myself."
"Yes I really benefited - I think it is because of the lesser numbers of members attending - and the presenter had time to attend to us and our issues /problems."
"It was very informative, not only to my academic career but also for my personal development."
"An invaluable experience. Gained a lot of useful information and the networking assisted once again in making friends and sharing."
" I think we should do it more often to update knowledge in different leadership disciplines."
" It was a great platform to learn skills. Great networking platform to meet successful women and learn from their experiences."
"Not only worthwhile but extremely empowering."
"This mini-ACADEMY has made me realise that I need a dedicated career plan."
"I have benefited on aspects that were lacking in my professional life."
The following testimonials from women who attended a HERS-SA mini-ACADEMY highlight the benefits to professional development that are derived from being a HERS-SA Alumnae:
"It has been a worthwhile experience for me as I've expanded my network links. The presentations were interesting, valuable, empowering and challenging".
"I am here for the second time (I attended in 2006). Again I enjoyed it very much, met wonderful and inspiring women from all over Africa. I experienced a vibrant vibe from the first day..."
"I was particularly thrilled at the wealth of expertise in various aspects of higher education. It was unusual to see the balance of academic theory and practical experience by the presenters."
"I am so fired up I cannot wait to go back and start spreading the word. Now I know I have the confidence to make decisions to start acting actively with knowledge. Not even the sky is the limit now!"
"This week I met women with BIG hearts. In fact, I am honoured to have been part of this phenomenal experience. I loved it. THANK YOU!"
"HERS-SA has been a worthwhile experience. I have benefited a lot and in the next few years I am going to land into a leadership position."
"I would not have considered applying for my job as Assistant Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs had it not been for my HERS-SA experience."
"(The ACADEMY) gave me new perspectives into other areas of HE. I also learnt a lot about how I can do things better! Very important! Need to get out of my comfort zone!"