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HERS-SA training is designed to develop women leaders in higher education using a socio-ecological model (Figure 1) which focuses on an individual, interpersonal relations, understanding of the institutional functions and governance system and the community outside the institution (local, national and globally). Socio-ecological training and development model framework
    • Individual
    • Interpersonal
    • Organisational
    • Macro level (Nationally and globally) The training responds to the current needs of women in higher education, who have to lead in a gendered, volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment.
  • HERS-SA training is designed to enable women to lead in the VUCA world. Women
    • HoDs
    • Directors
    • Managers
    • Senior Managers
    • Aspiring leaders
  • The training list is listed alphabetically


    Participants will learn about the does and don’ts of applying for a leadership role. The training is designed to equip women applying for leadership positions with the insight, skills and practice needed to navigate the often-challenging academic search process.

    This training will empower participants to uncover, analyse and strengthen their unique characteristics that will enable them to lead with authenticity and purpose.

    This training is designed for women to

    • Discover the secrets to eliminating the noise in your life so you can focus on your own growth and success.
    • Develop a clear vision of your ideal future and a plan to make it happen.
    • Learn how to set boundaries in a way that asserts your power without burning bridges.
    • Master real techniques to ask for what you want and what you are worth.


    This training will introduce support staff to career planning models. Participants will explore a framework for considering one’s career options and specific actions to take to achieve career goals

    This training will introduce academic staff to career planning models. Participants will explore a framework for considering one’s career options and specific actions to take to achieve career goals.

    This training will introduce participants to key knowledge, attitudes and skills pertaining to coaching and mentorship and how women can leverage on coaching and mentorship to enable them to achieve their career goals.

    The training will enable participants to lead and communicate powerfully in different setting. This will include making connections, communicating with clarity, navigating conflict and delivering a compelling argument to persuade others.

    Participants will learn about the value of engaging with the external stakeholder to influence and be influenced by the external environment as part of driving change and creating brand visibility.

    Participants will be empowered to utilise their power effectively and efficiently to create and support their staff by creating a learning environment.

    This training will provide participants with skills to understand what is and not bullying using an ecological perspective. Manager will be enabled to identify who, when, why bullying takes place and come up with bullying interventions that will enable a humanising working space.

    Participants will maximise the technology and stakeholder interface in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA).  Navigating the unique challenges with better cultural and multi-generational awareness.

    This training will empower participants to understand the powers and politics of higher education. Importantly learn how to navigate the higher education. Further exploring good governance as a sustainable approach in managing finance and people.

    The training explores the relational power of networks, partnerships and collaborations, within and outside the university. Further, providing strategies and tactics that can be used to build and maintain lasting relations.

    Learn how to bring people with you as you lead or manage organisational change and navigate challenges to keep them on-board.

    This training will provide the support staff with an introduction to research publishing. Participants will learn about the types of scholarly articles published in journals and the format that is best suited for research articles. Understand the importance of getting published as support staff as part of career management.

    Participants will learn about the both the mindset shift and skillset to succeed as leaders. This will help you challenge your constraints, exercise your power and hold yourself accountable to achieve your goals.

    This training is designed for managers to help them identify and plan the future strategy, to help them understand current structures and challenges, as well as to forecast changes needed, to be fit for the future

    Participants will learn about leadership, the characteristics of women leader, barriers, enablers and how women leader can promote their work.

    Participants will learn about the ideal proposal structure and gain a holistic understanding of the essential factors, which determine whether or not a program gets funded.

    HERS-SA works with trained and accredited coaches to offers personal coaching to women leaders in higher education, seeking personal and career growth. Coaching is offered face-to-face/online over a period of 6 months (one coaching session per month X 6). In 2020 and 2021 we worked with HELM Women in Leadership Programme and Cape Peninsula University of Technology and leaders have found coaching empowering and have thus request to have more coaching services.

    Daily fee [08:30 – 16:00]

    R1700 for each individual

    Two days’ fee

    R3200 for each individual

    Three days’ fee

    R4800 for each individual

    In-house rate:

    25 delegates*, a flat daily rate of R34 000 (an additional fee per delegate if it is above 25 delegate [Venue and catering costs will be at the cost of the university]

    Executive Coaching

    R36 000

    Coaching (Mid-level)

    R24 000



     Brightness Mangolothi


    project Coordinator:

     Fayroes Safodien


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