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Presented by Wisr


Elevating women in higher education administration to new levels of personal and professional success

January 28, 2019 | Miami, FL



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Women's Power Gap in Higher Education: Study and Findings (2018). 

Our colleges and universities have a long way to go to reach gender parity in higher education administration. Report after report demonstrates that while women tend to experience gender parity in lower-level managerial roles, higher ed leadership isn’t reflecting the kind of diverse and inclusive future the world seems to aspire to have. Women are having to “prove” themselves more so than their male counterparts before taking the chief seat. It’s time for that to change.

HIGHER is a 10-city summit series aimed at equipping women in higher education administration with the tools, relationships, and confidence to thrive personally and professionally. These one-day experiences aim to be one step in the right direction towards diversifying leadership in higher education. 

This is YOUR chance to share ideas, spark action, and create opportunities to lift yourself and your female colleagues HIGHER.


We believe your experiences and perspectives matter. The HIGHER agenda is structured to provide opportunities to reflect on where you've come from, learn from your peers' journeys, and collectively join forces to support women in higher education. We'll gather from 8:30  AM - 4:00 PM for a series of reflective activities, interactive workshops, and speaker sessions.



The opening workshop will have you reflecting on key themes, turning points, and people in your career. After discovering what those experiences reveal about your values, a partner exercise will help you reimagine how you can be your best self at work, at home, and everywhere in between.



Listen to female executive leaders as they share their personal journeys. What did they wish they’d known at key milestones in their careers? What advice would they give to their younger selves? Ask the women whose roles you aspire to hold how they got there.



After uncovering the biggest barriers that women are facing, this interactive session will empower each attendee to design an actionable solution for reaching their next big goal, whether it's an individual career ambition or a plan for creating change on campus. We'll also hear suggestions for creating an inclusive team culture from a panel of leaders in diversity & inclusion




Associate VP of Advancement at the University of Miami



Senior Director of the Department of Diversity Initiatives at the University of North Florida



Executive Director of Career Services at Princeton University



Director of Athletics and Recreation at the University of Chicago



Co-Founder and CEO
at Wisr

This [summit] rose to the top! There was space to be authentic about the challenges we were facing and how others had overcome those challenges… I was in the room with women who were already higher education leaders. We weren’t talking…we were doing…together. It encouraged me that there is hope for the future if we all work together.

 Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations

The Wisr Leadership Summit was an excellent way to meet other women in higher education… We were able to brainstorm solutions together and left feeling so empowered! Three of our women leaders came as individuals and left as a team.

– Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor

It was refreshing and inspiring to spend the day with a group of smart, strong women on similar paths. The conversations were relevant and helpful and encouraged me to step back and think about my own career path in addition to managing my current role. I feel stronger knowing that I found my group and look forward to keeping in touch with everyone.

 Executive Director of Alumni Relations



HIGHER Miami will take place from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM on Monday, January 28, 2019. 


 We'll gather at the Newman Alumni Center on the University of Miami's campus. Additional information will be provided upon registration. If you're visiting from out of town, the University of Miami provides a guide for local hotels and the Miami-Dade MetroRail system. 


Registration includes all HIGHER materials and sessions, a light breakfast, catered luncheon, and an afternoon snack. Gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options will be offered. 


Who is HIGHER for?

This is an event for ambitious leaders, aspiring bosses, tribe-seekers, and community-builders. HIGHER attendees represent all types of higher education institutions in the US: liberal arts colleges, research institutions, community colleges, and everything in between. 

Can I invite my colleagues?

Yes! The more the merrier. In fact, several leaders at a past summit used the event as an excuse to reach out and invite peers they’d met at previous conferences, bond with new team members, and strengthen relationships with leaders across their campuses. To ensure you get the most out of the day, we recommend that your team's VP or Director joins for the day.  There’s no cap on the number of registrants per institution, though everyone is required to register to attend.

Will this feel like another big box conference?

Absolutely not. We believe that the most impactful development experiences come when you have the chance to get to know everyone in the room, talk candidly about the challenges that are keeping you up at night, and brainstorm solutions together. You can’t do that if there are 500 people in the room. Each HIGHER summit is intentionally capped at 50 attendees to allow for that close-knit, collaborative environment.

How much does it cost to attend?

HIGHER is free for all registrants. Seriously. From check-in at 8:30 AM to our final wrap-up at 4:00 PM, you'll have opportunities to build relationships with women across multiple levels of higher education administration, share strategies for promoting female leadership, and walk away with actionable next steps. HIGHER attendees (across all cities) are also invited to continue to conversation after HIGHER in a digital community. 

What motivated Wisr to launch HIGHER?

As a (female-led) company, Wisr spent a lot of time reflecting on the state of higher education leadership. Based on our interactions while bringing Wisr to market, higher ed isn’t reflecting the kind of diverse and inclusive future the world seems to aspire to have. In our work, we consistently see equal representation of women in individual contributor or lower-level managerial roles, but more senior leadership positions often don't reflect that diversity. Women in higher ed administration are facing barriers to rising the ranks in their institutions, and we need to do something about it.

I'm an ally of female leaders. How can I support?

Allies and champions of female leaders are critical towards enacting the change we seek. While the majority of HIGHER summits are intended for women only, HIGHER Cleveland invites allies to join us in a day of discussion around how allies in positions of authority can further promote diversity and inclusion on their teams.