05 July 2018

With Angela Merkel as Chancellor of Germany, Hillary Clinton’s US presidential campaign, the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ push for more women on company boards, and the recent #Metoo movement standing up to sexual harassment, questions of women’s leadership, status, and value to organisations are in the forefront today.

Prof Jenny Hoobler, an internationally-recognized scholar from the University of Pretoria, will discuss her state-of-the-art research on women’s leadership and the value it can bring to organisations. She will share her recent comprehensive analysis of academic research on the business case for women’s leadership, that is, research tying the number of women leaders to company earnings. Prof Hoobler will also examine popular beliefs about the rate at which women are ascending to leadership positions, questions of female ways of leading, and the female leadership advantage.


Jenny Hoobler is Professor of Human Resource Management in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and a South African National Research Foundation rated researcher. Her work focuses on women’s leadership and work and family. In 2015, she was named to Catalyst.org’s (USA) world think tank on women and work.

Professor Hoobler has been recognized and joins an exclusive group of UniSA Visiting Distinguished Thought Leaders. This designation is awarded to world leading academic figures whose research has the capacity to make a tangible, strategic contribution for the benefit of UniSA.   

The Women of the Organisation

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Professor Jenny M. Hoobler