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From Specialist to Strategist

Professional development for women leaders in STEM

July 19-23, 2020

Smith College, Northampton, MA

Early-bird Rate $8,900 USD; $9,200 after May 8

Important Notice:  Smith College continues to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and prioritize the health and safety of our community. At this time we are preparing to run select 2020 Executive Education Summer Programs on the Smith College Campus. We have moved this program from June 7-11 to July 19-23. We will update this site and reach out to all applicants if anything changes. Please contact Meredith Courtney with any questions.

sweIn partnership with the Society of Women Engineers, From Specialist to Strategist provides emerging women leaders the leadership training they need to thrive in the especially male-dominated STEM fields. Download the brochure.

Key Takeaways

During the program, participants hone their abilities to:

  • Problem solve and collaborate under complicated circumstances 

  • Develop leadership presence

  • Maximize performance in an on-demand world

  • Learn negotiation skills and win buy-in for optimal results 

  • Communicate effectively under pressure with teams

  • Create a culture of candid feedback to achieve great results

  • Invest in personal health and well-being for sustainable career success

Ongoing Benefits

From Specialist to Strategist participants receive a one-year membership in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and are encouraged to join the wider SWE network.

Space is limited; reserve seats now.

Experience level
5–9 Years

Works in a technical environment and has recently started to lead teams and take on larger responsibilities.

Program Contact

Meredith Courtney  |  email:  |  phone: +1-413-585-2586

  • Curriculum

    World-renowned faculty guide participants through this executive education program with a combination of lecture, case study and small group work on the following topics:

    Tackling the Imposter Syndrome:
    Recognize the causes and symptoms of this common syndrome and practice strategies to move beyond it.

    Strategic Leadership to Achieve the Extraordinary:
    Approaches to expand strategic leadership skills in order to articulate purpose, work effectively in a climate of uncertainty, and think creatively for better outcomes.

    Working in Teams: 
    Discover and practice techniques to communicate effectively among teams for powerfully productive results.

    Maximizing Vitality in an On-Demand World: 
    Strategies to build emotional intelligence, personal vitality and success longevity in both life and leadership roles.

  • Who Attends

    From Specialist to Strategist is for emerging leaders in science, technology, and engineering fields who are poised to lead teams and/or critical projects.

    Sample Participant Titles:

    • Project Manager

    • Senior Researcher 

    • Team Lead

    • Technical Lead

    A Network for Life

    Women who attend a Smith program build a network of true peers who support them throughout their careers. Participants learn alongside other women leaders from around the world.

    Proficiency in spoken and written English is required.

  • Faculty

    Smith College Executive Education draws its world-class faculty from top institutions, businesses, and consultancies around the globe. These instructors bring real-world experience and academic leadership in their fields and offer highly dynamic professional developmnt experiences that include group work, hands-on activities and dynamic lectures.

  • Accommodations

    All participants are hosted in the historic Hotel NorthamptonThe hotel is located a convenient eight-minute walk from campus in the heart of charming Northampton, MA. A daily shuttle is provided for those who prefer not to walk. Breakfast, lunch, and most dinners are provided with ample breaks throughout each day.

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