Women’s Leadership Profile: Mid-career

Mid-level Executive Program for Women

The Mid-level Executive Program for Women is a cross-industry development program that harnesses the power of stepping away from day-to-day work and life responsibilities to focus on personal, professional, and organizational growth from a whole leader perspective.

The Program

About the Program

The Mid-level Executive Program brings together leaders at the critical mid-career level and equips them with the tools they need to join the executive ranks.

Women learn how to perform under the pressures they face managing from the middle, as well as strategies for effective negotiation, problem solving, and decision-making in complex, collaborative environments.

Participants learn from world-class faculty and through the exchange of stories and ideas of women leaders from different industries and organizations around the world. Participants discover the value of reflection and work to understand who they are as leaders at work, at home, and within their communities.

The Value

For the Organization

Your organization will benefit from:

  • Special attention to the unique women’s leadership challenges with the organization
  • The advancement and retention of mid-level women leaders, building a robust pipeline of women prepared for senior executive roles
  • A cost-effective and sustainable coaching model for women executives

For the Participant

Women who attend the Mid-level Executive Program:

  • Network and learn alongside a diverse cohort of female peers from across different companies, industries, and countries
  • Benefit from an environment where they are a member of the majority, where they can share common experiences and challenges, and build personal connection, candor, and trust
  • Increase confidence and strategic risk-taking, resulting in breakthrough leadership development
  • Develop leadership and life strategies to sustain their careers

Year after year, Smith program participants report that their time at Smith was both career and life changing. A powerful learning experience combined with life-long mentorships and professional friendships formed at each program help women to gain the confidence and support needed to advance in their careers.

Curriculum

Curriculum

The Mid-level Executive Program is designed to take already successful women at the critical middle-level and propel them to advanced leadership roles.

The program takes into account that women at the mid-level are at a pivotal point in their career and face demands not only in the workplace, but at home and within their communities. As a result, the curriculum delivers a blend of professional, organizational, and personal development sessions with an underlying theme of advanced strategic leadership thinking from a 360-degree viewpoint – educating the whole leader.

2018 Curriculum Elements

  • Working Under Pressure
    – Learn strategies to sustain optimal performance in the face of the pressures of managing from the middle
  • Collaborative Decision-making
    – Leading the thinking of others by presenting a persuasive case for bright ideas
  • Leading with Persuasion
    – Discover which leadership dynamics determine whether your great ideas for change initiatives take off
  • Executive Negotiation
    – Develop a framework to drive effective collaborations
  • Design Thinking for Problem-solving
    – Strategies for the collection and evaluation of information to improve the decision-making process
  • Art of Perception
    – Enhance observation, perception, and communication skills by learning to analyze works of art
  • Narrative Coaching
    – Explore key behaviors that improve leadership outcomes
  • Leadership Assessment & Coaching
    – Gain deep insight into how your demonstrated emotional intelligence is impacting your leadership with a comprehensive assessment addressing specific core competencies
  • Roundtable Discussions: Career Management Strategies
    – Network with a group of dynamic, high-level peers
  • Daily Reflection
    – Integrate knowledge with personal insights and wisdom for greater clarity and purpose

360-Degree Leadership

Additional leadership benefits for this program include:

  • Key leadership assessments focusing on effective leadership styles and skills
  • Daily wellness programs that model how to increase energy, well-being, and stress-resilience
  • Post-program access to networking and continuing learning opportunities

Why a Women-Only Classroom?

Smith College Executive Education has developed exceptional women leaders for more than 40 years. Our signature all-women learning model supports women’s natural collaborative and participatory learning style, creating an environment where women can finally be the majority in the room and take full advantage of their learning experience. Research shows that women-only classrooms increase access to faculty and inspire more risk-taking and a greater sense of confidence in learners – especially for women working in male-dominated fields.

Who Attends

Who Should Attend?

Women who attend the Mid-level Program for Women are mid-level managers and directors from across various sectors and industries. Participants currently lead teams with operational, business unit, or line responsibilities, and are identified as likely to move up within their organizations.

Sample Participant Titles:

  • Senior Director, Public Relations
  • Head of Human Resources, Asia Pacific
  • Area Vice President Sales – Mid Atlantic
  • Senior Manager of External Operations
  • Director, IT Learning and Talent Development

A Network for Life

Women who attend the Mid-level Executive Program build a network of what we refer to as true peers; other high-potential women to support them as they lead their companies through a constantly changing, disruptive global economy.

Participants learn alongside other women leaders from both their own and other companies in different industries from around the world.

Testimonials

  • “This program exceeded my expectations. I was impressed with how much leadership I have in me, and how by using my strengths I can achieve more than I thought possible. I left Smith feeling inspired, empowered, energized, challenged, excited, accepted, exhilarated, part of a network, and engaged. This training helps you to use your strengths to become stronger and be a great leader!”

    Ann B.
    Ann B. STRATEGIC PLANNING OFFICER, PHARMACEUTICALS
  • “My Smith experience taught me to step back and think about things more strategically in order to make better decisions. The program quickly provided me with new ways of thinking, a new set of leadership tools, and terrific people connections.”

    Susan L.
    Susan L. AVP, INSURANCE
  • “My experience at the program had an immediate impact on my work and life. One [session] made me realize I was sacrificing my own health for my job. Outside of work, I am working harder to have a better balance because of my experience at the program. The Smith experience is well worth the investment.”

    Lisa B.
    Lisa B. MANAGING DIRECTOR, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & SERVICES
  • “What makes Smith’s leadership program unique from other leadership programs I have attended was the opportunity we had to focus on personal and professional development while growing our network of women professionals. I came back more focused and confident in my ability to succeed as a leader. It was the best experience of my career!”

    Jennifer D.
    Jennifer D. AVP, CHIEF OF STAFF, INSURANCE
  • “In my company, Smith programs are very prestigious. The curriculum, passionate faculty, and learning environment are all very impressive and top class. I believe this is the best program for women leaders. It inspires you, makes you more confident and builds your network.”

    Mengjuan L.
    Mengjuan L. HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR, PHARMACEUTICALS
  • “Spending the time away from my job and my company gave me the opportunity to recognize that I am a strong leader. When I returned, I immediately inserted myself into discussions and situations where I normally may have taken a back seat – I had the increased confidence to just ask for a seat at the table. This renewed sense of purpose has allowed me to think about moving my business forward rather than just keeping it going.”

    Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth B. DIRECTOR, CUSTOMER LOGISTICS, HOSPITAL & HEALTHCARE
  • “I realized that my leadership challenges are not unique to me — they are shared among female leaders in all industries in every corner of the world. This program taught me how to influence company decisions, to engage more in active listening before issuing an opinion or decision, and to connect with my team on a deeper level.”

    Veronica C.
    Veronica C. VP, QUALITY & COMPLIANCE, HEALTHCARE
  • “I got so much out of learning about myself and being a leader! My experience at the program had an immediate impact on my work by giving me the necessary refresh I needed. I was inspired and excited to be part of such a strong network of women. It also gave me the necessary refresh I needed in my life outside of work. What specific returns did I get out of it? Two big things come to my mind: the value of being submerged in a learning environment that touched a wide range of topics – from leadership to networking to finance to health. I now have new leadership tools that will strengthen me, my teams and our practice.”

    Lara P.
    Lara P. MANAGING DIRECTOR, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & SERVICES
  • “The program improved my confidence and increased my awareness of what it takes to be a strategic leader (versus a tactical leader). Note to my CEO: the Smith program is an excellent investment for future leaders.”

    Wendy T.
    Wendy T. DIRECTOR, REGULATORY AFFAIRS, MEDICAL DEVICES
Faculty

Faculty

Smith College Executive Education draws its world-class faculty from top institutions, businesses, and consultancies around the globe. The result is a team of educators dedicated to developing the whole leader, covering topics like strategy, innovation, confidence, negotiation, leadership behaviors, health and well-being for leaders, hands-on business simulations, and more.

The Experience

Learn more about the power of Smith from women who attended a program.

Real Women, Real Stories

  • “My experience at the program had an immediate impact on my work and life. One [session] made me realize I was sacrificing my own health for my job. Outside of work, I am working harder to have a better balance because of my experience at the program. The Smith experience is well worth the investment.”

    Lisa B.
    Lisa B. MANAGING DIRECTOR, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & SERVICES
  • “The program improved my confidence and increased my awareness of what it takes to be a strategic leader (versus a tactical leader). Note to my CEO: the Smith program is an excellent investment for future leaders.”

    Wendy T.
    Wendy T. DIRECTOR, REGULATORY AFFAIRS, MEDICAL DEVICES
  • “Spending the time away from my job and my company gave me the opportunity to recognize that I am a strong leader. When I returned, I immediately inserted myself into discussions and situations where I normally may have taken a back seat – I had the increased confidence to just ask for a seat at the table. This renewed sense of purpose has allowed me to think about moving my business forward rather than just keeping it going.”

    Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth B. DIRECTOR, CUSTOMER LOGISTICS, HOSPITAL & HEALTHCARE
  • “In my company, Smith programs are very prestigious. The curriculum, passionate faculty, and learning environment are all very impressive and top class. I believe this is the best program for women leaders. It inspires you, makes you more confident and builds your network.”

    Mengjuan L.
    Mengjuan L. HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR, PHARMACEUTICALS
  • “My Smith experience taught me to step back and think about things more strategically in order to make better decisions. The program quickly provided me with new ways of thinking, a new set of leadership tools, and terrific people connections.”

    Susan L.
    Susan L. AVP, INSURANCE
  • “What makes Smith’s leadership program unique from other leadership programs I have attended was the opportunity we had to focus on personal and professional development while growing our network of women professionals. I came back more focused and confident in my ability to succeed as a leader. It was the best experience of my career!”

    Jennifer D.
    Jennifer D. AVP, CHIEF OF STAFF, INSURANCE
  • “I realized that my leadership challenges are not unique to me — they are shared among female leaders in all industries in every corner of the world. This program taught me how to influence company decisions, to engage more in active listening before issuing an opinion or decision, and to connect with my team on a deeper level.”

    Veronica C.
    Veronica C. VP, QUALITY & COMPLIANCE, HEALTHCARE
  • “This program exceeded my expectations. I was impressed with how much leadership I have in me, and how by using my strengths I can achieve more than I thought possible. I left Smith feeling inspired, empowered, energized, challenged, excited, accepted, exhilarated, part of a network, and engaged. This training helps you to use your strengths to become stronger and be a great leader!”

    Ann B.
    Ann B. STRATEGIC PLANNING OFFICER, PHARMACEUTICALS
  • “I got so much out of learning about myself and being a leader! My experience at the program had an immediate impact on my work by giving me the necessary refresh I needed. I was inspired and excited to be part of such a strong network of women. It also gave me the necessary refresh I needed in my life outside of work. What specific returns did I get out of it? Two big things come to my mind: the value of being submerged in a learning environment that touched a wide range of topics – from leadership to networking to finance to health. I now have new leadership tools that will strengthen me, my teams and our practice.”

    Lara P.
    Lara P. MANAGING DIRECTOR, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & SERVICES
Enrollment

Programs Dates

June 17 – 22, 2018

Program Fee

Now – March 15: $9,200 USD*
After March 15: $9,500 USD*

*Program fee includes all program materials, accommodations, and most meals; does not include travel

Location

Smith College Campus
Northampton, MA, U.S.

Language

Proficiency in spoken and written English is required.

Deadline

Space is limited; reserve seats now.

Program Contact

Registration Services Team
Executive Education for Women
Smith College
Northampton, Massachusetts 01063
U.S.
Phone Number: +1-413-585-2642
Email: leadership@smith.edu