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Our History and Vision

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Our History as the Pioneer In Women’s Leadership Development

In 1975, Smith College’s first woman president, Jill Ker Conway, founded what is now Smith College Executive Education with the mission of bringing unparalleled women’s leadership programs to women throughout the world.

Since then, Smith Exec Ed has continuously grown its educational offerings and helped many women to attain the highest positions available. Managers of programs participants who are surveyed overwhelmingly agree that the programs enhance staff leadership, negotiation, and strategic thinking skills.

Smith Executive Education remains unequaled in breadth and depth of educational opportunities for professional women.

We offer open-enrollment and custom programs throughout the year for women at all professional levels, from emerging managers to mid-career managers to senior executive leaders.

Long-term partnerships with many Fortune 500 companies help us to keep our curriculum at the cutting edge of real-world challenges. And our world-class faculty bring extensive business leadership experience and a strong academic foundation to each program.

The result is a uniquely expert approach to women’s leadership that provides key strategies for building professional, organizational and personal leadership skills. Program participants engage in interactive learning activities and small group exercises to work through real-life scenarios, and are bolstered by expert lectures on a variety of leadership topics.

Custom and open enrollment programs are available on campus and at client locations.