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Directing Innovation

In-Person Program for Leaders in STEM

March 30 to April 3, 2025

Smith College, Northampton, MA

Registration Rate $11,500; contact for group rates
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Senior executives who are setting the business direction for their organizations have unique needs and challenges. Directing Innovation guides participants to delve into and articulate their unique leadership vision.

With that vision in place, it becomes possible to more authentically and consistently influence decision-making with both internal and external partners.

Women who attend Directing Innovation are engineers and innovators developing new, cutting-edge products and driving transformation within the fields of science, technology and engineering.

Key Takeaways

By the end of this program participants will be equipped to:

  • Make strategic decisions with agility in the face of uncertainty
  • Articulate purpose as the catalyst for extraordinary outcomes
  • Increase global dexterity and build relationships across cultures
  • Strengthen collaboration and team culture
  • Build resiliency and help teams avoid burnout

Ongoing Benefits

All participants in the Directing Innovation program receive access to post-program networking and learning opportunities.

The Smith Exec Ed Program Experience

Smith Exec Ed programs are engaging, interactive learning experiences. Before, during, and after the live learning sessions, participants connect with peers and faculty and are provided with tools to apply their takeaways to key goals.

  • Participants are provided with resources to set goals, identify key takeaways, and apply the learning objectives to their specific roles and real-world business challenges.
  • Sessions are facilitated by world-class faculty from leading business schools.
  • An interactive course website provides participants with pre-work, session materials, post-session resources (i.e. book recommendations), and discussion boards.
  • Post-program, participants continue to foster relationships and increase learnings with a dedicated Coaching Partner.
Experience level
15+ years

Sets business direction and has experience driving innovation and leading teams.

Program Contact

Joy McGaugh  |  email:  |  phone: +1-413-585-2798

  • Curriculum

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

    Strategic Thinking and Decision Making 

    Innovative Thinking for Extraordinary Outcomes

    Improving Team Culture and Effectiveness

    Fostering a Customer-Centric Mindset for Innovation

    Building Leadership Resiliency and Leading with Compassion

  • Who Attends

    Directing Innovation a professional development program for senior women executives in STEM who have a significant impact on setting the business direction of their organizations. Participants typically have experience managing cost centers, generating revenue, driving innovation, and leading global, cross-functional teams.

    Sample Participant Titles

    • Senior Director
    • Technology Manager
    • Site Leader
    • R&D Director
    • Engineering Manager

    A Network for Life

    Women who attend a Smith executive education program build a network of true peers, other seasoned leaders who support them as they lead their companies in the midst of rapid change and an increasingly complex global economy. 

    Proficiency in spoken and written English is required.

  • Faculty

    Smith College Executive Education for women 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 classroom experiences that include group work, hands-on activities and dynamic lectures.

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