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Directing Innovation 2021

Live Online Senior Executive Training (STEM fields)

March 1-4, 2021


$5000, Early-bird rate $4,850 (until Feb 5, 2021)
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sweeIn partnership with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Directing Innovation provides participants the tools and strategies to help senior executives thrive as leaders in today’s increasingly complex STEM fields. 

Key Takeaways

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

  • Contribute strategically in complex business environments
  • Develop critical decision-making skills for enterprise-wide initiatives
  • Generate extraordinary outcomes by promoting innovative thinking within your team
  • Win buy-in for ideas through strategic communication techniques
  • Thrive as a leader by focusing on overall health, wellness, and well-being

Core Online Program Experience

Our core online programs are engaging, interactive learning experiences. Before, during, and after live learning sessions, you connect with peers and build your network of women leaders. You are provided with resources to help you set goals and apply the learning objectives to your specific role and real-world business challenges.

  • Content mirrors our traditional core in-person programs
  • 3.5 hours of live interactive online sessions over four days with peers and faculty
  • Course website hosts pre-work, session materials, and discussion boards
  • Continue to foster relationships to increase learnings through discussions online, with a dedicated Accountability Partner, and in monthly Learning Circles.

Ongoing Benefits

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

Experience level
15+ years

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

Program Contact

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

  • 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 
    Manage the tension between long- and short-term decision-making priorities and adapt to changing organizational needs.

    Communicating and Selling Your Ideas
    Win buy-in for important projects and initiatives through effective communication with executives, peers, team members and other critical stakeholders.

    Leadership That Achieves the Extraordinary
    Incorporate approaches to expand strategic leadership skills in order to articulate purpose; work effectively in a climate of uncertainty; and use creativity for better outcomes.

    Life and Health
    Learn the lifestyle factors that can negatively and positively impact physical and emotional health, and identify strategies for reducing fatigue, improving sleep and increasing emotional well-being.

  • 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 Vice President
    • Vice President
    • Senior Director
    • Managing Director
    • General 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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