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Manager Academy



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The Smith Executive Education Manager Academy is a virtual Certificate Program for women who are looking for future success in management roles. The program provides aspiring managers the opportunity to develop skills and build their networks through flexible, interactive online learning. Sessions on strategy, finance, communication, and problem-solving provide women with the tools they need to overcome obstacles, build successful careers, and advance to higher levels in the workplace.

Through live online sessions and self-paced programming, world-renowned faculty instill theory, skills, and experiences that propel managers in their professional lives and beyond. Peer-to-peer networking opportunities throughout the program foster powerful lifelong connections. Participants join a cohort of women on similar paths to celebrate successes, discuss shared challenges, and offer guidance to one another.

Key Benefits

  • Develop your unique leadership style

  • Identify measurable goals for success managing people and projects 

  • Build a network of professional women who are also striving to be better managers

Experience level
2+ Years
Program Contact

Meredith Courtney

  • Program Components


    The Smith Exec Ed Manager Academy is a certificate program consisting of the following:

    • 2 live online programs: Emerging Leader Program 1 and Emerging Leader Program 2

    • 4 self-directed programs: Essentials for Managing Effectively, Resolving Conflict through Communication, Effective Business Problem-Solving, and your choice of a fourth program

    • Networking sessions and accountability pods

    • Self-reflection and 360-degree feedback

    • Group project

    If you have already taken any of these programs, they will count towards the Certificate Program. Please contact Meredith Courtney at with questions.

  • Live Online Programs

    Live online programs offer resourceful women opportunities to develop cutting-edge leadership skills in a short period of time. Our engaging, interactive learning experiences provide you with the tools you need to be a more effective manager, leader and team member. Each program provides:

    • Live online learning facilitated by world-class thought leaders who guide discussions, case studies, and exercises in an engaging blended-learning environment

    • Powerful networking opportunities during and after each course

    • Resources to apply what you’ve learned to your specific role and career goals

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Emerging Leader Program

Live Online Training

April 24 to 27, 2023
New and emerging leaders must quickly learn and apply skills to manage their teams and build influence across their organization. The Emerging Leader Program offers participants essential frameworks for managing others, developing a strategic mindset, and communicating with impact.
Experience level
New managers; emerging leaders moving from individual contributors to manager roles; managers who have not yet had training or development and want tools to succeed

Recently started leading teams or taking on larger responsibilities, or are in the pipeline to move to a management role.

  • Self-Directed Programs

    Self-directed programs provide access, at your convenience, to important business concepts for motivated women professionals. Each program provides: 

    • Four modules of self-paced content (eight hours total)

    • Access to content and ideas of world-class thought leaders 

    • Rich online discussions and networking opportunities 


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