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Senior Executive Program

The success of any organization depends on how prepared its leaders are to conduct business at the senior level. The Senior Executive Leadership program prepares senior women leaders to take their organizations to the next level during times of profound disruption.

  • The Program

    About the Program

    Participants explore the behaviors that have shaped their leadership thus far, and to adopt new behaviors that will strengthen their capacity to lead going forward.

    The Value


    Our partner organizations report significant improvements in areas including leadership, strategic thinking, and retention as a direct result of sponsoring women in Smith programs.

    This Smith Executive Education program produces:

    • A pipeline of female senior executives prepared for the C-Suite
    • Business leaders with an increased capacity to lead innovation
    • Energized and inspired leadership
    • Career-sustaining connections and networks


    The Senior Executive Program is designed to propel women to new heights of leadership success.

    Women who attend the Senior Executive Program hone their abilities to:

    • Manage change and innovation for organizational performance and results

    • Break down barriers to success and catalyze career growth

    • Create a compelling leadership narrative to lead with vision

    • Expand strategic agility and decision-making skills

    • Negotiate, build trust and win buy-in for optimal outcomes

    • Invest in personal health and well-being for sustainable career success

  • Curriculum



    • Breaking Internal Barriers to Success
      – Understand the dynamics of impostor syndrome and the impact on senior executives and their organizations.
    • Your Leadership Narrative
      – Explore key behaviors that enhance leadership outcomes
    • Strategic Decision-making 
      - Learn techniques to improve the decision-making process in the face of rapid deadlines and missing information
    • 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 the program include:

    • Daily wellness programs that model how to increase energy, well-being, and stress-resilience
    • Exposure to true peers, across industries and around the globe
    • Post-program access to networking and continuing learning opportunities

    Why a Women-Only Classroom?

    Smith’s signature all-women classroom model supports women’s natural collaborative and participatory learning style, creating an environment where women can take full advantage of their learning experience. Research shows that all-women learning environments inspire increased risk-taking and greater confidence both in and outside the classroom, especially for women working in male-dominated fields.

  • Who Attends

    Who Should Attend?

    The Senior Executive Program for Women is for top global business leaders who shape a strategic vision during times of accelerating complexity and risk, and are on their way to the C-Suite.


    • Senior Vice President

    • Vice President

    • Senior Director

    • Managing Director

    • General Manager

    A Network for Life

    Women who attend the Senior Executive Program for Women build a global network of true peers – other women executives striving to advance their careers in the face of isolation, subtle bias, and ongoing struggles with work-life integration.

  • Faculty

    A World-Class 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.

  • Accommodations/What to Bring


    • All participants are hosted at the historic Hotel Northampton, 56 King Street, Northampton, MA, with check-in on July 13th and check-out on July 16th
    • The hotel is located a convenient 8-minute walk from campus in the heart of charming Northampton, MA
    • Parking is not available on campus; a daily shuttle is provided for those who choose not to walk
    • Breakfast, lunch, and most dinners are provided with ample breaks throughout each day
    • If you require a room for early arrival or wish to stay after the program ends you will need to arrange accommodations at one of our local hotels:

    The Hotel Northampton
    The Fairfield Inn
    The Autumn Inn
    The Quality Inn

    What to Bring

    • Business casual wear is appropriate for all sessions
    • Comfortable shoes
    • Layered clothing to adjust to changing temperatures both inside and outside
    • Workout clothes - we have a gym and numerous running routes
    • Medications
    • Laptop and other electronic devices
    • No need to bring an umbrella, we will provide you with one
  • Enrollment


    Proficiency in spoken and written English is required.


    Space is limited; reserve seats now.

    Have a Question?

    Contact Meredith Courtney at 
    Phone: (413) 585-2586