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From Specialist to Strategist

Live Online Leadership Training (Emerging Leaders in STEM Fields)

June 7 to 10, 2021


$5000, Early-bird rate $4,850 (until May 7, 2021)
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sweFor 16 years, Smith Exec Ed and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) have partnered to offer the Specialist to Strategist Program for emerging women leaders in STEM fields. Join us as we celebrate our "SWEet Sixteen" to learn how to be a more strategic, influential leader in your organization. Renowned faculty and industry experts will teach frameworks for:

  • Strategic thinking and decision making as you rise up in your organization
  • Overcoming imposter syndrome
  • Leading and communicating with authenticity
  • Building confidence and overcoming barriers to success

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 program
  • 3.5 hours/day of live interactive online sessions with peers and faculty for four days
  • 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

From Specialist to Strategist participants receive a one-year membership in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and are encouraged to join the wider SWE network.

Experience level
5–9 Years

Works in a technical environment and has recently started to lead teams and take on larger responsibilities.

Program Contact

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

  • Curriculum

    World-renowned faculty guide participants through this executive education program with a combination of lectures, case studies, and small group work on the following topics:

    Strategy and Decision Making:
    Solve complex problems and make strategic decisions while facing uncertainty and multiple stakeholders. 

    Tackling the Imposter Syndrome:
    Recognize the causes and symptoms of this common syndrome and practice strategies to move beyond it.

    Authentic Leadership:
    Lead teams and build a leadership presence guided by one's own authentic values and persona.

    Fear as Fuel:
    Uncover personal roadblocks to achieving success and set actionable goals for the future.


  • Who Attends

    From Specialist to Strategist is for emerging leaders in science, technology, and engineering fields who are poised to lead teams and/or critical projects.

    Sample Participant Titles:

    • Project Manager

    • Senior Researcher 

    • Team Lead

    • Technical Lead

    A Network for Life

    Women who attend a Smith program build a network of true peers who support them throughout their careers. Participants learn alongside other women leaders from around the world.

    Proficiency in spoken and written English is required.

  • Faculty

    Smith College Executive Education 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 professional developmnt experiences that include group work, hands-on activities and dynamic lectures.

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