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From Specialist to Strategist

In-Person Leadership Training for Emerging Leaders in STEM Fields

June 2 to 6, 2024

Smith College, Northampton, MA

Registration Rate TBA; contact for group rates
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sweSince 2005, 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 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
  • Amplifying your authentic leadership style
  • Communicating effectively with important stakeholders
  • Building confidence and executing outside your comfort zone

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
0-5 years in a leadership role

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

Program Contact

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

  • 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.

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

    Executing Outside Your Comfort Zone:
    Uncover personal roadblocks to achieving success and set actionable goals for the future.

    Leadership Communication Skills:
    Develop skills and strategies to motivate teams, win buy-in for ideas, and raise your professional profile.

  • 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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