Smith College Executive Education and Fundação Dom Cabral Partner on First Women’s-Only Leadership Program in South America

New Program Aims to Advance Women’s Global Leadership

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. and NOVA LIMA – MG, Brazil, June 11, 2014 — Answering Brazil’s call for top female talent, Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC), Brazil’s leading business school, and Smith College Executive Education for Women partnered to launch the FDC-Smith Women’s Global Leaders Program—the first women’s-only leadership program of its kind in South America. Designed as a collaboration between FDC and Smith, the FDC-Smith Women’s Global Leaders Program combines Smith’s signature all-women learning environment with FDC’s expertise in global executive development.

Successful companies across the globe need diversity now more than ever before to compete in times of profound change. Retaining and advancing top female talent has quickly become a worldwide business imperative.

“There are still too few women in prominent positions in business, but we see this scenario changing as a result of research showing companies with more gender diversity on their boards achieving better financial results,” says Iris Newalu, Executive Director of Smith College Executive Education.

Beginning on September 7, 2014, 35 of Brazil’s top female senior executives, directors, and managers will embark on a six-day exploration of their personal leadership narrative. The program will cover topics ranging from barriers to advancement to the development of strategic vision and personal brand, focusing on the unique challenges female leaders face doing business in Latin America.

Moving from mere tolerance to a place of acceptance in the workplace, more and more women in Latin America are stepping outside of the stereotypical role of desirable wife and homemaker to be acknowledged and respected as competent leaders of their organizations. Women who attend the FDC-Smith Women’s Global Leaders Program will return to their companies poised to drive strategy and lead in the context of unprecedented uncertainty.

“We create an atmosphere where high-level executives can interact, discuss their business challenges and the barriers they face as women, as well as the difficulties of balancing work with their personal lives,” says Newalu. “The women come together to share their common experience, then once they realize that they are not alone in their pursuit, it leads to increased confidence in the workplace and beyond.”

Registration for the FDC-Smith Women’s Global Leaders Program is now open. The cost of the program is $6,900 US (R$ 15.180) and includes materials and meals for the six-day program. Limited space in this innovative program is still available; to learn more about the FDC-Smith Women’s Global Leaders Program, visit the program website, download the brochure, or email leadership@smith.edu before June 15.

About Smith College Executive Education for Women

Smith College Executive Education for Women is a women’s leadership center with more than 35 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies to develop and advance high- potential women at all levels of their organizations. Smith Executive Education programs are designed to accelerate leadership development for women executives. Program content includes topics in corporate strategy, finance, negotiation and multicultural team development focused on a strategic blend of current issues facing women in business, including self-reflection, wellness, and work-life integration. For more information, please visit www.smith.edu/execed.

About Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC)

FDC is a Brazilian business school with a world-class reputation for excellence. FDC builds the analytical decision-making and leadership skills of executives, entrepreneurs, and public managers. Through its strong ties to international institutions, FDC provides access to cutting-edge management technology centers and thought-leadership streams.

Media Contact:
Ashli Stempel
Smith College Executive Education
413-585-2583
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