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Program
Specialist to Strategist
Industry
Manufacturing
Position
Program Manager, Automotive Industry

Listen to Aki share her experience attending From Specialist to Strategist: “Once I return to my job the first thing is to sit down with my team and agree on what is the purpose of our team…"

Program
Specialist to Strategist
Industry
Information Technology
Position
Validation Test, Lead Program Manager

Listen to Molly Mae share her experience attending From Specialist to Strategist: “I am a military commander, at my core that’s what I feel comfortable with, but knowing that taking some of those skills and applying them into the corporate world is OK…”

Program
Senior Executive Program
Industry
Hospital & Healthcare
Position
Director, Infrastructure Technology, Pharmaceuticals

Listen to Sujatha share her experience attending our program for senior global leaders: “A lot has to do with the sense of purpose.…”

Program
Mid-Level Executive Program
Industry
Hospital & Healthcare
Position
Director, IT Learning & Talent Development

Listen to Saila share her experience attending our program for women at the mid-level: “I don’t think my ideas are that outrageous anymore. Once I go back to the office I’ll be able to apply the things that I’ve learned to get a voice at the table.…”

 

Program
Senior Executive Program
Industry
Manufacturing
Position
Senior Manager, International Affairs

Listen to Anku share her experience attending our program for senior global leaders: “We’ve had a chance to reflect on where our strengths and weaknesses are coming from… and perhaps identify the weaknesses and have a chance to address them…"

Program
Specialist to Strategist
Industry
Consumer Goods
Position
Research & Engineering Manager

Listen to Akwokwo share her experience attending From Specialist to Strategist: “Being in the room full with women, you thought, ‘Oh wow! There’s other people who have these experiences…"

Program
Smith Custom Program
Industry
Hospital & Healthcare
Position
Senior Brand Manager
Sarita Finnie

“By tackling both technical and soft subjects, as well as giving me tools for self-assessment, the program has helped me become a more effective leader. The instructors were inspiring and engaging – all this allowed me to zero in on how to improve my personal leadership style. I returned to work refreshed and motivated to make a greater impact.”

Program
Specialist to Strategist
Industry
Information Technology
Position
Project Manager
Julie McMahon

“Smith College made me see that I am good enough, and I need to step up and take my seat at the table. The course itself had an immediate impact on my work. The first thing that changed for me was how I network. I now know I need to network more. This is a very valuable program and we should be looking at sending someone every year.”

Program
Specialist to Strategist
Industry
Information Technology
Position
IT Architect, Information Technology and Services
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“This program is not about just listening to presentations. It’s about learning and practicing techniques to help you succeed as a leader. In addition, the relationships that are formed through natural networking are stronger than from other leadership programs I have attended. This is a key experience that any woman leader should attend.”

Program
Specialist to Strategist
Industry
Construction & Infrastructure
Position
Project Controls Manager, Construction
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“I entered the program with expectations to broaden and sharpen my business acumen, but left with a new lens on my professional and personal world. This new lens enables me to see what has been in front of me for years, but blind to my mind.”

Program
Specialist to Strategist
Industry
Manufacturing
Position
Product Engineering Supervisor, Machinery
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“After attending the Smith program, I took a more active role in my organization. My more fully developed leadership skills have allowed me to feel more confident and have moved me from being the Product Engineering Supervisor to being a leader within my organization."

Program
Specialist to Strategist
Industry
Manufacturing
Position
Senior Design Engineer & Engineering Manager, Semiconductors
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“I feel much more confident about strategy — including creating a strategy and my ability to be strategic in general. I no longer focus solely on tactical issues and can be a better leader for my team.”

Program
Specialist to Strategist
Industry
Consumer Goods
Position
Customer Solutions Associate Marketing Manager
Iris Schumacher

“I gained the tools to develop myself as a leader and to deliver a broader and larger impact to my company. Upon returning, I began to lead with purpose. My increased confidence and delegation allowed me to take on more responsibilities and even landed me a job promotion.”

Program
Directing Innovation
Industry
Defense & Aerospace
Position
Santa Clara Engineering & Site Manager
Susan Horstkamp

“I very much appreciated being in the presence of talented and influential women. I was able to immediately understand the challenges currently facing our organization, to ensure we survive in this difficult environment, and to be able to make suggestions about how we can innovate what we do and how we do it.”

Program
Directing Innovation
Industry
Consumer Goods
Position
Director, Concept & Technology Development
Casey Dusenbery

“How refreshing to be around so many women leaders. I was able to much better articulate my ideas for how to develop and execute our vision. It also reminded me to support emerging women, which has already helped me identify and develop new talent.”

Program
Directing Innovation

Find out what participants in the Directing Innovation program have to say about their experiences.

Learn more and apply on the Directing Innovation home page.