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…"
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…”
Listen to Christi share her experience attending our program for women in middle management:“We also have a peer coach. Being able to talk with somebody who wasn’t from my company about what’s going on with me, how I can advance, what conversations I should be having, and also being able to give back and have those conversations with her, as well.
Listen to Sujatha share her experience attending our program for senior global leaders: “A lot has to do with the sense of purpose.…”
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.…”
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…"
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…"
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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."
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
Karen Horting, Executive Director & CEO of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), discusses the immediate impact for the organizations that send women to a Smith program. Smith College Executive Education and SWE partner exclusively on From Specialist to Strategist and Directing Innovation, our programs for women leaders in science, technology, and engineering.