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Women's Leadership Programs

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Important Notice: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Smith College has canceled all 2020 on-campus programs and will be running online programs instead. We plan to run in-person programs in 2021, starting with Directing Innovation in Vegas, and to welcome participants back to the Smith Campus for summer 2021. Please contact Meredith Courtney if you have any questions.

Smith Executive Education is the pioneer and global leader of executive development programs for women at every career level and across many industries, from Fortune 500 companies to start-up ventures.

World-renowned faculty are selected from top institutions across the country, and bring a depth of both real-world experience and academic rigor that sets our women’s leadership programs apart from the rest. Experiential sessions, group discussions, and individual exercises offer an ideal environment to explore the factors that have shaped your management and leadership thus far while presenting new practices that support career advancement for women.

Each program fosters powerful networks of peer women leaders who often create career-sustaining meaningful connections.

Whether you are looking for Emerging Leader training, Mid-Career Executive training, Senior Executive training or Custom Programs for your team, our programs provide the skills and strategies you need to succeed.

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Directing Innovation

4-Day In-Person Executive Training

March 2021
In partnership with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Directing Innovation provides participants the tools and strategies to help for Senior Leaders thrive as leaders in today’s rapidly changing STEM environment.
Experience level
15+ years
Role

Sets business direction and has experience driving innovation and leading teams.

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From Specialist to Strategist

4-Day In-Person Leadership Training

Sunday, June 6 to Thursday, June 10, 2021
In partnership with the Society of Women Engineers, From Specialist to Strategist provides emerging women leaders the professional development they need to thrive in the especially male-dominated STEM fields.
Role

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

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Mid-Level Executive Program

4-Day In-Person Leadership Training

Sunday, June 20 to Thursday, June 24, 2021
Success at the mid-level requires the ability to manage up, down and across an organization. Smith Executive Education programs provide mid-level executive women the leadership training they need to navigate and thrive in this often complex role.
Experience level
10–15 years
Role

Participants may lead teams with operational, business unit, or line responsibilities.

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Senior Executive Program

3-Day In-Person Executive Training

Monday, July 12 to Thursday, July 15, 2021
Success as a senior executive requires the ability to influence, drive results, and work across boundaries. The Senior Executive program provides women at the top with the specific leadership training that helps them thrive in today’s increasingly complex global work environments.
Experience level
15+ years
Role

Sets the business direction of the organization, and has experience managing P&Ls and cost centers, generating revenue, driving innovation and leading global cross-functional teams.

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Emerging Leader Program

For Women Leaders in Diverse Fields

Postponed, Date TBD
Emerging women leaders must quickly learn and apply strong management, communication and strategic skills in complex work environments. The emerging leaders program is specifically designed to provide emerging women leaders with the professional development they need in these areas and beyond.
Experience level
5–9 years
Role

Recently started leading teams or taking on larger responsibilities.

“The program was so unique and comprehensive — the best professional training experience I’ve ever had. I was surprised by how powerful and emotional it was. The sessions were thoughtful, relevant, and flawlessly executed.”

— RESEARCH SCIENTIST, AEROSPACE
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“The program was so unique and comprehensive — the best professional training experience I’ve ever had. I was surprised by how powerful and emotional it was. The sessions were thoughtful, relevant, and flawlessly executed.”

— RESEARCH SCIENTIST, AEROSPACE

Many Smith Executive Education program participants come from Fortune 500 companies. Learn more about organizational partnerships!

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Many Smith Executive Education program participants come from Fortune 500 companies. Learn more about organizational partnerships!

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