2015 Schedule of Executive Leadership Development Programs for Women Announced

Smith ManagementIn 1977, corporate leaders turned to Smith College to build the first non-business-school executive education program for women.  Today, Smith College Executive Education thrives as the leading expert in women’s executive leadership development.

With nearly 40 years of experience in women-only leadership training, Smith has grown a vast portfolio of open-enrollment and custom-designed programs for women at all levels of the organization.

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How long you have been sitting at your desk?

Do you know how long you have been sitting at your desk? Chances are, you’ve already ruined your workout.

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Three Ways to Get Inspired

Don’t worry. The first week back from vacation is always the hardest. Take back control of your creativity and try one of these three ways to find inspiration.

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Lead Like a Girl

baseball_128Running or throwing “like a girl” may still be perceived as something negative, but there’s good news. The desire to lead “like a girl” is on the rise.

According to several studies featured in this Harvard Business Review article, modern leadership requires more of what women have, soft skills including self-awareness, emotional attunement, humility and authenticity. And what’s more, when rated by their peers, supervisors and direct reports, women also scored higher than men in key hard skills areas like initiative, driving for results and solving problems, and analyzing issues. Continue reading

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4 Percent Isn’t Enough; We Need More Women’s Leadership in Latin America

Research proves that companies dedicated to diversity and inclusion are stronger competitors in the global economy. And while retaining and advancing top female talent has quickly become a worldwide business imperative, in South American countries like Brazil less than 4 percent of board chairs belong to women*.

In a focus group conducted in Brazil by Smith College Executive Education and Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC), Brazil’s leading business school, longtime cultural constructs emerged as the greatest barrier to women’s career advancement. The lack of male participation at home, coupled with a lack of support for work-life balance creates a near-impossible environment for Latin American women to pursue careers at the top. It’s a challenge for women to define their lives’ goals, especially when having a career and having a child exist as very separate paths. So what’s being done to change this and to advance female talent in Latin America?
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