Real Women, Real Outcomes

Read the revealing testimonials of real women who have experienced the life-changing impact of Smith programs.


“You are surrounded by top female talent who can really challenge your thinking to an even higher level.”
Wendy Turner
Director, Regulatory Affairs, Ethicon Endo-Surgery (J&J)
“I think this program is unique in the way it is a deep-dive immersion into highly relevant topics, and how you are surrounded by other top female talent who can really challenge your thinking to an even higher level. One surprise for me was how the unique Smith learning environment keeps executive leaders engaged – not an easy task in my experience. I was expecting to be challenged by the course content and the other participants, and that I would bring back new ideas and skills. I did not, however, expect to leave Smith after two weeks feeling completely re-energized! Note to my CEO: the Smith program is an excellent investment for future leaders.”


“Stepping away from the grind and re-focusing on what drives you yields a more engaged employee.”
Lisa Blumling
Senior Manager, Accenture
“At Smith I felt empowered, connected and very excited! I think what makes Smith’s leadership program unique from other leadership programs I have attended is the quality of the participants, the staff and the learning environment. Smith is a very collaborative place. Outside of work, I am working harder to have a better balance because of my experience at the program. Granting people time to step away from the grind and refocus on what drives them will yield a more engaged employee in the long run. I was expecting to sit alongside high-quality women – and I did. I was expecting to be guided by a strong, knowledgeable staff – and I was. The Smith experience is well worth the investment.”


“The immediate impact on me was I came back more focused and confident in my ability to succeed as a leader.”
Jennifer Doty
AVP, MetLife
“I had heard about the Smith College Executive Education program over the course of my years at MetLife. Once I was selected, it was the best experience of my career! What makes Smith’s leadership program unique from other leadership programs I have attended was the opportunity we had to focus on personal and professional development while growing our network of women professionals. The curriculum, faculty and learning environment were creative, innovative and collaborative. The immediate impact on me was that I came back more focused and confident in my ability to succeed as a leader.”


“By using my strengths, I can achieve more than I thought possible.”
Ann Belien
Strategic Planning Officer, Tibotec
“This program exceeded my expectations. It was a compilation of extremely strong, very smart and experienced women. I was impressed with how much leadership I have in me, and how by using my strengths I can achieve more than I thought possible. One thing I really liked: the Smith program is practical and to the point, and very applicable. The combination of software and hardware was also unique. The curriculum, faculty and learning environment were very diverse – it helps you to understand yourself, your environment and it educates! The program had an immediate impact on my work in that I gained more self-confidence and became, well, smarter! Outside of work, I learned to follow my own energy drivers with less guilty feelings. My experience at Smith is captured in many words: inspired, empowered, energized, challenged, excited, accepted, exhilarated, part of a network and engaged. This training helps you to use your strengths to become stronger and be a great leader”


“In my company the Smith Leadership Consortium is a very prestigious program.”
Mengjuan Li
Human Resources Director, Xian-Janssen Pharmaceutical Ltd. (J&J)
“In my company, Johnson & Johnson, the Smith Leadership Consortium is a very prestigious program. It’s a focused Women’s Leadership program and the participants have a very diversified background. That’s what makes the Smith program really different from other leadership programs I have attended. The curriculum, passionate faculty and learning environment are all very impressive and top class. The experience at the program had an immediate impact on my work when I introduced the Strengths Finder exercise to my team. I have also adopted some learning in real life after the course, such as self-reflection and paying attention to myself – I have even started the daily walking at 10,000 steps. I believe this is the best program for women leaders. It inspires you, makes you more confident and builds your network.”


“I enlarged my network by meeting 47 new women from other great companies.”
Lara Pickerel
Senior Executive, Accenture
“I loved the academic focus (elite professors from MBA programs) and creative learning experiences (the Orchestra Session). Smith College Executive Education is passionate, innovative, visionary and creative – I was inspired and excited to be part of such a strong network of women. What specific returns did I get out of it? Two big things come to my mind: the value of being submerged for two full weeks in a learning environment that touched a wide range of topics – from leadership to networking to finance to health. And I enlarged my network by meeting 14 new Accenture women from around the world, and 47 women from other companies. I now have new leadership tools that will strengthen me, my teams and our practice.”


“The program quickly provided me with new ways of thinking, a new set of leadership tools, and terrific people connections.”
Susan A. Loush
AVP, MetLife
“The program’s focus on business, the many companies participating and the significant time we had to network and develop relationships is what made the experience unique from other leadership programs I have attended. My time at the program had an immediate impact on my work by giving me access to so many new resources. The experience taught me to step back and think about things more strategically in order to make better decisions. When I first went in I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the program quickly provided me with new ways of thinking, a new set of leadership tools and terrific people connections. I left Smith energized, connected and engaged. Definitely worth the investment.”


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