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Meghan Russ

Software Engineer, IBM
Attended: From Specialist to Strategist

“I tried not to have too many expectations going into this program, but it turned out to be much, much more than just another leadership conference. I made personal connections in the program that will last me a lifetime. The program also had an immediate impact on my work by teaching me more about myself and the way I can lead and succeed. Outside of work, the program helped me understand when to take a step back before responding sometimes. What made the Smith program unique from other leadership programs I have attended? I would say the environment created by the program faculty and members of the staff. It was relaxed, inviting, collaborative, creative and very conducive to learning. Here’s my promise to you: If you put yourself completely into this program, you will return to your job with a much greater understanding of yourself and what you can accomplish.”

Witches and ghosts are scary, but what's terrifying is that women still earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. #genderwagegap