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Workshops, Events & Honoring Leadership

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The Wurtele Center for Leadership (WCL) offers a range of workshops, speaker events and other co-curricular experiences that offer students an opportunity to grow their own capacity to lead collaboratively and equitably, and gain inspiration from collaborative leaders in a variety of fields. WCL programming explores the contours of our Collaborative Leadership Model, creating space for students to reflect on and build their own practice (ME), learn effective ways of engaging in and leading a team (WE), and apply their knowledge to work toward positive change (IMPACT).

Engage at Any Level

Students have the option of participating in Wurtele Center programming at any level, from dipping their toe in the water with single events to taking the “deep dive” into courses and cohort or fellowship programs. Below are some introductory opportunities for engagement and skill building.

Integrative Learning & Leadership Events at Smith

Leadership Enrichment Series

Workshop group for the Wurtele Center


The Leadership Enrichment Series is a series of workshops designed to build collaborative leadership skills that students can immediately apply whether on a team, as an intern, student employee or member of a club/organization. These monthly sessions will help students learn to build relationships, set and pursue goals collaboratively, and learn how to approach their work with grace and a growth mindset. While the sessions are geared toward students in a positional role, all curious students are welcome and encouraged to join these sessions.

Sign Up!

If you’re interested in registering for any of these workshops, watch out for them in the Smith Social Network or on eDigest, and sign up for our mailing list to hear more about them and other offerings from the Wurtele Center.


Schedule for Fall 2021

Creating A Roadmap
September 30, 2021
12:15–1:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/104

The year has begun and you are revisiting a team or forming a new one. Come and learn about how to build your team culture through setting goals, creating norms & establishing expectations.

Collaboration & Conflict
October 28, 2021
12:15–1:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/104

Working together can both enrich an experience and present opportunities to learn and grow from one another. As such, conflict may arise. In this workshop we will talk about how to embrace conflict as an opportunity for growth.

Empathy & Humility
November 18, 2021
12:15–1:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/104

Working with others can be hard. Sometimes we get it right and sometimes there are growing pains. This workshop will provide space to talk with others about how to best learn from your mistakes and see where others are coming from.

Collaborative Leadership Labs

Collaborative Leadership Labs are a series of workshops that give students an opportunity to explore foundational concepts that are often associated with leadership with a critical eye and to reflect and practice developing their own definitions and skills related to those concepts. Each session is framed around the question “What Does ________ Really Mean, Anyway?”, with the blank space being filled in with a leadership-related concept that can often have a wide range of meanings. We will be launching these Spring 2022, so be on the lookout for more information soon to come.

Honoring Campus Leadership


This year we will be reviving The Impact Awards. In alignment with the values of Smith College, The Impact Awards, hosted by the Wurtele Center for Leadership, recognize and honor members of our community who demonstrate the creativity, courage, and collaborative capacity to make positive change at scales both large and small. Honorees lead in diverse ways: some build community; others tackle complex, urgent problems; while still others work to dismantle inequity. As we seek to develop a nuanced definition of leadership, we encourage those who are nominating candidates to broaden their thinking beyond simply the standard definitions of the front-and-center leader and to think of those who have made an impact from various vantage points.



If you are interested in nominating a deserving member of the Smith College community, please be on the lookout for the nominations form that will be publicized later this fall. 

A full description of the awards and criteria necessary can be found below. 


Each fall, the Wurtele Center for Leadership offers workshops and events that encourage students to develop a public voice as a form of powerful leadership.