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Ann Belien

Strategic Planning Officer, Tibotec
Attended: Smith College Leadership Consortium

“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!”