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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.”