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Melanie Barstad

President, MW Barstad & Associates
(Formerly with Johnson & Johnson)

“The Smith College experience is unique in that it is a total 'surround' experience. It not only gives the attendee the academic experience, it also looks into the person and her interpersonal needs to be a more complete and authentic leader. When engaging with Smith, I felt connected, inspired and respected. Smith’s approach is collaborative and passionate. Our women at Johnson & Johnson came back engaged and empowered, ready to lead and take on new challenges. They came back with fresh thinking and new energy. We saw excitement, energy and a willingness and enthusiasm to lead. We also began to track promotions and progress for our Smith program grads and saw accelerated performance. The curriculum was grounded, and the faculty provided real-world value. I believe that Smith's design for learning is relevant to advancing women at our organization. We saw data that confirmed our WLI (Women and Leadership Initiative) Smith grads outperformed the norm.”