Real women, Real Stories

< view all Real Women, Real Stories

Susan Horstkamp

Santa Clara Engineering & Site Manager, BAE Systems, US Combat Systems
Attended: Directing Innovation

“This was totally different. I very much appreciated being in the presence of talented and influential women. My experience at the program had an immediate impact on my work. From the strategy and innovation course, I was able to immediately understand the challenges currently facing our organization, to ensure we survive in this difficult environment, and to be able to make suggestions about how we can innovate what we do and how we do it. It also provided me with an understanding of how to move a company from “now” into “the future”. I now also have a much deeper understanding of cultural differences. Never assume you know where an individual is coming from. And always explore and discuss what is important to an individual and company in terms of values. Concerning my life outside of work, I brought a new sense of calm home with me that I had not been able to get in touch with for quite some time. At Smith I felt inspired, energized and exhilarated. I was part of a program that provided me the tools to have an immediate impact to the success of our company 20 years from now.”