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Weissman Center for Leadership

Workshops Archive

Leadership Workshop with Erin Hennessy

“Finding—and Using—Your Voice: A Communications Toolkit for Advocates" by Erin Hennessy was held on February 9, 2018.

Student Master Class with Claudia Rankine

An interactive Student Master Class on writing and the arts was held September 28, 2017.

Leadership Seminar with Claudia Rankine

An informal seminar to discuss students’ questions about careers, leadership, the arts, social change, and beyond was held September 28, 2017.

Leadership Seminar with Shaughnessy Naughton

The chemist and science policy advocate spoke on political engagement, STEM leadership and more on September 21, 2017.

Writing with Courage

with Roxane Gay

Award-winning author and New York Times contributor Roxane Gay will lead a writer’s workshop for the MHC community and invited guests.

Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2012Oxford American, American Short FictionThe New York Times Book ReviewTime, The Los Angeles TimesThe NationThe RumpusSalonThe Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy culture blog, and many others.

Friday, February 17, 2017
Willits-Hallowell Conference Center
  11:30 am – Registration Open
  12:00 Noon – Lunch
  12:30-3:30 pm – Interactive Workshop


Persuasive Communication for Women

Featured Student Leadership Workshop
Friday, February 12, 2016
12 Noon - 4:00 PM
Smith College Campus (free transportation to/from MHC)

As women, we are leading in new ways and learning to activate the power of our voice when conveying ideas and catalyzing action. In this highly personalized workshop, facilitated by Barbara Tannenbaum, Professor of Theatre and Leadership Coach at Brown University, we will:

  • devise strategies to strengthen our skills to communicate with increased confidence, clarity, and impact
  • cover topics such as gender and communication
  • work on nonverbal communication strategies
  • use voice to convey leadership
  • develop specific persuasive strategies that influence audiences
  • overcome blocks to effective communication

Design Your Personal Success Manifesto

with Amber Chand

Friday, September 25, 1:30-4:30 PM
Dwight 201 Lounge

You have a unique opportunity to work with visionary leader and life coach Amber Chand on your personal map of purpose, vision, and core values. You will become equipped with important tools -- both transformative and practical -- to support your emerging heroine's journey.  

Leadership and Careers Luncheon

with Patrizia von Brandenstein

Join Academy Award winner Patrizia von Brandenstein for advice and possibilities about leadership and careers in the arts.


Will this Business Survive? Reading Financial Documents Like a Pro

With Janet Lansberry, MBA, Assistant Director, Weissman Center for Leadership
Tuesday, April 8
4:30-5:45 pm, Dwight 202

Whether working at a business, or a non-profit or government institution, being able to analyze financial documents to discover the strengths or weaknesses of an enterprise is especially important in today’s workforce climate. If you are interested in gaining a working knowledge of financial documents, this interactive workshop is for you. We will look at what numbers can tell us about a business and unlock the ‘story’ that is hidden within. An introduction to some key financial terms will be covered.

Meet Your Inner Risk Taker

A workshop with Selena Rezvani, author and women’s leadership consultant
Friday, March 7, 2014
Free networking lunch, workshop and round-trip transportation to Smith

Pre-registration for students is required by Friday, February 28.

Have you ever talked yourself out of taking a risk for fear of failing? Learn how to approach risk with a thick skin and resilient mindset. In this highly interactive workshop, you will learn methods to let go of paralyzing beliefs, and build skills and confidence used by successful women who risked and prospered.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Identify your appetite for risk and clarify whether or not it’s holding you back 
  • Make decisions while grappling with a risk scenario and risk-free alternatives
  • Incorporate risk-taking into short- and long-term career planning
  • Identify when to “dial up” and “dial down” risk

What is Your Leadership Style? Women and the Leadership Q
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
4:30 PM
Dwight 201 Lounge
This workshop is full.

Discover your unique leadership style based on your personality preferences, and develop strategies to increase your leadership effectiveness that are unique to you. You will complete a leadership questionnaire based on the Myers-Briggs personality instrument and discover how to navigate as a leader that best fits your personal preferences.

Will this Business Survive? How to Read Financial Documents Like a Pro 
Thursday, February 7, 2013
4:30 PM
Dwight 101
Pre-registration required

Whether working at a business, or a non-profit or government institution, being able to analyze financial documents to discover the strengths or weaknesses of an enterprise is especially important in today’s workforce climate. Financial concepts and terminology will also be covered as we uncover the compelling “stories” behind the numbers.

Changing the World’s Conversation
OpEd Project
Friday, February 15, 2013
12 Noon to 5:00 PM (luncheon keynote and workshop)
Application required

Join the MHC community and students from the sister colleges in a highly interactive experience that will expand your view of yourself to have greater influence in the world, including writing op-ed articles.

Cultivating the Leader Within: Women’s Power and Purpose
Spring 2012

Five College Student Leadership and Public Speaking

Speak Up! Practicing Everyday Leadership
Sunday, February 20, 2011