Women & Leadership Conference Spotlight



PRESENTER:  Iris Newalu, Executive Director, Smith College Executive Education

Iris Newalu is executive director of Smith College Executive Education where she oversees a state-of-the-art portfolio of consortium, custom and open enrollment programs for high potential women (and men) at all levels of the organization. She leads the effort in vetting and coordinating a team of internationally renowned educators from top tier business schools, consultancies and speakers from industry. She brings over fifteen years of best practice experience in creating in executive learning environments that are often said to move the career needle for women.

Stress. It’s everywhere! And we’re bombarded with messages telling us how to eliminate it, but did you ever consider it might actually be good for you. Research is telling us that stress is a healthy sign of living an active, engaged, productive life. Learn why stress is good and how to get good at it.



As an executive coach Iris has a passionate interest and extensive experience empowering people to regain essential balance while advancing their high-achieving careers. She has studied work-related stress since her graduate school days, and believes that it is possible to have a career and learn to surf the waves of life like a pro.  She is certified to deliver training on multiple leadership behavioral assessments that focus on strengths-based leadership, career development, authenticity and emotional intelligence.  Prior to her role at Smith, Iris worked for 15 years as a consultant in the San Francisco Bay area with executives from all industries supporting the leadership goals of the organization.  Iris holds a Master of Education degree in Counseling Psychology, completing a thesis on Work-Related Stress and Resilience from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has taken numerous doctoral-level courses in Organizational Development and Management.  She is a certified Neuro-Leadership coach, a certified What Now coach, and a member of the American Society of Training and Development, the Society of Human Resource Management, and University Consortium of International Executive Education.  She lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts with her husband, where she is passionate about organic vegetable gardening, cooking, biking, and traveling for fun, not work!






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