Forum on Leadership and Effective Communications

Featuring Gail Fairhurst, author of The Power of Framing: Creating the Language of Leadership

Starts:  6/15/2015  5:30 PM
Ends: 6/15/2015 7:30 PM
Location: Simmons College, Paresky Conference Room, Main College Building

One of the most common communication errors made in today’s workplace is confusing talking with real communication. One way to avoid this is to better understand the skill of framing through which we define the meaning of “the situation here and now.” Are we in a “crisis”? Is this situation merely “a cause for concern” or should we be on “red- alert”? Am I appreciating all the stakeholders impacted? When we connect with others through our framing, we shape reality and if we “manage meaning” when others can’t, we emerge as leaders. Come hear Professor Gail Fairhurst, author of “The Power of Framing” and a leading expert in organizational communications, in a moderated discussion on communications skills professionals need to embrace to be seen as leaders. A limited number of Professor Fairhurst’s book will be available for those wishing to purchase a signed copy.

Gail Fairhurst is an award-winning professor of organizational communication and leadership at the University of Cincinnati. She is also an international speaker, management consultant, and executive coach for such companies as McDonald's, Boeing, Procter & Gamble, General Electric, State Farm Insurance, Merrill Lynch, U.S. Air Force, and the Children's Hospital of Cincinnati, among others. She has published 3 books and over 60 articles and book chapters. She is also a Fulbright Scholar, a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association, and a Fellow of the International Communication Association.

Moderators: Mary Shapiro, Simmons College Diane Kagen Trust '77GS Professorship in Leadership Development and Toby Pearlstein, Retired Global Director of Information Services, Bain & Company, Inc.

Introduced by: Eileen Abels, Dean, School of Library and Information Science

Sponsor: H.W. Wilson Foundation

Hosted by: SLA@Simmons Student Group, School of Library and Information Science

Registration: There is no charge for this event, but to help us gauge attendance, please RSVP via Eventbrite by June 1, 2015.

Parking: A limited number of discounted parking vouchers available for those who RSVP by June 1, 2015 (current Simmons students do not qualify for parking vouchers).
Questions about this program? Contact Ann Cullen ( or Caren Torrey (