Informative, energizing, and empowering in equal measure, the Simmons Leadership Conference is a women's professional development event like no other. In just one extraordinary day, the conference packs in more than 15 nationally renowned leaders from the worlds of business, media, politics, education, and entertainment—each offering candid stories about experiences along the way to the top, as well as practical knowledge, innovative ideas, and principles for success for women on their own professional paths. Fittingly, the 2015 conference takes as its theme Dare to Compete, echoing the advice of Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in her inspiring speech closing out the 2014 conference.

In between formal sessions are chances to meet the speakers at book-signings, visit the corporate marketplace, enjoy a delicious lunch, and network with some of the 3,000 aspiring women who attend the Simmons Leadership Conference each year. As one participant put it, this is an opportunity to invest in yourself for a day and profit all year long.

All proceeds support scholarships for students in graduate programs at Simmons College.

Upcoming Leadership Programs

Women's Leadership Certificate Program
October 24, 2014, November 18, 2014, February 13, 2015, March 27, 2015
Skill building workshops for emerging women leaders

2020 Women on Boards: National Conversation on Board Diversity
November 20, 2014
A national campaign dedicated to increasing the percentage of women on corporate boards to 20% by 2020. Be part of this year's conversation as we network, discuss, and take a national poll


Recent Blog Entries
Aretha Franklin and Arianna Huffington to Speak at Simmons Leadership Conference


We're so excited to announce the keynote speakers for our premier Simmons Leadership Conference! Focusing on the theme "Dare to Compete," the conference features Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, author and columnist Arianna Huffington, and Cisco Chief Technology and Strategy Officer Padmasree Warrior. In addition to Franklin, Huffington, and Warrior, the conference features Nilofer Merchant, author and business visionary; Claire Shipman, author of The Confidence Code; and legendary singer Darlene Love. The event will be held on April 2nd, 2015 at the Seaport World...Read more »

Highlights from Encore 2014

We held our second annual Encore program on Wednesday! This exciting event offers in-depth presentations from our most popular speakers from the Leadership Conference. It was an inspiring and motivational day. In the morning session Dr. Lois Frankel and Carol... read more »

Looking Back at Leadership Conference

We're still buzzing from last week's Simmons Leadership Conference! It was an extraordinary, empowering day featuring talks by such incredible women as activist Zainab Salbi, astronaut Mae Jemison, legendary actress and singer Rita Moreno, and - of course - a... read more »

Live Blog: Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton served as the nation's 67th Secretary of State from 2009 until 2013, after nearly four decades in public service. Her "smart power" approach to foreign policy repositioned American diplomacy and development for the 21st century. Clinton... read more »

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