Become a Change-maker

As attendees who return year after year attest, the Simmons Leadership Conference is the premier professional event for women. The 2012 program builds on this exemplary tradition with yet another roster of distinguished speakers from the worlds of business, science, entrepreneurship and more. In keeping with the conference theme—Innovation & Impact—the lineup includes some of the nation's visionary change-makers who recognized and seized opportunities to alter the course of their industry or profession. The knowledge and inspiration that you will gain from these extraordinary speakers—and from the collective energy of more than 2,500 business and professional women that join in this unique event—will provide powerful motivation to become a change-maker in your own life.

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

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    Live Blog: Signature Dialogue: Exploring the Frontiers of Science and Human Potential

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    Live Blog: Afternoon Keynote, Rita Moreno

    Rita Moreno is one of just a handful of performers-and the only Latina-to win the entertainment industry's four most prestigious awards. Her breakout performance came as Anita in West Side Story, earning her an Oscar for best supporting actress... read more »

    Live Blog: Morning Keynote, Rana Foroohar

    Award-winning journalist Rana Foroohar is assistant managing editor of TIME magazine, overseeing business and economic coverage across all platforms. Her Curious Capitalist column, covering the intersection of the global economy and Main Street, has become a must-read for economic and political thought... read more »

    Live Blog: Signature Dialogue: The Other Side of War

    Founder and former CEO of Women for Women International, Zainab Salbi has dedicated her life to empowering women in war-torn areas to become full and equal participants in their communities. In its 20 years, her organization has provided direct... read more »

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    Leadership Conference BooksThrough a partnership with Harvard Book Store, over 100 titles will be available for purchase at the Leadership Conference. Now you can order the books online from the Simmons bookshelf on the Harvard Book Store website. A portion of the proceeds from books purchased online here or at the conference will go to support the mission of the Simmons Leadership Conference, funding graduate scholarships at the college.

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