Keynote Speakers

Meg WhitmanMeg Whitman

The recently named President and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard Meg Whitman will kick off the 33rd annual Simmons Leadership Conference. When she became president and CEO of eBay in 1996, the fledgling auction website had $4 million in annual revenue and 30 employees. More...

Robin ChaseRobin Chase

Morning keynote speaker and nationally acclaimed transportation innovator, Robin Chase has revolutionized how people think about car travel. She is best known as co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the world's largest car-sharing company, More...

Michele NorrisMichele Norris

One of the most trusted voices in broadcast journalism, Michele Norris has co-hosted NPR's flagship newsmagazine All Things Considered for nearly a decade. With a signature style that is at once relaxed and rigorous, she has led thoughtful, in-depth interviews More...

Billie Jean KingBillie Jean King

Tennis legend and closing keynote speaker Billie Jean King literally changed the playing field for women. Early in a stellar career that includes a record 20 Wimbledon titles, she successfully fought for equal prize money for men and women tennis players More...

Signature Speakers

Jane McGonigalJane McGonigal

The morning signature session features Jane McGonigal, world-renowned creator of alternate reality games and author of the runaway bestseller Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. More...

Rhonda KallmanRhonda Kallman

Rhonda Kallman was only 24 when she helped to launch The Boston Beer Company, makers of the phenomenally successful Samuel Adams Boston Lager. As founding partner and executive vice president of sales and brand development More...

Session Speakers

Vernice ArmourVernice "FlyGirl" Armour

As a child, Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour aspired to be a mounted police officer. She achieved this dream, and much more, by becoming the first African-American female combat pilot in US military history. A third-generation Marine, More...

Jill AveryJill Avery

Dr. Jill Avery is an assistant professor of marketing at the Simmons School of Management in Boston, where she has been on the faculty since 2007. She hols a DBA in marketing from the Harvard Business School, a MBA in marketing and finance from the Wharton School, More...

Mary Ellen IskenderianMary Ellen Iskenderian

Mary Ellen Iskenderian, president and CEO of Women's World Banking (WWB), is a long-time champion of women's economic empowerment. Under her guidance, WBB provides hands-on technical services and strategic support More...

Teresa NelsonTeresa Nelson

Dr. Teresa Nelson holds the Elizabeth J. McCandless Professor of Entrepreneurship Chair and is Director of the School of Management's Entrepreneurship Program. Her teaching, research, and consulting focuses on issues of entrepreneurship and global business More...

Jane Edison StevensonJane Edison Stevenson

Jane Edison Stevenson is Vice Chairman, Board and CEO Services, at Korn/Ferry International. Acknowledged by BusinessWeek as among the "100 Most Influential Search Consultants in the World," she is an industry expert More...

Carmen Wong UlrichCarmen Wong Ulrich

A well-respected personal finance expert, popular television and print journalist, and sought-after speaker, Carmen Wong Ulrich can be seen regularly on NBC's The Today Show, MSNBC, and CNN. More...

Haiyan WangHaiyan Wang

Haiyan Wang is managing partner of the China India Institute, a research and consulting organization that helps corporations build their presence in the emerging Chinese and Indian markets. She has co-authored two highly acclaimed books More...

 

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