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Remembering a great friend and colleague

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Joyce J. Kolligian, Executive Director of the Simmons Leadership Conference passed away peacefully on June 11 at the age of 76. Joyce earned her BA from Simmons College in 1987 and her MBA from Simmons SOM in 1989. She was also the recipient of the SOM's Rappaport Award for Outstanding Leadership.

Joyce served as a consultant to the Simmons Leadership Conference from 1993 to 1998. From 2000 to the present, Joyce served as the conference's Executive Director. Under her leadership, the conference grew from a small regional gathering of SOM alumnae, which annually drew 150 women, to a nationally recognized premier leadership conference with over 3000 attendees.

Joyce was truly a part of the Simmons community and her wonderful and feisty personality was legendary!! Her heart and love for Simmons and everyone she worked with was something very special and we will miss her enormously.

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