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She said diversity to her means no fear. It means that change is not a threat. She told attendees that we each have a responsibility to be tolerant and to actively engage in open dialogue.
The tIme to create a truly inclusive culture, is not during a crisis. In the midst of 911, Marilyn Carlson Nelson said the following to her employees:
"I don't have time to give you directions, just follow our company credo, and you have my support."
She says she believes we're at the tipping point of awareness. We're becoming more aware of the importance of women contributions as well as the well-being of the world. She made a special shout-out to Simmons students saying that putting yourself in a predominately female environment teaches you there are no gender roles and women are the leaders.
President Drinan took the stage to welcome a record number of attendees to the 32nd annual conference. She says the Simmons Leadership Conference started as a small alumni gathering with one speaker. Today it has grown to become one of the premiere women's conferences in the nation. The conference aims to support the advancement of women and reflects Simmons' commitment to inspiring women to lead meaningful lives.
We're at the Seaport WTC getting ready to kick off today's events. The conference will begin in about 10 minutes in the Commonwealth Complex with opening remarks from Executive Director Joyce Kolligian, Simmons College President Helen Drinan, and conference sponsors. Anne Mulcahy of Xerox fame will open with the plenary session at 8:35.
Today's theme is Passion and Profession.
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