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Program Schedule

26 October 2017

12:00

Check-In and Refreshments

13:30 – 14:00

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Joyce Kulhawik, Master of Ceremonies
Helen G. Drinan, President, Simmons College

14:00 – 15:00

Keynote

Tan Le

Women's Entrepreneurship: Embracing Your Inner Outsider

Tan Le, Entrepreneur, Co-founder and CEO, EMOTIV

Tan Le credits her early struggles as a Vietnam refugee and Australian immigrant for much of her success today. In this fascinating presentation, Le talks about the moment she realized that her outsider status actually provided a kind of freedom—to not be stuck in the way things are, to look at things with a fresh perspective, and to never stop asking questions. Le believes these are the same qualities that have helped her succeed as a woman working in biotechnology and engineering, where the challenge is to constantly push the boundaries of what is possible.

15:00 – 16:00

Keynote

Julia Gillard

Women in Professional and Public Life: Challenge and Triumph

Julia Gillard, Former Prime Minister of Australia

As Australia's first woman Prime Minister, Julia Gillard is well acquainted with the highs and lows of public life. Although leading significant advances in education reform, economic development, healthcare delivery, and other national priorities during her tenure, she also remained the target of vicious sexism and misogyny in both the government and the press. With her wry humor and fresh candor, Gillard reflects on her life experiences and the continuing challenges of being a woman leader in contemporary politics.

16:00 – 16:30

Meet the Speakers Book-Signing Break

16:30 – 17:45

Business Panel

Leading with Purpose

Purpose is the why and the how of an organization, defining what it is and does, whom it serves, and how it contributes for the well-being of society. The challenge of leadership is to bring others together to achieve this common vision. In this dynamic panel discussion, top executives from some of the world’s major corporations exchange views about what leading with purpose means for business strategy, management, employee satisfaction, and ultimately competitive performance.

17:45 – 18:45

Keynote

Sahar Hashemi

How to Think Like an Entrepreneur

Sahar Hashemi, Entrepreneur, Co-Founder, Coffee Republic

Sahar Hashemi believes that entrepreneurial behavior is not limited to a special few or relevant just to startups, but rather a necessity for organizations large and small. Speaking from firsthand experience of growing Coffee Republic into a successful high-street brand, she saw how its entrepreneurial culture was lost once bureaucracy took over. In this high-energy presentation, Hashemi describes how essential it is for everyone in today’s business world to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, and outlines eight easy-to-adopt habits to catalyze creativity and innovation.

19:30 – 20:30

Reception

20:30 – 22:30

Dinner

Simona Scarpaleggia

Dinner Speaker

Simona Scarpaleggia, CEO, IKEA Switzerland

27 October 2017

8:00 – 8:30

Welcome and Coffee

8:30 – 9:30

Keynote

Dr. Dambisa Moyo

New Directions for Corporate Governance

Dr. Dambisa Moyo, Global Economist

Dambisa Moyo is a thought leader and influencer whose innovative and often contrarian opinions on economics, geopolitics, and technology have earned her a seat in the boardrooms of many of the world’s top corporations. As she explains, however, her unconventional path to prominence has been marked by setbacks as well as advances. Drawing on these experiences, Moyo shares her perspectives on the principles defining the governance approaches of today’s most successful corporations, and particularly the central role that diversity has to play.

9:30 – 10:40

Keynote

Jessica Posner and Kennedy Odede

Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss and Hope in an African Slum

Jessica Posner and Kennedy Odede, Social Entrepreneurs

How Jessica Posner and Kennedy Odede came to join forces to combat poverty in Kibera, Kenya, is a fascinating story in itself. Even more remarkable, however, is how their collaboration has transformed thousands of lives and brought new hope and economic development to impoverished neighborhoods. In this inspiring session, Posner and Odede talk about their holistic vision for Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFC), which not only provides valuable public services to the community at large, but also invests in the education and empowerment of girls.

10:40 – 11:15

Meet the Speakers Book-Signing Break

11:15 – 12:15

Keynote

Didi Hopkins

Defining Moments

Didi Hopkins, Communications Specialist

What is executive presence? Who do you think has it? When do you need it? In this fun but highly instructive session, Didi Hopkins asks you to relate a personal story about a turning point in your life—a moment of inspiration, encouragement, or crisis, or an event that taught you where to draw the line. This storytelling exercise helps to reveal the passion, energy, and power you alone bring to the table, and then to identify the work situations that might benefit from your unique executive presence.

12:15 – 13:30

Luncheon

13:30 – 14:30

Keynote

Mary Robinson

Women’s Leadership and Climate Change

Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland and President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice

The great injustice of climate change, argues Mary Robinson, is that society’s most vulnerable groups—the marginalized and the poor, indigenous communities and migrants—will suffer most from its impacts. But she also believes that climate change poses a threat specifically to women, particularly those in the developing world where they are often the family provider. Robinson calls for gender-sensitive policies that not only address the reality of these women’s needs, but also strengthen their leadership roles in climate-related decisionmaking at all levels.

14:30 – 15:45

Business Panel

Leading with Purpose

Purpose is the why and the how of an organization, defining what it is and does, whom it serves, and how it contributes for the well-being of society. The challenge of leadership is to bring others together to achieve this common vision. In this dynamic panel discussion, top executives from some of the world’s major corporations exchange views about what leading with purpose means for business strategy, management, employee satisfaction, and ultimately competitive performance.

15:45 – 16:15

Meet The Speakers Book-Signing Break

16:15 – 17:30

Keynote

Jade Simmons,

How to Move Like a Maverick

Jade Simmons, Classical Pianist and Entrepreneur

As the stand-out presenter at this year’s Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston, Jade Simmons is in Geneva for an encore performance. Known as classical music’s number-one maverick, she has built an exceptional career by what she calls organic reinvention. In this session, she takes you through a process of discovering your unique truth—who you are, who you are created to be, and how you are meant to function. She then provides a strategy for reinventing yourself and your team in line with those truths, using powerful musical examples to underscore her message.

17:30 – 18:30

Connection Reception