Simmons Leadership Conference 2015

We're so excited to announce the speakers for our premier Simmons Leadership Conference! Focusing on the theme "Dare to Compete," the conference features award-winning actress and activist Sally Field, author and columnist Arianna Huffington, and Cisco Chief Technology and Strategy Officer Padmasree Warrior.

Sally Field

The winner of multiple Academy, Golden Globe, and Emmy Awards for best actress, Sally Field has been one of the most versatile and durable talents in Hollywood for more than 50 years. From her breakout performance in the miniseries Sybil, to her career-defining appearance in Norma Rae, to her star turn as Mary Todd Lincoln in Lincoln, Field has portrayed a full range of memorable, psychologically complex characters. She has also worked behind the scenes as a writer, director, and producer on both films and television. A longtime activist for women's rights, Field has served on the board of directors of Vital Voices Global Partnership, a nongovernmental organization that invests in emerging women leaders around the world, since 2002. Field is also a recent recipient of the Human Rights Campaign's Ally for Equality Award for her advocacy for gay rights issues.

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, as well as a nationally syndicated columnist, radio host, and author of 14 books. In 2005, she co-founded the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely read, linked to, and frequently cited media brands on the Internet. Huffington has been named to TIME magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people and the Forbes list of the world's 100 most powerful women. She currently serves on several boards, including HuffPost's partners in Spain, the newspaper EL PAÍS and its parent company PRISA; Onex; the Center for Public Integrity; and the Committee to Protect Journalists. Her latest book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list in 2014.

Padmasree Warrior

Padmasree Warrior is chief technology and strategy officer at Cisco. In this role, she helps direct technology and operational innovation across the company and oversees strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, integration of new business models, incubation of new technologies, and cultivation of world-class technical talent. Before joining Cisco in 2008, she was executive vice president and CTO of Motorola. Widely recognized for her creative and visionary leadership, Warrior has received the World of Difference Award from the International Alliance for Women, been named to the Forbes list of the world's 100 most powerful women, and been inducted into the Women in Information Technology International Hall of Fame, among innumerable other honors. She currently serves on the board of trustees of Cornell University, as well as the boards of the Gap, Box, Inc., and Thorn, a foundation that protects children from sexual exploitation through digital media.

In addition to Huffington and Warrior, the conference features Nilofer Merchant, author and business visionary; Claire Shipman, author of The Confidence Code; and legendary singer Darlene Love.

The event will be held on April 2nd, 2015 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. Learn more about the conference!


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