Simmons Leadership Conference 2016

January 28, 2016

America Ferrera

Actresses and activists America Ferrera and Geena Davis to speak at 37th Simmons Leadership Conference

With a focus on women who have broken the mold, Simmons will feature actresses and activists America Ferrera and Geena Davis, for its premier leadership conference for women. The 37th annual Simmons Leadership Conference also includes pioneering attorney Anita Hill, financial powerhouse Carla Harris, and scientist and innovator Ping Fu. The sold-out event will be held on March 29, 2016 at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston.

This year’s conference features presentations from more than 20 nationally and internationally prominent leaders who will share their personal leadership experiences and offer practical advice around the conference theme “Women Leading Change.” More than 3,300 business and professional women and men are expected to attend.

Proceeds from the Simmons Leadership Conference are dedicated to Simmons College graduate program scholarships, furthering the development and advancement of future corporate, organizational and civic leaders. The Conference is the capstone event of SimmonsLEADS, a set of dynamic programs and events developed by Simmons that focus on the empowerment and development of women leaders.

“Each year, the conference gives attendees the opportunity to learn from women who have innovated, taken risks, and overcome challenges to rise to the top of their respective fields,” said Judy Benjamin, Executive Director, SimmonsLEADS, Simmons College. “These women also make the time to engage on multiple fronts, leveraging their broad talents to help others. Attendees tell us that the blend of inspiring speakers, skill-building workshops and opportunities to network make the conference one of the most empowering and energizing days of their year.”

Notable Speakers

Academy Award winner Geena Davis is known for her memorable portrayals of strong, quirky characters in such films as Thelma and Louise and A League of Their Own. She also broke new ground in her Golden Globe-winning role as the first female U.S. President in the hit TV show Commander in Chief. She founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and its programming arm See Jane, which engages film and television creators to increase the percentage of female characters and reduce gender stereotyping in the entertainment industry.

Carla Harris is Vice Chairman of Global Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. She formerly headed the Emerging Manager Platform—an equity capital markets initiative for the consumer and retail industries—and has extensive experience in the technology, media, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. Harris was chair of the Morgan Stanley Foundation for a decade, and currently sits on the boards of several community organizations. Named by Fortune magazine as one of the most powerful black executives in corporate America, she was appointed by President Obama to chair the National Women's Business Council in 2013.

Learn more about speakers at the Simmons Leadership Conference.