New Speaker Announced for International Leadership Conference

September 01, 2016

Nilofer Merchant

Best-selling author Nilofer Merchant joins inspiring roster of women leaders for Berlin

In a year already marked by many high profile, historic achievements by women in politics, business and sport, the Simmons International Leadership Conference convenes some of the world’s best known female change agents and explores the myriad ways women are catalyzing change in every arena from business to politics to social justice. The inaugural international event will be held in Berlin, November 16-17, 2016.

Alongside Ms. Nilofer Merchant, a renowned CEO, strategist, author, and leading authority on creating business strategy to achieve success, keynote conference speakers include Dr. Joyce Banda, Martina Navratilova, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Zainab Salbi, Dame Stephanie Shirley, and Yue-Sai Kan. 

Over the course of two days, the conference will bring together hundreds of mid- and senior-level executives for inspiring keynotes, business panel discussions and high-wattage networking (see the full program). Aiming to expand critical conversations important to women’s continued development as leaders, the event builds on the legacy of the renowned Boston Simmons Leadership Conference, now in its 38th year. 

"The conference theme of ‘Women Leading Change' could not be any more important than it is right now,” said Judy Benjamin, Executive Director, SimmonsLEADS, Simmons College. “Everywhere, women are exerting pressure on stubborn glass ceilings and the cracks are definitely showing. But even in this outstanding year of progress, we still face enormous challenges to standing side-by-side with men as successful leaders. We hope our conference will play a key role in helping to break these down.”

The Simmons International Leadership Conference is generously supported by global organizations: EMC, Biogen, Cisco, The Walt Disney Company, and United Technologies, among others.

Proceeds from the international conference and its US counterpart are dedicated to Simmons College's graduate program scholarships, for development of future leaders. The conference is organized by SimmonsLEADS, a dynamic set of programs and events developed by Simmons College and focused on women's development as leaders.

About the Simmons Leadership Conference and Simmons International Leadership Conference

Simmons College has presented this conference simultaneously for 38 years, and it is now the US's premier women's leadership conference. Previous years' events have featured such notable women as Hillary Rodham Clinton, Madeleine Albright, the late Benazir Bhutto, Meg Whitman, Mary Robinson, Arianna Huffington, and Queen Noor.

The first international Simmons Leadership Conference will be held in Berlin in November 2016. 

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