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Disrupt the Ordinary

Now in its 39th year, the Simmons Leadership Conference continues to be the nation’s premier one-day professional development event for women—a don’t-miss experience that energizes, educates, and empowers leaders at every stage of their careers.

This year’s conference theme, Disrupt the Ordinary, centers on the need to change how we think, behave, and do business in an era of accelerating innovation. Just a few of the extraordinary speakers headlining the program are Gretchen Carlson, who challenged a culture of sexual harassment in the workplace and is now leading the charge to help others do the same; Nely Galán, who has followed up her own career successes by sparking a growing movement for women entrepreneurs; and Tan Le, who left a safe career in the law to build a neuroengineering company whose products are transforming lives and expanding the frontiers of brain research.

In addition to these inspiring presentations, you have a broad choice among timely panel discussions, signature dialogues, and skill-building workshops offering concrete strategies for how you, too, can become a disruptor. And in between formal sessions are chances to meet the speakers at book-signings, visit the corporate marketplace, enjoy a delicious lunch, and network with some of the 3,400 aspiring women who attend the conference from companies and organizations around the world.

The Simmons Leadership Conference—a one-day investment in yourself that pays off all year. 

All proceeds support graduate student scholarships at Simmons College.

Marlee Matlin and Diane von Furstenberg

2017 Conference

The 2017 Simmons Leadership Conference featured Marlee Matlin, Diana Nyad and Diane von Furstenberg and many more!

Hillary Clinton

See For Yourself

View highlights and attendee reactions from our transformative conference.