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Defining Power

Now celebrating its 41st year, the Simmons Leadership Conference remains the nation’s premier one-day professional development event for women—a don’t-miss experience that motivates, educates, and empowers leaders at every stage of their careers.

Globalism, technological advances, and shifts in cultural and social norms have made the old command-and-control model of power obsolete. The theme of the 2020 conference, Defining Power, focuses on the ways in which top women leaders have learned to motivate and shape positive change in their organizations and to inspire others to be the risk takers and problem solvers that the world needs today. As always, this year’s program includes a diverse array of exceptional speakers with a broad range of experiences, each with her own definition of power. Among the featured presenters are Pat Mitchell, pioneering media executive who was among the first to recognize the power of women telling their stories; Yeonmi Park, a North Korean defector who is using the power of freedom to speak out about the brutal oppression in her native country; and Serena Williams, who is using her star power to challenge the many pervasive inequities facing women today.

In addition to these compelling presentations, you can choose among timely panel discussions, signature sessions, and skill-building workshops offering concrete strategies for powering up both your professional and personal lives. 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 more than 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 long.

All proceeds support scholarships for students in graduate programs at Simmons University.

2019 Conference

2019 Conference

The 2019 Simmons Leadership Conference featured Susan O’Malley, Katherine Switzer, Julia Gillard, Jameela Jamil, and Laverne Cox!

2018 Conference

2018 Conference

The 2018 Simmons Leadership Conference featured Michelle Obama, Gretchen Carlson, Nely Galán and many more!