Simmons.edu

Program Schedule

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

12:00 - 7:30

Early Check-in


5:30 - 7:30

Opening Evening Reception
(Open to registered conference attendees only)


Thursday, April 16, 2020

6:45 - 7:45

Check-in and Continental Breakfast


7:45 - 8:30

Welcoming Remarks


8:35 - 9:25

Headshot photo of Dambisa Moyo, PhD

Opening Keynote

Global Shifts in Economics, Politics & Business: What’s It Going to Take to Be Successful?

Dambisa Moyo, PhD, International Economist & Author
The defining challenge of our time is to generate solid, sustained growth in the industrialized nations while also making a meaningful dent in world poverty. But the Eurozone, United States, and other developed countries are creaking under mounting debt, challenging demographics, and stagnating productivity. Meanwhile, the unprecedented economic expansion in the developing world—home to 90 percent of the world’s population—has slowed. Internationally renowned economist Dambisa Moyo explains the structural implications of these global trends and why this time in history is different, and identifies the investment opportunities that lie ahead.

9:35 - 10:55

Concurrent Morning Sessions


Headshot photo of Ruha Benjamin, PhD

Beyond Buzzwords: Innovation, Inequality, and Imagination in the 21st Century

Ruha Benjamin, PhD, Associate Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University
From precision medicine to predictive algorithms, science and technology seek to address a variety of human problems by producing data and tools to help us better understand our world and ourselves. But without carefully considering the social values embedded in these systems, we risk reinforcing longstanding forms of inequality and injustice, and may even produce new ones. In this timely presentation, noted sociologist Ruha Benjamin dissects a range of contemporary issues at the nexus of Big Data and democracy—from national DNA databases to online targeted advertisements—that are shaping the world that we inhabit.

Headshot photo of Susan MacKenty Brady

The Emotionally Intelligent Leader: The Power of Self-Awareness

Susan MacKenty Brady, CEO, Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership
To win hearts and minds, leaders need to be clear about how they navigate interpersonal relationships. Each and every interaction with team members is therefore an opportunity to build trust, create alignment, and bring out the best in others. But this requires a heightened level of self-awareness about how a leader’s behavior directly affects a team’s productivity and results. In this critical skill-building session, Susan Brady demonstrates how our internal thought processes guide our behavior as leaders and provides practical tips for becoming more successful in working with others.

Headshot photo of Carol Frohlinger, JD

Headshot photo of Lois Frankel, PhD

Successful Negotiation through Powerful Communication

Carol Frohlinger, JD, President, Negotiating Women, Inc.
Lois Frankel, PhD, President, Corporate Coaching International
The simple fact is, women cannot and should not negotiate like men. Instead, strategically honing your communication skills is the secret to securing the roles you deserve, the compensation you’ve earned, and the flexibility you need. In this workshop, Carol Frohlinger and Lois Frankel—coauthors of Nice Girls Just Don’t Get It—outline the three primary ways women negotiate, the most common things women negotiate for at work, and the communication tools every woman needs to have powerful and productive outcomes. Audience participation is encouraged, so be sure to bring your toughest negotiation questions.

10:55 - 11:25

Meet the Speakers Book-signing Break


11:25 - 12:15

Headshot photo of Pat Mitchell

Morning Keynote

Becoming a Dangerous Woman

Pat Mitchell, CEO & Producer
Pat Mitchell has always insisted on defining power on her terms, and on leveraging that power to manifest a better world. And she has done that on an impressive scale by literally changing the face of television, both as a journalist and as former CEO of PBS, CNN Productions, and the Paley Center for Media. In this session, Mitchell tells her fascinating life story, growing up from a small-town girl in the segregated South with no money or influence to become an advocate for women and girls on the world stage. As a self-proclaimed “dangerous woman,” Mitchell urges us all to be braver and bolder in dismantling the barriers to equality that we see in our own lives.

12:15 - 1:30

Luncheon


1:30 - 2:20

Headshot photo of Muffet McGraw

Afternoon Keynote

Muffet McGraw, Head Coach, Notre Dame

2:30 - 3:50

Concurrent Afternoon Sessions


Headshot photo of Ruha Benjamin, PhD

Beyond Buzzwords: Innovation, Inequality, and Imagination in the 21st Century

Ruha Benjamin, PhD, Associate Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University
From precision medicine to predictive algorithms, science and technology seek to address a variety of human problems by producing data and tools to help us better understand our world and ourselves. But without carefully considering the social values embedded in these systems, we risk reinforcing longstanding forms of inequality and injustice, and may even produce new ones. In this timely presentation, noted sociologist Ruha Benjamin dissects a range of contemporary issues at the nexus of Big Data and democracy—from national DNA databases to online targeted advertisements—that are shaping the world that we inhabit.

Headshot photo of Susan MacKenty Brady

The Emotionally Intelligent Leader: The Power of Self-Awareness

Susan MacKenty Brady, CEO, Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership
To win hearts and minds, leaders need to be clear about how they navigate interpersonal relationships. Each and every interaction with team members is therefore an opportunity to build trust, create alignment, and bring out the best in others. But this requires a heightened level of self-awareness about how a leader’s behavior directly affects a team’s productivity and results. In this critical skill-building session, Susan Brady demonstrates how our internal thought processes guide our behavior as leaders and provides practical tips for becoming more successful in working with others.

Headshot photo of Carol Frohlinger, JD

Headshot photo of Lois Frankel, PhD

Successful Negotiation through Powerful Communication

Carol Frohlinger, JD, President, Negotiating Women, Inc.
Lois Frankel, PhD, President, Corporate Coaching International
The simple fact is, women cannot and should not negotiate like men. Instead, strategically honing your communication skills is the secret to securing the roles you deserve, the compensation you’ve earned, and the flexibility you need. In this workshop, Carol Frohlinger and Lois Frankel—coauthors of Nice Girls Just Don’t Get It—outline the three primary ways women negotiate, the most common things women negotiate for at work, and the communication tools every woman needs to have powerful and productive outcomes. Audience participation is encouraged, so be sure to bring your toughest negotiation questions.

Headshot photo of Sonia Manzano

Becoming Maria: Imagine the Possibilities

Sonia Manzano, Emmy Award-Winning Actor
Growing up in an impoverished Puerto Rican family, Emmy-award winning actress and writer Sonia Manzano turned to television to see the possibilities that could exist beyond the painful realities of her turbulent household. In her role as Maria on Sesame Street, she helped millions of other children do the same and, along the way, used her expansive repertoire to break stereotypes about Latin culture. With her signature warmth and wit, Manzano describes how she escaped the trauma of her early years through the performing arts to become one of the most influential Latinas in television.

3:50 - 4:20

Meet the Speakers Book-signing Break


4:20 - 5:20

Headshot photo of Serena Williams

Headshot photo of Muffet McGraw

Closing Keynote

Using Your Power: A Conversation with Serena Williams

Serena Williams, Tennis Champion, Activist, & Entrepreneur
Moderator: Muffet McGraw, Head Coach, Notre Dame
One of the world’s most talented and successful athletes, Serena Williams knows what it takes to win. She has powered her way back from serious injuries to win international titles and persevered through other challenges to become one of the top tennis players in history. In this conversation with basketball coaching legend Muffet McGraw, Williams offers a rare personal glimpse into her pursuit of excellence both on and off the court, her dedication to craft, and how her approach to sports has influenced her entrepreneurship and activism.