2015 ENCORE Series

Every year at the Simmons Leadership Conference, at least one stand-out presenter leaves audiences clamoring for an encore. The ENCORE Series brings back popular previous conference speakers for two in-depth half-day sessions.

Price: $399

Session I: 8:15 AM

The Art & Science of Cultivating Radical Resiliency

Eileen McDargh

Resiliency is NOT about pain. It is about possibility. Resiliency is NOT about adversity. It is about advantage.

Tired of being whiplashed by economic downturns? Concerned about downsizing, rightsizing, capsizing? Faced with a great opportunity yet worried you won't have the stamina to see it through? Trying to hold work and life together when sometimes one or both get the better of you?

You need a GPS (Growth Potential Strategy) and Recalculating Questions to revive and renew the spark of hope and optimism as you cultivate resiliency skills.

In this interactive session, you will:

  • experience the difference between change and transition
  • discover four resiliency skills and when and how to use them
  • throw out the dictionary for a better definition of resilience
  • find out what actions leaders take to create their own sustainable strategy!
  • walk away confident that YOUR resiliency is both a life skill and a competitive advantage
Eileen McDargh Bio:

Since founding McDargh Communications in 1980, Eileen McDargh has helped organizations and individuals transform the life of their business and the business of their life through conversations that matter and connections that count.

As the only speaker to address the Simmons Leadership Conference two years in a row, her programs are content-rich, interactive, provocative and playful—even downright hilarious! She draws upon practical business know-how, life experiences and years of consulting to major national and international organizations. Executive Excellence magazine continually ranks her as one of the top 50 thought leaders in self-leadership development.

Eileen has authored six books including Work for a Living & Still Be Free to Live, the first book on work/life balance—a topic that placed her as a futurist in this issue. Her newest book, Your Resiliency GPS, was created to help people revive and renew the spark of hope and optimism as they cultivate resiliency skills.

Session II: 1:30 PM

Igniting Focus, Creativity and Productivity

Juliet Funt

Leaders today face many pressures in the Age of Overload: Doing more with less, accelerating speed, and the global 24/7 demands of always being ON. We have been fooled into thinking we're more productive than ever. But is that true? Juliet Funt is on a mission to help organizations and their leaders reclaim and effectively use WhiteSpace® -- the strategic pause taken between activities– to create habits in which deep thinking occurs, creativity soars and focus returns.

Juliet Funt is a force for change in organizations - helping them find their WhiteSpace®, reclaim simplicity and move the levers of their most relevant business metrics.

Back by popular demand, Juliet will build upon the memorable program she gave us in 2014, delving into WhiteSpace® at Work's rich body of actionable business content. She will focus in this session on two topic areas. The first is "The Tools that Turn on You." These are support systems and devices that promise to improve our work style. In reality, they tend to defy boundaries, hijacking our time and resources- think email, meetings, decks and more. We will also explore the "Invisible Habits of Excellence" - a constellation of internal behaviors, related to inward and outward thought. Great leaders and thinkers take time for these practices during their WhiteSpace®.

Juliet Funt Bio:

Juliet Funt is the founder and owner of WhiteSpace® at Work, a training and consulting firm that helps organizations, their leaders and employees flip the norms of business in order to reclaim their creativity, productivity and engagement. With thought-provoking content and immediately actionable tools she has become a nationally-recognized expert in coping with the Age of Overload in which we all live and work.

Juliet teaches the pivotal difference between activity and productivity. She teaches them a streamlined method for personal process improvement – leading to more creativity and engagement. She helps executives, managers and teams answer the critical question "What thoughts deserve my full attention today?"

Juliet's deeper mission is to show organizations how WhiteSpace® can change the negative patterns and behaviors that prevent them from achieving optimum results.

October 29, 2015

Plaza Ballroom
Seaport Hotel
Boston, MA

Price: $399


7:30 - 8:30 AM
Breakfast & Check-in

8:30 - 11:45 AM
The Art & Science of Cultivating Radical Resiliency
Eileen McDargh

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Book Signing Session with Eileen McDargh

12:15 - 1:30 PM

1:30 - 4:30 PM
Igniting Focus, Creativity and Productivity
Juliet Funt

The National Conversation on Board Diversity

Thursday, November 19, 2015
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Paresky Conference Center, Simmons College
Boston, MA

Click here to register for the National Conversation on Board Diversity