Simmons.edu

Program Schedule

5 November 2019

12:30 - 13:30

Check-In and Refreshments


13:30 - 14:00

Welcome and Opening Remarks


14:00 - 15:00

Headshot photo of Yang Lan

Opening Keynote

Yang Lan, Chairperson, Sun Media Group and Sun Culture Foundation

15:00 - 16:00

Business Panel: Designing Success

Research clearly demonstrates that diverse and inclusive teams are more innovative, engaged, and creative in their work. But while many companies embrace diversity, making it really count for the bottom line means embedding inclusiveness into all aspects of an organization's operations. Representing a range of major companies that are working hard to address this challenge, the senior executives on this panel share how their hiring, promotion, and compensation initiatives are paying off not only in terms of a more inclusive corporate culture but also in stronger performance metrics.

16:00 - 16:30

Meet the Speakers Book-signing Break


16:30 - 17:30

Headshot photo of Diana Theodores, PhD

Afternoon Keynote

Performing as YOU: A Rehearsal Space for Designing Your Success

Diana Theodores, PhD, International Performance Coach, Author, and Director
Performance is not just the domain of the arts. All the world is a stage and the greatest role you will ever get to play is yourself. This means connecting to your unique and creative life force and daring to bring your fullest, authentic self forward. International performance coach and author Diana Theodores invites you into a rehearsal room where you can explore powerful principles and practices that will deepen your impact, engagement, and fulfillment on the business stage.

17:30 - 18:30

Headshot photo of Tererai Trent, PhD

Closing Keynote

Education Is a Human Right: Turning Oppression into Opportunities

Tererai Trent, PhD, Author and Educator
As a young girl, Tererai Trent had an unshakable belief in her dream of an education and in its power to change the narrative of her life. Her own remarkable journey from child bride in rural Zimbabwe to the international stage as an advocate for quality education has made her a living symbol of hope to millions. In her impassioned speech, Trent challenges all of us, as members of a global society, with the moral responsibility to expand the choices and opportunities available to women and girls.

19:30 - 22:00

Networking Dinner
Casual attire


6 November 2019

8:00 - 8:30

Welcome and Coffee


8:30 - 9:30

Headshot photo of Noreena Hertz, PhD

Opening Keynote

The Five Forces That Are Transforming Our World

Noreena Hertz, PhD, Economist and Author
From breakthroughs in artificial intelligence to the march of populism, what will the world look like in the next two to three years? What are the key challenges that businesses will face? In this session, world-renowned economist Noreena Hertz outlines the fundamental forces—geopolitical, economic, societal, demographic, and technological—that are driving transformative change and should be on every business leader’s radar. She then explains in practical terms how, given such rapidly evolving conditions, to lead with agility, innovativeness, and relevance.

9:30 - 10:30

Business Panel: Designing Success

Research clearly demonstrates that diverse and inclusive teams are more innovative, engaged, and creative in their work. But while many companies embrace diversity, making it really count for the bottom line means embedding inclusiveness into all aspects of an organization's operations. Representing a range of major companies that are working hard to address this challenge, the senior executives on this panel share how their hiring, promotion, and compensation initiatives are paying off not only in terms of a more inclusive corporate culture but also in stronger performance metrics.

10:30 - 11:00

Meet the Speakers Book-signing Break


11:00 - 12:00

Headshot photo of Margaret Heffernan, PhD

Morning Keynote

The Future of Success

Margaret Heffernan, PhD, Entrepreneur, Chief Executive, and Author
We used to know what it took to succeed as a leader—but now? Clearly, many of the necessary skills are still those that women have been developing for centuries, including emotional intelligence and networking. But in a world where uncertainty is the new constant, today’s leaders must also become expert in less familiar areas, like coalition building and integration of technology and people. As serial entrepreneur and noted business author Margaret Heffernan points out, these skills are new to everyone and, in the emerging environment, women can and should show the way.

12:00 - 13:15

Luncheon


13:15 - 14:15

Headshot photo of Fatima Bhutto

Afternoon Keynote

Fatima Bhutto, Author, Journalist, and Activist

14:15 - 15:30

Headshot photo of Dame Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE

Signature Dialogue

Mobilizing the Collective Power of Individual Action

Dame Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute, UN Messenger of Peace
Nearly six decades ago, Jane Goodall went into the forest in what is now Tanzania, East Africa, to study the remarkable lives of chimpanzees. When she discovered that their very survival was at risk from habitat destruction and illegal trafficking, she developed a breakthrough approach to species conservation that improves the lives of animals, people, and the environment. Continuing her lifelong mission, Goodall takes to the stage to warn about ongoing threats to habitat—but also to offer her reasons for hope that humankind can ultimately solve the problems it has imposed on the earth.

15:30 - 16:00

Meet the Speakers Book-signing Break


16:00 - 17:00

Headshot photo of Jameela Jamil

Closing Keynote

Jameela Jamil, Actor, Presenter, and Activist

17:00 - 17:30

Connection Reception