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

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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


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Shining a Light on the World’s Darkest Place: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom

Yeonmi Park, Human Rights Advocate
Born in North Korea, Yeonmi Park grew up in a repressive society devoted to the worship of Kim Jong-Ill. At age 13, she and her family made a daring escape to China in search of a new life. Despite the horrors she experienced, she did not shrink. Instead, she chose to speak out against the inhumane conditions in her native country and elsewhere in the world. In her insightful and moving talk, Park shares her journey to freedom, the lessons she learned along the way, and why we must all fight against tyranny.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Power Is Meant to Be Shared: A New Paradigm for Leadership

Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Nonprofit Executive & Educator
What does leadership look like? Traditional definitions often leave out many people who fail to meet conventional archetypes, to our collective peril. Across every field and industry, this status quo threatens to limit our inputs, our outcomes, and the longevity of our greatest wins. We miss the brilliance of other approaches, cultures, and assets, all because we refuse to abandon what’s comfortable. What if, instead, we shared power? In this dynamic presentation, activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham reveals why we hoard power, what we can do to share it, and what we can gain if we do.

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Crazy Is a Compliment: The Rewards of Creating Your Own Path

Linda Rottenberg, Co-Founder & CEO, Endeavor
At one point or another, every entrepreneur has a crazy moment—a time when almost everyone bets against them. But to Linda Rottenberg, “If people aren’t calling you crazy, you’re not thinking big enough.” She argues that what sets successful entrepreneurs apart is the ability to face down naysayers, embrace and manage risk, tolerate failure, and muster the courage to be contrarian. In a session that blends inspirational stories with practical tips, Rottenberg will help you hone your entrepreneurial personality, take smart risks, and adapt the tenets of leadership 3.0 to define your power.

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Business Panel: Defining Power

Jen St. Pierre, Vice President, Dell EMC Storage Strategy, Planning and Operations, Dell Technologies
Debra Delise, General Manager, Security Center of Excellence, Analog Devices
Jennifer Caruso, Vice President of Transformation, Pratt & Whitney, United Technologies Corporation
Moderator: Stacy Blake-Beard, PhD, Professor of Management and Center for Gender in Organizations, Senior Affiliate, Simmons University
Defining and stepping into our power is a critical success factor for people of all genders. However, for some, the idea of wielding power may evoke discomfort or unappealing images of unilateral action. Join our panel of executives who are experts in positive uses of power for a frank and open conversation about how they define power, where their power comes from, and how they use that power for themselves and for others. We'll discuss the role power plays in their success, how they are helping others step into their own power, and how they are making their organizations stronger and more inclusive in the process.

10:55 - 11:25

Meet the Speakers Book-signing Break


11:25 - 12:15

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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

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Afternoon Keynote

Gender Equity Through the Lens of Sports: Leveling the Playing Field

Muffet McGraw, Head Coach, Notre Dame
In sports—as in almost every other field—women are held back by antiquated stereotypes about how they should act and what they can be. Muffet McGraw, head coach for Notre Dame's women's basketball team, made waves recently with an impassioned plea for gender equality in a television interview that went viral. She is now leading a charge to empower women everywhere to find their voices and speak out against these limitations, both on and off the court. And as she says, "It starts with you."

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.

Headshot photo of Linda Rottenberg

Crazy Is a Compliment: The Rewards of Creating Your Own Path

Linda Rottenberg, Co-Founder & CEO, Endeavor
At one point or another, every entrepreneur has a crazy moment—a time when almost everyone bets against them. But to Linda Rottenberg, “If people aren’t calling you crazy, you’re not thinking big enough.” She argues that what sets successful entrepreneurs apart is the ability to face down naysayers, embrace and manage risk, tolerate failure, and muster the courage to be contrarian. In a session that blends inspirational stories with practical tips, Rottenberg will help you hone your entrepreneurial personality, take smart risks, and adapt the tenets of leadership 3.0 to define your power.

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Business Panel: Defining Power

Lynne Doherty, Vice President of US Commercial Sales, Cisco
Lorrin Ortiz Mena, Senior Vice President of University Partnerships, 2U, Inc.
Tracy Ryan, President of Global Risk Solutions North America, Liberty Mutual Insurance
Moderator: Mary Shapiro, Professor of Practice, School of Business, Simmons University
Defining and stepping into our power is a critical success factor for people of all genders. However, for some, the idea of wielding power may evoke discomfort or unappealing images of unilateral action. Join our panel of executives who are experts in positive uses of power for a frank and open conversation about how they define power, where their power comes from, and how they use that power for themselves and for others. We'll discuss the role power plays in their success, how they are helping others step into their own power, and how they are making their organizations stronger and more inclusive in the process.

3:50 - 4:20

Meet the Speakers Book-signing Break


4:20 - 5:20

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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.