Institute for Inclusive Leadership


Empower women leaders and their allies to foster gender parity, equity and cultures of inclusion.

Accelerating the Advancement of Women
through Fostering Cultures Where All Can Thrive

Empower Women to Arrive and Thrive®

Whether a business leader looking to empower women managers, directors, and C-suite executives, or a businesswoman looking to carve out a bright future in the face of adversity, we have the resources to help propel you forward.

Empower Allies & Inclusive Leaders

For business leaders looking to promote inclusive cultures, employees trying to become better allies to their colleagues, and members of underrepresented groups striving to develop themselves professionally, we can provide the help and support you need.

Register Now for the 45th Simmons Leadership Conference

2024 Simmons Leadership Conference

The Simmons Leadership Conference (SLC) isn’t just an event – it’s a catalyst for transformative change. In our 45th year, we’re diving deep into the theme of “Creating Impact.” Learn more and regsiter now as this is an event not to be missed.

April 3, 2024
Online from Anywhere
In-Person at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston

Highlights from the 44th Annual Simmons Leadership Conference

We unpacked the theme of Renewal and Innovation at the 44th Simmons Leadership Conference. Attendees gained heartfelt inspiration, wisdom, and insights from a world-class lineup of speakers, including Gloria Estefan, Quinta Brunson, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Amy Purdy, Carla Harris, and more. They shared highly personal stories that illustrated the importance of renewal, innovation, relationships, self-care, and vulnerability in leadership.

Take a look at memorable moments from the 2023 Simmons Leadership Conference and read highlights and pivotal takeaways from our empowering keynote addresses, thought-provoking Business Panels, and information-rich skill-building Signature Sessions.

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Customize Your Own Journey

There’s no one-size-fits-all path towards becoming an ally or empowering your team. Partner with us to create a tailored program that fits your needs. Explore a wide range of topic-specific learning modules to enhance knowledge and build skills.

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The greatest opportunity for leaders today is to foster workplaces where every individual feels valued, encouraged, and emboldened to lead as their authentic self.

Dr. Lynn Perry Wooten

President, Simmons University

In collaboration with our partners around the world, our goal is to be the global authority on the intersection of leadership, equity, and inclusion – with an emphasis on achieving gender parity in organizational leadership.

Susan MacKenty Brady

Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Chair for Women and Leadership

At a distance or in-person, we partner to create dynamic leadership journeys that will inspire, ignite and engage leaders at all levels.

Kristen Palson

COO, Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership

The time is now to empower women to step into their full leadership potential and awaken organizations to the importance of establishing an environment where all leaders can thrive.

Kerry Seitz

Vice President, Women's Leadership, Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership

Inclusive leaders drive business results and engagement by harnessing the creativity and innovation of diverse teams.

Elisa van Dam

Vice President, Allyship and Inclusion, Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership

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