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.

2025 Simmons Leadership Conference

The Simmons Leadership Conference (SLC) isn’t just an event – it’s a catalyst for transformative change. Look for details on date and location coming soon and be ready to plunge into the energizing vibe of the 46th Simmons Leadership Conference!

Customize My Learning 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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Highlights from the 45th Annual Simmons Leadership Conference

The 45th Annual Simmons Leadership Conference welcomed thousands of leaders in-person in Boston and virtually from around the world on April 3, 2024. We unpacked the theme of Creating Impact and gained heartfelt inspiration, wisdom, and insights from a world-class lineup of speakers, including Gloria Steinem, Trevor Noah, Cassandra Worthy, Magie Cook, Jennifer Hyman, and more.

Take a look at memorable moments from the 2024 Simmons Leadership Conference. Over the course of this one-day event, inspiring keynote speakers offered candid stories about their experiences on the way to the top, as well as principles for success to help attendees pursue their own professional path. The conference also offered thought-provoking panel discussions focused on leadership best practices. Each session allowed for candid and open Q & As with top women leaders who provided expert advice and pro tips designed for immediate application.

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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