Simmons Leadership Conference

April 13, 2022 Online from Anywhere
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Join Us Online from Anywhere.

It’s more important than ever before for women leaders to show up as their best selves
and bring out the best in those around them. Gain inspiration at our 43rd annual fully virtual conference. Together we’ll unpack this year’s theme of cultivating courage and connection to empower women to Arrive & Thrive™ in today’s business landscape. Hear the wisdom of world-class women leaders. Build leadership skills and knowledge. Network with peers and allies from around the globe.

Learn how we take the virtual conference to a whole new level.

An amazing day of inspiration and learning.

Inspiring speakers
Keynotes by globally renowned women leaders
Thought-provoking panels
Networking breakouts
Exhibit Hall
Learn more about sponsor organizations

Our Speakers

This year’s lineup of inspiring women leaders will share their personal journeys, offer career-building advice, and lead thought-provoking discussions. We are thrilled to announce that Amanda Gorman will be just one of the many world-class speakers planning to join this year’s event.

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Amanda Gorman

Youth Poet Laureate of the United States of America

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Amanda Gorman

Youth Poet Laureate of the United States of America

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Poet Amanda Gorman captured the attention of the world with the recitation of her original poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Joe Biden’s inauguration. Her important poem of national unity and masterful delivery inspired a nation at a pivotal moment and lifted up the ideals of a shared hope and collective purpose.

At 22-years-old, L.A. native Amanda Gorman is called “the next great figure of poetry in the U.S.” In 2017 she made history by becoming the first ever Youth Poet Laureate of the United States of America. In this role she has spoken at the Library of Congress, the United Nations x Mashable Social Good Summit, WE Day, and venues across the country. Prior to her national position she served as the inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of L.A. and later the West.

In these capacities she met Michelle Obama at the White House, conducted a library tour, and published The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough. She is Founder and Executive Director of One Pen One Page, which promotes literacy among youth through free creative writing programming for underserved youth. She has been a HERlead Fellow in Washington, D.C, and London, and a UN Youth Delegate in NYC. She’s performed alongside Jennifer Aniston, Morgan Freeman, and Lin-Manuel Miranda to advocate for youth leadership and arts education, and spoken alongside Al Gore and Secretary Hillary Clinton for environmentalism and women’s rights. Featured in The New York Times, The Today Show, MTV, Teen Vogue, Seventeen Magazine, TIDAL, Essence‘s Woke 100 list, Time for Kids, Yahoo Style, the Google Assistant, and more, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Glamour Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, and Elle UK. A model on the side, she’s been a face in two national campaigns for Eileen Fisher and Helmut Lang.

She is a recipient of the Making a Difference Award from Black Girls Rock and BET, recognition from the Scholastic Inc. and YoungArts, a Genius Grant from OZY Media, and a College Women of the Year Award from Glamour Magazine. She was selected from a competitive 20,000+ applicant pool to be one of the newest contributors to the New York Times newsletter The Edit, tailored to college students and recent graduates. She is a graduate of Harvard University.

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Register as an Individual

Individual ticket prices start at $499. Discounts apply for sponsoring organizations, nonprofits, and Simmons University alumnx, students, and staff.

Register as a Group

Interested in purchasing tickets for a group of more than 10 people? Email Tracie Charland using the button below to learn more about our volume pricing options.

A huge thank you to our sponsors for helping manifest equity, allyship and gender parity in leadership.

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Benefits of Sponsorship

Join the hundreds of organizations whose sponsorship has helped advance their growth and develop their team members into inclusive leaders.If you’re interested in learning more about the many benefits of becoming a sponsor, please contact Tracie Charland at 617-521-3830 or tracie.charland@simmons.edu

Raise your visibility

Enhance your organization’s commitment to women’s leadership, gender equity, diversity, and inclusion by spotlighting participation of conference delegates at media events.

Enhance your productivity

Improve team morale and return to work more motivated and equipped with innovative leadership tools and strategies. View Attendee Demographics

Recruit top talent

Network with more than 500 accomplished women leaders from all around the world who boast impeccable educations, career paths, and achievements.

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Over the course of the day, inspiring keynote speakers offer candid stories about their experiences on the way to the top, as well as principles for success to help you pursue your own professional path.

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Inspiring Resilience & Authenticity

Due to COVID-19, last year’s 2020 leadership conference was held entirely online. The theme was Inspiring Resilience and Authenticity with a world-class lineup of speakers including Tiffany Dufu, Dr. Tererai Trent, Jenna Hager Bush, and Mindy Kaling.

Inspiring Resilience and Authenticity


Will the 2022 Simmons Leadership Conference be in-person or online?

Our April 13th, 2022 leadership conference will be fully virtual and participants can join online from anywhere in the world.

What will I learn? What will be included in the program?

Our 43rd annual conference will explore what it means to cultivate courage and connection to empower women to Arrive & Thrive™ in today’s business landscape. We design the content to be ideal for both aspiring and accomplished women leaders.

  • World-class speakers will inspire you with their personal journeys to the top of their fields
  • Thought-provoking panel discussions will build your knowledge of leadership best practices
  • Candid Q & As with top women leaders will provide expert advice and pro tips
  • You’ll also have opportunities to network with peers and meet sponsor organizations

It’s a great way to enhance your own leadership development and support the journey of others.

What’s included in the ticket price?

Your ticket includes a full-day (April 13th, 2022) of inspirational speakers, thought-provoking panel discussions, expert  leadership advice, networking opportunities with peers, and the chance to connect with sponsors in our exhibit hall.  You can also enhance your experience with pre-conference inspiration and community engagement online and post-conference on-demand video access to anything you’ve missed.

How can I buy tickets for a large group?

You can purchase tickets as an individual attendee, or your organization can sponsor you. Full details about ticket pricing will be available in the fall. If you’re interested in buying over 10 tickets, please contact Tracie Charland to learn about volume pricing at tracie.charland@simmons.edu.

What was the 2021 conference like?

Due to the global pandemic, last year’s leadership conference was held entirely online. Our theme was Inspiring Resilience and Authenticity, and our world-class lineup of speakers included Tiffany Dufu, Dr. Tererai Trent, Jenna Hager Bush and Mindy Kaling.  We enhanced a full day of conference events on March 23—keynote addresses, business panels, candid conversation and opportunities for virtual networking and exhibit hall visits—with a bonus Signature Series of speakers every Tuesday in April.

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