Advancing Your Leaders

ARRIVE AND THRIVE®

The institute is committed to advancing women at all levels of leadership and creating inclusive leaders and work cultures.

Creating Inclusive Leaders and Cultures To Transform Your Organization

The Institute is committed to game-changing programming necessary for equity in leadership focused on leading more inclusively, stepping up as allies, and developing women leaders.

Explore Our Offerings

If you are looking to accelerate your career trajectory or to lead with more ease and authenticity, our learning journeys will support you in developing your potential and stepping into your most powerful, engaged, impactful self. Our expert-facilitated programs provide tools, networks, and most importantly, an understanding of how gender and other social identities shape leadership. Our skilled facilitators and coaches create engaging and transformational experiences that will help you arrive and thrive as a woman leader and create more inclusive leaders and work cultures.

Programs for Women

Simmons Leadership Conference

March 20, 2025

Simmons Leadership Conference

March 20, 2025

The Simmons Leadership Conference has been at the forefront of women’s leadership since its inception in 1978 as America’s first women’s business conference. It has paved the way for women’s leadership around the world inspiring over 115K+ women to date.

Each year, the conference brings together more than 8,500 professional leaders from around the globe – women and their allies – who want to better themselves, their workplaces, and the world. The conference stage has seen notable keynote speakers such as Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Brené Brown, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams and more.

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Strategic Leadership Accelerator

Certificate Program for Women

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Strategic Leadership Accelerator

Certificate Program for Women

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Advance Your Career

• Manage the overwhelm of stress and triggers
• Navigate the complexities of gender and other social identities
• Negotiate more effectively
• Build a strategic network

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Leading with Impact: Essential Practices for Women

Certificate Program for Women

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Leading with Impact: Essential Practices for Women

Certificate Program for Women

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Increase Your Impact as a Leader

• Build resilience
• Create healthy team environments
• Up-level courage
• Operate from your best self

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Action-Oriented Keynotes

Our experts bring their wisdom to your organization

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Action-Oriented Keynotes

Our experts bring their wisdom to your organization

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Our experts advise teams on how to work together effectively to create cultures of inclusion and increase gender parity in their organizations. We are passionate about working with leaders at all levels, including allies, to move the needle on gender equity. In-person and virtual keynote address options.

Workforce Programs

Simmons Leadership Conference

March 20, 2025

Simmons Leadership Conference

March 20, 2025

The Simmons Leadership Conference has been at the forefront of women’s leadership since its inception in 1978 as America’s first women’s business conference. It has paved the way for women’s leadership around the world inspiring over 115K+ women to date.

Each year, the conference brings together more than 8,500 professional leaders from around the globe – women and their allies – who want to better themselves, their workplaces, and the world. The conference stage has seen notable keynote speakers such as Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Brené Brown, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams and more.

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Cultivating Accountability & Effective Communication: The “Best Self” Approach for Success

Core Competency for All

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Cultivating Accountability & Effective Communication: The “Best Self” Approach for Success

Core Competency for All

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Explore this essential practice for your workforce.

Inclusive Leadership in Action

Certificate Program for All

Inclusive Leadership in Action

Certificate Program for All

Create a Workplace That Works for Everyone

  • Incorporate inclusive behaviors into your leadership
  • Move beyond bias awareness to operate from your best self
  • Ignite belonging and effectively advocate to support others
  • Leverage relationship capital for equity

 

Action-Oriented Keynotes

Our experts bring their wisdom to your organization

Action-Oriented Keynotes

Our experts bring their wisdom to your organization

Our experts advise teams on how to work together effectively to create cultures of inclusion and increase gender parity in their organizations. We are passionate about working with leaders at all levels, including allies, to move the needle on gender equity. In-person and virtual keynote address options.

Which offering aligns best with your goals?

I want to feel more inspired and energized in my professional journey.

Strategic Leadership Accelerator
Goal: Career advancement
This impactful research-based program offers women at all levels the critical skills and strategies to accelerate their career, navigate the complexities of gender and other social identities faced by women professionals, and lead with more confidence and intention. Program begins September 12, 2024.

 

Leading with Impact: Essential Practices for Women
Goal: Increase your positive impact as a leader
Leveraging strategies from the Institute’s best-selling book, Arrive & Thrive: 7 Impactful Practices for Women Navigating Leadership, this program provides senior women leaders with tools to overcome burnout to lead courageously and with authenticity, and inspire others with your bold vision. Contact an Institute Expert to learn more.

 

Join us for the 46th annual Simmons Leadership Conference.
Goal: Be energized and inspired by world-class speakers
The 46th annual Simmons Leadership Conference returns in 2025, welcoming thousands of attendees for a full-day of transformational learning and inspiration. Join us in person in Boston or plan a virtual watch party on March 20, 2025.

 

I want to engage a group of women in my organization with a day of inspiration.

Our 46th annual conference returns in 2025 to Boston and is available to attend virtually. This one-day transformational learning experience is designed for women leaders at all levels of their career. This is a hybrid event and attendees can join in-person in Boston or online from anywhere.

  • 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
  • Network with peers from around the globe and meet sponsor organizations

The Simmons Leadership Conference (SLC) is a great way to enhance your own leadership development and support the journey of others. Learn more about SLC46

I want to understand who I am at my best self and how to return to my best self.

The work of the Institute is built on a foundation of understanding and returning to your best self. Cultivating Accountability & Effective Communication: The “Best Self” Approach for Success provides practical tools to help you understand who you are at your best and learn a process for returning to your best self when you are activated into harshness.

I want to lead with more courage and bring my authentic self to work.

Reach those goals in the Leading with Impact: Essential Practices for Women certificate program. You will learn our 7 Questions to Courageous Action™ to support you in taking courageous and thoughtful action when risks emerge. You’ll also explore the complexities of authenticity to help you show up more authentically at work.

I want to better understand how gender influences my leadership identity.

Join the Strategic Leadership Accelerator and you’ll learn from our experts who have a deep understanding of the multi-faceted dimensions of gender identity, race, class, ethnicity, and other social identities.  You will engage in a highly interactive session that uses role play, research, and group discussions to explore work practices and norms that look gender neutral, but can have a differential impact on women.

I want to create a more inclusive culture and bring out the best in my team

Bring your best self to work and empower your team members to do the same. Incorporate inclusive behaviors in your your day to day role as a leader with Inclusive Leadership in Action. This Certification program will increase your effectiveness and impact and help create a culture where everyone thrives.

Which program is right for you?

Strategic Leadership
Accelerator
Leading with Impact:
Essential Practices
for Women
Cultivating Accountability
& Effective Communication:
The “Best Self” Approach
for Success
Inclusive Leadership
in Action
PROGRAM GOAL
Career Advancement
Increase Your Positive
Impact as a Leader
Create a Positive,
Engaged Work Culture
Create a Workplace
That Works for Everyone
AUDIENCE
Women at all career levels;
individual contributors & managers
Women senior leaders;
managers of people
For anyone
in the organization
For anyone
in the organization
EXPERT FACULTY
YES
YES
YES
YES
CREDENTIALS
Simmons University
Certificate
Simmons University
Competency Badge
and/or
Certificate
Simmons University
Competency Badge
Simmons University
Competency Badge
and/or
Certificate
LIVE SESSIONS
22.5 hours
23.5 hours
6 hours
14 hours
FORMAT
Fully Online
Instructor-Led
or Self-Paced
Online Learning
Instructor-Led
or Self-Paced
Online Learning
Instructor-Led
or Self-Paced
Online Learning
PEER WORK/ NETWORKING
YES
YES, depending on format
YES, depending on format
YES, depending on format
PRE-WORK
6 hours
None
None
None
360 ASSESSMENT
YES
NO
NO
NO
EXECUTIVE COACHING
Two 1:1 Sessions
YES, depending on format
None
YES, depending on format

Reach your full potential

Lead from your best self

Spend more time intentionally investing in and leading from your best self.

Acknowledge the complexities of gender

Recognize the many dimensions of identity and how they shape your leadership.

Hone your leadership skills

Strengthen your ability to negotiate effectively, network strategically, foster resilience and many other skills to accelerate your leadership.

Custom Learning Journeys

We partner with you to create results-driven program content for all levels of your organization. Build a culture of inclusion. Develop your women leaders. Foster allyship and equity in your next generation leaders.

  • Custom Learning Journeys

    Tell us about you and your organization

  • Leadership Level