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Simmons University and Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership

We are committed to educating current and future leaders to lead inclusively and create a more just world, so they are equipped to lead a life of significance and impact in their chosen profession.

Institute Offerings

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The Institute delivers experiences that educate and enlighten to inspire meaningful personal, professional, and organizational change through our women’s leadership conference and a suite of high-impact certificate programs for women and their allies at all levels of leadership.

Simmons Leadership Conference

Thousands of women and their allies gather each year at the Simmons Leadership Conference — the longest-running and most prestigious event of its kind in the country — for an amazing day of inspiration, wisdom, and networking. Participants are inspired by world-class speakers, acquire practical tools and strategies from global experts, and gain insider insights from executives at top companies.

Our sponsors, who include several Fortune 500 organizations, return year after year to amplify their brand to an engaged audience, recruit top talent, and equip their rising stars with innovative tools to thrive as leaders. Join us in-person in Boston or online from anywhere on April 3, 2024.

Corporate Education Programs

Strategic Leadership Accelerator
Certificate Program for Women
For women seeking career advancement. Participants gain the critical skills and strategies to lead from their best self, navigate the complexities of gender and social identities, and hone their networking and negotiating game to accelerate their careers.

Leading with Impact
Certificate Program for Women
Based on our best-selling book, Arrive & Thrive: 7 Impactful Practices for Women Navigating Leadership – for leaders who want to inspire positive impact and spend more time thriving than they do surviving. Participants enhance their capability to overcome burnout and overwhelm, ignite their teams with authenticity and courage, and foster accountability and highest performance as a result.

Inclusive Leadership in Action
Certificate Program for All

For leaders and organizations that want to create workplaces that truly work for everyone. Participants acquire insights and tools to stimulate a sense of belonging, cultivate a culture of inclusion, and bring out the best in their team.

University Offerings

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For nearly 125 years, Simmons University has been a renowned leader in educating students in fields that improve the human condition — nursing, social work, and public health to name a few. Our women-centered mission uniquely positions us to develop leaders who will advance gender equity, nurture cultures of inclusion and belonging, and lead meaningful lives.

Support Aspiring Leaders

Your gift helps us realize our mission by eliminating the financial barriers that many of the most qualified students face in pursuing a Simmons education. Some 30% of Simmons undergraduate students are from economically disadvantaged households, 41% are first-generation college students, and 34% identify as BIPOC. Learn more and give to Simmons.

The Future of Your Workforce

Graduates from Simmons University nursing, physical therapy, social work, and various other health-related programs have earned a well-deserved reputation for being top-tier professionals in their respective fields. Annually, Simmons arranges practical training experiences for approximately 1,600 undergraduate nursing students within Boston-area facilities, encompassing 15 hospitals and up to 30 community-based clinical sites. Furthermore, we’ve successfully matched over 2,600 graduate nurse practitioner students across the United States, along with more than 600 students pursuing degrees in health professions, such as behavioral analysis, nutrition, and physical therapy throughout New England.

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