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For 43 years, the Simmons Leadership Conference has engaged, impacted, and inspired over 100,000 leaders from around the world. 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. On April 13th, 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.

Gain inspiration and engagement from this year's line up of speakers and their books:

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Simone Biles

The first woman to capture five All-Around World Championship titles, Biles is the most decorated gymnast in World Championships history – male or female – with 25 medals overall (19 gold) and is a seven-time Olympic medalist (4 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze). 

Susan MacKenty Brady

Susan is CEO of Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership and the Simmons University Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Chair of Women and Leadership. Susan ignites, inspires, and advises executives to foster a mindset of inclusion and create a culture of equity in their organizations.


Brené Brown

She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy, is the author of six #1 New York Times bestsellers, and is the host of the weekly Spotify Original podcasts Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead.

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Erica Dhawan

When leaders want to break team silos, drive exponential growth and innovate through teamwork, they call Erica Dhawan. Erica is an internationally recognized leading authority, author and advisor on 21st century teamwork, collaboration and innovation.

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Hailed as the “female Jerry Maguire” by CNN, Molly Fletcher made a name for herself as one of the first female sports agents. 

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Amy Gallo

In all of her work, she combines the latest management research with practical advice to deliver evidence-based ideas on how to improve relationships and excel at work. 

Molly Fletcher

Amanda Gorman

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.


Luvvie Ajayi Jones

Born outside the box, her brilliance is the unifying theme for all her endeavors. The New York Times best-selling author, sought-after speaker, and podcast host thrives at the intersection of comedy, media and justice.

Pre-Order Signed Copies of

Arrive & Thrive

Thrive in a senior leadership role as your best self. Inspire excellence in your team by channeling your own wellbeing. Lead a highly fulfilled life. This practical guide shows you how.

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Past Speakers

Check out prior years' conference speakers' books and other fun conference swag: