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For 42 years, the Simmons Leadership Conference has engaged, impacted, and inspired over 100,000 leaders from around the world.  Over the past year, our resilience has been tested and the job of "being our authentic selves" has at times felt out of our control.  On March 23, we will be exploring resilience and authenticity and bringing to life the best understanding of these concepts for practical and inspired application.

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


Angela Duckworth

Through her research, Angela Duckworth has found that grit—a combination of passion and perseverance for a singularly important goal—is the hallmark of high achievers in every domain.


Tiffany Dufu

Tiffany Dufu has relentlessly pursued one goal in every job she’s had, regardless of sector, industry, or job description: manifest a world in which women’s gifts and voices are fully harnessed for the benefit of all.

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Jenna Bush Hager

Humanitarian, Correspondent, and Best-Selling Author, Jenna Bush Hager brings her unique vantage point to every audience leaving them mesmerized.


Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson, an expert on resilience, will guide us on how to persevere—and seize unexpected opportunities—in our own disrupted paths.

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Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling asserts that her achievements as an award-winning actor, writer, and producer and New York Times bestselling author required perseverance motivated by the internal challenge of “why not me?”


Ally Love

Ally Love’s mission is to empower, encourage and uplift. As CEO of the Love Squad, host of the Brooklyn Nets, and renowned Peloton instructor, Ally encourages women to push their limits and step into their power.

Dr. Neha Sangwan

Have you ever noticed that when communication breaks down, your heart rate speeds up? Dr. Sangwan demonstrates how physical health intersects with mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health

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Dr. Tererai Trent

Dr. Tererai Trent is a woman who grew up in rural Africa and overcame great obstacles to achieve her own success. Tererai’s story is a striking example that anything in life is possible.


Margie Warrell

No one is immune to fear. Yet in the midst of uncertain times, only those who’ve learned to rise above it and lead with courage can unlock the potential in themselves — and others — to seize the opportunity that adversity always holds.


Lynn Perry Wooten

Dr. Lynn Perry Wooten, an expert on resilience, guides us on how to persevere—and seize unexpected opportunities—in our own disrupted paths.

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Susan MacKenty Brady

Susan MacKenty Brady is the Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Chair for Women and Leadership at Simmons University—the first chief executive officer of the Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership.

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Joyce Kulhawik

Joyce Kulhawik, best known as the Emmy Award-winning Arts & Entertainment Critic for CBS-Boston (WBZ-TV 1981-2008), has covered local and national events from Boston and Broadway to Hollywood.

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Past Speakers

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