Simmons Leadership Conference

Simmons Leadership Conference

The Simmons Leadership Conference focuses on empowering women from different walks of life, parts of the world, and in different career stages. The distinguished panel of women speakers discusses topics such as personal development, professional goals, innovation, entrepreneurship, and relevant concerns of women both in the workplace and across the globe.

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Past Attendees

See What Our Students Say About Their Experience:

The Simmons conference was such a valuable and unforgettable experience for me. Hearing from many strong and great women leaders, such as Simone Biles and Luvvie Ajayi, to name only a few, was very impactful. The theme of courage was brought up many times in this conference as how possessing the courage to speak up makes a great leader. It takes a lot to stand up for something you believe in or bring up uncomfortable issues, and these speakers presented ways to go about having the courage to lead and speak up. In addition, this conference emphasized how important it is to make people feel comfortable and create a safe working environment for everyone. Overall, this conference taught me many lessons and gave me great advice that has positively impacted my leadership development. I learned many skills from this conference that will be applied in the future.
– Arianna Partow, Ph.D. Agricultural & Biological Engineering, 2022 Attendee

First, attending the Simmons Leadership Conference was a privilege, and I’m thankful that the ELI was willing and able to support my attendance. Although it was all virtual, I appreciated that I could go back and watch sessions I missed and re-watch sessions that I thought were interesting. One of the biggest takeaways from the conference was the idea that we can be creative within leadership. Creativity isn’t taught very effectively in school and, in leadership, it feels like we are often told that there are right and wrong ways to lead – but this conference reminded me that there could be an element of playfulness and flexibility in leadership that help you adapt to situations and to the people you are leading.
The other big takeaway that I had is that while leadership does require responsibility, and it’s not something to be taken lightly, there is the element of being human that we often forget about. Seeing women in various positions talk about strengths and weaknesses in their leadership journeys was motivating because it reminded me that no leader is perfect.
– Jessica Aldrich, Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, 2022 Attendee