The Simmons Leadership Conference

The annual Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston marked its fourth decade with a focus on “Designing Success.”

The event attracted about 3,400 people for a day of presentations, panel discussions, dialogues, workshops and more. The theme, “Designing Success,” addressed the need for constant adaptation and reinvention in an increasingly fast-paced world. All proceeds from the Conference support scholarships for students in graduate programs at the University. The day’s keynote speakers included American sports executive Susan O’Malley who offered “Seven Lessons for Leadership and Life”; actor, award-winning producer and equal rights activist Laverne Cox, pictured above, who spoke about “Designing a Successful Life”; former prime minister of Australia Julia Gillard shared insights on “Women in Professional and Public Life: Challenge, Adversity, and Triumph” (see adjacent article); and actor, presenter and activist Jameela Jamil was interviewed by Emmy Awarding-winning arts and entertainment critic Joyce Kulhawik ’74, ’02HD. Other speakers included athlete and author Katherine Switzer, the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon; and Kate Biberdorf, a chemistry instructor at the University of Texas, Austin.