Keynote Speakers

Dawn HudsonDawn Hudson

A rare combination of high-energy executive, consensus builder, and sports aficionado, Dawn Hudson is the newly named chief marketing officer at the National Football League. more...


Christy HaubeggerChristy Haubegger

The visionary founder and former CEO of Latina magazine, Christy Haubegger is a leading business figure and opinion maker on Hispanic issues. more...


Arianna HuffingtonArianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, as well as a nationally syndicated columnist, radio host, and author of 14 books. more...


Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin is the undisputed Queen of Soul. The legendary singer and performer has produced more than 40 albums showcasing her extraordinary mastery in every genre from gospel and standards to jazz, pop, and R&B. more...


Signature Speakers

Darlene LoveDarlene Love

Extolled by Rolling Stone as one of the greatest singers of all time, Darlene Love has captivated audiences around the world for more than 60 years. more...


Padmasree WarriorPadmasree Warrior

Padmasree Warrior is chief technology and strategy officer at Cisco. In this role, she helps direct technology and operational innovation across the company and oversees strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, integration of new business models, incubation of new technologies, and cultivation of world-class technical talent. more...


Session Speakers

Claire ShipmanClaire Shipman

A regular contributor to Good Morning America and other ABC News broadcasts, award-winning journalist Claire Shipman has been a Washington insider for most of her career. more...


Nilofer MerchantNilofer Merchant

Business visionary Nilofer Merchant has launched more than 100 products that have netted $18 billion in sales. Over her 20-year career, she has worked for major companies such as Apple and Autodesk, as well as for startups in the earliest days of the Web. more...


Pamela Peeke, MDPamela Peeke, MD

Known is the "doc who walks the talk," Dr. Pamela Peeke is founder and CEO of the Peeke Performance Center for Healthy Living. A thought leader in the science of integrative medicine, she is a nationally renowned expert in nutrition, metabolism, stress, and fitness. more...


Mel RobbinsMel Robbins

An expert on strategic thinking, leadership, and motivation, Mel Robbins is a regular CNN and FOX News commentator and legal analyst. She is also an award-winning syndicated talk radio host and the founder of Inspire52.com, a content hub providing news and entertainment for women. more...


Session Moderators

Jeffery Tobias HalterJeffery Tobias Halter

Jeffery Tobias Halter is President of YWomen, a strategic consulting company focused on engaging men in women's leadership issues. more...


Joyce KulhawikJoyce Kulhawik

Simmons alumna Joyce Kulhawik has been an integral part of New England's cultural landscape since 1978. As WBZ-TV's long-time arts and entertainment anchor/critic, she covered events from Boston and Broadway to Hollywood, and played a key role in the station's Emmy Award-winning public service campaign, You Gotta Have Arts! more...


Katie Conboy, PhDKatie Conboy, PhD

Provost and senior vice president of Simmons College, Katie Conboy is the school's chief academic officer. In this role, she serves on President Drinan's operating team, leads the academic council, and has overall responsibility for academic affairs for the five graduate schools as well as the women's undergraduate college. more...