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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Set to Speak at

36th Annual Simmons Leadership Conference


Keynote Speaker at the 2015 Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston(PRWEB) -Simmons College has announced the keynote speakers for its April 2, 2015 premier Simmons Leadership Conference. Focusing on the theme “Dare to Compete,” the conference features Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, author and columnist Arianna Huffington, and Cisco Chief Technology and Strategy Officer Padmasree Warrior. The event will be held at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston.


“At our spring conference, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called on attendees to ‘dare to compete’ at a higher level in our careers and our lives,” said Judy Benjamin, Executive Director, Simmons Leadership Conference. “We took that to heart, and have created a program with resilient women who have pioneered and persevered, never backing down from a challenge throughout their careers.”


In addition to Franklin, Huffington, and Warrior, the conference features Nilofer Merchant, author and business visionary; Claire Shipman, author of “The Confidence Code: The Art and Science of Self-Assurance – What Women Need to Know;” and legendary singer Darlene Love.


The Simmons Leadership Conference is the preeminent and longest-running women’s leadership forum in the country. The conference annually attracts a global audience of more than 3,000 business and professional women. Conference proceeds help further the development and advancement of future corporate, organizational, and civic leaders through Simmons graduate scholarships. It is the capstone program of SimmonsLEADS, a set of dynamic programs and events that focus on the empowerment and development of women leaders.