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Watch: Women from Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Mozambique and Angola participate in Simmons' "Changing the Face of Leadership" program.

During the summer, 20 young, accomplished women from five African countries traveled to Simmons College to participate in the "Changing the Face of Leadership program," a special initiative hosted by Simmons and funded by the Study of the U.S. Branch at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, a program designed to help young leaders develop a better understanding of the United States and improve their leadership skills.

Continue reading Simmons College spends its summer training future women leaders of Africa.


Did you know that despite making up half the U.S. population, women make up only 10 to 20% of contributors to key opinion forums? Why are women so reluctant to share and state their opinions?

That's what Simmons College, along with the OpEd Project and Women Act Media, is trying to change.

To help women experts find their voice, Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change has partnered with The OpEd Project for a day-long seminar, "Write to Change the World".

The OpEd project aims to increase the number of women thought leaders by training women experts in all industries to write op-eds and think about how to take on more thought leadership positions in their fields.

"Write to Change the World" will focus on how to present effective arguments under pressure and how to make a greater impact. Participants will be encouraged to use their voice to make a difference. They will learn the skills and tools to form and express their ideas thoughtfully to make their voices heard. All participants leave with an op-ed draft and have a full year of access to Project OpEd mentors.

Since The New York Times recently decided to expand its Opinion Pages, there's no better time for women to get their ideas and opinions out there.

Visit the Project OpEd website for more information on the seminar, and follow the organization on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest news and events.

Continue reading Simmons works with OpEd Project to train women thought leaders.

Women's Leadership Conference 2011

This year's Simmons Leadership Conference was a huge success! The College brought in such a diverse array of speakers that every topic was covered, and everyone came away feeling empowered and ready to rethink strategies in their own businesses. Watch this video to see why returning participants say this year was, by far, their favorite.

Speakers like Anne Mulcahy, Donna Karan, Judith Jamison and Maria Hinojosa shared their personal journeys on how they became leaders in their own professions, overcoming significant obstacles along the way.

Make sure to read blog coverage of the day's events. Next year's conference will be held on Thursday, April 5 and will feature former CEO of EBay Meg Whitman. Follow Simmons Leadership Conference on Twitter for updates on next year's big day.


John Simmons founded Simmons College on the outrageous idea that women would "acquire an independent livelihood." In 1902, a time when women weren't allowed to vote, to build an institution which would shape women into scholars who could work professionally and provide for themselves was on the cutting edge of education. Simmons College, in following its founders inspiration, has continued to remain a pioneer - not just in higher education, but also in society.

The Simmons community honored John Simmons' birthday yesterday during the annual Founder's Day celebration. The school unveiled the new class flags and provided plenty of cake and sparkling cider for everyone's enjoyment. After all, it is the College's founder whose influence has shaped Simmons into a world-class institution.

Learn more about the history of Simmons College, and let us know what makes you proud to be part of the Simmons community.

Congratulations to the School of Management! Its entrepreneurship program was just ranked by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review as one of the nation's top 25 programs. A big deal considering it's the only program on the list specifically designed for women.

We shot this video last year (when we introduced the entrepreneurship minor) of SOM Professor Susan Duffy, who says teaching entrepreneurship at Simmons is important because entrepreneurship is the "great equal opportunity employer." She says anyone can be an entrepreneur! Even me? You know, I have been wanting to start up my own 24-hour coffee shop/lounge in Charlestown... hmmm... *wheels spinning*... At any rate, Susan says the time for women entrepreneurs is now, so what better place to gain the knowledge and skills than at Simmons? After all, it is one of the best!


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