Simmons Leadership Blog

March 2013 Archives

Josie Natori is living the entrepreneurial dream

Fashion designer Josie Natori exemplifies the true American entrepreneurial spirit.  She was one of the first female vice presidents of investment banking at Merrill Lynch when she decided to make a change and start her eponymous fashion line.

Here she tells the fascinating story of how she started her business and the important life lessons she learned along the way. In the afternoon session Josie Natori will talk with Simmons professor Teresa Nelson on how she has turned her business into a lifestyle brand.

Our interview with Judy Smith on the lessons learned throughout her career

Crisis management expert Judy Smith is the real-life inspiration for the Olivia Pope character on the television show Scandal. A former deputy White House press secretary and assistant US Attorney, Judy Smith brings years of public relations and communications experience to her corporate and private crisis management clients. 

Here she shares with us how she has managed her career. We look forward to her morning signature session with moderator Cheryl Howard on Women in Corporations.