Simmons Leadership Blog

April 2014 Archives

Live Blog: Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton


Hillary Rodham Clinton served as the nation's 67th Secretary of State from 2009 until 2013, after nearly four decades in public service. Her "smart power" approach to foreign policy repositioned American diplomacy and development for the 21st century. Clinton played a central role in restoring America's standing in the world, reasserting the United States as a Pacific power, imposing crippling sanction on Iran and North Korea, responding to the Arab Awakening, and negotiating a ceasefire in the Middle East. Earlier, as First Lady and then Senator from New York, she traveled to more than 80 countries as a champion of human rights, democracy, and opportunities for women and girls. Clinton also worked to provide health care to millions of children, create jobs and opportunity, and support first responders who risked their lives at Ground Zero. In her historic campaign for U.S. President in 2008, Clinton won 18 million votes.

Live Blog: Signature Dialogue: Exploring the Frontiers of Science and Human Potential


Mae Jemison gives new meaning to the expression "the sky's the limit." In addition to her pioneering role as the first African-American woman to travel in space, she is a successful entrepreneur and a passionate crusader for science education and literacy. In her latest endeavor, she is leading the 100 Year Starship initiative, tackling the massive challenges of innovation and planning to ensure human space travel to another star within the century.As a woman who continues to excel in the traditionally male-dominated realms of science, technology, and medicine, Jemison proves inspiring stories about achieving one's potential.

Live Blog: Afternoon Keynote, Rita Moreno


Rita Moreno is one of just a handful of performers-and the only Latina-to win the entertainment industry's four most prestigious awards. Her breakout performance came as Anita in West Side Story, earning her an Oscar for best supporting actress and paving the way for Hispanic actors to play more meaningful roles. She won the Grammy for her contribution to The Electric Company Album, and Tony for best featured actress in The Ritz, and two Emmys for guest appearances on The Muppet Show and The Rockford Files. She has continued to work steadily in feature films and on television, most recently in recurring roles in the prison drama Oz, and the sit-com Happily Divorced.

Live Blog: Morning Keynote, Rana Foroohar


Award-winning journalist Rana Foroohar is assistant managing editor of TIME magazine, overseeing business and economic coverage across all platforms. Her Curious Capitalist column, covering the intersection of the global economy and Main Street, has become a must-read for economic and political thought leaders. Foroohar previously served as Newsweek's deputy editor in charge of international business and economics, as well as the magazine's economic correspondent covering Europe and the Middle East. Known for her high-level yet accessible analysis of national and world events, she is a frequent commentator on business for CNN, MSNBC, and the BBC, and regularly chairs panel discussions with world leaders, intellectuals, and economists at the World Economic Forum. Foroohar is currently a contributor to The Daily Beast and can be heard weekly on the New York public radio show, Money Talking.

Every woman faces turning points in her career, leading up to the Simmons Leadership Conference, we asked Foroohar to share her advice on "jumping the curve" to become a leader in your field.

Live Blog: Signature Dialogue: The Other Side of War


Founder and former CEO of Women for Women International, Zainab Salbi has dedicated her life to empowering women in war-torn areas to become full and equal participants in their communities. In its 20 years, her organization has provided direct aid, rights education, job skills training, and small business development to more than 350,000 women from Afghanistan to South Sudan.An escapee from Saddam Hussein's Iraq, Salbi describes her own experience of oppression, the extraordinary lessons learned from working with war survivors, and her new priority to help women in the Middle East play larger roles in business, politics, and the media.

Live Blog: Opening Keynote, Denise Morrison


Denise Morrison is the first woman to be named president and CEO of the Campbell Soup Company and among just 22 women - including her sister - to head a Fortune 500 company. Since assuming leadership in 2011, she has set about creating a culture of innovation, flexibility, and risk-taking at the 144-year-old consumer foods and beverages maker, tapping new growth markets with a host of product introductions. Leading up to the Simmons Leadership Conference, Denise Morrison filled us in on women she admires, turning points in her career, and more in a Q&A.

Breaking Old Patterns with Helaine Olen


Freelance journalist and former financial columnist Helaine Olen delights in debunking the idea that personal finance experts always have their clients' best interests in mind. In her recent book, Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry, she reveals the conflicts of interest and misleading advice offered by those who profit off the economic anxiety of everyday Americans while purporting to help them achieve financial security. Olen got her start in personal finance by writing the Money Makeover feature in The Los Angeles Times. Since then, her work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Slate, Salon, and Pacific Standard. Olen is currently a regular contributor to both The Great Debate and Equals on the Reuters website and regularly reports on a wide range of topics including personal finance, women's issues, politics, education, and career strategies.
We caught up with Helaine, who will be speaking at the Simmons Leadership Conference on April 23rd.