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Viola Davis, Josie Natori headline Simmons conference

Sunday, January 20, 2013  
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Exceptional women leaders, including actress Viola Davis, fashion designer Josie Natori and renowned personal finance expert Terry Savage, will offer life and career advice at the Simmons Leadership Conference, April 2, 2013, at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.

The full-day agenda offers a variety of skill-building workshops, topical panel discussions, a corporate marketplace and the chance to network with more than 3,000 women at all stages of their careers. Attendees also have special opportunities to interact with the speakers during question-and-answer sessions as well as book-signing breaks.

"The Network of Executive Women has enjoyed a long partnership with Simmons, working together to develop women leaders and support change for advancing women in the industry,” said Kathy Bayert, NEW director of learning and advisory services. "This conference offers women the opportunity to learn from each other.”

Davis will give the closing keynote address, moderated by playwright and performer Anna Deavere Smith. She will share her experiences  "On Becoming a Woman of Influence” and describing her road to success and hopes for expanding the acting opportunities for people of color and bringing an authentic black experience to the big screen.

Natori will offer her insights building a career in the notoriously competitive apparel industry and the business philosophy that has enabled her company to flourish in the global marketplace. During a morning of concurrent educational sessions, Savage will offer no-nonsense advice about surviving and thriving in these challenging economic times.

Other featured speakers include opening keynoter Sallie Krawcheck, past president of global wealth and investment manager for Bank of America, who will offer "Leadership Lessons for Women in Business,” and bestselling author and thought leader Charlene Li, who will share advice for on "Winning in a World Transformed by Social Media.”

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