Michelle Obama headlines women's leadership conference

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2017 file photo, Michelle Obama address the crowd during a conversation with poet Elizabeth Alexander at the second day of the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago. The former first lady is scheduled to participate in a moderated conversation for the closing session of a leadership conference at Simmons College on Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Boston.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

BOSTON - Former first lady Michelle Obama is in Boston to address a forum devoted to empowering women to become leaders in their fields.

Obama is scheduled to participate in a moderated conversation at Thursday's closing session of the 39th annual Simmons Leadership Conference. The event is the longest-running women's leadership event in the U.S.

Organizers say they invited Obama because she's "a passionate and tireless champion of women, families and young people."

Other participants include news anchor and women's rights advocate Gretchen Carlson and former CIA operative and author Valerie Plame.

This year's conference is being held at Boston's Seaport World Trade Center with the theme "Disrupt the Ordinary." More than 3,400 people have registered for the event.

Past speakers have included Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton, Billie Jean King and Oprah Winfrey.


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