Hillary Clinton to speak at Boston conference later this month

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, regarded as the leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, will address a women’s leadership conference in Boston on April 23.

Clinton, who has not disclosed her future political plans, is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Simmons Leadership Conference, which calls itself “the premier women’s leadership conference in the world,” according to its website.

The former New York senator’s public reticence in the face of rampant speculation about her White House hopes has effectively frozen much of the Democratic field. Two Massachusetts Democrats frequently mentioned as potential presidential candidates, Governor Deval Patrick and Senator Elizabeth Warren, have foresworn interest in a 2016 bid.

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Clinton’s Simmons address is scheduled to be moderated by the school’s president, Helen Drinan. Its website credits Clinton with “a central role in restoring America’s standing in the world, reasserting the United States as a pacific [sic] power, imposing crippling sanctions on Iran and North Korea, responding to the Arab Awakening, and negotiating a ceasefire in the Middle East.”