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It's time for 300 The Fenway's latest installment of "Where are they now?" This series chronicles the amazing things Simmons College women are accomplishing after graduation.

Meet Lindsey Varney, a Marketing and Economics double major from the Class of 2005. She currently works as the Regional Social Media Manager for Caesars Entertainment. We had the chance to chat with her and see what it's like to work in the casino industry.


What is a typical day like at your job?
There is definitely no such thing as a typical day in the digital media world or in the gaming/casino industry, but my regular day-to-day functions include project management, planning/developing new content strategies for social media and the web, and analyzing social and marketing analytics. I manage a regional team of social media specialists who are at various Caesars properties around the South to develop and execute the content for specific networks. I also work extremely close with our advertising agency and corporate digital media team to make sure our content is being optimized online.
How was the job application process like for you?
Networking is incredibly important--and I can't stress that enough. I recently finished my MBA at Tulane, and decided that I wanted to stay in New Orleans for a little bit longer. The only firm I was really interested in here in New Orleans and thought would be a good fit for me is Caesars (Harrah's New Orleans) because of my interest in CRM and Marketing Analytics. One of my professors connected me with a former student who is an executive for Caesars based at Harrah's New Orleans. Though there were no opening positions at the time, my new connection brought me in for informational interviews with the VP of Marketing, and VP of HR. The informational interview was extremely helpful because I was able to learn more about the organization and connect with the person who ultimately became my boss. When I my particular position was posted online, I called the VP of Marketing directly, and we spoke about the opening, and what I needed to do to make this opportunity happen for me. Before long, I was hired. It may sound like it was easy, but the process took a lot of initiative and persistence on my part. Without this networking opportunity, I think my resume probably would have been lost in the online shuffle.

Continue reading Where are they now? Lindsey Varney '05, social media leader in the casino industry.


Meet Simmons College's new provost, Dr. Katie Conboy. Dr. Conboy came to Simmons in July from Stonehill College, where she served as a faculty member in the department of English since 1987 and as chief academic officer (academic vice president and then provost) since 2000. She is also the co-editor of Writing on the Body: Female Embodiment and Feminist Theory (Columbia University Press), and has been published in Modern Language Studies, Verse and Poetry Ireland Review, among others. In this special edition of Know Your Professor (or, in this case, provost), we asked Dr. Conboy a few questions to help introduce her to the Simmons community and learn a little bit about her favorite things.

Tell us, what book are you reading right now, and what's your favorite book?
Right now I am reading Colum McCann's thoroughly ambitious, continent-spanning, time-traveling novel, TransAtlantic. My Ph.D. is in English, and I study the history of the novel, so I am always interested in how the forms of fiction continue to evolve.

My desert-island novel remains Bleak House, which Charles Dickens published serially in 1852-53. I actually have a first edition in my office--a "welcome" gift from my new Simmons colleagues!

Continue reading Know Your Provost: Katie Conboy.

Watch: Hear from #Sims17.

With the school year now officially underway we thought it would be great to meet and introduce some of the newest members of the Simmons community, our incoming class of 2017. We all know that starting a new chapter can be nerve racking and even a bit scary, but there is also a lot of optimism and hopefulness. We thought hearing from them would at least calm some fears and build excitement.

Woman on Campus, Sarah Galvez '14 got behind the camera to meet and talk to a few students around the residence and main campus. These students shared their reasons for attending Simmons, what most excites them about attending school in Boston and of course what they will miss about being home. It's not too surprising what these women already have in common.

Make sure to welcome these students if you see them around and help to foster their already budding Simmons pride. Also good luck first years with your first semester at Simmons!

Watch: Highlights from Convocation 2013.

Simmons College officially kicked off the 2013-14 academic year with its annual Convocation ceremonies held last week on the Academic Campus Quad.

Convocation is the College's first major event of the year. First held in the fall of 1912 as an observance and memorial for our founder John Simmons, in recent years it recognizes the significant achievements of senior honor students, and officially welcomes new students to Simmons. This year's convocation address was delivered by Katie Conboy, our new Provost and Senior Vice President.

Continue reading Simmons Kicks Off New Academic Year.

Watch: Women from Cote D' Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Sudan participate in Simmons's "Changing the Face of Leadership" program.

Earlier this summer, Simmons hosted the "Women Changing the Face of Leadership Program", a program designed and funded by the Study of the U.S. Branch at the U.S Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and we introduced program participants. Twenty-five enthusiatic women brightened up the Simmons College campus, with their willingness and eagerness to change their lives and the lives of others.

The program included four weeks of classes at Simmons taught by faculty from the Simmons School of Management, the Department of Political Science and International Relations, the Department of History, and the Simmons School of Social Work, along with several educational tours. It also included a week visiting popular historic sites and tourist attractions in Atlanta, GA. and Washington DC. The 25 women participated in the Study of the U.S Institute on Women's Leadership closing conference, shared their experiences and networked with women from all over the Middle East, Asia and other African countries.

During the program, I was able to sit with a few of the women, who described some of their favorite and most inspiring parts of their experience, what they would love to take back to their home countries, and what they learned about leadership.

Continue reading "Changing the Face of Leadership" Changes Lives.

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