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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 accomplish after graduation.

Meet Kelly Bell from the class of 2011. Kelly graduated with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Women's Studies. In 2013 Kelly founded the company Intrical with her husband in Washington, D.C. Intrical consists of policy-minded scientists and engineers focused on public health, education, security, and intelligence. We had the opportunity to talk with Kelly and see what it's like to start your own company!

Continue reading Where are they now? Kelly Bell '11.

Welcome to the Women's History Month edition of Where are they now? This installment highlights one of our amazing Simmons graduates working in the field of health care and science.
Meet Katie Mead from the class of 2013. Katie majored in nursing, minored in psychology, and was president of the Student Nursing Association. During her junior year, Katie volunteered at a rural general hospital in Moshi, Tanzania, where she discovered her passion for women's health. This experience also piqued her curiosity about how different societies distribute health care. Katie wrote a blog post for the Huffington Post detailing her experience and the class and culture disparities she observed during her trip. After graduating, Katie found a medical/surgical nursing job at Boston Medical Center. She's also a part of BMC's New Graduate Trainee Program, which provides new graduate nurses with clinical courses, simulation training, and mentoring to foster critical thinking and clinical excellence.
We caught up with Katie to find out what it's like to work in the nursing field.

katiemead.jpgKatie during her 2012 volunteer trip to Tanzania

Continue reading Where are they now? Katie Mead '13.

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 Bourcier from the Undergraduate class of 2012 and the School of Management Masters program of 2013. Lindsey transferred to Simmons in the fall of her Sophomore year and graduated with a B.A. in Communications, Public Relations and Marketing, a minor in Public Health, and an M.S. in Communications Management. She currently holds the position of Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for Koshland Pharm: Custom Compounding Pharmacy in San Francisco, California.
We had the opportunity to talk with Lindsey and see what it's like to work in the compounding pharmacy industry.


Continue reading Where are they now? Lindsey Bourcier '12, '13SOM.

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


Meet Brittany (Oheim) Reese [right, with Rachel (Shafman) O'Neill, '07, at Brittany's June 2013 wedding], a Chemistry major from the Class of 2008. She currently works as a Associate Account Manager at Dovetail Health, a care management healthcare company that partners with major insurance companies to offer readmission prevention care to recently discharged hospital patients. We had the chance to ask her a few questions about what it's like to work in the healthcare industry.

What is a typical day like at your job?
A typical day here really doesn't exist. The culture is so friendly and people oriented that everyone is always willing to wear multiple hats to support others in accomplishing a project or task. Everyone is also focused on a main goal, which is helping people. My regular day to day functions include organizing meetings, interfacing with clients, and doing what I love most - crunching numbers in Excel.

How was the job application process like for you?
Like anyone who has graduated in the past four years, I struggled when I was out of school. I lived at home for a bit and it took me a solid six months before I landed my first real job. At Dovetail, the application process was so easy. My husband had actually applied first in the IT department and I followed suit when I saw its openings. We got hired a week apart! He has since moved on to a different company, but it was fun to work together for the time we did. Having tools like LinkedIn for networking are also great; I was able to connect with lots of wonderful people in the industry and got recommend for this job by a former employee. One of the things to really set you apart is creating a unique cover letter for each application. Every company has different styles and you never know what might pique their interest so you don't get lost in the mass pool of candidates. I also love the blog Ask A Manager (, written by Alison Green. It's filled with tons of valuable advice and she answers any questions you could possibly have. I feel like I've learned so much from it, especially questions I thought I knew the answer to already but ended up being totally off base.

Continue reading Where are they now? Brittany Reese '08, working in the healthcare industry.

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.

Welcome to 300 The Fenway's latest installment of "Where are they now?", a feature that chronicles the amazing things Simmons College women are accomplishing after graduation.

Meet Megan Johnson from the Class of 2007. Megan graduated from Simmons with B.A. in English and minors in East Asian studies and history, and is now a writer for the Boston Herald's Insider Track. Since working at the Boston Herald, Megan has made her mark covering the Boston celebrity scene, and was featured in Stuff Magazine's "30 under 30 and Overachieving" list. We had the chance to chat with Megan and get a glimpse into her fast-paced career.


What is a typical day like at your job?
There really is no typical day at my job. I work for a column called the Inside Track, which follows celebrities, politicians, athletes, etc. Each day we have to come up with a column for the next day's newspaper. So every morning, we start with almost nothing.

Usually, I wake up and read my emails and all the sites where I get my news, I check Twitter for tips, and keep my eyes open for interesting stories. I'm in the office around noon, at which point I'm continuing to stalk Twitter and the internet for stories; interviewing subjects; fielding calls; doing random administrative stuff; and attempting to plan what our section is going to have in the paper the next day.

What was the job application process like for you?
My job application process was not traditional. I was unemployed for awhile before I started at the Boston Herald. I worked freelance and taught English as a Second Language, but I didn't have full time work for a long time. When I met the girl who had my job before me, I instantly thought, "That would be the perfect job for me!" We became friendly, and ultimately, when she was ready to leave, she got me an interview along with three other candidates.

I had been on so many job interviews since I graduated, but I remember the night before I came in for the interview, I was watching "Wall Street" where Charlie Sheen says, "Your life comes down to just a few moments. This is one of them." I just remember thinking that line as I walked into the Herald, where I previously had two other horrible job interviews (for other gigs). I was so focused; just so adamant that this job was mine. I presented my binder of all my published clips to my bosses, and just tried to act like myself. The day before I found out whether or not I got the job, I was so wrought with anxiety. When my boss called and said, "Are you sure you're willing to work this job for next to nothing?!" I said "yes, yes yes!"

What is your favorite part of your job?
I have so many favorite parts. I love to write, of course, so getting paid to do that is wonderful. But, being able to meet and interview notable people I look up to is a great experience. I love that every day is an adventure. Sometimes I think I'm going to have a slow day, and I end up chasing the Bruins around town as they carry the Stanley Cup in a baby carriage.

Continue reading Where are they now? Megan Johnson '07 is celebrity news journalist for the Boston Herald.

Welcome to 300 The Fenway's latest installment of "Where are they now?", a feature that chronicles the amazing things Simmons College women are accomplishing after graduation.

Meet Michaela Eichenbaum '10, an adventurer at heart who has made her passion for action sports her career. She graduated from Simmons in 2010 with a B.A. in Communications and decided to move from her hometown of Portsmouth, New Hampshire to sunny San Diego, California.

She currently works as an art intern for SURFING Magazine while managing freelance graphic design and photography projects for various clients.


What is a typical day like at your job?
Out of everything I do, my unpaid internship is hands down my favorite, and there is nothing typical about it! I report to the art director and he gives me a couple of projects per day, anything from designing web banners, to organizing and preparing photos and files, to creating sponsor banners and advertisements for events (for example, I recently created a banner to represent SURFING Magazine at the Newport Film Festival).

The team here is very small, so I am learning up close and personal the creative process behind making a magazine.

What was the job application process like for you?
When they tell you it's all about who you know, they aren't kidding. I asked a good friend and mentor of mine if he had any contacts at the magazines in SoCal. He is an amazing action sports photographer who has done a lot of freelance work for many different surf magazines. He gave me the associate photo editor's contact info at SURFING and I shot him a short email explaining my deal and attached my resume. He then put me in touch with the art director.

They were hiring an associate art director at the time, I applied for that, but didn't get the job. I heard back from the Art Director about a month or so later asking if I would be interested in an internship (um, yeah!) I interviewed with him and started the following week.

Continue reading Where are they now? Michaela Eichenbaum '10 at SURFING Magazine in San Diego.

photo.JPGWelcome to 300 The Fenway's first installment of "Where are they now?", a new feature that chronicles the amazing women who graduated from Simmons College. This series offers you a glimpse into the fast-paced careers of recent Simmons alumnae, their life after college, and the lessons they learned along the way. You'll read about nurses at nationally ranked hospitals; newspaper journalists covering celebrity news; creative managers for national advertising campaigns, and more!

First up is Jacqueline Doherty from the Class of 2011. Jacqueline transferred to Simmons during the fall of her junior year and she graduated with a B.A. in Marketing from the Simmons School of Management. She currently works as an assistant account executive at the national advertising agency, Hill Holliday. Hill Holliday has won numerous awards for advertising excellence and made Advertising Age's list of Best Places to Work. Their roster of clients include leading national brands such as Anheuser-Busch, Dunkin' Donuts, Bank of America, and Liberty Mutual.

What is a typical day like at your job?
I work in the Account Service Department of the agency, so I spend my days attending meetings and staying on top of all the projects that are currently being worked on for my client. I also do a lot of back end work to make sure all of the ads that are in a live environment are performing to the best of their ability and I troubleshoot any problems that may arise. And of course, I surf the internet to stay on top of all the work other brands are putting out.

What was the job application process like for you?
In the spring semester of my senior year I interned for the same team I now work on at Hill Holiday. Upon graduation, I was contacted by the agency when a spot on the team opened up. From there I began the interview process and landed my current position!

What is your favorite part of your job?
There are so many awesome aspects of my job, but I think my favorite part would be seeing an advertisement produced by my agency (whether I have helped work on it or not) on TV, the radio, online, etc. You can appreciate the final product more when you know how much hard work went into it. Not everyone works in a job where they can see the tangible "fruits of their labor."

How did you know the organization was a good fit for you?
I knew the organization was the right place for me when I met the people I would be working with. My coworkers are all so smart, but they also know how to have a good time. Everyone puts a big effort into making strong relationships with each other, and we genuinely care about each other's well-being.

What was your favorite class at Simmons? Why?
Consumer Behavior (MGMT 230) with Professor Jill Avery. I loved this class because I learned so much about myself as a consumer, and what other consumers find valuable or not. It was so interesting to learn where consumers talk about the brands they engage with and how marketers can use this information to develop a stronger brand strategy.

Continue reading Where Are They Now? Jacqueline Doherty '11 works at top U.S. advertising agency.

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