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Simmons College School of Management
Executive Education
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Executive Education Newsletter: Spring 2011


One of the subjects that often comes up when I talk with our program participants is the issue of women not supporting other women at work. That's one of the reasons that I am so interested in the Center for Gender in Organization's newest publication, Women Working Together: Understanding Women's Relationships at Work. The author makes a compelling case that what she calls "shadow side behaviors" are a result of distorted power relationships that result when oppressed groups internalize negative stereotypes about their own group and turn on each other. Importantly, she also provides suggestions for how both male and female managers can help prevent these negative dynamics from occurring. I hope you will take a look at the article and let me know your thoughts.

Simmons supports women in many ways, including our recent affiliation with 2020 Women on Boards, which is a grassroots campaign to increase the percentage of women on corporate boards in the United States to 20% or greater by the year 2020. I urge you to add your voice to their campaign at

You can support a woman you work with by encouraging her participation in Strategic Leadership for Women this fall. Last year’s participants had a great experience, with 100% of the respondents saying they would recommend the program to a colleague. I think my favorite comment about the program was that it was “Unpredictably applicable. Outstandingly enlightening.” You or a colleague can save 15% when you enter promo code FL1115C. Or register together and you each save 25%! Use promo code FL125E for multiple registrations. Register Now!

If you work for a not-for-profit organization, partial scholarships are available. Click here for more information and to apply.

Lastly, you can support us by filling out a short survey on the subject of global mindset. We think this is a very important leadership competency for the 21st century, and we’d like to hear your thoughts on the subject.

I welcome your feedback! If you have topics you would like us to include in our next newsletter, or other suggestions to make our communications more useful for you, please email me directly at

Elisa van Dam
Director, Executive Education
Simmons School of Management

P.S. Drop me a note if you’re planning to attend the Simmons Leadership Conference on April 26th; I’d love to connect. If you aren’t able to attend, you can follow along on Twitter at #SCW.