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Simmons SOM Entrepreneurship Program Named One of Nation's Best by Entrepreneur and Princeton Review Survey Ranking of 2,300 Schools
The SOM's graduate entrepreneurship program in Boston has been named one of the 25 best programs in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review, which jointly surveyed more than 2,300 schools. The Simmons entrepreneurship program was ranked 22nd on the list of top 25 programs nationally in the graduate program category. The ranking will appear in the October issue of Entrepreneur magazine, which goes on sale at newsstands Sept. 23, 2008.

"We're very proud of our national recognition," said Simmons School of Management Dean Deborah Merrill-Sands. "We've built a dynamic program with an innovative curriculum and active engagement of entrepreneurs and associated professionals that ensures a real-world, intense learning experiences for students who want to launch and grow new ventures. Click here to read more.

SOM featured in Financial Timeas as a Pioneer in Graduate Business School Education
The September 1, 2008 Financial Times article “An MBA with the Glass Ceiling in its Sights” by Rebecca Knight. highlights the SOM has the first, and until recently, the only - MBA program targeted specifically at women. The SOM’s curriculum is stated as being a standard Management course load, with additional lessons in how gender affects organizational behavior. The goal of the program is to create "principled leaders" who align social and ethical responsibility with profitability in their business strategy.

SOM and Prof. Deborah Kolb quoted in
Deborah Kolb, the Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Professor of Women and Leadership at the SOM, is quoted in a July 21, 2008 article “How to Bargain at Retail” by Janine Poggi, which examines bargaining during tough economic times. Kolb is quoted as saying: "Especially in this gloomy economic climate where people are hesitant to shop, retailers are much more eager to move merchandise….The performance of store managers is often based on how well they sell merchandise. Sometimes their best alternative is to sell the item to you at a discounted rate rather than have it sitting there and eventually go on clearance." She further states, "You need to be indifferent towards whether or not you succeed or fail…If you really want the item, it is less likely you will leave the store without it--even if it means paying full price. You need to be willing to walk away."

SOM Faculty Paper Cited in Wall Street Journal Article
The article “Misunderstanding the Chinese Worker” by Kathryn King-Metters and Richard Metters from the July 7, 2008 Wall Street Journal cites the paper entitled “Unexpected Connections: Considering Employees' Personal Lives Can Revitalize Your Business” by Lotte Bailyn, Joyce K. Fletcher and Deborah Kolb (Summer 1997) for “further reading."

SOM Faculty Member Lynda Moore Speaks at First Arab International Women's Forum
On June 22-24, 2008, SOM faculty member Lynda Moore spoke at the first Arab International Women’s Forum held in the U.S. The event was covered by Business Intelligence Middle East in the article “Arab International Women’s Forum to Host First US Conference” by Maria Karam published June 22, 2008. The conference, entitled 'Partners for Change: Realizing the Potential of Arab Women in the Private and Public Sector’ was co-sponsored by World Bank and included talks given by prominent world figures such as Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank; Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani, Chairman, Arab International Women’s Forum, HE Hala Bsesio Latouf, Minister of Social Development, Jordan; HE Bahia Hariri, Member of Parliament, Lebanon, and many more.

The two day event took place in Washington D.C. and stressed the importance of education as the most effective means to overcoming socio-economic challenges and barriers. It encouraged dialogues on the Arab women’s role in making the Millennium Development Goals a reality.

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Live Webcam View of New SOM Building
Visit the recently launched website, documenting Simmons College's sustainability efforts. Phase 7 of construction for the new SOM Building is well underway. If you have not been on the Simmons Fenway campus lately, you are in store for a dramatic change! Installation of the building's interior walls and finishes, along with mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems has begun. Click here to view a photo website on the construction site. Click here to read the full construction schedule and view images of the SOM's spectacular new "green" home, which includes a 715 car garage. The SOM is proud that the design incorporates the SOM’s history, mission, and culture and includes a grand stairway inspired by the one all have enjoyed at Commonwealth Avenue. At night, the building will be a beacon welcoming SOM evening students. Click here for a photo slideshow, and click below to view the latest design of the building from the east, and the south. Click here to download the SOM's Green Building Initiative brochure. Further information about construction of the new SOM building can be found at

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