Mentoring Connects Students to Success

May 19, 2015

Succes Connection

Job-shadow experiences with alumnae and friends offer insight, inspiration

Every year, a group of Simmons students are selected to participate in job-shadowing experiences with highly accomplished Simmons alumnae and volunteers as part of Success Connection. This year, students had a range of enriching mentoring opportunities in business, healthcare, and public service. 

“I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to be involved with Success Connection. The program was truly inspiring,” says Jessica Onnembo ’15. “It was wonderful to meet such distinguished leaders, and it’s an experience I will cherish.” 

At Boston Children’s Hospital, President and Chief Executive Officer Sandra L. Fenwick ’72 encouraged students to face the challenge of entering a male-dominated field head-on.

“Never let that get in your way,” Fenwick said. “Keep your eye on the prize and instead focus on how to deliver results.”

At Staples headquarters in Framingham, MA, Executive Vice President of Human Resources Regis Mulot discussed the importance of the leadership development experiences the students have on campus, saying, “We see Simmons as a key place to recruit women leaders.” 

The final Success Connection visit took students to the Suffolk County Courthouse and the Edward Brooke Municipal Courthouse. Chief Justice Amy Nechtem ’76, Justice Pamela Dashiell ’75, and Justice Karyn Scheier each stressed the importance of women supporting each other in the work place.

“You’re part of the Simmons sisterhood now, and we’re counting on you to do great things,” said Chief Justice Amy Nechtem ’76. “No pressure!”