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Simmons College Professor Receives Fulbright Award

Stacy Blake-Beard, Professor at the Simmons School of Management, Awarded Distinguished Fellowship

BOSTON (April 15, 2010) — A Fulbright Award — one of the world's most prestigious research fellowships — has been awarded to Stacy Blake-Beard, an associate professor at the Simmons School of Management.

Blake-Beard will use the award to study the impact of mentoring on the career experiences of professional Indian women — a group that is increasingly entering management ranks but is still underrepresented in the boardroom and in the higher echelons of organizations. She will conduct her research from January 2011 to April 2011, at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India — a partner institution to the Simmons School of Management

Blake-Beard is an expert in mentoring relationships and their challenges and opportunities, and diversity in the workplace. Her previous research led to a well-publicized study on the growing importance of women mentors and the nontraditional networks of women.  Most recently, Blake-Beard was chosen to serve on the 12-member Cambridge Review Committee, a national independent group that aims to identify lessons learned from the highly publicized and controversial arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in July 2009.

Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 294,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.  These individuals have contributed to history as they crossed physical and cultural borders, adding a vital dimension to academia and the professional world.

The Simmons School of Management is the only AACSB-accredited business school designed specifically for women.  The school is committed to advancing women of diverse backgrounds into leadership positions.  Simmons College is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston.