September 4th, 2008



Headings marked in BLUE represent new information. Headings marked in PURPLE represent old information.

The mission of the Simmons School of Management is to educate women for power and principled leadership. We are committed to the advancement of knowledge and practice in management through excellence in education and research. Our academic programs offer rigorous, applied, management education designed for women. We focus on leadership, and our programs integrate the strategic, functional, and behavioral aspects of management. SOM students gain the knowledge, analytical skills, and confidence that they need to manage successfully in dynamic and global environments. We are invested in our students’ success and support them as they launch, advance, and change their careers.

New Information This Week

Note from Mary D.

Quotes of the Week

Building Hours at SOM: Commonwealth Avenue Campus

Bookstore Hours

Classroom Assignments

Academic Policy

First Ever Travel Course for MBA Students!

Fall T-Pass Orders

Move to the New Building

Student ID Cards

Fall 2008 eLearning Courses Available August 25th

Technology at Simmons

Accounting Section Added on Wednesday Nights
Authentic Leadership Course

Room Changes for Public Speaking and Entrepreneurship: Managing a High Growth Firm

Net Impact Student Club- First Meeting of the Year!

Article on SOM MBA Program Featured in Monday’s Financial Times

Research Assistant Needed for Entrepreurship Project

Enter to Win a $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Certificate by Completing a Short Survey!

Program on Negotiation Looking for Simmons Students to Participate in Their Student Leader Program


MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

We have officially started the new academic year as of today! Remember that it is a marathon and not a sprint. You will continue to hear me talk about the importance of balance in your work, personal and academic life!! Start this weekend thinking about how you are going to manage everything and know that it will be lots of big and small adjustments as your year begins! It is an exciting time for all of us in the program office as we welcome all the returning students back and all of our new MBA students that have just completed Foundations!!

Quotes of the Week

“What you have and the way you do it are incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it is another matter.” -- Peter Drucker

"You cannot plow a field by only turning it over in your mind." --Anon


Building Hours at SOM- Commonwealth Avenue Campus

Monday-Thursday: 7am-9:30pm
Friday: 7am-4:30pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Bookstore Hours

Bookstore hours for the satellite bookstore in Mockler have been posted on the SOM Gateway. You can find them by going to:

Classroom Assignments

These are the classroom assignments for the Fall 2008 semester:

Authentic Leadership (Morgan-Roberts): Case Room 2
Communication Strategies (Shapiro): Case Room 2
Consulting (Duffy): Case Room 2
Economics (Sawtelle): Case Room 2
Entrepreneurship: Feasibility Assessment (Nelson): Case Room 2
Entrepreneurship: Managing High Growth (Heffernan): Purple
Entrepreneurship Practicum (Ingols): Green
Finance (Guertler): Case Room 2
Financial Reporting/Day & Night (Both Evening Sections) (Mooney): Case Room 2
Healthcare (Sapienza): Case Room 1
Leading Individuals & Groups/Day & Night (Blake-Beard): Case Room 2
Leading Organizational Change (Trefalt): Case Room 1
Marketing Management (Avery): Case Room 2
Public Speaking (DeLetis): Case Room 1
Quantitative Analysis (Nitkin): Case Room 2

Academic Policy

The Fall 2008 Academic Policy is now posted on the SOM Gateway. Please remember that this document is the key academic document of our program and you should read it! You can go to this document here:

First Ever Travel Course for MBA Students!

On popular demand, we are launching two sections of travel courses for the MBA students in Spring/Summer 2009!

Spring 2009 to Brazil (Visiting Sao Paulo, Uberlandia, and Rio de Jeneiro): Held during Spring Break, March 5-15 will be led by Professor Sylvia Maxfield. This will also include approximately 9 hours of classes held at the SOM.

Summer 2009 to China (Visiting Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, and Beijing): Held approximateld May 18-29 will be led by Professor Teresa Nelson. This will also include approximately 9 hours of classes held at the SOM.

Travel costs all inclusive (airfare, visa, ground transportation, meals, double shared lodging, excursions) are $3,000.

The course is 3 credits, and is titled "Sustainable Business in the Emerging Global Markets". We will visit local universities and businesses, and meet local scholars and business executives.

The applications are due October 15th, 2008.   Contact the MBA office or the Director: International Outreach, Professor Vipin Gupta, for the application forms and further information.

You are invited to one of the two info sessions on September 16th at 4pm and at 5:15pm in Caseroom 1 to get further infomation and to hear the faculty leaders for China and Brazil sections.

Fall T-Pass Orders

T-passes for the fall are in! Please visit Katlyn Cavanaugh in the MBA Office to pick up your pass. If you have any questions, feel free to call her at 617-521-3832 or email her at

Move to the New Building

Scheduled for December 19 as of today! Much more info to come...

Student ID Cards

All new students have received their IDs during Foundations. Returning students have new IDs in the MBA office, but you MUST turn in your old ID to get a new one! If you have lost your old ID, you will have to pay a $25 fee.

Fall 2008 eLearning Courses Available August 25th

Every Fall 2008 Simmons course that is listed in the Simmons AARC system has a corresponding eLearning course site, available on

Simmons eLearning course sites associated with courses having an official start date of September
4th, 2008 will be live and available to students on August 25, 2008 at 8:00am EDT.

Technology at Simmons

Find out what kind of technology is available to you at Simmons by visiting:

Registration Updates

Accounting Section Added on Wednesday Nights

As of August 28th, we had 56 students registered in Financial Accounting. We have made the decision to add an additional section on Wednesday nights that will also be taught by Jane Mooney. We think this is better from both a teaching and learning perspective!  Here is the schedule for the new section:

Wednesdays, 6-9pm, Sept. 10th-December 8th.

PLUS: Monday, Nov 24 and Monday, December 8 (Final Exam)

Please also note that anyone planning to go to the CSO expo on December 3rd will be allowed to attend the Monday class the week that event is running!

If you are interested and/or able to switch sections, please let Katlyn know by email at

Authentic Leadership Course

The Authentic Leadership Course will be running AS SCHEUDLED. There will be NO changes to the Authentic Leadership schedule.

Room Changes for Public Speaking and Entrepreneurship: Managing a High Growth Firm

Public Speaking with Dale DeLetis will be in Caseroom 1 instead of Caseroom 2 this semester, since we added a Wednesday night section for Financial Accounting.

Entrepreneurship: Managing a High Growth Firm with Margaret Heffernan will be in the Purple Room instead of the Green Room.


News & Events

Article on SOM MBA Program Featured in Monday’s Financial Times

This past Monday, the UK edition of The Financial Times ran a story on the School’s MBA program to answer the question: "Why, in this day and age, is there an MBA program for women?"  The write-up covers the rigor of the MBA program, the gender lens, and the "cooperative competition" that is the SOM experience.  Those interviewed include Dean Deborah Merrill-Sands, Professors Fiona Wilson and Jill Avery, and recent SOM alumna Cheryl Fudge ’07. 

The article can be accessed online at:

Net Impact Student Club- First Meeting of the Year!

Join us on Tuesday, September 23rd at 5:15pm in CR2 to learn more about the Simmons Net Impact Club and generate ideas of what we can accomplish this year.  Net Impact is an international membership organization aimed at improving the world through business; key topics include corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, international development, and environmental sustainability.   Questions?  Contact Amy Longyear at or Alison Haight at

Research Assistant Needed for Entrepreurship Project

The Simmons Entrepreneurship team seeks two MBA students to assist with a research study on Gender and Entrepreneurship Education. The time frame for the project is September and October of 2008 and will begin immediately. The hourly wage is $15.  Any interested students should contact Professor Susan Duffy at Please put “Research Assistant” in subject line and attach your resume.

Enter to Win a $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Certificate by Completing a Short Survey!

Please take a few minutes to complete the MBA Marketing and Admissions Survey (click here:  To enter the drawing, please print the thank you page, write your name on it and place it in the drop box in Mockler.  We will be drawing a winner on Friday, September 12th.  Thank you in advance! Your feedback is critically important to us!

Program on Negotiation Looking for Simmons Students to Participate in Their Student Leader Program

Each year the Harvard Program on Negotiation has an opportunity for 2 student leaders from each of the related academic programs in the Boston area get together at least once to network and discuss possible collaboration opportunities. They would love to have a couple of students from Simmons involved, and their first open house is September 15th. Please let Darla know at if you are interested and the Harvard contact person is:

Sarah Whitman, Student Interest Group Program Coordinator 
Program on Negotiation
Harvard Law School

SOM Hooded Sweatshirts & More

New Simmons School of Management Sweatshirts have arrived at the bookstore! Cash, check and credit card payment will be accepted.


Career Services Updates

SOMAA Networking Event

Date:  Tuesday, September 23rd
Location: Vlora Restaurant and Wine Bar,
(Between Clarendon and Dartmouth Streets)
545 Boylston Street
Boston MA 02116
Phone: (617) 638-9699
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Networking night for all Simmons SOM alumnae and current students. Join us for a night of socializing with your fellow Boston area alumnae at Vlora, Copley's newest and freshest Mediterranean restaurant. Stop by for a drink before you head home from work or meet a friend and stay for dinner. It will be a great opportunity to catch up with SOM friends, meet new ones and sample a new taste of Boston. Encourage prospective Simmons SOM students to join you as well. There will be free appetizers and cash bar.

HBA Boston Presents:
Gaining an E.D.G.E. – Six Ways to Advance Your Career
Results from the HBA E.D.G.E. in Leadership Study  
(Empowerment, Diversity, Growth, Excellence)

Date: Thursday, September 25, 2008
Location: Shire Pharmaceuticals, 300 Patriot Way, Lexington, MA  02421
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 
Cost: HBA Members: $30 -- Nonmembers: $45 
Registration Deadline: 5:00pm (EST), Monday, September 22, 2008

A hands-on workshop to discover what industry executives in the HBA E.D.G.E. in Leadership Study say are the most successful attitudes, motivations and programs that positively impact a woman’s ability to move her career forward.  You will have the chance to assess your own leadership practices with a proprietary HBA E.D.G.E. self-diagnostic tool, and ask a panel of pharma/biotech Executives/HR/Diversity directors their experiences/insights into making it to the top. This event will inspire you to create and expand your personal leadership agenda.
For more information on the HBA E.D.G.E. in Leadership Study visit

For questions or issues with registration, please contact the HBA Boston Chapter Director of Programs, Jane Fulton at

Be prepared for the NAWMBA Conference!
Attend Northeastern University’s Cocktail Reception & Conference Prep

Date: September 26
Location: Raytheon Amphitheater, Northeastern University
Time: 6pm – 9pm
RSVP required

Join NAWMBA members for a networking reception and conference prep workshop. Speakers Frank Lehner of Divanation will present "Identity at Work, Unquestioned Assumptions, & Leadership Starting from the Self."  
To RSVP and for more information visit

Save the date!

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from a Senior Director with one of the most dynamic organizations in the world. More information will be available soon.

Dan Bross, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship for the Microsoft Corporation
Date: Wednesday, October 1st
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Green Room (409 Commonwealth Ave.)
RSVP Required 


Visit the individual websites for registration details, resume upload instructions, etc.

For financial assistance to attend these events, contact Lisa Toby at

National Black MBA Association
30th Annual Conference & Expo
Sept. 17-20, Washington, DC
Note:  This event is open to all students regardless of ethnic background. 

Women for Hire Career Expo
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 10am-2pm
At the Sheraton Boston Hotel - 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02199
To register and for more information on this event visit

National Society of Hispanic MBA’s
2008 Conference and Career Expo
Oct. 9-11, Atlanta, GA
Note:  This event is open to all students regardless of ethnic background. 

The Massachusetts Society of CPAs Public Accounting Career Fair
Wednesday, October 15, 3:30 - 5:30pm
At the Boston Marriott Hotel at Copley Place
More information:

National Association of Women MBA’s
2008 National Conference and Career Fair
Oct. 23-25th, Stamford, CT (Oct. 24 – Career Fair)
Note:   All SOM students must provide contact information (name, address, email, phone) to Georgette Jover at to become NAWMBA members at no charge.  You will then receive a password enabling you to register for the event.

Hire Purpose MBA Career Fair
Oct. 31st, Boston, MBA
Note:  Sponsored by Simmons SOM and Fellow Boston Business Schools

The Partnership, Inc. College to Career (C2C)
Expo 2008 and Student Conference
For college and graduate students of color
November 3, 4:00pm to 8:00 p.m., at The Dorothy Quincy Suites/John Hancock Hall, 180 Berkley Street, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay/Copley Square).
For more information visit

Net Impact Conference
November 13-15, Philadelphia, PA


Share Your NON-Simmons Email Address with CSO
Learn about the latest job postings, career news, event invitations and networking opportunities after you graduate.  Please send NON-Simmons email address to

Networking with Alumnae
Join Simmons SOM Linked In Group – LinkedIn currently lists three Simmons School of Management networking groups managed by SOM alumnae. This is a wonderful and free resource. Simply go to, click on “groups directory,” and search on “Simmons” to see the available groups. Membership in these groups is subject to the group owners’ approval.

Recent Job Postings – Visit Career Connect

~ Research Associate - spacerAberdeen
~ spacerAdministrative Officerapacer - MIT
~ Deputy Director – The Boston Harbor Association
~ HR Generalistspacer - The William J. Clinton Foundation
~ Administrative Fellowship Programspacer - Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Recent Internship Postings – Visit Career Connect

~ spacerInternship - Interlock Media, Inc.
~ Event Operations Intern - spacerMs Cure Fund
As a reminder, please keep your Career Connect profile up to date. If you forgot your username and password, please contact or 617-521-3857. Please do not re-register yourself as past information about you will be lost.
Is your organization looking for smart, talented candidates?  Do you have an Employee Referral Program?  Tap into the amazing candidate pool right here at Simmons SOM!

  • Contact Lisa Toby ( about specific opportunities for individual matching of students and alumnae
  • Post positions on Career Connect thru the CSO
  • Add an announcement in the MBA Update
  • Use the electronic networking profile book which includes profiles of participating current students
  • Introduce CSO to your organization's HR/Recruitment

Interesting Career Articles

In U.S., as belts tighten, lobsters shrink and bar menus grow
The 7:30 dinner reservation that you're always trying and failing to get will become easier pickings this fall, but it may also become a con of a sort.

Fortune 500 Women CEOs
From health care, to agriculture, to food and beverages, these women show what it takes to face the challenge of leading a Fortune 500 company.


Library Updates

Linda & Mike would like to welcome all of the new students, and welcome back all of the returning students! We look forward to supporting you in your course work throughout the semester. If you are interested in contacting us, you will find our contact information on the SOM Library home page at

Staffed Library Hours
The library will be staffed Monday – Friday (9/8 – 9/12) from 8:30 – 4:30.

Library Tours
If you are interested in learning how to access the library’s resources from home or work, or would like to become more familiar with what the library has to offer you, please stop by for a library tour.  We will be holding a tour the first week of September on Thursday 9/4 @ 5.15pm. An additional tour will be given the second week of September on Thursday 9/11 @ 5.15pm.  Tours will last approx. 15 minutes.

Library Blog
We’re happy to report that the SOM Library blog has been chosen as one of the “Top 100 Management and Leadership Blogs” by HR World. Check out the list at and read the SOM library’s blog, found on the web at for articles of interest to the SOM Community.

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