July 15th, 2010







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 studentsí success and support them as they launch, advance, and change their careers.

New Information This Week

Note from Mary D
Quote of the Week
Graduate Assistantship in Academic Technology
2010 Silverman Business Plan Competition

Refer a Friend and You Both Win!
Community Caring Institute
SOMAA Award for Principled Leadership for August Graduates

MBA Office Updates

Note From Mary D.

Mary D. is on vacation this week so there is no note!

Quote of the Week

“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
- Christopher Columbus

Graduate Assistantship in Academic Technology

The Department of Academic Technology seeks a well-qualified and energetic Simmons graduate student to teach office productivity and web development workshops for the academic year 2010-11. The position is 15 hours/week throughout the academic year and reports to the Interim Direction of Academic Technology. The salary is $20/hr. The graduate assistant will perform the following duties:

  • Teach 3-4 3-hour workshops per week
    • Topics will include:
      • Microsoft Office (Word, PPT, Excel)
      • Google apps suite
      • Basic web development (HTML, CSS, DreamWeaver)
      • Photoshop
    • Topics may include:
      • Emerging technologies (wikis, blogs)
      • eLearning (BlackBoard Vista)
      • Special topics by faculty request
      • Topics of interest to the successful applicant


  • Consult with the Interim Director on the development and prosecution of the courses
  • Maintain administrative records and produce attendance records
  • Advertise workshops through the Portal, AT website, AT eNewsletter, and print
  • Participate in department planning through attending staff meetings
  • Develop and maintain robust multimedia training materials
  • Coordinate with the Help Desk to maintain lab equipment as needed
  • Additional duties as assigned

Required attributes

  • Enrolled and in good standing in a graduate degree program at Simmons College
  • Able to commit to (at minimum) two semesters
  • Self-motivated technology learner
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills

Experience and/or interest in classroom or online instruction considered a plus.
CASH job ID: 3368
Contact information: Bill Wisser,



Are you ready to take the plunge to launch or grow your venture? Its time to take your innovative business idea off the shelf or polish your existing business plan! 

We are thrilled to announce that the 2010 Silverman Business Plan Competition is currently accepting business plan submissions due on September 15th. The competition is open exclusively to Simmons School of Management MBA alumnae and current students and is designed to support women in launching innovative, early stage ventures that have an impact.

 The competition includes both a semi-final and finalist round as participants compete for the final prize of $10,000 in cash and additional in-kind prizes. As part of the process, semi-finalists receive valuable feedback on their plans including one-on-one coaching from a business plan advisor. Finalists gain access to the Simmons entrepreneurship network of venture capitalists, angel investors, bankers and lawyers to move their ventures forward. Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to win funds to accelerate the launch and growth of your venture.

Eligibility Criteria: 

Business plans must be no longer than 20 pages in length including appendices and follow the SOM business plan format. For more information please visit: or email


Please join the Admissions team in helping to promote our upcoming informational events and we will reward you with a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card* AND your referral will receive a $75 application fee waiver!

MBA Preview - TUESDAY, JULY 20th 6-9PM

The MBA Preview is a unique event which provides prospective students with an overview of the MBA program, followed by an opportunity to join the Strategy class and experience the classroom firsthand. 


MBA Information Session - WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11th  6-8PM

An MBA Information Session provides prospective students with an opportunity to hear from Dean Deborah Marlino on the uniqueness of Simmons as well as a chance to participate in a mini-case discussion to illustrate the classroom dynamic.  Also, a current student and alum will share their experiences.

Please email your referral’s contact information to Darla at  Thank you for your support!

*Please note that your referral must attend the event in its entirety in order for you to be eligible for the $25 gift card.

Community Caring Institute

Community Caring Institute is offering a unique opportunity for graduate students from different disciplines to be involved in!  We know it’s tough to find affordable housing in Boston and to create connections with random roommates. 

Our community immersion program will provide a great living experience at an affordable fee accessible to campus and create a space for interaction with other graduate students to promote interdisciplinary dialogue. This program will allow students to form bonds and to integrate with other disciplines in order to advance sustainable communities. By residing with graduate students from other schools and disciplines, students’ educational and personal experiences will be complemented.

Their discussions and interactions will involve our approach to promote an urban environment in which nature and humanity assume a higher priority, foster human health and creativity, which results in an improvement of overall quality of life, and encourage social connections by providing a space for human interactions

Our location in Jamaica Plain is close to Jamaica Pond, the Emerald Necklace park system, public transportation, and other City attractions.  In addition, students could potentially create their own internship experience that would be tailored to their professional aspirations and educational requirements. 

The program would ask students to commit to 2-5 hours a week for meetings and/or community outreach, and the development of this will be based on the students’ interests.  It will complement their schooling.  The fee is $500 a month, and it includes a room in a house with a large kitchen, common room, and dining room.  Utilities are also included.  Students will have the chance to visit the house and meet the staff.  The commitment is the school year, with the potential to live here over the summer.

For more details, see attached flyer.  Contact us for more specific details at

SOMAA Award for Principled Leadership for August Graduates

Below is some information about the award including criteria for the award and the nomination process.  I encourage you all to nominate your fellow classmates and/or yourself for this award. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to nominate students for this award. Nominations are due by July 16, 2010 to Paula Bent (

Purpose of the Award
The purpose of the SOMAA award for principled leadership is to support the mission of the School of Management and annually recognize two students who through their school and work activities demonstrate the core components of principled leadership.
Criteria for Award

Nominations should include details about how the nominee has demonstrated principled leadership through involvement or success at the SOM, professional work, and/or volunteer commitments. The following areas are just some of the ways in which nominees may have shown principled leadership:

·   Courage in making difficult decisions and choosing an ethical course of action for her organization or within the SOM

·   Leadership in integrating social responsibility and business strategy and practice

·   Leadership in social and environmental concerns at the SOM or outside

·   Commitment to “green” initiatives, such as energy and water conservation, use of recycled materials

·   Fostering equitable and inclusive workplaces that address gender and diversity dynamics

 Nomination Process
Submit an email nomination to Paula Bent at Nominations should address the criteria, and be as specific as possible to support the nomination. Students should be willing to sign their names as the nominator of a fellow student for this award and be willing to have some of the nomination statement included in the recipient award statement at our Dean’s Reception on August 12th. Students will not be notified that they have been nominated for this award. Self nominations will be accepted. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to nominate students for this award.

If you would like a list of MBA August graduates to help you with the nomination process please let Paula know.

Schedule Reminders

Back half of Project Management is this weekend!

Concentration Info - Entrepreneurship: CORRECTION

CORRECTION TO LAST WEEK'S ANNOUNCEMENT: Research Design is not a required
course in the Entrepreneurship Concentration, but it is available as an
elective. The Entrepreneurship Concentration has three required courses (GSM
570, Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship; GSM 571, Business Plans
and Proposals, and GSM 501, Internship). Note that GSM 501, Internship can
be substituted by another course with Advisor (Teresa Nelson) approval. That
leaves room for one additional elective in the MBA program. Recommended
electives of particular value to entrepreneurs generally are: Research
Design and Analysis (GSM 526), Strategy Consulting for Social Ventures (GSM
533), Sustainable Supply Chain (GSM 548), Venture Capital (under review for
Summer 2011), and Strategic Performance Measures (GSM 520).

Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship 570

Business Plans 571

Internship 501

Research Design and Analysis 526

Strategy Consulting for Social Ventures 533

Sustainable Supply Chain 548

Mahlet Woldemariam Won an Award!

Mahlet Woldemariam was awarded the 2009 Development Leader Award which is awarded annually by the Global Vaccines Development Team! Congrats!

Order your Fall Semester T-Pass

Fall Semester T-Pass orders are due by Thursday, August 5, 2010. Please visit: for more information and for the link to order passes.



Career Services Updates


As a School of Management alumnus you are invited to partner with the Career Services Office throughout your career! We can assist those of you who are considering a career transition, interested in hiring MBA candidates for jobs or internships in your organization, and/or interested in staying involved with the SOM community through sharing your expertise with SOM students and graduates. To find out more about the Career Services benefits available to you as an alumnus please visit the CSO Alumnet page


August 2010 Graduates Job Seekers Group
Tuesday Nights, 6-7:30pm
Dates:  8/10, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28  (*Note: no session on 9/7)
Location: SOM Building, CSO Meeting Room, 1st Floor, Room M-108
Discounted parking available

This group is designed to provide a supportive and energizing forum to

  • Brainstorm ideas for target organizations
  • Share job leads and networking contacts
  • Share opportunities and challenges, and receive feedback
  • Practice positioning yourself
  • Keep momentum going in your search by reporting out each week

This is a weekly series*, and we ask that each person try their best to attend each week.  In order to give everyone enough time to speak/hear ideas & feedback, the group is limited to 6 participants.  Please RSVP by August 1st to  Should we have more people interested in joining, we will begin a 2nd group!


Propel Careers Medical Device Career Networking Night at Foley Hoag
Date: July 20
Time: 6-9pm
Location:  Foley Hoag Emerging Enterprise Center, Bay Colony Corporate Center, North Entrance, 1000 Winter St, Suite 4000, Waltham, MA 02451
To register to attend see link:     

6:00pm-6:45pm - Networking between companies and talent
6:45pm-7:45pm - Discussion of Emerging Medical Device Trends &
                             Company Elevator Pitches
7:45pm-9:00pm - Networking between companies and talent

This Career Networking Event, organized by Propel Careers and Mass Device, is designed to connect medical device companies located in New England with industry professionals, post doctoral fellows, graduate students, and recent undergraduate students in areas such as research, finance, operations, business development, and marketing who are interested in career opportunities within the medical device space. In an effort to maximize connections and career advancement opportunities, the number of medical device companies in attendance will be limited and the attendees will be customized to meet the needs of the positions being recruited for. 

BostonEco Tweetup: The Story of Cosmetics video launch party!
Date: Thursday, July 22
Time: 6-9pm
Location: WorkBar Boston, 711 Atlantic Ave, Lower level, Boston, MA 02111
This is a free, open event for everyone but please register at

BostonEco Tweetup is a free social networking event for anyone who is passionate about eco-living. It's an opportunity to connect with other Bostonians who live and work in the green world including local foodies, green entrepreneurs, healthy living experts, and sustainability leaders.

BostonEco, with the national Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, invites you to the Boston video launch party for The Story of Cosmetics: a seven minute video that reveals the environmental health and social consequences of harmful chemicals in everyday personal care products. Become informed and inspired. Talk with local (New England/New York) and national body care and cosmetic companies who are creating natural and organic products. Get free samples, and enter to win eco-friendly products and books. Learn how you can avoid unsustainable toxic petrochemicals ingredients in your personal care products, and share this information with your network. And meet other professionals interested in healthy, sustainable living!!! Feed your mind and body. Enjoy fresh, healthy free burritos courtesy of Boloco.


NSHMBA 4th Annual Golf Tournament
Date: August 5
Time: 7:30am-3pm
Location: Crosswinds Golf Club, 424 Long Pond Road, Plymouth, MA 02360
Cost: Students- $60

The National Society of Hispanic MBAs Boston Chapter announces our 4th Annual Golf Tournament and Networking Event to be held on Thursday, August 5th, at the Crosswinds Golf Club. At this very special event, you will have the opportunity to connect with peers and local employers in a relaxed environment to create new professional and personal relationships. The event Includes breakfast, lunch, cart, range balls, equipment rentals, and golf contest and will feature:

  • An 18- Holes Tournament
  • Awards for top three teams
  • Men & Ladies: Closest to the pin
  • Men & Ladies: Longest drive
  • Golf Clinic for Beginners and 9- Holes Tournament


Mass Innovation Nights
Mass Innovation Nights connect Massachusetts-based innovators with the marketplace using social media. The monthly Launch Parties (second Wednesday of the month) and networking events are FREE for everyone — companies and guests alike.  All we ask is that guests help spread the word about cool new products they see at our events.  Blog, Tweet (#MIN), Facebook, LinkedIn or tell a neighbor or a friend (yes, in person, you know, talking…)



Net Impact 4th Annual CSR Panel
From Ancillary to Integrated: CSR as the Modern Competitive Advantage
Date: July 19
Time: 3 – 8pm
Location: 5th Floor, Simmons School of Management, 300 Fenway

The Simmons Net Impact Chapter, in cooperation with the School of Management and with the generous support of Eileen Fisher, are excited to announce the 4th annual Corporate Social Responsibility Panel. The expert panelists include:

  • Sheila Cavanaugh, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs Fidelity Investments
  • Chris Hagler, Partner at HaglerHomrich Sustainability Consulting Group
  • Harriet Hentges, VP of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at Ahold USA
  • Hector Rodriguez, Director of Global EHS & Sustainability at Biogen Idec
  • Kathrin Winkler, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at EMC

The Panel will discuss the latest shift in CSR, from an ancillary practice to a more integrated component of a business strategy, a modern competitive advantage.

Over the past few years, the CSR Panel has attracted a large and enthusiastic audience of students, faculty, alumnae, and Net Impact members from Simmons and other Boston-area networks-including other universities and businesses. The Panel is also an important complement to the Simmons SOM core curriculum and concentration in Corporate Social Responsibility.


Why Businesses Should Care About Biodiversity
Just as it's practically standard for companies to measure and report on their greenhouse gas emissions and understand the risks and opportunities they face from climate change, companies are being urged to understand the impacts they have on biodiversity and ecosystems.



ALPFA National Convention
July 31- August 4, at Lake Buena Vista, FL (Disney)

Asian MBA Leadership Conference & Career Fair
August 26-28, in New York City, NY
20% discount for the career fair use code: BOSTONCONS

National Black MBA Conference
September 21-25, in Los Angeles, CA

Women MBA Virtual Career Fair
September 29, anywhere you want to be!!!

National Association of Women MBAs Conference
October 1-2, in Louisville, KY
Limited time discount price for SOM:

Nonprofit Marketing Conference
October 11-13, in Chicago, IL

Reaching Out MBA
October 14-17, in Los Angeles, CA
SOM Annual Career Expo
October 15th, at Simmons School of Management, 5th Floor
More details coming soon!

Massachusetts Society of CPAs Fall Career Fair & Networking Expo
October 20, 1:30-4:30pm



congratulations TO 2009 and 2010 GRADS on their new jobs!

  • Alyson Loria, Marketing Manager at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc
  • Amy Longyear, Account Executive at Acquia, Inc
  • Beth Dunn, Inbound Marketing Consultant at HubSpot
  • Courtney Panik, Human Resources Representative III at Yahoo!
  • Amy Blackshaw, Marketing Leadership Development Program, Senior Associate at EMC
  • Gail Parente, Research Associate at Colliers Meredith & Grew
  • Georgina Michael, Communications Lead at Philips Healthcare
  • Julia Kemp, Product Launch Manager at Daily Grommet
  • Katelyn Nadeau, Product and Customer Care Manager at Aldata, Apollo Inc.
  • Katinka Stenius, Manager of Scientific Affairs at Cytoo Cell Architects
  • Liz Otto, Marketing and Admissions Manager at Navitas World
  • Meret Peter, Business and Communications Analyst at ConstellationCenter
  • Nancy Buzby, VP of Marketing at Experience Inc.
  • Natalia Ivanov, Senior Banking Consultant at AGS Alpama Global Services LLC
  • Rachel Hughes, Senior Consultant at Ogilvy and Mather
  • Sarah Briggs, Research Account Executive at Invoke Solutions
  • Tania Tagliavento, Analyst at AEW Capital Management, LP
  • Tonie Stephenson, Fiscal Officer-Energy Initiative at MIT
  • Wei Wong, Financial Analyst at Shire Human Genetic Therapies
  • Jennifer Vittorioso, Healthcare Contract Administrator at Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA

If you have landed a new position, received a promotion, or launched a new venture, please let us know so we can share your good news! 


  • Outside Sales Account Executive @ Eversave
  • Charity Partnership Program Manager @ Prospectiv
  • Marketing Program Manager @ EMC Corporation
  • Sr. Recruiter @ Boston University
  • Biba Team - Branding & Marketing Coordinator @ Revolve
  • Latin America Account Manager @ AIR Worldwide
  • Segment Marketing Manager / Account Manager @ AIR Worldwide
  • Vice President, Investment Banking– Exemplar Capital @ Revolve
  • Director of Development @ BOSTON WOMEN'S FUND


Visit Career Connect for all the latest internship and job posts.  
As a reminder, please keep your Career Connect profile up to date. If you forgot your username and password, please contact Please do not re-register yourself as past information about you will be lost.



How to Market Yourself in the Nonprofit Sector
Despite signs that the economy is improving, the nonprofit job market remains extremely competitive. In this buyers’ market, simply being a talented candidate is not enough.


Stressed at Work? Try These A-Z Tips to De-Stress and Get More Done
It's the rare person who doesn't feel frazzled at work these days. The threat of layoffs seems to be churning around most offices, and employees who do survive the cut often end up doing the work of their colleagues who left.

To hire or not to hire?
Small business is being counted on to drive job growth; it’s delivering them a few at a time.^3621241





Library Updates

Summer Semester Hours

May 17th - August 13th
Monday-Thursday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm

August 14th - August 31st
Monday-Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Saturday, May 29th: CLOSED
Sunday, May 30th: CLOSED
Monday, May 31st: CLOSED
Sunday, July 4th: CLOSED
Monday, July 5th: CLOSED

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Technology Information

Alerts, Announcements and Events from Technology are all available through the my.simmons portal.

  • For other tip sheets and descriptions of technology resources visit We even have some podcasts on iTunes U.
  • Need help with your computer?  Sign up for a Technology Self Help Clinic by calling (617-521.-2222) or emailing
  • Media Services has a variety of equipment is available for you to borrow including laptops and cameras:
  • The Technology Desk on the 1st floor of the Beatley Library Information Commons is staffed with Simmons students eager to help you use the computers and study rooms available to you throughout the Library. This includes the Media Viewing and Listening Room, where you may watch or listen to DVDs, VHS tapes, and broadcasts.


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