November 13th, 2008
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.
Registration will open next week and please know Darla and I are available to help with course scheduling and sequencing thoughts. We do know with the economy, many of you are thinking of either accelerating to be done faster or slowing down because work is too crazy. Others want to speed up or slow down because you either have more time available or you want more time to concentrate on your classes. And then, a whole other group of you are just fine and will stay on your selected track!!! Your faculty are also able to help you think through the types of electives that will complement or supplement what you want to do when you graduate, so feel free to make an appointment with them to talk about it! The important thing you should all now is that if you change tracks by speeding up or slowing down it may have serious implications on any financial aid merit packages you received from the SOM. Make sure we talk through that implication if it affects you.
Thanksgiving is two weeks from today and the big SOM move is five weeks from tomorrow!! Time is flying right now!!
Tom Reilly in an article on dealing with tough times:
"You fight this battle on two fronts. One, you fight it on the streets with your knowledge and skills. Two, you fight it in your mind—your thinking and your attitude. Attitude drives behavior. We move in the direction of our thoughts. We behave as we believe. What we feel on the inside we generally demonstrate on the outside. You may not be able to control your environment totally but you can control your reaction. You may not be able to control the outcome of your efforts but you can control your input. You may not be able to silence the cynics and the critics but you can prove them wrong with your attitude and behavior."
”All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right-about-face that turns us from failure toward success.” --Dorothea Brande
On November 24 at noon in CR2, there will be a brown bag presentation by Erin DeCurtis, MBA ’08, who has been doing her entrepreneurship practicum in Sustainabilty at Simmons College. It should be a great hour and we invite you all to attend!!
On November 19th, there will be an Open Forum with the Deans! 12-1pm for day students and 5-6pm for evening students! This is a great opportunity to chat informally with the Deans!!
MBA Office Staff TransitionsPaula Bent, Manager of MBA Program Operations, will be covering the MBA Office once Katlyn goes out on maternity leave on Friday, November 14th. For those of you who don't know her, she currently is based in the Undergraduate Office with Nicole Catavolos and worked in the MBA Office until Fall 2007, when the two programs merged administratively. She will be able to assist you with all of the same things that Katlyn did. You can reach her at Katlyn's extension (x3832) or by email: email@example.com.
If you have MBA Update submissions, they will go to Nicole. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2009 Semester T-Passes
Information on Spring 2009 T-passes is now available online. If you have any questions about the T-Pass program, please contact the Office of Student Leadership and Activities at x2423 or email email@example.com.
International Certificate Program - India, Nov 21, 2008- Extended Deadline
Net Impact MBA Perspectives Survey
What impact has the recent financial crisis had on graduate business students’ perspectives on MBA education and careers? Please take 10– 15 minutes to answer a survey and tell us what you think. To take the survey, click on this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=zgPEvx4uB67fLKFH9GbMmg_3d_3d or paste it in your browser. The survey is intended for MBA students only and closes November 26. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Survey respondents will have a chance to enter a raffle to win a $100 gift card from American Express.
Thanksgiving Invitation from Jane Mooney
Since she has been at Simmons, Jane has extended the warm invitation for any students that have no plans for Thanksgiving to go to her house and celebrate with her daughter and friends. Every year we hear what a fabulous time students have had at her house and the one thing we can guarantee is that the food will be terrific and the company even better. If you would like to go, please email Jane at email@example.com by November 14. She is also very close to public transportation.
Registration materials were all emailed last night by Paula. If you did not get them, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you another copy! The only course still with a TBA is a Health, Economics and Finance course. It will be taught by Gary Gaumer from the School of Health Studies and is a 3 credit elective. Econ is preferred, but not required. It is listed as a HC Certificate course, but all MBA’s are open to take it as part of their electives.
See below for an elective description:
GSM 527 International Marketing
The SOM is sponsoring a table at The Girl Scout Leading Woman Awards and Breakfast on Thursday, November 20, 2008. The event is from 7:30am – 9:30am at the Westin Copley Place. The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEM) host the Annual celebration to honor six outstanding women from the community and raise funds to support GSEM programming. We have a limited amount of seats available for students that we will be raffling, if you would like to attend the event please email Nicole.Herrick@simmons.edu by Noon on November 14, 2008.
This year’s honorees include:
- Michele Courton Brown, Senior Vice President, Philanthropic Practice Advisor, Philanthropic Management, Bank of America
- Susan M. Esper, Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
- Kerry Murphy Healey, Ph.D., Former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
- Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy and Founding Director of the Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government
- Laura J. Sen, President and Chief Operating Officer, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.
- Liz Walker, Host and Executive Producer, Sunday with Liz Walker Reverend of Bethel A. M. E. Church, Jamaica Plain
Net Impact Meeting: Tuesday, November 18th at 5pm in CR2
Please join us! The SOM Net Impact Chapter aims to raise awareness, build knowledge, and expand networks related to topics such as mission-driven for-profits, non-profit management, social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, socially-responsible investing, and sustainability. At the 11/18 meeting, in addition to other agenda items, we will be sharing some of the new ideas recently presented at the national Net Impact conference.
Come celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week at Simmons College!
Surefire Strategies to Raising Capital
Date: November 18, 2008
Do you have a great business opportunity that requires extra capital? Would you be interested in what investors look for in a pitch? Join the Boston chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and Simmons School of Management for a panel discussion on how to raise capital for your business. Dr. Teresa Nelson, Elizabeth J. McCandless Professor of Entrepreneurship, will moderate a panel of high level women in the financial industry including Jean Hammond, serial entrepreneur and investor and co-coordinator of the Boston based angel investment group, Golden Seeds, Debra A. DeVenne-Zarba, Senior Vice President, Team Leader in the Regional Banking Division at Citizens Bank and Stacey Parks Townsend, President and CEO of The Property and Casualty Initiative.
Cost of the event is $30 for members and $40 for non-members. All Simmons School of Management students and alumnae are eligible for the member rate of $30.
RSVP: send an email to email@example.com
Date: November 17
In case that you are not able to attend this prep session please contact the Career Services Office at 617-521-3857 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Network Express: Annual SOM Alumnae Networking Event
Date: December 3
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and network with SOM Alumnae about their careers, and learn more about their industries, functions. You will also receive feedback on building rapport while networking to help you in your career development process.
Financial Services FAST Track Online Panel: Interview Do’s & Don’ts
A Panel discussion on how to make the most of your interview!This is a FREE webinar to help you maximize your interview opportunities. Using examples from candidates seeking internship and full-time employment opportunities, executives will review typical types of interview questions, the content for a 1/2 hour interview, and what to do before, during, and after the interview. For more information visit www.fortefoundation.org.
Simmons School of Management Networking Night
Date: Wednesday, November 19
EXTERNAL CAREER FAIRS & CONFERENCES
Note: These eventsares open to all students regardless of ethnic background.
The 4th Annual Conference on Clean Energy: Financing and Partnering for Emerging Businesses
Green Networking and Careers Fair
New Day Diversity Management Conference
“Green Careers” Professional Development Day (Cost: $50)
Recent Job Postings – Visit Career Connect
Recent Internship Postings – Visit Career Connect
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!
INTERESTING CAREER ARTICLES
Career Advancement in Tough Times
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Linda will be leading an Alerts, Feeds, and RSS workshop. In it she’ll demonstrate tools in library databases so you will automatically receive a monthly Table of Contents for your favorite magazines, have searches sent to you as new results are added, or collect the blogs you follow into one, easy-to-read location.
Mike will lead a tutorial on RefWorks, which is a free and easy-to-use tool that collects citations as you research a topic. After you’ve written your paper, you won’t have to go through the hassle of creating your bibliography from scratch—it’s easily produced with a few clicks of the mouse.
Each workshop will last about 45 minutes. Bring your meal and we’ll bring the sweets!
Alerts, Feeds, and RSS will be hosted on Monday, November 17th at 12pm and Tuesday, November 18th at 5pm.
Research Assistance – Need help figuring out the best database to find articles? Problems finding what demographic is the biggest consumer of ham products? Contact the librarians and set up a time when we can help you! Linda Schuller Wolf, the SOM Librarian, is at email@example.com or 617-521-3851 and Michael Wick, the SOM Library Assistant, is at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-521-3847.