November 13th, 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
Schedule Reminders for Next Week
Dean's Roundtable Event
Be a Promising Pal!
Registration Updates
The Girl Scout Leading Woman Awards and Breakfast

MBA Office Updates

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!!

Quotes of the Week

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


Schedule Reminders for Next Week

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!!

Dean's Roundtable Event

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!!

Be a Promising Pal!

The Scott/Ross Center for Community Service is currently recruiting
volunteers from the Simmons community for this year's Promising Pals
program, a writing initiative with student from the James P. Timilty
School in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood.  Through a series of letters
exchanged over a six month period (December - May), the program
fosters relationships between middle school students and adults in the
Greater Boston area.

Promising Pals is collaboration between the James P. Timilty Middle School
and the Greater Boston community.  Started in 1986, the program highlights
literacy and mentoring by giving students exposure to the outside
professional world through an exciting writing initiative with an area

Simmons College is one of the largest participants involved in the program.
Last year over 160 Simmons faculty and staff members, graduate
students, and alumni joined over 600 professionals from greater Boston
to be a part of this program.  By establishing a correspondence
relationship between Timilty students and professionals in the Greater
Boston area, the Promising Pals Program encourages self-expression,
role modeling, and skill development.  Through the program, adults and
students correspond regularly by writing letters at intervals
throughout the second semester of the school year.  At the end of the
school year, the pals are required to attend the annual Promising
Pals breakfast, where they will meet their student. This year's
breakfast will be held on Friday, May 29th.

To register as a Simmons Promising Pal, go to:

If you know someone outside the Simmons community who would like to
participate in this program, please tell them to email, with "Promising Pals" in the subject line.

For more information, contact Rachel Suskewicz in the Scott/Ross
Center for Community Service at or (617)

MBA Office Staff Transitions

Paula 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:

If you have MBA Update submissions, they will go to Nicole. You can email her at

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

Please see the following link for information:

International Certificate Program - India, Nov 21, 2008- Extended Deadline

We are offering a wonderful opportunity for up to two current MBA students to join the International Certificate Program. The Program has an emphasis on gender and leadership in an area of choice, which is India for 2009.

The Program involves taking a minimum of six elective credits during the MBA program in the area of (a) gender, diversity and leadership, (b) international marketing/ finance, and (c) culture of India/ South Asia, during the Spring / Summer 2009 or earlier.

In addition, the students will spend a semester abroad in Fall 2009 at Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM-C).   IIM-C is a premier business school in India and the world, and is our partner institution.   It attracts best talent in India (200,000 students apply for 250 general seats every year, and many of its alums are in the senior management of major corporations around the world including Indira Nooyi at Pepsi) and gets nearly hundred exchange students from around the world every Fall.

While doing their semester abroad at IIM-C, students will take a minimum of six credits of courses, that are primarily international/ India in their content.   IIM Calcutta offers a good number of electives in several disciplinary areas - see

The Program fee for the entire semester abroad, including tuition fee, international airfare, boarding, lodging, and travel and health insurance, is $3000.   This will be due in Spring/ Summer 2009 before departure to IIM-C.

A minimum GPA of 3.3, or an equivalent interim academic standing, at the time of application will be required to qualify.  The student will also need to fill a short application form, explaining why she is interested in the International Certificate Program, and why she is a deserving candidate to be accepted (an essay of up to 500 words).   In addition, a recommendation letter from any SOM faculty is required.

Application deadline:
Applications are invited immediately (by Nov 21st). The application, including the essay, and a recommendation letter from a faculty, should be submitted to the MBA Program Office. For further information, please contact Professor Vipin Gupta,

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: or paste it in your browser. The survey is intended for MBA students only and closes November 26. Questions can be directed to  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 by November 14. She is also very close to public transportation.

Registration UpdateS

Registration materials were all emailed last night by Paula. If you did not get them, please email her at 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
Prof. Maurice Gervais
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: GSM 425
Term: Spring

This course will address the challenges specific to developing and marketing products and services in global markets.

Today, all firms have to compete on a global scale and must adapt to an ever-changing environment. The tasks of the Global Marketing Manager are much more complex when the enterprise operates in several countries where market characteristics, needs of customers, cultures, competition, and government policies are quite different.

The Global Manager must learn new skills to detect the emerging customer needs, to adapt the products to local requirements, to enter or exit foreign markets, to implement a worldwide organization which motivates local managers with different cultures while insuring the proper flow of information throughout a network of global affiliates.

We will analyze the alternatives to enter foreign markets, the benefits and pitfalls of global marketing, the differences in cultures, the challenges of managing products that address fast changing customer needs, keeping in mind that the Global Manager is directly accountable for the revenues and profits of the entire enterprise in all its markets and locations.
One of the subjects of our discussions will be the difficult choice between the centralization the firm decisions at the headquarters and providing homogenous global products to benefit from economies of scale and consistency, and the larger freedom to be provided to the local Management to adapt products and services to local needs.
This course will address these challenges with contemporary readings and very current business cases that will take place in 9 different countries representing the major regions of the world and will cover different business sectors such as retail, consumer products, industrial products, services and high tech industries.
We will learn from foreign students who attend this course and who will share with us their experiences in their home countries. The deliverables are reports on three business cases that you select to fit your interest and schedule. 2 credits


News & Events

The Girl Scout Leading Woman Awards and Breakfast

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 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!

Tuesday, November 18th, Simmons will host a Fair Trade/Sustainable
Clothing Fashion Show featuring local and national brands and presenting Proxy,
a new Fair Trade Clothing company started by SOM Alum and winner of the 2008 Silverman Business Plan Competition, HeatherJean MacNeil. Simmons College undergraduates, faculty and staff will be modeling.

The event will be at the Linda K. Paresky Center at 7pm on Tuesday
November 18th.

Join us and bring your favorite woman entrepreneur!

Surefire Strategies to Raising Capital

Date: November 18, 2008
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Simmons College, Special Functions Room, Main Campus Building, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA

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


Career Services Updates


Prep Session
Network Express: Annual SOM Alumnae Networking Event

Date: November 17
Time: 5-5:45pm
Location: Case Room
Please RSVP to

In case that you are not able to attend this prep session please contact the Career Services Office at 617-521-3857 or for more information.

Network Express: Annual SOM Alumnae Networking Event

Date:  December 3
Time: 5:30-8:30pm
Location: SOM, 409 Commonwealth Ave. (Green and Gold Rooms)
Please RSVP to

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

Date: Monday, November 17
Time: 5-6pm

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

Simmons School of Management Networking Night
“Simmons Women, Shopping, and Wine” What could be more fun!

Date: Wednesday, November 19
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Sara Campbell Boutique - 44 Plympton St. (Parking lot & street parking available)
Cost: $10.00 at the door
Please RSVP to:


Note:  These eventsares open to all students regardless of ethnic background. 
Visit the individual websites for registration details, resume upload instructions, etc.
For financial assistance to attend these events, contact Lisa Toby at

The 4th Annual Conference on Clean Energy: Financing and Partnering for Emerging Businesses
Nov. 18-19, Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
Registration required visit

Green Networking and Careers Fair
Nov. 20, 11am-2pm, at Simmons College Kotzen Center
For event details call 617-521-2722 or email

New Day Diversity Management Conference
Nov. 20, 12:30pm-7:30pm, at Hynes Convention Center
Registration required visit

“Green Careers” Professional Development Day (Cost: $50)
Nov. 21, 9am–3pm (optional tour: 3 pm – 4 pm), at EcoTarium, Worcester MA
Registration required contact for the form 


Recent Job Postings – Visit Career Connect  
~ Practice Consultant/ Project Manager - Massachusetts General Hospital
~ Director, Corporate Marketing - Population Services International (PSI)
~ Senior Manager, Communications - Population Services International (PSI)
~ International Senior Recruiter - The William J. Clinton Foundation

Recent Internship Postings – Visit Career Connect  
~ HR Map Intern (Non-Technical) -  Hewlett-Packard Company
~ Practice Consultant - Massachusetts General Hospital
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


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Library Updates

Free Cookies in the Library! – The library will be hosting two series of brown bag workshops where we’ll be providing the drinks & cookies—you just need to bring lunch or dinner!  Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend.

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.

UPDATE TO REFWORKS TUTORIAL 11/18 - The time for the RefWorks tutorial has been changed to 11am.  Hope to see you there!

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 or 617-521-3851 and Michael Wick, the SOM Library Assistant, is at or 617-521-3847.

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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