November 6th, 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
MBA Office Staff Transitions
Spring 2009 T-Pass Information
Flu Shot at SOM
Travel Course Updates
International Certificate Program - India, Nov 21, 2008- Extended Deadline
Net Impact MBA Perspectives Survey
Registration Updates
Net Impact Meeting: Tuesday, November 18th at 5pm in CR2

MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

I know that any reference to politics can be dangerous, but regardless of whether your candidate won or lost this week, all can acknowledge that it was a historic day in America including the highest amount of votes cast in over 20 years.  For all of our international as well as domestic students, what a great time to be in business school as you will get to examine, issues of leadership, organizational change, and both the domestic and global economy as we prepare for a major transition of leadership in our country. What is also interesting is that you could take each of the other required courses in our curriculum as well and look at this transition through the lens of that course. What a great reflective exercise that would be for each of you at different points of your year!

Quotes of the Week

“Think of managing change as an adventure. It tests your skills and abilities. It brings forth talent that may have been dormant. Change is also a training ground for leadership. When we think of leaders, we remember times of change, innovation and conflict. Leadership is often about shaping a new way of life. To do that, you must advance change, take risks and accept responsibility for making change happen.”-- Charles E. Rice, CEO, Barnett Bank

As many of you continue to work in teams, from Henry Ford:

“Coming together is the beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.”


Schedule Reminders for Next Week

Day students are off Monday and Tuesday, night classes are running.

The MBA Office is open on a regular schedule on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Tuesday, the MBA Office willl be staffed from 4-8pm for Veterans’s Day. Students will have access with their ID cards starting at 3pm.

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:

Flu Shot at SOM

The Health center is once again, offering to hold a flu shot clinic here at Comm Ave.  It will be held next Wednesday, November 12th from 10am-12:30pm in the Business Center. Please let Karen Morrissey know if you think you might get one so that she can track the number of vaccinations the Health Center to bring with them.  You can email her at

Travel Course Updates

The deadline for Brazil payment is November 10.

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.

The Secret Millionaire at the SOM

SOM Visiting Professor of Practice and Entrepreneurship and American businesswoman Margaret Heffernan, who made millions as an internet pioneer – says goodbye to her Somerset mansion, her two kids and husband, in exchange for a flat above a corner shop in one of Nottingham’s poorest areas.

Once a thriving town, this British city has gained a recent reputation for guns and drugs. But what worries Margaret more than the thought of living in potential gang land territory, is the fact that she has just nine days to identify people who she feels are worthy of her money. As an entrepreneur herself and a highly successful published author, Margaret is particularly interested in finding people who are already entrepreneurial in their instincts, people who are already making a difference but who may just need a bit of help…




451 Marlborough Street, Boston

Case Room 1

Please RSVP to if you are going to attend!

The Secret Millionaire is one of the most popular shows on British television. A US version of the series is due to start airing on Fox in December.


We are starting a NAWMBA chapter here at Simmons!  Currently, we are planning to divide into groups of functional interest (marketing, finance, etc) within our NAWMBA chapter, so that we can ensure all of our interests are explored.  Becoming a NAWMBA member is a great way to network, find out about career/internship opportunties, attend panels in your field, and find out about different functional areas.  If you are interested in joining NAWMBA, please email Lia Moore ( or Aparna Lahiri ( with your area of interest and contact information no later than Thursday, November 13.

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.

Classes on Veterans Day

There are no day classes, but the evening section of Leading is running!

Registration UpdateS

Information will be out next week!


News & Events

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

Spark: Building and Sustaining the Future 2008 Conference

Spark: Building & Sustaining the Future 2008 is a full day conference for young ladies (ages 14-17) in the Boston community who have limited exposure to careers in business and professional development. This event is sponsored by the SOM, Scott Ross Center, and the Women of Color Club.

We are seeking 10 volunteers to participate in this event, 5 current Simmons SOM students and 5 Simmons SOM Alumni.

It is an opportunity for current Simmons MBA students and alumni to engage in social responsibility by not only connecting through conversation (Speed Networking) with the young female participants at the event, but by also continuing to provide professional development support and advice post the event.

Event Date: December 13th
Time Commitment: 12pm – 2:30pm
Location: Simmons College Main Campus

If you are interesting in volunteering, please email Shaquanna Philip at


Career Services Updates

Network Express: Annual SOM Alumnae Networking Night

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.

Preparation Session
Date: November 17th
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.


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

Date: Wednesday, November 19th
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Sara Campbell Boutique - 44 Plympton St. (Parking lot & street parking available)
Cost: $10.00 at the door
Please RSVP to:

Please join fellow SOM Alumna and students for a night of networking and shopping fun as we gather at the stylish and innovative boutique of Sara Campbell in the Boston’s South End. You will have the opportunity to meet Sara Campbell, designer and owner of the boutique while enjoying snacks, wine, and a 10% discount on anything you purchase that evening. For more information on Sara Campbell and to see some of her wonderful clothes and accessories go to  


Financial Services FAST Track
Online Panel: Interview Do’s & Don’ts

Date: Monday, November 17
Time: 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. EDT

Are you getting ready to start the interview process? Need a refresher course on how to make a great first impression? Not sure what to expect given the economy? One thing is for sure - you need to stand out from the competition.  As part of the Financial Services FAST Track program, Forté companies will host a panel discussion on how to make the most of your interview!

This is a FREE webinar for women MBA’s from Forté schools to help you maximize your interview opportunities. Using examples from candidates seeking internship and full-time employment opportunities, executives from these three firms will review what to do before, during, and after the interview. The panel will review typical types of interview questions and the content for a 1/2 hour interview. For more information visit


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

Women for Hire Career Expo
Nov. 11, 10am-2pm, At The Manhattan Center in New York City
Registration Required visit

Net Impact Conference
Nov. 13-15, Philadelphia, PA
Registration Required visit

6th Annual ALPFA Leadership Summit
Nov. 13, 5:00-10:00pm, at Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
Registration Required visit

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

“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  
~ Marketing Communications Manager - Stybel Peabody & Associates, Inc      
~ Marketing Manager – Massachusetts General Hospital  
~ Vice President, Program & Services – Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries
~ Senior New Business Development Manager - Philips
~ Finance Associate - Industrial Economics, Inc.

Recent Internship & Fellowship Postings – Visit Career Connect  
~ Internship – La Bella Dolce  
~ Internship – MassPRO (2 openings)
~The Deland Fellowship Program in Health Care and Society - Brigham and  
   Women's 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

Veteran’s Day Hours – The library will be staffed from 8am – 12pm and
4pm – 8pm this upcoming Tuesday, November 11th.  The library will be staffed regular hours the rest of the week.

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.

RefWorks will take place on Tuesday, November 18th at 2pm.

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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