October 16th, 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
Business Cards are Here!
SOMAA Student Representatives Needed!
MBA Staffing Updates
Schedule Updates
Undergraduate Networking Dinner
Join the Non-Profit Management Club!
Women of Color Open Forum
24th Annual Minority Business Conference
CGO Event on Gender, Culture, and Success
Women's Leadership Exchange Conference

MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

It is really hard to find some good helpful analogy with the Red Sox performance and the Patriot performances this week, but of course I have!! Your MBA program is similar to the playoff series. There are lots of opportunities to showcase your talents and skills, and if you don’t do well today, you learn from it in the hopes of doing better tomorrow. You will have lots of good days when everything seems to be clicking on all cylinders and have bad days where it seems like you can’t do anything right or get anything done. If things are going well, keep doing the big and little things that are working. If your exams, papers and projects don’t come back as strong as you hoped, learn from it-meet with your faculty, and do some really good introspection about what you might want to consider changing for the next round of them. But, here is the most important analogy-neither the Patriots or the Red Sox will ever give up and they will play hard all the way through, even with their backs up against the wall. Your MBA program is hard, but I know you will give it everything you have, today, tomorrow and every day until you graduate!

Quotes of the Week

"Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”-- Muhammed Ali

"There are no secrets to success—don't waste time looking for them. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty to those for whom you work, and persistence.” -- Colin Powell


Business Cards are Here!

If you purchased business cards, they are available for pick up in the MBA Office. The total cost came to $27.50 and you can pay with exact cash or check.

SOMAA Student Representatives Needed!

Join the School of Management Alumnae Association Board: An opportunity to gain non-profit board experience and connect with SOM alums! Apply by November 15, 2008

The Simmons School of Management Alumnae Association (SOMAA) is recruiting for two student representatives (one day student and one evening student,) to sit on the Board as non-voting members.  Student Representatives are critical to the Alumnae Association as they represent the interests of current students, SOMAA’s pre-alumnae constituents.

The Board of Directors is the leadership of the Alumnae Association. SOMAA’s goal is to ensure all alumnae maintain a sense of community and have opportunities to continue their personal and professional development.  Not only does the Alumnae Association serve alumnae but it also supports and advances the SOM.

Your time commitment as a student representative includes attendance at all board meetings. These are held as conference calls, with quarterly in person meetings at the SOM.  You will lead the selection process for new Student Representatives at the completion of term of office.  Additionally, you have the opportunity to work on a committee or on a special project.  Your term would begin in January 2009.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience working on a non-profit board of directors, become involved and connected with the alumnae network, and have a voice in the direction of the Alumnae Association.

If you have questions about this position, please contact the current Student Representatives, Heather Lantz (lantz.heather@gmail.com) or Jennifer Albert (jma1taylor@gmail.com).  To apply, please email a copy of your resume and a statement of interest to Sherri Schwaninger (sherri.schwaninger@novartis.com) by November 15, 2008.  A nominations committee member will contact you directly.

MBA Staffing Updates

Last week, the Dean announced that Denise Haile, our Director of Admissions had resigned and that Kerri Brophy had agreed to assume the position of Senior Director of Marketing and Admissions. As we head into a brand new building and AACSB accreditation visits set for February, it is an important time for the SOM to capitalize on these huge opportunities to further increase enrollments. In light of this opportunities and the fact that Darla Pires-DeGrace has 11 years of admissions experience, the Dean asked Darla to rejoin the admissions team. Darla, as many of you would expect, also wanted to keep part of her roles and responsibilities working with students and faculty in the Program office, so her new role will be 80% Admissions and Marketing and 20% in the Program office. She will be moving upstairs with the Marketing/Admissions team in the next few weeks, but will still be very involved in the certificates, BAMBA, student advising and foundations.

The second part of our update is to let you know that Katlyn Cavanaugh, one of our Coordinators in Academic Programs will be headed out on maternity leave no later than November 15 and is expecting to return in February. We are developing a plan that will utilize Nicole, Paula and Karen more as well as our student workers to help cover everything we need to do and still deliver quality service!! We will let you know as soon as plans are finalized!

Schedule Updates

Consulting elective is on the Comm Ave campus this weekend, in CR2!

Undergraduate Networking Dinner

We are looking for MBA students that are free on Nov. 13 to come to a undergrad networking dinner and talk to undergrads about your work, your career path, etc. It will be from 5:30-8:30pm and on the main campus. RSVP to Paula at paula.bent@simmons.edu or call her at 617.521.2406! Thanks!

Join the Non-Profit Management Club!

Attention Students working in the field or interested in the field of Non-profit Management.  If you would like to be part of the Simmons SOM Non-profit Management Club please email Tonie Stephenson at tonie.stephenson@simmons.edu.

Information About Financial Aid

Here is some information we received about Financial Aid from the Financial Aid Office.

Access to Aid: Students have not had an issue, in general, with access to financial aid. There are no issues with access to federal student loans.  We've seen some delays and confusions with the mechanics of obtaining the loans through the online process, but not at all with finding lenders who are willing to provide the loans.  Our online recommended list remains up to date.  Some returning students have found that they had to change lenders or guarantee agencies because their previous lender was no longer able to honor the promissory signed in the past.  Incoming grad students may or may not have experienced this if they wanted to stay with their lender from undergrad.

Private Loans: The only real issues that students tend to have is their own credit history and the availability of a co-signer.  A couple of our recommended lenders have indicated mid-year that they will no longer make private loans or have restricted to whom they will make private loans.  However, they have stated that they intend to honor the loans that have already been made.  At this time, we have no reason to doubt them. These lenders have been removed from our recommended lender list online.

If you would like to look at it, the online recommended lender list is at

Registration UpdateS

No new updates this week... stay tuned!


News & Events

Women of Color Open Forum

Monday, November 3rd
5:30pm – 7:30pm
The Dean's Conference Room at Simmons SOM
  • Meet and greet fellow women of color MBA students
  • Discuss ideas for future programming
  • Learn more about an upcoming volunteer opportunity: SPARK

    (refreshments will be provided)

If you are interested in joining the Women of Color Club and/or attending the upcoming meeting, please contact Shaquanna Philip @ Shaquanna.Philip@simmons.edu.

About the WOC:
The WOC's mission is to empower, develop, and enrich the lives of the SOM women of color through personal and professional development.We propose that the mission be realized through professional development events (hosted by WOCC and local events), social events, and resource sharing. In Professional development we will host; Targeted lectures, Tea Time Discussion, as well as other faculty and career services events. There will be several social gatherings and collaborations within different communities. In hope that the social gatherings will help in building a community where we are comfortable turning to one another for advice, support, resources (access to network, job opportunities, etc.)

24th Annual Minority Business Conference

The Metro Boston Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) is hosting its 24th Annual Minority Business Conference on October 25th, 2008 at Suffolk University Law School from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We are by this email sending an invitation to you and your students to attend this year's conference.

The conference will showcase student competition, seminars for professionals, small business owners, career fair and networking. We encourage everyone to attend this extraordinary event as it provides the opportunity for knowledge sharing among professors, professionals, students, small business owners, and parents.  

The highlight is the student competitions which give scholarships awards to the winners towards tuition and boarding. However students can only participate in the competitions if they are registered members of NABA. Those not already members can register at nabainc.organytime before the conference date for a fee of $25. Newly registered students are encouraged print and bring copies of the receipt generated on-line as the date of registration may not be long enough to allow their information to be updated in time for the event. *For the conference please register at http://www.nababoston.org/*

CGO Event on Gender, Culture, and Success

Topic: Gender, Culture and Success: How Latina “cultural scripts” affect the career success of mid-level managers
NEW DATE: Wednesday, November 5, 2008
NEW TIME: 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Place: 409 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA; in the Green Room
Speaker: Evangelina Holvino, Ed.D. , President, Chaos Management, Ltd., and CGO Affiliate

One of the hallmarks of the CGO perspective is what we call “gender in all its complexity.” By that we mean that in order to understand the experience of women at work, we must take into account the way different aspects of social identity such as race, ethnicity, age and sexual orientation operate simultaneously to influence gender dynamics in organizations.  Latinas as a group represent the simultaneity of race, ethnicity, class and gender.  In this presentation, and celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, Dr. Holvino explores the experience of Latina mid-level managers in Fortune 1000 corporations using the concept of “cultural scripts.” She will explain the concept and describe the way in which these scripts both support and challenge Latinas leadership and career development.  Finally, drawing on this understanding of the role cultural scripts play in organizational life she leads us in a discussion of strategies to increase support and effectiveness for managing the scripts and cultural challenges that rise from diversity in the workplace.

» Please RSVP

The 2008/09 Speakers Series is sponsored by
The TJX Companies, Inc.

Women's Leadership Exchange Conference

The Women's Leadership Exchange is a social entrepreneurship organization founded by and for successful businesswomen. Recognizing the unique challenges facing women in business – whether they are leading their own companies or are leaders in the corporate, government or not-for-profit sectors, WLE offers a program that helps them fill the information gap and provides a venue for building connections that will facilitate their success in business and in life.

At the center of this program are conferences - featuring leading experts, accredited business coaches and interactive programming - in major markets around the U.S. In addition, WLE offers a resource-packed website,  a leadership development program (LEXCI), teleconferences,  and an enewsletter.

Watch an interview with Leslie Grossman explaining what is WLE.

WLE invites you to a unique one-day business conference for women leaders in your area. Due to the great success of the past six years, Women's Leadership Exchange is coming to Boston for the first time with an extended program on Tuesday, October 21 with great speakers and workshops that will help your business thrive in this tough economy.  As a member of Simmons College, you receive a special discount off the conference fee - $79.  The conference fee (including lunch and breakfast) is regularly $99.

Register online at www.womensleadershipexchange.com and use the source code: BOSSPECIAL. For details about the WLE Boston Conference, please see the invitation below. If you have any further questions about the Boston Conference, please call Women's Leadership Exchange at 888-937-5800.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

from 8:00am–4:00pm

IKEA Store
1 IKEA Way
Stoughton, MA



This year’s all-new program includes:

·Speed Coaching. Receive personalized coaching from our WLE Growth Gurus for 5 minutes each throughout the day. Move from expert to expert and consult with leaders in the fields of marketing, business law, management, leadership and more.

·The opportunity to connect with hundreds of successful CEO’s, top executives and presidents – with our “Quick Connections” program designed to help you meet like-minded women.

·Guided opportunities for networking, collaboration and forging partnerships and alliances.

·Case studies so you can learn from exceptional women who built or lead multi-million dollar businesses.

·Stories of growth that will renew your sense of purpose and provide new ideas to propel your business success.

Who Should Attend:

·Women who want to grow their businesses.

·Women who want to expand their professional network.

·Women who want to learn from business experts and each other


Confused About the Financial Crisis?

The Giant Pool of Money(click on title and Full Episode to listen to show)

Aired 5/9/2008

A special program about the housing crisis produced in a special collaboration with NPR News. We explain it all to you. What does the housing crisis have to do with the turmoil on Wall Street? Why did banks make half-million dollar loans to people without jobs or income? And why is everyone talking so much about the 1930s? It all comes back to the Giant Pool of Money.


Host Ira Glass talks with an NPR business and economics correspondent about two gatherings he attended one at the Ritz Carlton and one at a community college in Brooklyn. The first was an awards dinner for finance professionals who created the mortgage-based financial instruments that nearly brought down the global economic system. The other was a non-profit conference for people facing foreclosure. Ira explains that today's show lays out how the finance guys and the people facing foreclosure are connected by a chain of middlemen, and that together, they all brought about the current housing and credit crisis. (4 minutes)

Act One.

This American Life producer Alex Blumberg teams up with NPR's Adam Davidson for the entire hour to tell the story the surprisingly entertaining story of how theU.S.got itself into a housing crisis. They talk to people who were actually working in the housing, banking, finance and mortgage industries, about what they thought during the boom times, and why the bust happened. And they explain that a lot of it has to do with the giant global pool of money. (31 minutes)

Act Two.

Alex and Adam's story continues. (23 minutes)

Another Frightening Show About the Economy(click on title and Full Episode to listen to show for free)

Aired 10/3/2008

Alex Blumberg and NPR's Adam Davidson the two guys who reported our Giant Pool of Money episode are back, in collaboration with the Planet Money podcast. They'll explain what happened this week, including what regulators could've done to prevent this financial crisis from happening in the first place. You can learn more about the daily ins and outs and join the discussion on the Planet Money blog.


Host Ira Glass goes to Union Square, a 15-minute subway ride from Wall Street, where it doesn't look like we're on the edge of an economic abyss. (3 minutes)

Act One. The Day the Market Died.

Alex Blumberg and Adam Davidson recount the 36-hour period, two weeks ago, when the credit markets froze. Plus, what its like now for businesses to get short-term loans, and how the hardship is spreading to every sector of the economy. (16 minutes)

Act Two. Out of the Hedges and Into the Woods.

One more confusing financial product that's bringing down the global economy. And one of way to think about this product is this: If bad mortgages got the financial system sick, this next thing you're about to hear about, helped spread the sickness into an epidemic. These are "credit default swaps." Alex explains. (19 minutes)

Act Three. Swap Cops.

Ira talks with Michael Greenberger, a former commodities regulator, who tells the story of when it was decided not to regulate credit default swaps. And how that decision was emblematic of the way we didn't regulate a lot of the toxic financial products were hearing about now. (8 minutes)

Act Four. What's Next?

Ira and Adam answer the question: Was the $700 billion bailout bill signed into law today a good idea or a bad one? (10 minutes)

CGO Brown Bag Discussion

CGO Brown Bag Discussion with

Helene Ahl and Susan Marlowe 

Gender and Entrepreneurship

Thursday, October 23, 2008, 11:30pm to 1:00pm

Place: TBA based on number of respondents

409 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215

Two leading global researchers on gender and entrepreneurship will be coming to the SOM in October as Entrepreneurial Scholars in Residence and guests of CGO affiliate, Teresa Nelson.  Please join us for a lunchtime presentation of their most recent work.

Helene Ahl, an Associate Professor at Jonkoping University in Sweden, is the author of The scientific reproduction of gender inequality: A discourse analysis of research texts on women's entrepreneurship and she says of her work, “What drives me in research is basically the which is questioning taken for granted.  I have examined how research texts position women entrepreneurs, using a theoretical perspective and a toolbox drawn from Foucault and from post-structuralist feminist theory.  I have analyzed how motivation theory positions those who it talks about – mostly “unmotivated” workers or students, and found motivation theory and the empowerment concept to be instruments of power and control rather than a theory that explains anything about people.”

Susan Marlowe is a Professor of Entrepreneurship within the Department of HRM at De Montfort University, Leicester.  At the moment, Susan is working upon links between gender and business closure and failure, gender and business incubation and female migrant entrepreneurship. In particular, she is engaging with feminist theory to develop understandings of the tensions between gender and entrepreneurial performances within specific contexts. Susan is a regular contributor to the BBC and is widely recognized as one of the leading theorists in gender and entrepreneurship in the world.

Recent papers by Susan and Helene are attached.  So, please come, bring some lunch, and enjoy a presentation by these interesting women.  Refreshments will be provided.

Thank you, and please RSVP to kerri.kivolowitz@simmons.edu

Phone: 617-521-3824

Spark: Build and Sustaining the Future 2008 Conference

Spark: Build & 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 Shaquanna.Philip@simmons.edu.

Leading High Performing Teams

October 20, 2008 to October 22, 2008

Location: Boston, MA

Program Fee: $1,800

Master the art of developing and leading a highly effective team. In Leading High Performing Teams, you will learn how to improve team output by developing actionable strategies for establishing credibility, pre-empting conflict and enhancing communication and collaboration. Explore how others perceive you and your role as a woman who leads. Join Professor Mary Shapiro for this dynamic, two-day workshop to ensure your team is operating at peak performance.

Visit the Leading High Performing Teams website for more details or contact Elisa van Dam, Director, Executive Education at 617-521-3869 or elisa.vandam@simmons.edu.

Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association: Vaccines, Discovery, Development and Beyond

October 29, 2008
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Join the Boston Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Women in Science Affinity Group for a panel discussion on the development of vaccines. Our moderator and panelists represent extraordinary women who are leaders with extensive experience in the field. Speakers will describe technological advances and modern approaches and challenges associated with vaccine development.

Click here for more information and to register.

Teresa Nelson is Looking for Student Help!

Professor Teresa Nelson looking for an MBA student to design, organize and manage a database working with a member of her E-ship Advisory Board. The project is a small (5?) number of hours per week throughout the year. No need to be on campus. $15/hour. Please email for information or to express interest: teresa.nelson@simmons.edu


Career Services Updates

National Association of Women MBA’s National Conference & Career Fair
Oct. 23-25, Stamford, CT (Oct. 24 – Career Fair)
Registration:  www.mbawomen.org

IMPORTANT – for national and global summer 2009 internships and post-MBA management training and rotational programs, this is an opportunity to meet with employers who you may not have a chance to meet at other career events. The Career Fair portion of the event is from 9:00am – 4:00pm.
Please note the CSO can provide partial financial assistance to students who will attend this event. For information or questions about travel & hotel accommodations or about specific financial reimbursement (as we cannot reimburse for all costs) please contact Georgette Jover at 617-521-3857 or georgette.jover@simmons.edu



visit career connect to get tips on how to have a successful career fair!
when you log on to career connect you will see the resource library on the bottom of the page. click on the [+] sign next to career articles and a list of PDF files will appear.

what are recruiter looking for? check out this video on YouTube:



Note:  These events are 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 lisa.toby@simmons.edu

2008 The Boston Diversity Leaders Forum
Oct. 21, 5:00pm- 8:30pm, at the Radisson Hotel Boston
20 seats reserved for Simmons! visit www.diversitypower.com to register

Converse 2008 Open House
Oct. 23, 3:00pm – 7:00pm, at Converse Headquarters, North Andover, MA
Visit www.converse.com for more information

National Association of Women MBA’s ‘08 National Conference & Career Fair
Oct. 23-25, Stamford, CT (Oct. 24 – Career Fair)
Registration:  www.mbawomen.org

Reaching Out 2008 LGBT MBA Conference
Oct. 30 – Nov. 2, at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel.
Registration: www.reachingoutmba.org

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

The Partnership, Inc. College to Career Expo 2008 and Student Conference
Nov. 3, 4:00pm - 8:00 pm, at The Dorothy Quincy Suites/John Hancock Hall
For more information visit www.MyC2C.org

Women for Hire Career Expo
Nov. 11, 10am-2pm, At The Manhattan Center in New York City
To register and for more information on this event visit www.womenforhire.com

Net Impact Conference
Nov. 13-15, Philadelphia, PA
Registration: www.netimpact.org

6th Annual ALPFA Leadership Summit
Nov. 13, 5:00-10:00pm, at Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
Registration Required For registration and more information click here

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: http://www.greenovationconference.com/



Recent Job Postings – Visit Career Connect  
~ Director, Performance Measurement Science & Improvement Programs – BCBS
~ Inside Sales Representative - Bright Horizons Family Solutions
~ Consultant - Basho Technologies, Inc
~ Assistant Director - Harvard Varsity Club
~ Executive Director - HouseWorks' Boston Regional Office 
As a reminder, please keep your Career Connect profile up to date. If you forgot your username and password, please contact georgette.jover@simmons.edu 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 (lisa.toby@simmons.edu) 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


Women, MBAs and Senior Management
QS speaks to Erin Biertzer, UK Retail Banking Director at Barclays on the growing number of women leveraging the MBA as a means of accessing senior management

How to Bounce Back from Career Setbacks
A talk with best-selling author Karen Salmansohn on how to approach and overcome job insecurity or a layoff in these difficult economic times



Library Updates

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 linda.wolf@simmons.edu or 617-521-3851 and Michael Wick, the SOM Library Assistant, is at wick2@simmons.edu 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 http://www.hrworld.com/features/top-100-management-blogs-061008/ and read the SOM library’s blog, found on the web at http://somlibrarian.wordpress.com/ for articles of interest to the SOM Community.

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