October 23rd, 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
Classes on Veterans Day
Sylvia Maxfield Financial Crisis Discussion: Available on iTunes U!
The Secret Millionaire at the SOM
WOC Club Open Forum
Spark: Building and Sustaining the Future 2008 Conference
Professor Nelson is Looking for Help!

NAWMBA Info Session

MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

In talking with students this week, it appears like you have all successfully made it through midterms and the first major hill in the fall term!! Evening students have had finance, accounting and leading midterms all due and turned in, day students are just as busy through next week and then it should slow down on the midterm/exam/paper front for a while!! It is hard to believe that November is next week and Thanksgiving is a month away. But use this weekend or next weekend to give yourself some credit that you are managing to get it all done and stay sane (or reasonably sane!).

For my sports nuts, Matt Cassel, the Patriots quarterback was named the AFC player of the week last week. 2 months ago, he wasn’t expected to even take the field for any part of the season. To me it shows what happens when preparation meets opportunity. This success will also be true for you. We are preparing you as well to take advantage of the opportunities that will allow you to showcase all of your great talents and skills in your current job or the next job you take after you graduate. My prediction is the same success lies ahead for you-that you will each shine once you get the opportunity!!

Quotes of the Week

“Anxiety is caused by lack of control, organization, preparation, and action.”-- David Kekich

“Success means having the courage, determination and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be." -- George Sheehan


Classes on Veterans Day

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

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!

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.

Registration UpdateS

No new updates this week... stay tuned!


News & Events

Sylvia Maxfield Financial Crisis Discussion: Available on iTunes U!

Sylvia Maxfield's discussion on the Financial Crisis is on iTunes. To access it, follow these steps (in order to access the podcast, you must have iTunes downloaded on your computer):

1) go to itunes.simmons.edu.
2) Click on the "Launch iTunes U" icon in the upper right-hand corner of the window.
3) Click on the "Public Access" link.
4) Click on the button that says "Launch Application". iTunes will then begin to load.
5) Once iTunes has loaded, click on the link that says "Faculty Lectures" under "General College Content".
6) The podcast is #6, labeled "Financial Crisis Discussion SOM". You can then download it on to your iPod from there.

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

RSVP darla.pires-degrace@simmons.edu

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.

WOC Club 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.)

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 Shaquanna.Philip@simmons.edu.

Professor Nelson is Looking for 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. $20/hour. Please email for information or to express interest: teresa.nelson@simmons.edu

NAWMBA Info Session

There will be a NAWMBA Info Session with Tonya Olpin, Director of NAWMBA on Tuesday, October 28th, from 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm in Caseroom 2. Please join them!

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.org anytime 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


Career Services Updates


visit career connect to get tips on how to have a succesful 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 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 lisa.toby@simmons.edu

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

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
Registration Required For registration & more information www.womenforhire.com

Net Impact Conference
Nov. 13-15, Philadelphia, PA
Registration Required For registration & more information 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 Required For registration & more information http://www.greenovationconference.com/

Hire Purpose MBA Career Fair
Note: this event has been posponed.
The new date is February 6, 2009. It used to be october 31, 2008.


Recent Job Postings – Visit Career Connect  
~ Marketing Manager – Massachusetts General Hospital  
~ Vice President, Program & Services – Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries
~ Senior New Business Development Manager - Philips
~ Assistant Director - Harvard Varsity Club 
~ Vice President, Employee Related Services – Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries 

Recent Fellowship Postings – Visit Career Connect  
~ 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 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


Inspiration Can Be Found in Many Places, but You Need to Be Looking
Successful people say inspiration isn’t all luck. Equally important is having an open mind, especially in tumultuous times.

Keeping an eye on the bigger picture
Although the market may be tough, opportunities are still out there if you know where to look.

Ben & Jerry's chills ice cream - and the planet
A refrigeration breakthrough from the popular ice cream maker could change the business of cooling.


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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