October 2nd, 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
Travel Course Reminders!
Study Space on Saturday
Schedule Updates
Spring 2009 Registration

MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

Sometimes it is the little things that keep us going and traditionally at this time of the year, the long weekend for Columbus Day is timed perfectly for MBA studentsl!  Many evening students will have the day off even though they have class that night; day students are off. It is something to look forward to as you begin to study for midterms in many subjects. I do encourage you all to go to the Business Plan competition to see some fellow alums compete for a cash prize. They have some interesting ideas and you get to see some of their MBA skills in action! It often spurns a new sense of excitement for ideas you have had or dream about for your own business plan in the future!

No great sports analogies this week, let’s keep seeing how the Red Sox do first!!

Quotes of the Week

“Good plans shape good decisions. That’s why good planning helps to make dreams come true.” --Lester Bittel

“Don’t agonize. Organize.” -- Florence Kennedy


Travel Course Reminders!

This is a reminder that the applications for the four management program travel courses are due on October 15, and the scholarship application deadline has been revised to October 20.  For further information, contact Professor Vipin Gupta, vipin.gupta@simmons.edu, x 2409.

Study Space on Saturday

SOM Reunion is all day on Saturday using Mockler and all of Comm Ave. It will be a really busy day here, so if quiet study is something you need, our recommendation is that you go to the main campus!!

Schedule Updates

Genzyme Presentation, Monday, October 6th, from 4:30-6pm. Don't miss it!

Bike Stolen

An SOM student locked her bike outside Mockler on Wednesday night and it was stolen while she was in class. We have a bike rack across the street down the stairs and out of sight. We have not had a theft in the last couple of years, but we would encourage you all to use it if you can as Marlborough St has been a target for bike thefts over the years. Please do not keep your bikes inside the building in classrooms or hallways. Thanks!

Upcoming Track Meetings

The MBA Office will host track meetings on Wednesday, October 14th, from 5-6pm for evening students and Monday October 6th, from 11:30am-12:30pm for day students. Track meetings are with Mary D. and Darla. Students can discuss how the semester is going, ask questions, and talk about any concerns you may be having. Lunch/dinner is served and it's a great chance to meet up with other classmates and see how their semester is going as well!

MBA Office Email - mba@simmons.edu

Have you got questions or concerns and don't know who to email? Use our mba@simmons.edu email address and someone will get back to you within 24 hours!

Returning Student Mentors Needed!

We have started a new Pre-MBA program this fall that has some students interested in the MBA program taking either Leading or Accounting and also studying for the Kaplan course. We would like to offer some returning students to serve as mentors to them with questions, concerns, how you balance school with all the other things in your life etc. if you are interested, please email Christine.carr2@simmons.edu in Admissions or Darla.pires-degrace@simmons.edu in the Program office. We don’t think it will take much time, but it could really help a student thinking about her MBA!

Current Students Needed to Mentor Undergraduate Students!

I had a meeting with some undergrads last night who are looking to learn from MBA students and be mentored by them. If any new or current students are interested in mentoring our undergrad majors, please email Mary D. at mary.dutkiewicz@simmons.edu and we will try and match you!!

Registration Updates

Spring 2009 Registration

Will be November 19-21. Much more info is coming at the end of October.


News & Events

Undergraduate Management Alumnae Networking Dinner

On behalf of the Undergraduate Management Program of the Simmons College School of Management, I wish to invite you the third annual networking dinner. The dinner will be held:

Thursday, November 13th, 2008 from 5:30 – 8:30pm
Linda K. Paresky Conference Center
3rd floor of the Main Campus Building

The networking dinner will provide you with the opportunity to visit with faculty, undergraduate alumnae, fellow MBA classmates, and undergraduate students, and to strengthen your ties to the Simmons Management community.

Through the generous support of the School of Management, this event is being offered at no charge. Student parking is available at the main academic campus garage, accessible from Avenue Louis Pasteur. Parking options include our new flexible ParkingCash daily rate program and our semester permit program.  For more information please visit: http://my.simmons.edu/services/business/parking/student-parking.shtml

RSVP to management@simmons.edu by October 31st, 2008.

Fall 2008 Speaker Series

Please join the School of Management Alumnae Association for the following presentation: 
It Isn’t Always Easy Being Green : Sustainability for the 21st Century: New Risks, New Opportunities

Speaker Series Fall 2008
Saturday, October 4
409 Commonwealth Avenue
SOMAA Speaker Series
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Celebratory Cocktail Reception Special Guest Anne Jardim, founding SOM Dean from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 

Join Mindy Lubber for this interactive session as she demonstrates how leading companies of all sizes are embracing sustainability and positioning themselves to thrive in an increasingly resource-constrained 21st century economy. As consumers are demanding cleaner, low-carbon and energy efficient technologies and products, Mindy will highlight the risks and enormous business opportunities presented by the new economic realities of climate change.
Mindy S. Lubber is the President of Ceres, the largest U.S. coalition of investors, environmental groups and public interest organizations working with leading U.S. companies to address sustainability challenges such as climate change.

Mindy is a recipient of the Skoll Social Entrepreneur Award and under her leadership Ceres was awarded the Fast Company Social Capitalist Award for both 2006 and 2007. Before coming to Ceres, Mindy was the Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and CEO of Green Century Capital Management, an investment firm managing environmentally screened mutual funds. She was recently voted one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance” by Directorship Magazine.

Student Admission: $20. To help cover costs, SOM Career Services will sponsor the first 10 students to register and attend.

To register, please contact Career Services at 617.521.3857 or contact Georgette Jover at georgette.jover@simmons.edu.

Social Gathering for MBA Students

Crystal Daugherty and Amy Longyear are hosting a social gathering in the Oval Dining Room following the Econ class next Friday, October 3rd from 12:30pm-1:30pm! Please join them for some great food, wine, and a good time had by all!

Mary Shapiro Video Clip on Sarah Palin

Students have requested the link to Mary Shapiro’s interview on NECN about Sarah Palin and here it is:


Dean Deborah Merrill-Sands on NPR

On Monday afternoon, NPR contacted Deborah requesting her participation in a live roundtable discussion focused on how MBA programs are responding to the growing economic crisis and how faculty/students are dealing with the news.   

Deborah was one of three Deans selected for this opportunity.  She was joined by the Dean of Florida A&M's Business School and the Assoc. Dean of George Washington University for a lively discussion that aired yesterday morning as part of the nationally-syndicated program "Tell Me More." 

The program can be accessed by following the link below and clicking the "Listen Now" button.  I think you will all be proud of our school and our Dean.   She was able to really differentiate the SOM and was able to incorporate some of the comments from our faculty and Lisa Toby who responding quickly to our request for insight.

Women at Work Museum's 5th Anniversary Celebration

Vicki Donlan, author of “ Her Turn: Why it’s time for women to lead in America”. Sunday, October 5, 1-4pm, Women at Work Museum, 35 County St. Attleboro, MA. www.womenatworkmuseum.org for more information. Kelly Fox, one of our new SOM students is affiliated with this organization and Vicki Donlan has been connected to the SOM for many years as a guest speaker.

Net Impact North America Conference

Come to the Net Impact Conference!  The 2008 Net Impact North America Conference (November 13-15) is an important forum for student and business leaders to discuss how business can effectively address the social and environmental challenges of the 21st century. This year's event is organized around the theme of The Sustainable Advantage: Creating Social and Environmental Value, and will include a world class roster of keynote and featured speakers.

  • John F. Brock, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., and Carter Roberts, President and Chief Executive Officer of World Wildlife Fund (WWF), will discuss the power of partnerships in corporate responsibility and sustainability
  • Matt Kistler, Senior Vice President of Sustainability at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. will discuss Wal-Mart's approach to sustainability
  • Other featured speakers include John Perkins, Author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman and The Secret History of the American Empire, and Tamsin Smith, President of Product (RED)

Meet these business leaders and more at the 2008 Net Impact North America Conference, held this year at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Through the generosity of Eileen Fisher and the SOM, some funding is available for students who wish to attend. 

For more information, attend the 9/23 Net Impact info session in CR2 at 5:15, or email Amy Longyear or Alison Haight

SOM Alumnae Relations Upcoming Events

The 2008 Fall Speaker Series: Sustainability for the 21st Century: New Risks, New Opportunities
Featuring Mindy S. Lubber, President of Ceres

When: October 4th at 4:00 at the SOM. Tickets are $35.00.

Information about the event and registration information can be found at: http://alumnet.simmons.edu/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=967&srcid=967&cid=39&ceid=267&cerid=0&cdt=10/4/2008

The 2008 SOM Reunion

When: October 3rd and 4th at the SOM

Friday evening are the Silverman Business Plan Presentations and Awards Reception. Saturday includes a full program including tours of the new building, a State of the School Address given by Dean Deborah Merrill-Sands and presentations given by a number of SOM faculty. More information about the program can be found at alumnet.simmons.edu/somreunion. Current students are invited to participate free of charge. Call the Office of Alumnae Relations to register: 800-246-0573.


Career Services Updates

Career Services Updates
Genzyme Company Presentation    

Date:  Monday, October 6
Location:  SOM Mockler, Case Room 1
Time: 4:30–6:00pm
RSVP by Sept. 29: georgette.jover@simmons.edu
Attire:  Business Dress

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from Genzyme guests who will speak about their structure, MBA career opportunities, and the recruiting process. Subsequent on-campus recruiting to be held here at Simmons SOM on Tuesday, Oct. 21st. 


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 9:00 – 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


NEW! ALL INFORMATION ON CAREER RELATED EVENTS CAN NOW BE FOUND ON CAREER CONNECT! Log on to Career Connect and go to the “Career Events” tab to find out more information on the events mentioned here.

Software is Dead
Speaker & Networking Event at Athenahealth featuring Jonathan Bush, CEO & Founder
Date: Tuesday, October 7
Time: 6:00-9:00pm
Location: Athenahealth, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA
Registration Required click here to register

Effective Networking
An evening of networking, education, & opportunity for present or prospective women entrepreneurs! Registration is FREE 
Date:  Wednesday, October 15
Location: Inner Space, 17 Station Street, Brookline Village
Time: 7:15-9:15pm

6th Annual ALPFA Leadership Summit
Date: Thursday, November 13
Time: 5:00-10:00pm
Location: Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, 606 Congress Street
Registration Required For registration and more information click here


NEW! ALL INFORMATION ON CAREER RELATED EVENTS CAN NOW BE FOUND ON CAREER CONNECT! Log on to Career Connect and go to the “Career Events” tab to find out more information on the events mentioned here.

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

Power Diversity Today Career Explosion 2008
Oct. 8, 4:00 – 8:00pm, at The Boston Copley Marriott Exhibition Hall
no fee!, For more information visit www.baystatebanner.com/careerevents

National Society of Hispanic MBA’s 2008 Conference and Career Expo
Oct. 9-11, Atlanta, GA
For Rregistrations and more infromation click here

The Massachusetts Society of CPAs Public Accounting Career Fair
Oct. 15, 3:30 - 5:30pm, at the Boston Marriott Hotel at Copley Place
no fee! For more information visit www.mscpaonline.org

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

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

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  
~ Sr. Communications Specialist (Copywriter) - Corp Communications
~ Director of Human Resources - Parker & Associates Inc.
~ Product Manager - Athena Diagnostics, Inc.
~ Manager, Corporate Accountability Program – Ceres
~ Executive Director, Boston Regional Office - E. Catlin Donnelly & Associates
~ Manager, Marketing Communications - Corp Communications 
~ Associate Vice President for Development - Spelman College

Recent Internship Postings – Visit Career Connect
~ MBA Product Management Intern – Philips
~ Ceres Intern Program - Ceres
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


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Library Updates

Library Hours for Columbus Day Weekend -  The library will be staffed:
Friday (10/11) 8am – 4.30pm
Saturday (10/12) 10am – 4pm
Sunday closed
Monday (10/13) 12pm – 8pm

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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