October 30th, 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
The Secret Millionaire at the SOM
Thanksgiving Invitation from Jane Mooney
November T-Passes are In!
Come celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week at Simmons College!
Surefire Strategies to Raising Capital
A reminder message from your friends at the Center for Gender in Organizations

MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

This week marks the end of the first big “hill” of the fall semester! For those of you that didn’t even fill you were on one, fabulous!! But for most of you, getting through these past few weeks with midterms, keeping up with your coursework, jobs, personal relationships and outside commitments was a challenge. You all made it!! I do think that it will settle down into another routine for a few week and then it will be the ramp up until the end of the semester. November is this weekend and before you know it, Thanksgiving will be here!! Go out tomorrow on Halloween and see all the little kids in their costumes! It is one of those nights that when you see them so excited and all dressed up, you just smile!!

For my sports nuts, the Phillies won the World Series last night. They waited 28 years in between championships. The Celtics raised their championship banner this week in Boston. The corollary to your MBA program is that you all have goals and dreams. Right now, getting your MBA is your goal to reach some of your dreams-of more knowledge, a better life for you and/or your family, a different job. Keep the dream alive as you continue in the program, as at times it will be hard and you will wonder if it is all worth it. But it will be!! As it was for the Phillies and the Celtics, the satisfaction, pride and sense of accomplishment was evident in all their celebrations. Graduation will be the same moment for many of you, and it will be fun to be there with you when it happens!! The other piece of really good news is that you won’t have to wait 28 years to achieve it!

Quotes of the Week

“Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens people feel centered and that gives their work meaning." --Warren G. Bennis

“Studies indicate that the one quality all successful people have is persistence. They’re willing to spend more time accomplishing a task and to persevere in the face of many difficult odds. There’s a very positive relationship between people’s ability to accomplish any task and the time they’re willing to spend on it.” -- Dr. Joyce Brothers


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 darla.pires-degrace@simmons.edu 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 (lia.moore@simmons.edu) or Aparna Lahiri (aparna.lahiri@simmons.edu) 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 jane.mooney@simmons.edu by November 14. She is also very close to public transportation.

November T-Passes

November t-passes are in! Please come by the MBA Office to get your pass if you ordered one.

Classes on Veterans Day

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

Registration UpdateS

No new updates this week... stay tuned!


News & Events

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 info@nawboboston.com

A reminder message from your friends at the Center for Gender in Organizations

Please join us in welcoming CGO Affiliate Dr. Evangelina Holvino to campus as part of the CGO Fall Speaker Series:

TOPIC: Gender, Culture and Success: How Latina ‘cultural scripts’ affect the career success of mid-level managers”

DATE: Wednesday, November 5, 2008
TIME: 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Place: 409 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA; in the Green Room
Speaker: Evanelina 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.

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

» Please RSVP

To RSVP, please follow the above link, or send an email message to Kerri Kivolowitz at cgo@simmons.edu.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!

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.

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



Career Services Updates


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: SOMAA@simmons.edu

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 www.Saracampbell.com  

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 www.fortefoundation.org

Leading Industries Executive Forum
With Richard J. Meelia, president and CEO of Covidien Ltd.

Date: Wednesday, November 5
Place:Westin Boston Waterfront
Time: 7:45 a.m. Registration & Networking
          8:10 - 9:00 a.m. Program
Cost:  $50 members - $95 non-members
For more information and registration:  Visit Leading Industries Executive Forum
Sponsored by:Citi


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

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 visit www.womenforhire.com

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

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

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 http://www.greenovationconference.com/

Hire Purpose MBA Career Fair
Note: this event has been posponed.
The new date is February 6, 2009.


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 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


Coca-Cola: Building a Better Design Machine?
Its Web-based design tool lets the beverage giant customize marketing for hundreds of brands globally while slashing the time it takes to reach consumers

Flying into the cloud
Microsoft's online platform could transform company

Change Business Directions to Ride Out the Downturn
Every company looks at changing course when its business gets sour. We’ve seen companies like Apple, IBM and Nintendo survive their own downturns and then come back better than they’d been in years. http://blogs.bnet.com/business-books/?p=333&tag=highlighted_content


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.

RefWorks will take place on Thursday, November 6th at 5pm and 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 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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