September 11th, 2008
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.
Great news for the SOM on two fronts since last week! Mary Shapiro was interviewed on NECN about Sarah Palin and the SOM ranked #22 in the graduate category for Entrepreneurship by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine. We have eased you back into school and Comm Strat has actually started and ended already for many students!
Many of you would be disappointed if I didn’t find an MBA analogy in the Tom Brady (quarterback for the NE Patriots football team) disaster that has him out for the season. So, here it is! As managers, one big test of the strength of your organization and your leadership is how and what you do when there is an unexpected “shock” into your system. What can happen-it can fall apart because no one was prepared for it, people rise to the occasion and show that they are ready to assume a leadership role because they have been training for this moment for many years, and you see how good your contingency plans of knowing this moment could happen at any time really are. What message you convey to your staff and the outside world becomes critically important as a leader and good organizations know that these shocks will happen and have plans to weather them on many fronts. It will be interesting to watch on Sunday!!
Special Note from Mary D. to Accounting Evening Students Who Switched Sections
Many thanks to all of you that changed your schedules and moved to the Wednesday night section for accounting. I know that changing evening schedules reeks havoc in many of your lives and I appreciate it very much. I know it was a good decision from both the teaching and learning perspectives, but your willingness to help me out without it becoming a scheduling nightmare was much appreciated. Thank you!!
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going." --Unknown
“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” -- Walter Elliott
Friday, September 26, 1-4pm Project Management Class with Professor Paul Myers to help with Marketing and Leading Projects.
Building Hours at SOM- Commonwealth Avenue Campus
Bookstore hours for the satellite bookstore in Mockler have been posted on the SOM Gateway. You can find them by going to: http://my.simmons.edu/som/pdf/FA08_SOM_Bookstore_Schedule.pdf.
These are the classroom assignments for the Fall 2008 semester:
Authentic Leadership (Morgan-Roberts): Case Room 2
First Ever Travel Course for MBA Students!
You are invited to one of the two info sessions on September 16th at 4pm and at 5:15pm in Caseroom 1 to get further information and to hear the faculty leaders for China and Brazil sections.
Scheduled for December 19 as of today! Much more info to come...
Student ID Cards
All new students have received their IDs during Foundations. Returning students have new IDs in the MBA office, but you MUST turn in your old ID to get a new one! If you have lost your old ID, you will have to pay a $25 fee.
Technology at Simmons
Find out what kind of technology is available to you at Simmons by visiting: https://portal.simmons.edu/node/1150.
Authentic Leadership Course
The Authentic Leadership Course will be running AS SCHEUDLED. There will be NO changes to the Authentic Leadership schedule.
Room Changes for Public Speaking and Entrepreneurship: Managing a High Growth Firm
Public Speaking with Dale DeLetis will be in Caseroom 1 instead of Caseroom 2 this semester, since we added a Wednesday night section for Financial Accounting.
Entrepreneurship: Managing a High Growth Firm with Margaret Heffernan will be in the Purple Room instead of the Green Room.
9 month fellowship program in major German institutions including federal and state government, private corporations, law firms, think tanks, print and broadcast media, and cultural organizations. Information in the MBA office and deadline is October 15, 2008.
Environmentally-responsible marketing is no longer the pet cause of a few passionate companies and activists. Leading corporations, including Wal-Mart, Timberland, and Kodak, are meeting the sustainability challenge. They are producing eye-popping financial results—and making measurable contributions to the health of our planet.
If you’ve ever pondered reducing your organization’s energy consumption, decreasing your carbon footprint and saving real dollars on your marketing efforts, this panel is for you.
Our panel of experts will be delivering keynote addresses or leading workshops at the SustainCommWorld Green Media Show. At our exclusive event, they will share their insider strategies for making their clients more profitable and environmentally responsible.
This exclusive, 45-minute panel will be followed by a Q&A session and networking with the experts and your green-marketing peers at the Green Media Show cocktail reception.
Don’t delay. Register today! The earth is counting on you….
Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Time: Registration and Refreshments begin at 5 p.m., presentation begins
3rd Annual Silverman Business Competition
Date: Friday October 3, 2008
The Scott Ross Center has scholarships available for students who are volunteering in the community. They have 15 Americorp positions for students completing 300 hours of service with the community. The application link is
Article on SOM MBA Program Featured in Monday’s Financial Times
This past Monday, the UK edition of The Financial Times ran a story on the School’s MBA program to answer the question: "Why, in this day and age, is there an MBA program for women?" The write-up covers the rigor of the MBA program, the gender lens, and the "cooperative competition" that is the SOM experience. Those interviewed include Dean Deborah Merrill-Sands, Professors Fiona Wilson and Jill Avery, and recent SOM alumna Cheryl Fudge ’07.
The article can be accessed online at: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/0603c05e-77bd-11dd-be24-0000779fd18c.html
Net Impact Student Club- First Meeting of the Year!
Join us on Tuesday, September 23rd at 5:15pm in CR2 to learn more about the Simmons Net Impact Club and generate ideas of what we can accomplish this year. Net Impact is an international membership organization aimed at improving the world through business; key topics include corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, international development, and environmental sustainability. Questions? Contact Amy Longyear at email@example.com or Alison Haight at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Simmons Entrepreneurship team seeks two MBA students to assist with a research study on Gender and Entrepreneurship Education. The time frame for the project is September and October of 2008 and will begin immediately. The hourly wage is $15. Any interested students should contact Professor Susan Duffy at email@example.com. Please put “Research Assistant” in subject line and attach your resume.
Enter to Win a $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Certificate by Completing a Short Survey!
Please take a few minutes to complete the MBA Marketing and Admissions Survey (click here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=HMCF1AhhApxsjT1mD8agFw_3d_3d). To enter the drawing, please print the thank you page, write your name on it and place it in the drop box in Mockler. We will be drawing a winner on Friday, September 12th. Thank you in advance! Your feedback is critically important to us!
Program on Negotiation Looking for Simmons Students to Participate in Their Student Leader Program
Each year the Harvard Program on Negotiation has an opportunity for 2 student leaders from each of the related academic programs in the Boston area get together at least once to network and discuss possible collaboration opportunities. They would love to have a couple of students from Simmons involved, and their first open house is September 15th. Please let Darla know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested and the Harvard contact person is:
Sarah Whitman, Student Interest Group Program Coordinator
COMPANY PRESENTATIONS AND GUEST SPEAKERS
Date: Monday, October 6th
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. Additional information to follow soon regarding how to apply for positions.
Microsoft Speaking Event
Date: Wednesday, October 1st
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from a Senior Director with one of the most dynamic organizations in the world. More information will be available soon.
SOMAA Networking Event
Date: Tuesday, September 23rd
Networking night for all Simmons SOM alumnae and current students. Join us for a night of socializing with your fellow Boston area alumnae at Vlora, Copley's newest and freshest Mediterranean restaurant. Stop by for a drink before you head home from work or meet a friend and stay for dinner. It will be a great opportunity to catch up with SOM friends, meet new ones and sample a new taste of Boston. Encourage prospective Simmons SOM students to join you as well. There will be free appetizers and cash bar.
Date: Wednesday, Sept 24th
HBA Boston Presents:
Date: Thursday, September 25, 2008
A hands-on workshop to discover what industry executives in the HBA E.D.G.E. in Leadership Study say are the most successful attitudes, motivations and programs that positively impact a woman’s ability to move her career forward.
Date: September 26
Join NAWMBA members for a networking reception and conference prep workshop. Speakers of Divanation will present "Identity at Work, Unquestioned Assumptions, & Leadership Starting from the Self."
Why Green Marketing Produces Big Results
Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Date: Wednesday, October 15th
The program includes a welcome and comments from Colette Phillips, president and CEO of Colette Phillips Communications, Inc., short introductions from organizations supporting female entrepreneurs (Center for Women and Enterprise, Ladies Who Launch, New England Women Business Owners, Women’s Enterprise Initiative and the Brookline Chamber of Commerce), followed by two breakout sessions for networking. The event will end with a raffle and light refreshments will be served.
6th Annual ALPFA Leadership Summit
FALL EXTERNAL CAREER FAIRS
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 email@example.com
National Black MBA Association 30th Annual Conference & Expo
Women for Hire Career Expo
National Society of Hispanic MBA’s 2008 Conference and Career Expo
The Massachusetts Society of CPAs Public Accounting Career Fair
National Association of Women MBA’s ‘08 National Conference & Career Fair
Hire Purpose MBA Career Fair
The Partnership, Inc. College to Career Expo 2008 and Student Conference
Net Impact Conference
Invitation to join the CSO Task Force
The group usually consists of 10 members representing part-time, full-time, international and domestic students. Meetings are held monthly from 4:45pm to 5:45pm, typically on Thursdays. If you are interested in joining, please contact Lisa Toby firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday September 19th.
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Free Book Download
"More Than Money: Questions Every MBA Needs to Answer" by Mark Albion, a former Harvard Business School professor and co-founder of Net Impact.
This Book will be available for a free download (as a PDF file) until October 1, or until we reach 270 downloads, whichever comes first. Please download only once for personal use and do not distribute or sell to anyone else.
If you like the book, please take a few minutes and send a quote to Mark at
To download, please go here and follow the instructions. The promotion code is already entered. Your name and e-mail address will go to the publisher's outside legal counsel only to be used in case of piracy, and to verify your legal ownership of the PDF. Neither publisher nor author will have your name or e-mail address. Click to download.
Take 3-minutes and catch the animated movie based on the book, produced in conjunction with Free Range Studios (Story of Stuff). It can be found on Facebook (best quality), YouTube, and the publisher's webpage for More Than Money, along with the author's 3-minute video on the book.