September 11th, 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

Schedule Updates

Green Marketing Gets Big Results: An AMABoston Panel Exclusive

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Applications

Americorp Scholarships in Service Awards

3rd Annual Silverman Business Competition

MBA Office Updates

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!!

Quotes of the Week

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


Schedule Updates

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

Monday-Thursday: 7am-9:30pm
Friday: 7am-4:30pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Bookstore Hours

Bookstore hours for the satellite bookstore in Mockler have been posted on the SOM Gateway. You can find them by going to:

Classroom Assignments

These are the classroom assignments for the Fall 2008 semester:

Authentic Leadership (Morgan-Roberts): Case Room 2
Communication Strategies (Shapiro): Case Room 2
Consulting (Duffy): Case Room 2
Economics (Sawtelle): Case Room 2
Entrepreneurship: Feasibility Assessment (Nelson): Case Room 2
Entrepreneurship: Managing High Growth (Heffernan): Purple
Entrepreneurship Practicum (Ingols): Green
Finance (Guertler): Case Room 2
Financial Reporting/Day & Night (Both Evening Sections) (Mooney): Case Room 2
Healthcare (Sapienza): Case Room 1
Leading Individuals & Groups/Day & Night (Blake-Beard): Case Room 2
Leading Organizational Change (Trefalt): Case Room 1
Marketing Management (Avery): Case Room 2
Public Speaking (DeLetis): Case Room 1
Quantitative Analysis (Nitkin): Case Room 2

Academic Policy

The Fall 2008 Academic Policy is now posted on the SOM Gateway. Please remember that this document is the key academic document of our program and you should read it! You can go to this document here:

First Ever Travel Course for MBA Students!

On popular demand, we are launching two sections of travel courses for the MBA students in Spring/Summer 2009!

Spring 2009 to Brazil (Visiting Sao Paulo, Uberlandia, and Rio de Jeneiro): Held during Spring Break, March 5-15 will be led by Professor Sylvia Maxfield. This will also include approximately 9 hours of classes held at the SOM.

Summer 2009 to China (Visiting Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, and Beijing): Held approximateld May 18-29 will be led by Professor Teresa Nelson. This will also include approximately 9 hours of classes held at the SOM.

Travel costs all inclusive (airfare, visa, ground transportation, meals, double shared lodging, excursions) are $3,000.

The course is 3 credits, and is titled "Sustainable Business in the Emerging Global Markets". We will visit local universities and businesses, and meet local scholars and business executives.

The applications are due October 15th, 2008.   Contact the MBA office or the Director: International Outreach, Professor Vipin Gupta, for the application forms and further information.

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.

Fall T-Pass Orders

T-passes for the fall are in! Please visit Katlyn Cavanaugh in the MBA Office to pick up your pass. If you have any questions, feel free to call her at 617-521-3832 or email her at

Move to the New Building

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.

Fall 2008 eLearning Courses Available August 25th

Every Fall 2008 Simmons course that is listed in the Simmons AARC system has a corresponding eLearning course site, available on

Simmons eLearning course sites associated with courses having an official start date of September
4th, 2008 will be live and available to students on August 25, 2008 at 8:00am EDT.

Technology at Simmons

Find out what kind of technology is available to you at Simmons by visiting:

Registration Updates

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.


News & Events

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Applications

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.

Green Marketing Gets Big Results: An AMABoston Panel Exclusive

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.

Our Panel
• Our moderator is Shari Aaron, founder of Fresh Marketing. She has advised clients such as The American Red Cross, CITI,, Hasbro, Kraft, Saks Fifth Avenue and Procter & Gamble.
• Beth Bengston leads internal efforts at imc² to positively impact its people, communities, and the environment. She is currently pioneering imc²’s new services aimed at building brand sustainability in the digital age.
• Guy Forrester-Walker is a key resource for strategic planning and business development for MPG USA and its global network. He provides leadership on a number of MPG's accounts and contributes to the agency's product and philosophical approach.
• Don Carli, Executive Vice President of SustainCommWorld, will introduce the evening’s program. He is a Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Sustainable Communication.

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
at 6:00 p.m. and the event concludes at 8:00 p.m.

Price: $35 for members, $60 for non-members and $25 for students

Boston Marriott Copley Place
110 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02116 USA
Directions and Parking

3rd Annual Silverman Business Competition

Simmons School of Management and its Entrepreneurship Program invite you to attend the 3rd Annual Silverman Business Competition built to promote the launch of sustainable, scalable ventures by women entrepreneurs. Join us as a dynamic group of three finalists present their plans for new business concepts to the audience and a panel of experts who will award $10,000 in seed funding.

Heatherjean MacNeil, MBA and Certificate in Entrepreneurship ’08, PROXY, fair trade clothing for Gen Y
Jennifer Morris, MBA ’07 and Certificate in Entrepreneurship ’08, LOCAL WATT, plug-in system for electric cars
Vangile Makwakwa, MBA and Certificate in Entrepreneurship ’08, SPEAK2BFREE, global online slam poetry

Date: Friday October 3, 2008
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Reception for all guests from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Winners will be announced during the reception.
Place: 451 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA

Americorp Scholarships in Service Awards

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
There is more information on the program on the Scott/Ross Center web site. Questions? Contact Carolyn Grimes, Program Director of the Scott Ross Center at 617-521-2235 or

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:

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 or Alison Haight at

Research Assistant Needed for Entrepreneurship Project

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 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:  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 if you are interested and the Harvard contact person is:

Sarah Whitman, Student Interest Group Program Coordinator 
Program on Negotiation
Harvard Law School



Career Services Updates

Genzyme Company Presentation

Date:  Monday, October 6th
Location:  SOM Mockler, Case Room 1
Time: 11:00 – 1:00pm
RSVP by Sept. 29th:
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.  Additional information to follow soon regarding how to apply for positions.


Microsoft Speaking Event
Dan Bross, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship for the Microsoft Corporation

Date: Wednesday, October 1st
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Green Room (409 Commonwealth Ave.)
RSVP by Sept. 28th:

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
Location: Vlora Restaurant and Wine Bar,
(Between Clarendon and Dartmouth Streets)
545 Boylston Street
Boston MA 02116
Phone: (617) 638-9699
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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.

Internship Workshop

Date: Wednesday, Sept 24th
Time: 3pm-5pm
Location: Case Room 1
For those of you interested or planning to conducting an internship please attend this session to know all that you need to know about planning for our internship search…

HBA Boston Presents:
Gaining an E.D.G.E. – Six Ways to Advance Your Career
Results from the HBA E.D.G.E. in Leadership Study  
(Empowerment, Diversity, Growth, Excellence)

Date: Thursday, September 25, 2008
Location: Shire Pharmaceuticals, 300 Patriot Way, Lexington, MA  02421
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 
Cost: HBA Members: $30 -- Nonmembers: $45 
Registration Deadline: 5:00pm (EST), Monday, September 22, 2008
Registration Assistance/Program Information: For questions or issues with registration, please contact the HBA Boston Chapter Director of Programs, Jane Fulton at

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.
For more information visit

Be prepared for the NAWMBA Conference!
Attend Northeastern University’s Cocktail Reception & Conference Prep

Date: September 26
Location: Raytheon Amphitheater, Northeastern University, Boston
Time: 6pm – 9pm
RSVP required
To RSVP and for more information visit

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
The experts reveal how to make your company a clean, green, profit machine

Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Time: 5:30pm to 8pm
Price: $35 for members, $60 for non-members and $25 for students
Registration required click here to register
Boston Marriott Copley Place, 110 Huntington Avenue
A panel of experts will be delivering keynote addresses or leading workshops. They will share their insider strategies for making their clients more profitable and environmentally responsible. For more information click here

Effective Networking
An evening of networking, education, and opportunity for present or prospective women entrepreneurs!!!

Date:  Wednesday, October 15th
Location: Inner Space, 17 Station Street, Brookline Village
Time: 7:15pm-9:15pm
Registration for this FREE 

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.
This event is FREE and brought to you by the Brookline Commission for Women, Brookline Economic Development and the Brookline Chamber of Commerce.

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


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

National Black MBA Association 30th Annual Conference & Expo
Sept. 17-20, Washington, DC
Registration and more information click here

Women for Hire Career Expo
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 10am-2pm, At the Sheraton Boston Hotel
To register and for more information on this event visit

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
Wednesday, October 15, 3:30 - 5:30pm, At the Boston Marriott Hotel at Copley Place
no fee to attend! For more information visit

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

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

The Partnership, Inc. College to Career Expo 2008 and Student Conference
November 3, 4:00pm to 8:00 p.m., at The Dorothy Quincy Suites/John Hancock Hall
For more information visit

Net Impact Conference
November 13-15, Philadelphia, PA


Invitation to join the CSO Task Force
Each year the Career Services Office (CSO) invites students to be part of a group called the CSO Task Force.   Student members act as advisors to the CSO team, provide feedback as we explore new program and service offerings, and also serve as ambassadors in promoting CSO initiatives to the larger student body.

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 by Friday September 19th.

Recent Job Postings – Visit Career Connect
~ Sr. Marketing Manager Installed Based Programs - Philips Medical Systems
~ Grant Writer - Berklee College of Music
~ Financial Analyst - Teradyne
~ Human Resources Specialist - Teradyne
~ Phone Program Manager - Simmons College

Recent Internship Postings – Visit Career Connect
~ Event Operations Intern - spacerMs Cure Fund
As a reminder, please keep your Career Connect profile up to date. If you forgot your username and password, please contact 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 ( 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

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, with your name, affiliation and year of graduation.
These quotes will be posted, like the ones you can currently see here

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.
Facebook      YouTube         More Than Money
This PDF offer is made possible through the generosity of the publisher, Berrett-Koehler, a Social Venture Network company dedicated to creating a world that works for all. The hardcover book, More Than Money, will be available starting in mid-September. Bulk sales or signed copy requests should be directed to Mark at


Library Updates

NEW HONOR SYSTEM FOR RESERVES - If you want a required textbook that is on reserve but there’s no library around to check it out for you, we have instituted a temporary honor system for reserves.  Please see the circulation desk sign for more information.

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 and read the SOM library’s blog, found on the web at for articles of interest to the SOM Community.

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