September 18th, 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.

Note from MBA Admissions Team

Quotes of the Week

Returning Student Mentors Needed!

Current Students Needed to Mentor Undergradate Students!

Simmons College Honor Board Seeks an SOM MBA Student Representative

Part-Time Job for Simmons Student

Order Your MBA Business Cards!

SOM Clubs and Organizations

Net Impact North America Conference

The Great Negotiator Event

SOM Alumnae Relations Upcoming Events

Net Impact Student Club- First Meeting of the Year!

MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

It is hard to believe that we are now through week 3 of the semester! Just think 20% of your semester is already over!! I say that as a sign that the weeks will fly by but the next two weeks will mark the moment when all of your fall classes are in full swing and you may need to readjust how you keep up with the work and everything else going on in your life. It is a normal part of the fall cycle particularly for new students, but everyone tends to feel it in different ways. So don’t think it is just you if you have a moment where you feel the need to re-calibrate everything!!  

For my sports fans, the Patriots showed that despite a major setback with key personnel, that they were ready, prepared and able to stand up and deliver in the moment. It was awesome!!

Note From the MBA Admissions Team

Congratulations to all of the new Simmons SOM students who are beginning their MBA studies this fall.  It has been a pleasure working with you all these last exciting months, and the MBA Admissions team wishes you the best in your studies here and beyond.  Now that you have begun your MBA, after months, or in some cases years, of wondering whether you can “do” it,  do you see colleagues and friends in a similar situation?   The MBA Admissions team is accepting referrals from current students and in return, we would like to say thank you, on behalf of our office and your friend, in the form of a gift certificate to the Simmons Bookstore.  If your friend/colleague ultimately enrolls, we will issue you a thank you gift certificate.  Thank you for your commitment to the Simmons SOM community and again, congratulations from the MBA Admissions staff!

Quotes of the Week

Champions aren't made in gyms. They are made from something they have deep inside them: a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill." --Muhammad Ali

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” -- Ralph Nader


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 in Admissions or 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 Undergradate 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 and we will try and match you!!

Simmons College Honor Board Seeks an SOM MBA Student Representative

Simmons College has an Honor Board that serves as the group that investigates all charges of academic integrity at the College. It is a board made up of faculty and students from all the Simmons schools, and serves a critically important role in upholding the College Honor Code. If any students are interested, please email Mary D at or Joanna Conroy in the student life office at by September 25th. We have had great success having SOM representation over the past few years.

Part-Time Job for Simmons Student

The Advancement Office is looking for a dependable graduate student to work with our Phone Program and manage up to 23 students. This requires evening hours and the job description is posted in the MBA office.

Order Your MBA Business Cards!

If you are interested in ordering student business cards, please email Katlyn in the MBA Office at no later than October 1st with the following details:

Your Name (exactly as you would like it to appear on the cards)
Your Class Year (it will read "MBA Candidate '09")
Contact Number (you can list up to two - home, cell, work, or fax)
Email Address

The cards will cost somewhere between $30 - $40 for 250, and take about three weeks to arrive to the SOM. To reflect consistency across the Simmons campuses, no additional information can be added to the business cards other than the fields listed above.

SOM Student Clubs and Organizations

The MBA Office would like to see if any students are interested in joining one of our exisiting clubs! Please contact Darla Pires-DeGrace at or 617.521.3839 for more information about the following clubs and organizations:


The National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering women MBAs in order to propel more women into leadership positions in corporate America and to enhance the diversity of the nation's workforce.
NAWMBA works to educate students on the career opportunities available and the skills that are necessary to succeed by supporting local chapter programs as well as publications and events at the national level, including an annual national conference hosted by a different graduate school program each year.  The organization also encourages women to attend and successfully complete graduate business school programs by supporting the formation of local school-hosted chapters. 

Net Impact

Net Impact at Simmons School of Management explores the power of socially responsible business to create a better world, and to achieve commercial success through approaches that respect ethical values, people, communities and the environment.  Net Impact at Simmons helps members broaden their business education, build their networks, refine their leadership skills, and pursue their professional goals.

Non-Profit Management Club

Started in the fall of 2007, this club was founded in order to extend course curriculum into non-profit management content via informal, student led dialogues in conjunction with SOM faculty and non-profit leaders in the community. Long-term goals of the Club are to develop a Brown-Bag Series focused on specific non-profit sector issues, which will be open to the entire SOM community, including alumnae.

Simmons Consulting Group

The mission of the Consulting Club is to provide career exploration in the field of Consulting. Whether your interests are in a specific field of consulting or you are just exploring the consulting industry, our events will help bring you closer to determining your career objectives. 

Entrepreneurship Club

Are you interested in starting and growing a new business or expanding a current business? The Entrepreneurship Club will:

  • Provide an environment to exchange ideas and gather support for new ventures
  • Sponsor outreach and community-based programs to further develop and formulate new businesses
  • Create opportunities to access area women business entrepreneurs and leaders

Entrepreneurship is more than a set of tools and techniques for starting and growing a business. It's a mindset, a way of looking at things that is opportunity focused and creative. It's about passion -- doing what you love. It's about creating wealth in all its forms: money, independence, power, and innovation. It's about challenge and persistence. And it's about creativity and writing new execution strategies for the way things are done.

Ethics Club

The mission of the Ethics Club is to serve as a learning resource to Simmons MBA students for a wide range of business ethics issues. The club will examine how ethical decisions impact business successes or failures. Areas of interest include sustainability; economic, social and environmental concerns; corporate accountability; ethical decision making; socially responsible investing; and social enterprise. The assumption is that ethical issues are complex business dilemmas for which better decisions can be found through ongoing discussion.

Finance/Investment Club

The focus of this group is to learn more about the topics of finance and personal investing, build on the knowledge learned in the classroom and network with other students working in or pursuing a career in finance.

Project Management Club

It has been said that you lead people and manage projects... while that's an ongoing OB debate, take a step toward understanding project management and share your experiences with others by participating in a student group dedicated to Project Management.

Student Academic Council

The Student Academic Council (SAC) is a volunteer group that serves an advisory role to the MBA Office. The SAC mission is to enhance students' educational experience inside and outside of the classroom and further the MBA office goal of continuous improvement to the MBA program. Some of SAC roles include representing students' interests within the SOM community on current or proposed changes to the MBA program, and serving as a liaison between students, faculty, the administration, and the alumnae.

Social Club

The Social Club is a group of students from both the day and evening programs that help plan social events for students throughout the year.

Women of Color Club

Mission statement 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.)

Schedule Updates

Friday, September 26, 1-4pm Project Management Class with Professor Paul Myers to help with Marketing and Leading Projects.

Registration Updates

None this week!


News & Events

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

The Great Negotiator Event

On Tuesday, September 23, artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude will be honored with the 2008 Great Negotiator Award by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. The artists will participate in a faculty-led discussion at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 100 Northern Avenue on Boston’s waterfront (directions) from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Christo and Jeanne-Claude will review how they successfully negotiated with city governments, neighborhood groups, business interests, and others throughout the world to host their iconic large scale art installations such as The Gates in Central Park, New York City, and the Pont Neuf Wrapped in Paris. The doors open at 1:00 PM and the event begins at 2:00 PM.  It will be first come, first served.

For a full description of the event, go to

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:

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 Current students are invited to participate free of charge. Call the Office of Alumnae Relations to register: 800-246-0573.

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 iare corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, international development, and environmental sustainability.   The meeting agenda includes:

1) the upcoming conference in Philadelphia (November 13-15) and
conference *funding* available for students,
2) special guest Dr. Gupta will speak about the meaning of sustainable
business in Brazil and China, and
3)  possible Spring courses on CSR and sustainability analysis
Questions?  Contact Amy Longyear at or Alison Haight at

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:


Career Services Updates

Genzyme Company Presentation    ***TIME CHANGE***

Date:  Monday, October 6th
Location:  SOM Mockler, Case Room 1
Time: 4:30–6:00pm
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.

Don’t miss this exciting panel discussion!

The Ethics of Greenwashing & Internet Censorship

Guest Panelist:
Dan Bross, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship for the Microsoft Corporation

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

Dan Bross spoke at the SOM last Spring and was extremely well received. We are pleased that he has accepted our invitation for a second visit to talk about these compelling and important topics.


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.

SOMAA Networking Event
Networking night for all Simmons SOM alumnae & current students
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: 5:30-8:30p.m.

InterNship Workshop
Interested in conducting an internship? Attend this session to learn all that you need to know about planning and preparing for your internship experience.
Date: Wednesday, Sept 24th
Time: 3:00-5:00pm
Location: Caser Room 1
RSVP to no later than Sept 19th
Presented by: Professor Maurice Gervais & the Career Services Office.

Gaining an E.D.G.E. – Six Ways to Advance Your Career
Date: Thursday, September 25th  
Location: Shire Pharmaceuticals, 300 Patriot Way, Lexington, MA  02421
Time: 5:30– 8:30pm 
Cost: HBA Members: $30 -- Nonmembers: $45 
Registration Deadline: 5:00pm (EST), Monday, September 22, 2008
For questions or issues with registration, please contact the HBA Boston Chapter Director of Programs, Jane Fulton at

Panel discussions about careers in the new green economy
Date: Thursday, September 25th  
Time: 6:00–8:00pm
Location: Combined Jewish Philanthropies, 126 High Street, Boston
Registration is required.  Cost: $15 prepaid (via PayPal)

Be prepared for the NAWMBA Conference! Northeastern University’s Cocktail Reception & Conference Prep
Date: September 26th
Location: Raytheon Amphitheater, Northeastern University, Boston
Time: 6:00–9:00pm
RSVP required- To RSVP and for more information visit

Why Green Marketing Produces Big Results
The experts reveal how to make your company a clean, green, profit machine
Date: Tuesday, September 30th
Time: 5:30-8:00pm
Location: Boston Marriott Copley Place, 110 Huntington Avenue
Registration required click here to register Price: $25 for students

Software is Dead"
Speaker and Networking Event at Athenahealth featuring Jonathan Bush, CEO and Founder
Date: October 7th
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, and opportunity for present or prospective women entrepreneurs!!! Registration is FREE 
Date:  Wednesday, October 15th
Location: Inner Space, 17 Station Street, Brookline Village
Time: 7:15-9:15pm

6th Annual ALPFA Leadership Summit
Date: November 13th
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

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

Latino Career Expo
Tuesday, Sept 23rd, 1pm - 5pm, at Marriott Tremont House Hotel
For more information 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 15th, 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. 23-25, 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 - 8:00 pm, at The Dorothy Quincy Suites/John Hancock Hall
For more information visit

Net Impact Conference
November 13-15, Philadelphia, PA

The 4th Annual Conference on Clean Energy: Financing and Partnering for Emerging Businesses
November 18-19, Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA


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
~ Director of Human Resources - Criterion Ventures
~ Talent Management Associate - Next Street Financial
~ Business Process Improvement Leader – Genzyme
~ Marketing Project Manager - Recycline, Inc.
~ ET Online Marketing Manager - EF Education
~ Account Executive - Silverscape LLC

Recent Internship Postings – Visit Career Connect
~ Educational Advocacy and Scholarship - Big Brothers of Massachusetts Bay
~ Sustainability Marketing Internship Description - New Ecology, Inc
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.

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 or 617-521-3851 and Michael Wick, the SOM Library Assistant, is at 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 and read the SOM library’s blog, found on the web at for articles of interest to the SOM Community.

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