April 16th, 2009



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

Sports Analogy for the Week

Quotes of the Week

Schedule Reminders for Next Week

Students Finishing Degree Requirements in August

Fall Registration Materials

Fall Schedule Additions

Track Changes for Next Fall

CSR Panel -- Corrected time and date

Building Hours for Monday, April 20

Review Sessions for GSM 421, Managerial Accounting

Leadership Conference Updates

SOM Alum featured in Poetry Reading, 4/21

Weight Watchers Registration/Information Session: May 19, 11:30am, M202





MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

Next week is week 13 in the MBA schedule. We are full steam ahead now to the finish line!! (I couldn’t resist a Boston Marathon analogy!) SDM and Negotiations have ramped up, and finals have started in some classes. You have 4 weeks left after this week!! It is a long weekend for many people, then our leadership conference is two weeks later!! I have seen many more smiles around the hallway though, which is a good sign!! Hang in there, we know that you have a lot of work still to do, but a positive outlook will do wonders towards giving it your best!!

Sports Analogy for the Week

I told you that I love the Masters and for anyone that watched it, it was an interesting finish loaded with analogies. I am going to focus on the positive ones of the winner, Angel Cabrera. For anyone that plays golf, you know it is a mental game of strategy that can have huge momentum swings from shot to shot. When Angel hit the tree in the final holes, he had one of two choices-think that his chances for winning were over or believe that it is not over til the last putt and keep playing card and concentrating on the making the most of the next opportunity in front of you. For some of you, you have the same choices as you review your grades and feedback on your performance to date. You can choose to say there is no way I can make it up, therefore I will stop trying, or decide that you are going to keep working as hard as you can and see what happens. Angel did, and he won! It was a great story!

Quotes of the Week

"The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what needs to be done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it." -Theodore Roosevelt

“What you always do before you make a decision is consult. The best public policy is made when you are listening to people who are going to be impacted. Then, once policy is determined, you call on them to help you sell it.” -Elizabeth Dole


Schedule Reminders for Next Week

  • Negotiation has its weekend dates coming up on Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25 with Debbie Kolb.
  • Tech and Ops review on Wednesday, April 22 from 5-6pm
  • First round of Leadership Conference tours for volunteers is Thursday, April 23 from 6-7:30pm
  • SDM has two classes next week, Tuesday, April 21 and Thursday, April 23

Students Finishing Degree Requirements in August

There will be a short meeting on Tuesday, April 21 from 5:15-5:45 with Mary D for any students interested in helping to plan the reception in August.  There will be a second meeting at 8:15-8:45am on Saturday, April 25 before Negotiations to make sure we get all the ideas and then a subgroup of students will work together to help us plan it!

Fall Registration Materials

Will be released on Friday afternoon, April 17. Registration for Fall 09 opens on April 24

Fall Schedule Additions

We will add a section of Managerial Accounting on Thursday nights with Susan Hass and Consultative Sales Management with Maurice Gervais on Thursday nights as well.

Track Changes for Next Fall

Career Strategies will switch its locations within the tracks of study and move to a Fall day section and a Spring night section. It will not conflict with any of your required courses! Managerial Accounting has added a fall section. There are other minor track changes coming, but we will outline them in a later email!

CSR Panel -- Corrected time and date

The CSR panel is Monday, July 20, from 5:30pm-7:30pm. It was listed incorrectly in the synopsis.

Building Hours for Monday, April 20

The building will have open access for faculty, staff and students as of 3pm on Monday. There are no day classes, no Managerial Accounting class, but there is Business Plans running.

Review Sessions for GSM 421, Managerial Accounting

The following review sessions have been scheduled for Managerial Accounting:

  • Wednesday, April 22, from 11:45am -12:45pm, in Room M222
  • Wednesday, April 29, from 11-45am - 12:45pm in Room M222
  • Monday, May 4, from 4:45pm - 5:45pm in Room M223

Leadership Conference Updates

The schedule of work for volunteers was emailed last week. If you didn't receive an email from Ali Corvino, please email her at ahcorvino@comcast.net to let her know. To ensure smooth operations, please confirm that you received the email and that you can attend the training selected, if you haven't already done so. Thanks very much! Ali" 

Training will be in the Seaport World Trade Center. Training time is 6:00-7:30PM on 4/23 & 4/29. We will meet in the lobby of the World Trade Center on the street level.

Students who still want to volunteer-they are still looking for students to help in the morning, so if you want to volunteer, email  ahcorvino@comcast.net within the next week!!

SOM Alum featured in Poetry Reading, 4/21

SOM Alum Vangile Makwakwa featured at National Poetry Month event-
Join the Library in celebrating National Poetry Month by attending the
Poetry Reading on Tues April 21 at 2pm in the Library Livingroom right
inside the main entrance. Featured readers include SOM Alum Vangile
Makwakwa. A reception will follow the readings!

Other readers include Professor David Gullette, Carlos Villacorta (in
Spanish) and Richard Wollman; GSLIS Alum Joleen Westerdale and CAS
Students: Hilary Neumann, Hannah Pfister, Grace Sisti as well as
additional student readers from Afaa Weaver?s Advanced Poetry course.
Hope to see you there!

Weight Watchers Registration/Information Session: May 19, 11:30am, M202

Weight Watchers will be holding an Information/Registration Meeting on May 19th, 2009 in M202 from 11:30am-12:15pm for those members of the Simmons employee and student communities who are interested in getting involved.

For more information, please contact Carolyn Bogle at boglec@simmons.edu or 617-521-3827.

Summer Schedule Updates

GSM 420B: Financial Reporting and Analysis will add a class on Monday, June 22 and eliminate the Saturday class, June 13 from 9am-12pm.

Leadership Conference

An email has gone to all volunteers. If someone thinks they were missed in error you can email Ali Corvino at ahcorvino@comcast.net.

Call for Papers: The Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) is sponsoring the annual Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award to recognize outstanding unpublished papers by undergraduate and graduate students.  The award is named in honor of the distinguished scholar and former Chief Executive Officer of CCL.  The winner of this award will receive a prize of $1,500 and a trip to CCL to present the paper in a colloquium.  (To review previous 1st place papers, visit our website at: www.ccl.org and click on the Faculty & Research tab.)

Submissions may be either empirically or conceptually based.  Multi-disciplinary approaches to research are welcomed.  The paper should focus on some aspect of leadership or leadership development.

Submissions will be judged by the following criteria:

  1. The degree to which the paper addresses issues and trends that are significant to the study of leadership;
  2. The extent to which the paper shows consideration of the relevant theoretical and empirical literature;
  3. The extent to which the paper makes a conceptual or empirical contribution;
  4. The implications of the research for application to leadership identification and development.


Papers must be authored and submitted only by graduate (must have graduated within one year of submission due date) or by undergraduate students.  CCL staff and submissions to other CCL awards are ineligible.  Entrants must provide a letter from a faculty member certifying that a student wrote the paper.  Entrants should submit four copies of an article‑length paper.  Electronic submissions will not be accepted.  The name of the author(s) should appear only on the title page of the paper.  The title page should also show the authors' affiliations, mailing addresses, and telephone numbers.

Papers will be reviewed anonymously by a panel of researchers associated with CCL.  Papers are limited to 30 double‑spaced pages, excluding title page, abstract, figures, tables, and references.  Papers above this limit that are not completely doubled spaced may not be eligible for the Award and may be returned to authors unreviewed.  Papers should be prepared according to current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

In the absence of papers deemed deserving of the award, the award may be withheld.  Entries (accompanied by faculty letters) must be received by Friday, October 9, 2009.  The winning paper will be announced by January 8, 2010.  Entries should be submitted to:

David Altman, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President
Research, Innovation and Product Development
Center for Creative Leadership
One Leadership Place
P.O. Box 26300
Greensboro, N.C. 27438‑6300

AACSB Vote is Official

AACSB has officially voted to give the SOM accreditation status as of this week! With only 30% of the business schools in the US have earned and maintained this accreditation, it is great to now be officially part of this elite group!  In the team’s report to the Dean, not only did we meet or exceed all 21 quality standards, but the review team gave us numerous commendations and identified 12 “Best Practices” which will be shared with other AACSB business schools.  In their summary assessment, the review team said, “We were overwhelmed with the top-to-bottom high quality exhibited by the faculty and students and were impressed with how the mission was lived every day throughout the curriculum and practices.”  The team noted, “The loyalty, involvement and enthusiasm of all stakeholders in and affiliated with the institution is commendable.” The team also called out our assessment of learning process as "exemplary." The support of the President and of the Board were also noted as a strength as was the quality of the SOM strategic plan.

Scheduling Reminders- January 2009 Entry Class

We are advising all students in the 2.5 and 3.5 tracks that entered in January to take Financial Accounting and QA and hold BGGE to next summer. Part two is to take QA on Wednesday nights to balance the sections.

Fall Elective Addition

Consultative Sales Management, 2 cr, Saturday mornings, 10-1pm, taught by Maurice Gervais, no pre-req’s, Starting October 3 for 9 weeks.

Entrepreneurship Dates for Summer 2009

Practicum dates: 10am-4:30pm on Thursday, June 4 and July 30.

Managing High Growth Firm: Thursday-Sunday, June 4-June 7 and July 30-August 2

Kate Hutchinson Was Featured in TWO Marie Claire Articles

Kate Hutchinson was asked by Marie Claire magazine to be a Career and Money "expert" for a couple of the magazine's blogs, answering readers' questions. Here are the links:



Undergraduate Students Looking for Feedback on Their Senior Project Idea

We have some seniors finishing off their capstone project in UG Management. They are looking for customer data on their product and I told them MBA students also do these kinds of projects and know how important it is to get prospective customer data!! Please take the time to fill it out for them!


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News & Events


REGISTER NOW: 1st Annual Babson College MBA Marketing Case Competition

The F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business will hold its inaugural MBA Marketing Case Competition on April 17-18 2009.

This competition is an opportunity for first year MBA students to apply entrepreneurial thinking to real marketing issues.  



To register, please follow the directions on the registration page. Registration is on a first come first serve basis.

Focus of the Competition

Marketing and entrepreneurship go hand-in-hand. The intention of this case competition is to reinforce the link between these two disciplines as we bring together first year students from top MBA programs to solve real marketing issues.


We are proud to announce that  this year’s case sponsor is Ocean Spray.

Other primary sponsors include Procter and Gamble and Dunkin' Donuts. Students will have the opportunity to network with representatives from sponsor companies.


Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third prize winners. First prize is $3000.

If you have any questions regarding this unique event please feel free to contact any of the committee members at the emails below.  We look forward to your participation in April!

Best regards,
Julie, Patrizia, Sarah & Dave

Babson Marketing Case Competition Committee

Where Entrepreneurship and Marketing Meet

Patrizia Damiani: pdamiani1@babson.edu
Julie Fabbrucci: jfabbrucci1@babson.edu
Sarah Carroll: scarroll3@babson.edu
David Osgood: dosgood1@babson.edu

Refer a friend to Simmons Executive Education for a chance to win a FREE Amazon Kindle

Help your women friends and colleagues achieve their leadership potential. Refer a friend to Simmons Executive Education today and you will be entered to win a Kindle, Amazon’s wireless reading device, one of Simmons Leadership Development programs, or Professor Deborah Kolb’s book: Her Place at the Table: A Woman’s Guide to Negotiating Five Key Challenges to Leadership Success.

Refer a friend today!


Simmons School of Management's Leading Women Entrepreneur Series Presents Vidula Sukhatme, Award Winning Founder of GlobalCures Inc.

Monday, April 27, 2009, 6:00pm to 7:30pm in Room 501-502

Join us for an inspiring discussion with Vidula Sukhatme, founder of GlobalCures Inc, a nonprofit designed to bring alternative drug therapies to cancer patients. After her friend died of breast cancer, Sukhatme, trained as an epidemiologist, saw the enormous gap between what happening in basic scientific research and what was available in the market. Her organization is leading the worldwide effort to research therapies that have sustantial scientifc merit but for a variety of reasons are not being developed by other organizations, including the for-profit pharmaceutical companies.

Ms. Sukhatme is Simmons School of Management’s 2009 Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

RSVP Today


Marie Marvanova, Political Activist, is Coming to the SOM

SAVE THE DATE:  Wednesday, May 6, 4:45-5:45,  Simmons School of Management (room to be announced)

Please join us in meeting Marie Marvanova, political and gender activist from the Czech Republic. Marie will share with us:

  • her own story becoming a leader in the banking sector during and after Socialism, navigating the upheavals in the cultural and political landscape
  • her political activism, including an unsuccessful launch of a Czech Women’s Party to successfully establishing  two NGOs focused on gender-equity
  • her current project, “Be Elected or Be Neglected,” focused on bringing women into Czech politics.

Come, learn about gender and women’s leadership in a country that continues to see monumental changes, and share with Marie your own response to her question: “Our democracy and the fight for gender equity are very young.  What do we need to know?  What mistakes can we avoid by learning from your own experiences and research?”

SAVE THE DATE! – May 3rd Building Opening and Dedication

Please join President Helen Drinan and Dean Deborah Merrill-Sands to celebrate the opening of the School of Management and Academic Building on Sunday, May 3rd from 10:00am-12:30pm.  Come enjoy the company of fellow students and staff, faculty, and alumnae as we celebrate the new building with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Light refreshments will be served.

To register for the event, please call 800-246-0573 by April 17th

Ignite Change

Date:       Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Time:       6:00pm - 9:00pm
Where:    Hult International Business School, 1 Education St, Cambridge, MA

Register @ www.democampboston.org

IgniteChange is a forum for the community to share their ideas on how to apply innovation and creativity to solve social issues currently impacting both our local and global communities.  The socially-focused, sustainable  enterprises may be non-profit,  for-profit, or somewhere in between. Presenters can focus on any subject area, such as energy, the environment, health, or technology 

IgniteChange is made up of two important parts:

  1. The presentations from those in the community
  2. Connecting people with each other

How it works

IgniteChange will follow the 5x5 format. Presenters will have 5 mins to present   (5 minutes - max 20 slides which will rotate automatically at equal intervals (ie. 10 slides 30 sec/slide; 20 slide = 15 sec/slide) followed by5 minutes for questions from the audience.

Please visit our website for more details.


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Career Services Updates


The Career Services Office can record your mock interview and then send you a secure link that will allow you to download and save the recording to your personal computer. This will allow you to evaluate your performance and determine what elements you need to work on to position yourself effectively during the interview process. For more information and to schedule your mock interview contact the Career Services Office!

The H1 Visa jobs website contains information on thousands of American firms, all over the US, in all disciplines, known to offer H-1B Visa jobs to international professionals.
          Log-on to:  www.h1visajobs.com
Username: students@simmons.edu.june2010   


OneWire - www.onewire.com
OneWire makes precise career connections in a secure, confidential environment. It is where top financial institutions and industry professionals at all levels match, connect, and advance.

GroupEye - www.groupereye.com
A great source for Case Competitions, Internships, & Entry Level Jobs. For the jobs and internships they have a regular job board. However, for the Case Competitions they have companies submit a case. Students then have 40 days to come up with the best solution. The company then evaluates the solution. The student with the best solution wins $100 AND employment consideration!



Company Campus Visit: inSegment, Inc.
Date: Tuesday, Apr. 21
Time: 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Main College Building, C-318
Presented by the Career Education Center

Date: Monday, April 27
Time: 3-5:45pm
Location: M-222

Boston Women in Finance 2009 Entrepreneur Panel
Date: Wednesday, April 29
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Bingham McCutchen, 1 Federal Street, 13th Floor, Boston, MA 02110
Fee:   Members - $10 / Students & Affiliates - $15 / Non-Members - $20
Entrepreneurs will discuss how their companies have evolved and the special challenges they have faced as women in business. For more information visit www.acteva.com

Check out Mark’s Guide  & MeetUp


The Digital Combine: the next-generation employer and talent showcase.
Tuesday, April 28, 12:30–4:30pm, at the Back Bay Events Center, Boston MA  
Register now at http://www.mitx.org

Massachusetts Society of CPAs Career Fair/Networking Expo
Wednesday, May 13, 3:30-5pm, at The Colonnade Hotel, Boston
For more information visit secure.mscpaonline.org

Boston Career Fair
Monday, May 18, 11am-3pm, at the Radisson Hotel, Boston, MA
Register: www.nationalcareerfairs.com
June 26-27, at the NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York City
Register: www.fortefoundation.org
Boston Career Fair
Monday, July 20 - 11am-3pm, at the Radisson Hotel, Boston, MA
Register: www.nationalcareerfairs.com
2009 ALPFA National Convention
August 8 - 12, at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA
Register: http://www.alpfaboston.org/events.html

CSO Career Expo
September 10, at the Linda Paresky Center, Simmons College, Boston, MA

1st Annual Asian MBA Leadership Conference & Career Fair
September 10-12, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City
Register: www.asianmba.org


Recent Job Postings – Visit Career Connect  
~ Major Gifts Manager - The Greater Boston Food Bank
~ Chief Financial Officer (CFO) - The Greater Boston Food Bank
~ Manager of Campaign Major Gifts -  The Greater Boston Food Bank
~ Editor, Corporate Governance - The Conference Board
~ Executive Director - the Phyllis & Jerome Lyle Rappaport Charitable Foundation

Recent Internship Postings – Visit Career Connect  
~ MBA Marketing Internship, London - TripAdvisor
~ Internship - KLM Distribution, LLC.
~ Online Marketing - Big Brothers of Massachusetts Bay 
~ Human Resources - Big Brothers of Massachusetts Bay
~ Annual Giving Fundraising - Big Brothers of Massachusetts Bay
~ Special Event Fundraising - Big Brothers of Massachusetts Bay 
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. Please do not re-register yourself as past information about you will be lost.


Options for MBAs Without Jobs
New grads needing work can choose between three strategies. Jack and Suzy Welch like the boldest one best

Exodus of women could reinforce banking glass ceiling
Banks on both sides of the Atlantic have made great strides in recent years in encouraging more women into senior positions… as more and more workers of both sexes, but especially women, re-evaluate their careers and what they want from life, the recession risks sending this progress into reverse.

Are You a Walt Disney or a Roy Disney?
Is your company better at having an idea or making an idea happen? Knowing where your organization's strength lies is a vital first step toward innovation success



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Library Updates

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.



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Technology Updates

Greetings SOM Students!

On behalf of Technology at Simmons, welcome to the Main Campus!  Technology is here to help you have a smooth semester start as you settle in to your new space!

  • For other tip sheets and descriptions of technology resources visit my.simmons.edu/technology/students  We even have some podcasts on iTunes U.
  • Need help with your computer?  Sign up for a Technology Self Help Clinic by calling (617-521.-2222) or emailing helpdesk@simmons.edu.
  • Media Services has a variety of equipment is available for you to borrow including laptops and cameras: my.simmons.edu/services/technology/media
  • The Technology Desk on the 1st floor of the Beatley Library Information Commons is staffed with Simmons students eager to help you use the computers and study rooms available to you throughout the Library. This includes the Media Viewing and Listening Room, where you may watch or listen to DVDs, VHS tapes, and broadcasts.
  • At the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor you may borrow, among other items, a laptop that has the Bloomberg application on it.
  • Do you wish to enhance your software skills?  Go to ptrc.simmons.edu for a course catalog and to sign up for a workshop.

In addition to all of the resources around campus, the new SOM building has computing spaces available to you.

  • The MBA Resource Room on the 1st floor houses six computers and both a black/white and color pay-for-print printer.  Two of the computers are Macs that run Windows Vista or Mac OS X Leopard.
  • The MBA Living Room on the 2nd floor contains two Express Web Stations. 
  • There are also seven study rooms, all of which include a computer.  In addition, M205 and M230 include the following:
  • Large screen LCD monitor
  • Auxiliary audio and video inputs (e.g. for laptop)
  • VCR/DVD player
  • Audio/video recording (beta service: requires prior training)

Stay tuned for additional information about the College, including Technology’s services and resources by reading the MySimmons announcements on a regular basis. 

We are happy to assist you, so please let us know what we can do to help you get acclimated to the Main Campus.

- Technology at Simmons


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