April 23rd, 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

Quotes of the Week

Fall Registration

Change in Pre-Requisites Approved by the Curriculum Committee

Fall Schedule Update: Correction from Last Week's MBA Update

Reminder Meeting with Students Finishing Degree Requirements in August on Saturday

Schedule Reminders for This/Next Week

MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

As I talk to students this week, I can sense the stress of the end of the semester beginning to build for some of you and I would encourage all of you to maintain your perspective on why you came to business school. For many of you, it was to learn new skills and competencies and develop deeper critical thinking and analysis skills. This is hard and challenging because it requires so much self discipline to do the work required. It requires you really grappling with lots of information crunching numbers, examining patterns, relationships and data. It gets easier the more you practice, but at this time of the year, it is sometimes hard for you to see how much you have learned and are learning in each class! One thing that is constant is that students usually appreciate this learning more in their next course!

Quotes of the Week

“Confidence and courage come through preparation and practice.” --Unknown

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”-- Helen Keller


Fall Registration

AARC will open for registration tomorrow, Friday, April 24th. If you have not already done so, please check your registration priority on AARC to see when you can begin registering. The registration materials can be found on the SOM Gateway: http://my.simmons.edu/som/courses/registration.shtml

*Please be sure to use the course synopsis when planning your schedule as the dates are more detailed than in AARC*

If you have any questions or concerns about registration please contact Paula at paula.bent@simmons.edu.

Change in Pre-Requisites Approved by the Curriculum Committee

In last week’s meeting, the Curriculum Committee formally lifted the pre-requisite of GSM 465: Leading Organizational change off of GSM 470: Negotiations. Any student that has completed GSM 455: Leading Individuals and Groups is now eligible to take it.

Fall Schedule Update: Correction from Last Week's MBA Update

Last week we incorrectly stated that the Consultative Sales elective was on Thursdays. It is on Saturdays, from 10-1pm with no pre-requisites.

Reminder Meeting with Students Finishing Degree Requirements in August on Saturday

The second open meeting with students finishing degree requirements in August 2009 is Saturday, April 25 from 8:15-8:45am with Mary D. in M-223. We will then summarize all the suggestions, ask for volunteers to work with us, and put all the thoughts on a zoomerang survey for folks to respond!

Schedule Reminders for This/Next Week

  • Negotiation has its weekend dates coming up on Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25 with Debbie Kolb.
  • First round of Leadership Conference tours for volunteers is Thursday, April 23 from 6-7:30pm
  • If you plan to work as an Intern this summer, you should attend the class on Monday April 27, 3:00 to 5:30pm, Room M222 when the requirements for grading will be reviewed. Students will also share their experiences in the search for internship. This will be with Maurice Gervais and Lisa Toby.

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.

Review Sessions for GSM 421, Managerial Accounting

The following review sessions have been scheduled for Managerial Accounting:

  • 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!!

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.

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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   



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


Company Campus Visit: ConnectEDU
Date: Thursday, April 30
Time: 11:15am-12:15pm
Location: L-006
Pizza will be served!

Join Katie Kulikoski, Vice President of Human Resources, to lean more about the organization and the rotational program they are currently hiring for (undergrad positions but we invite you to come learn more about the organization and have some pizza!).


Women in Business Executive Speaker Luncheon
featuring Dr. Claire Thom, Senior Vice President of Portfolio Management, Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company
Date: Wednesday, May 6
Time: 11:30am - 1pm
Location: Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, 35 Lansdowne St, Cambridge
Cost: Members: $40.00, Non-members: $80.00 Prices require registration and payment at least two business days in advance. $10 additional thereafter if available.
For more information visit www.cambridgechamber.org/involved/viewevent.html?id=239


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  
~ Program Manager - The Center for Women & Enterprise
~ Senior Account Manager - ARGUS
~ Major Gifts Manager - The Greater Boston Food Bank
~ Chief Financial Officer (CFO) - The Greater Boston Food Bank

Recent Internship Postings – Visit Career Connect  
~ Media Marketing/Advertising/Publishing - HotStepz Magazine
~ Fellowship - Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program
~ MBA Marketing Internship, London - TripAdvisor
~ Internship - KLM Distribution, LLC.
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.


First, Know Yourself
When it comes to career reinvention, too many people make a fundamental mistake: They don't know themselves.

America's traditional strengths will win out
In five years this country - and most banks - will be fine overall. This crisis will be a memory, and the traditional strengths of America will show through: its ability to come together and to innovate, and its work ethic.

Just for fun…

Reinventing Women's Shoes, With High-Tech Tools
Marloes ten Bhömer is just 26, but she's been reinventing shoes her entire life.



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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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