April 9th, 2009
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
Next week will mark the beginning of week 12 in the spring term and the Red Sox have started to play which means spring is officially here! If you celebrate either Passover or Easter, enjoy the traditions of these holidays with your friends and family. You are headed now into the back stretch of the term. There are major deliverables on the horizon in just about every class, plus you need to prep for every class, and you have all your other work/family/life challenges as well. My best advice is plan out your time as best you can, take it one day at a time, and stay focused on the things that matter. Don’t redo an econ, finance or accounting problem 10 times if you got it right the first and second time and continue to prep for class. Not prepping for class will come back to haunt you at a later date and may result in a string of cold calls from faculty and that tends not to be a comfortable moment for some of you!
In the end of March Madness, it was the two teams that were the best in the country that won. UConn women went undefeated for the whole season and UNC really crushed Michigan State. But, what is interesting is watching them showed they did not take anything for granted. Teammates and coaches were encouraging and pushing them to be their best all the time. They worked as hard in the first game as they did in the championship game, they never let up. You are at that point in your semester where you cannot let up, too much is at stake for your learning and your future. Use these teams and coaches as role models for the importance of being prepared for anything, working hard and never letting up. Now comes the Masters, which as a golfer, is my favorite tournament of the year!!
“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”-- Franklin Roosevelt
No GSM 421: Managerial Accounting A on Wednesday, April 15.
GSM 420B: Financial Reporting and Analysis will add a class on Monday, June 22 and eliminate the Saturday class, June 13 from 9am-12pm.
An email has gone to all volunteers. If someone thinks they were missed in error you can email Ali Corvino at email@example.com.
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.
With the change in the double accounting class, the track meeting has been moved to Monday, April 13 at noon!
Scheduling Reminders- January 2009 Entry Class
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!
Technology at Simmons would like to know how satisfied you are with the resources Simmons provides you. We look closely at all of the responses, and as a result often make changes to our services/resources. Based on your recommendations from last spring's survey, we increased the email and file server quotas, and installed Express Print stations in the Library Information Commons, and double-sided printing in several public computer labs.
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.
REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
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!
Julie, Patrizia, Sarah & Dave
Babson Marketing Case Competition Committee
Where Entrepreneurship and Marketing Meet
Patrizia Damiani: firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Fabbrucci: email@example.com
Sarah Carroll: firstname.lastname@example.org
David Osgood: email@example.com
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!
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.
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
Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: Hult International Business School,
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.
Career Services Updates
Did you know ABOUT THE printable resources on THE CSO website ?
3rd Annual SOMAA Speaker Series
Part Two: Where Are The Jobs?
For those of you thinking about career advancement and/or a career transition, don't miss this opportunity to interact with panelists representing healthcare, green technology, and other high growth industries for a discussion on trends, as well as the expertise and skills needed to compete in today's changing environment.
Boston Women in Finance 2009 Entrepreneur Panel
EXTERNAL CAREER FAIRS
Boston Healthcare Career Fair
The Digital Combine: the next-generation employer and talent showcase.
Massachusetts Society of CPAs Career Fair/Networking Expo
Boston Career Fair
CSO Career Expo
1st Annual Asian MBA Leadership Conference & Career Fair
Recent Job Postings – Visit Career Connect
Recent Internship Postings – Visit Career Connect
INTERESTING CAREER ARTICLES
Winners and Losers in the Defense Plan
Do You Pass the Social Media Recruitment Test?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-521-3851.
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