August 13th, 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.
As is traditional at this time of year, this is one of my moments of annual reflection for both graduating and non graduating students, even though my thoughts are similar from last year, there is no question the answers to the questions are different this year than last year!
For Those of You Who Aren’t Graduating…
But, each semester is a major milestone and you need to celebrate it, and reflection is a good way to celebrate things! Think about how you approach problems or situations vs. how you did 6 months, a year, two years, or three years ago. Think about how you read the newspaper or react to financial or world events. Think about how your confidence levels have risen as a result of your experiences in the classroom. Think about class participation and what you did well, whether it was just having the confidence to try, if you took a stand on a issue, encouraged someone else to get involved in the conversation, or presented as part of your BGGE, Leading, or Marketing presentations knowing it was really difficult and would have been easy to defer to your colleagues that are comfortable speaking in large groups. Think about your grades and how psyched you were to get a grade on a paper or exam that reflected all of your hard work and effort. Think about how you helped or saw someone else help a classmate struggle through a concept and then all of a sudden the light bulbs go off!! Think about the things that excited you intellectually. Think about how you balanced all the other competing priorities in your life with school, and how you have learned to juggle them all! Think about next year and what you want to do, try, continue or change.
But for the next 3 weeks, relax and have some fun! Go to the beach, read a book, go out to dinner with friends and family. September will be here before you know it and we will be thrilled to see you all back again in a few weeks!
For Those of You Who Are Graduating…
Can you believe that you are actually done?? As I have talked with many students over these last few weeks, many are bittersweet about this moment. Happy to be done with all the papers and deliverables, happy to not have to read another case and do more analysis! Thrilled that you have earned your degree and bubbling with confidence, new skills and a different view of so many things. But, many are sad that you will leave the familiarity and routine of coming to school every day or after work, being intellectually stimulated and seeing your friends and colleagues. In October, you will wonder how you did it all as your lives will fill back up quickly with work, family and new jobs!!
I am so proud of each of you and know that great things lie ahead for each of you. Many people will say to you “good luck” over the next few weeks. Remember my favorite definition of luck, which is “luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” We have prepared you, and the opportunities await you. August 29th and receiving your degrees is the beginning of another great chapter in your lives. We are proud to have worked beside you and with you during your MBA program and will miss you. But know that a warm welcome will always be here when you come back!
For Graduating Students (From Meegan Neils, ‘SOM05):
“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” - Semisonic
For Non Graduating Students:
“Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s levels of aspiration … and expectation.” - Jack Nicklaus
The pre-req of Orgs for GSM 470 Negotiations has been formally lifted, so anyone wanting to take the day negotiations class in the fall, or was considering it for the spring now has more options!
A Special Thank You to the Student Academic Council
E-learning goes live on August 24, for Fall 2009 term.
This is the last MBA update for the summer term and this academic year. The Update will resume the week of Foundations.
August 29, 4:30-6pm, Paresky Center. Program will begin right around 5pm.
Announcements are in the Program Office but we will bring them to the Dean’s Reception as well
Indra is thrilled to be your faculty member giving remarks!
Please fill out your exit survey!
We are making good progress, but we really want to get over 50% of you to respond! Once this week is done, if you can go into zoomerang and complete it, we would appreciate it! If you have not taken the Student Satisfaction Survey, please do so by following this link:
Special Request to Students Using the Study Rooms
Technology has requested two things when you leave the room: shut any open windows because the moisture is affecting the equipment and pull the shades down because the sunlight is also having some negative affects on the equipment! Thanks!
Students Finishing Their Degree Requirements in August
Reminder: Dean’s Reception, August 29, 4:30-6:00pm
Student Speaker: Kate O’Connell was voted by her class to give remarks
Faculty Speaker: Indra Guertler will give remarks on behalf of the faculty
Rappaport Alum Award: Gretchen Fox, Fox Relocation Company
Awards that will be announced: Pat Miller (peer award); Butler (accounting); Trahey (marketing); Pfizer (healthcare, pharmaceuticals, biotech); Holmes (Org. Behavior); SOMAA Principled Leadership Award, and Bornstein (finance)
Students Looking for Part Time Job as an Excel Lab Trainer for Undergraduate Financial Accounting
The financial accounting course at the UG level has a need for a excel trainer to work with UG students on Monday afternoons from 3-6pm through the fall semester. Interested students should contact Deb Marlino at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must have already taken Financial Accounting at the MBA level, consider yourself strong in it, and be fluent in excel applications. Please email her by August 15.
Spring 2010 Travel Course Information
Spring 2010, MBA Travel Courses to India (January) and UAE (March)! Contact Prof. Vipin Gupta at email@example.com for further information and registration form.
Each fall Partners HealthCare, the integrated healthcare delivery system founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, holds the Connected Health Symposium. This is a meeting focused on information technology innovations in support of patient self-management, personal maintenance of health and wellness, and aging with independence.
With over 1,000 attendees at last year’s event, the Symposium is the largest meeting of its kind in the world, dedicated to helping health care move beyond the hospital and clinic and into the day-to-day lives of consumers and patients, aided by computers, cell phones, the Internet, sensors, personal service robots. In 2009 the Symposium celebrates its 6th Anniversary and takes place at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel on October 21st and 22nd -- a beautiful time of year, of course, to be in the city. The Symposium features world-class speakers and unparalleled opportunities to share knowledge, network and build community. You can learn more about the event (and the Center) by visiting www.connected-health.org.
In the future, there will be a need for many more people trained at the graduate and undergraduate levels to think creatively about all aspects of healthcare and information technology. This is an opportunity for students pondering career options to listen, learn, connect and consider building their careers in this important and needed area of healthcare.
In keeping with Partners’ role as a nonprofit institution with an educational mission, we invite students to attend the Symposium at a cost o$ 195, which is $700 off of the full registration price.
To students: We ask you to register in advance at www.connected-health.org and fax your valid student ID immediately afterwards to Partners’ Margaret Spinale at 617-228-4603. You will need to present your student ID on the day of the Symposium. Student registration is open now. To obtain the discount, go to the website, register as attendee type “Student” and continue the registration process until completion. You may contact Margaret Spinale at 617-643-3905 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Symposium 2009 is structured to make ideas enjoyable and networking easy. You will have full access to all Symposium educational sessions, to the exhibition area and to the sponsored workshops. During meals, refreshment breaks and the evening reception, you will have an opportunity to interact with an extraordinary group of employers, thinkers and entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurship Program Garners Six-Figure Support from Two Foundations
(August 3, 2009) With crucial support from the Coleman Foundation and the Will J. Reid Foundation, the SOM will extend the opportunities offered through its nationally acclaimed Entrepreneurship Program into the undergraduate college, the non-business Simmons community, and to local community college entrepreneurship efforts. Founded in 2005 as a certificate-only offering to MBA-trained women, the curriculum expanded into a full-fledged program in 2007.
The Coleman Foundation has pledged $93,000 over two years, and the Will J. Reid Foundation has pledged $51,000 over two years.
"Building partnerships between Simmons and organizations like the Reid and Coleman Foundation is one of the most fulfilling parts of my job as Director of the Entrepreneurship Program at Simmons," said SOM Professor Teresa Nelson. "The people behind those institutional names – Mike Hennessy and Clark McCain at the Coleman Foundation and Elizabeth Moore Westbrook '80 at the Will J. Reid Foundation – really understand who we are and what we are working to accomplish. They gave us the capital to access the tools to reach many more women who each have that one great idea – that passion – to build and grow a viable, community sustaining business or social enterprise."
The funds will be used to develop the following three initiatives: a minor and "mini-minor" in entrepreneurship to all majors of Simmons College and the Colleges of the Fenway; co-curricular programming with the non-business Simmons community; and networks with area community colleges through providing SOM graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship student mentors to community college students.
Since its inception in 2005, the Entrepreneurship program has garnered national recognition and developed groundbreaking initiatives. In 2006 and 2008 Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review named the program as one of the top 25 entrepreneurship programs in the nation, among a set of 2,300 schools. It was recognized by Fortune Small Business in 2006 as one of the 10 most innovative entrepreneur programs in the United States.
The program has built a research program in entrepreneurship and gender/entrepreneurship that has national and international reach, particularly on issues of women entrepreneurs and women's entrepreneurship education. The program has developed a successful business plan competition for graduating MBA students and alumnae, and in 2009 launched a post-Certificate support and mentoring program.
Alumnae of the program are generating real-world, proven successes. In the 2009 cohort, all 12 women are building business plans they intend to actualize within the next three years; two have already launched their ventures. The four-course sequenced program teaches business and professional skills to design, fund and launch, sustainable, scalable ventures with impact. The curriculum is complemented by a range of co-curricular activities including mentor pairing, a business plan competition, entrepreneur and scholar in residence programs, and special events including speaker and lecture series.
The Coleman Foundation was a key partner in the program's 2005 launch, providing essential seed funding through the Foundation's Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education project (2005-08). In 2007 the School began to explore the potential to widen the reach of its entrepreneurship effort. As a result, the Entrepreneurship Program was established, with the graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship as a core element.
For more information, visit www.simmons.edu/entrepreneurship.
Save the Date for the 2009 Net Impact Conference!
November 13 - 14 in Ithaca, NY at The Johnson School at Cornell University
UNDERSTANDING POST-EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
Johnson & Johnson Boston Metro Event
SIMMONS SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT ANNUAL CAREER EXPO
1st Annual Asian MBA Leadership Conference & Career Fair www.asianmba.org
Boston Career Fair www.nationalcareerfairs.com
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