August 13th, 2009



Headings marked in BLUE represent new information. Headings marked in PURPLE represent old information.

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New Information This Week

Note from Mary D.

Quotes of the Week
Registration Updates

A Special Thank You to the Student Academic Council
E-Learning Goes Live!
Last MBA Update
Dean's Reception Updates
Student Satisfaction Survey
Partners’ Connected Health Symposium

MBA Office Updates

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…
Congratulations to all of you! Some students have finished their 2nd semester, others are finishing their 3rd, 5th, or 8th semester! As you watch all the graduating students prepare to get their degrees in two weeks there are usually a variety of reactions ranging from “I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel” to “the end of that tunnel doesn’t look very close to me right now!”

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…
Read my note to non graduating students because as you have now all completed your program, lots of memories and moments will surface with every question!

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!

Quotes of the Week

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


Registration Updates

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

Mary D. would like to thank all of you who served on the student academic council this past year. This group serves as an advisory group to the MBA office Most of their work this year focused on the AACSB accreditation in the spring and helping us sort out all the service issues in the Program office that resulted in the email survey that went to the entire student body. Huge issues that both have turned out really well! What is so wonderful about this group is that no matter what the issue is, we know we will always get honest, thoughtful feedback that helps us make our program stronger.

E-Learning Goes Live!

E-learning goes live on August 24, for Fall 2009 term.

Last MBA Update

This is the last MBA update for the summer term and this academic year.  The Update will resume the week of Foundations.

Dean's Reception Updates

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!

Student Satisfaction 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 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 for further information and  registration form.

1) GSM 547 - Sustainable Business in Emerging Markets (3 credits)

India - The Triangle (Mumbai, Coimbatore, Jaipur, Agra, and Delhi)
January 2-17, 2010
Class dates: Sat, Nov 14, 2009 (3-6 pm),  Sat, Feb 27 2010 (3-6 pm)

Program Description
 Learn about India's sustainability challenges, political, economic, socio-cultural, technological, ecological, gender, fair trade.  We visit universities, businesses, micro sites, nonprofits, markets, restaurants, and cultural sites, in different States for a diversity of approaches to sustainability.  Participate in an international conference on gender and sustainability, and network with local students and experts.

Course highlights
Adventure: Experience the wonders of India from The 7th wonder Taj Mahal, to the elephant and camel rides, cultural villages, and ethnic dresses, meals, and festivals.
Basics: Transform how you think about India as you encounter her diversity, and debrief.
Case dialogues: Get inspired through live case dialogues of how women in India are at the forefront of sustainability, ecological, economic, and social.

Program price:  $3,200 (shared occupancy; single occupancy supplement: $500)
Price includes  International and domestic airfare, visa fees, lodging, meals, ground transportation, university and business visits, excursions, ethnic experiences

Faculty information: Prof. Vipin Gupta has done award-winning research on culture and leadership in India and other nations.   He is the author of a leading textbook on Strategy used in many colleges of India.    He has led a hugely popular travel course to India for the past 3 years.

2) GSM 590 - Cross-cultural Comparative Studies of Women leaders

UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi)
Travel dates    March 4-15, 2010
Class: Sat, Feb 20 and 27, and April 10, 1-5 pm (meet in class), and Sat, Mar 27, 1-5 pm (work online).
Program Description     Learn about the culture and women leadership of UAE by participating in an international conference, live case studies, and cultural excursions.  Meet representatives from the women's association, chambers of commerce, government ministries, United Nations office, and/or US embassy office.  Interact with women students, expatriate faculty members, and businesswomen and entrepreneurs from for profit and non profit sectors.

Course highlights
Adventure: Experience the palaces, mosques, forts, museums, heritage villages, souqs, and dessert safari.
Basics:  Network with the women students from the local universities, and learn about their gender and leadership journeys and aspirations, and the role of families, universities, society, and the government
Case Studies:  Live case studies of the challenges, opportunities and pathways to leadership for women.

Program price   MBAs : $3,200 (double occupancy; single occupancy supplement: $500)+ tuition fee

Alums and non-MBA graduate students: $5000 including tuition fee (double occupancy; single occupancy supplement: $500)

Price includes  International airfare, visa fees, lodging, meals, ground transportation, university and business visits, excursions, ethnic experiences.   Personal expenses extra.

Faculty information
Prof. Lynda Moore has spent a year in UAE as a Fulbright scholar, working on a project on women leadership in UAE.  She has an established track record of successfully teaching and inspiring research on gender and diversity.  She has previously led a hugely popular travel course to UAE.

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News & Events

Partners’ Connected Health Symposium

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

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 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 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

Save the Date for the 2009 Net Impact Conference! 

November 13 - 14 in Ithaca, NY at The Johnson School at Cornell University

  • Hear from CSR Leaders like keynote Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of GE
  • Engage in panel discussions on topics ranging from Base of the Pyramid Strategies to Environmental Sustainability Consulting
  • Participate in fun and thought-provoking networking opportunities with organizations and individuals committed to positive social and environmental change
  • Explore the beautiful gorges, wineries and town of Ithaca, New York
  • Gain a new appreciation of your role as an individual business changemaker
Please contact Amy Longyear at for more information.



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Career Services Updates


Date: Tuesday, August 25
Time: 12-2pm
Location: Center for Women & Enterprise, 24 School Street, Suite 700, Boston, MA 02108
To register: call 617-536-0700 or email
For more information visit us at

Johnson & Johnson Boston Metro Event
Targets 2nd year MBA students for International positions with J&J.  The interviews are tentatively set for October 6th and 7th. There might be a presentation/reception a few weeks prior to the interviews open 1st and 2nd year MBAs (possibly on September 24, 2009). 
More details coming soon….


Date: Thursday, September 10
Time: 12:30-5:30pm
Location: Simmons School of Management Building, 5th Floor

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

Boston Career Fair
September 21, 11am-3pm, at the Radisson Hotel, Boston, MA
National Black MBA conference  
September 22-26, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana        
Reaching Out MBA 2009  
October 15 - 18, at he Westin Peachtree in Atlanta, GA
October 29-31, in Disneyland, Anaheim, CA
National Society of Hispanic MBA 
October 8-10, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN
Boston’s NAACP Professional and Executive Diversity Job Fair
October 20, 10am-3pm, at the Marriott Boston Copley Place, Boston, MA        


For all recent job and internship postings visit Career Connect.
As a reminder, please keep your Career Connect profile up to date. If you forgot your username and password, please contact Please do not re-register yourself as past information about you will be lost.

New Postings Include:
Staff Accountant - Triumvirate Enviromental
Associate Community Manager - Communispace
Manager, Business Administration - Tufts-New England Medical Center
Program Manager, Residential Sector - Consortium for Energy Efficiency
Senior Financial Analyst - MIT
Human Resources & Recruiting Manager - BzzAgent


Often, men help women get to the corner office. 
If there is a woman behind every successful man, it may be as true that there is a man behind most every successful woman…

Can You Facebook Your Way to a New Job?
Done right, online networking will support your offline network, not replace it.



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Library Updates

Hours for Beatley Library & Information Commons:
May 18th - August 7th

   * Monday-Thursday: 8:00am-10:00pm
   * Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
   * Saturday: 8:30am-5:00pm
   * Sunday: 12:00pm-10:00pm

Career Resource Library: May 18th - August 7th

   * Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm
   * Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED

Research Assistance: Stop by the Beatley Library Reference Desk for help
from a librarian. You can also contact Linda Schuller Wolf, SOM Librarian,
at or x2767.

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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  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
  • Media Services has a variety of equipment is available for you to borrow including laptops and cameras:
  • 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 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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