August 6th, 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.
Special Note About the Students Finishing Their Degree Requirements in August

Quotes of the Week
Special Request to Students Using the Study Rooms
Students Finishing Their Degree Requirements in August
Student Satisfaction Survey

Entrepreneurship Program Garners Six-Figure Support from Two Foundations

MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

The hounding has begun! As of today, we only have 50 students that have completed the student satisfaction survey and I thank the students that have already completed it, but I really need the rest of you to do it! It won’t take much time, and it is a nice deviation from studying this weekend! That is also true for my students finishing up their degree requirements, your numbers are looking better for participation, but we still need more! 

This week also marks the final two weeks of the summer term and the end of our academic year. Many students still have their QA and Accounting finals ahead and all are looking forward to finishing up the semester on a successful note and taking a few weeks off from school! 

Special Note About the Students Finishing Their Degree Requirements in August

This week in LGA marked the last required class for many students in the MBA program and they will receive their degrees on August 29 at the Dean’s Reception.  We had some champagne, lemonade and strawberries last night and toasted to all they have accomplished in their SOM years.  This group of students are wonderful role models for all of us as they have gone through a lot of change in their jobs, personal lives and seen many of the circle of life moments together through marriages and divorce, promotions and layoffs, babies and students going off to college! They also have experienced the most change within the SOM than any other cohort before them including course changes, curriculum changes, accreditation changes, the move to the new building, the academic calendar and graduation changes, and I could go on! Throughout all the change, they persevered, rallied together and succeeded.  They will leave as strong women with new skills, capabilities and confidence and we look forward to hearing all the great new chapters of their professional lives that will begin very soon!

Quotes of the Week

“The most splendid achievement of all is the constant striving to surpass yourself and to be worthy of your own approval."-- Denis Waitley

“Unless you undertake more than he possibly can do, you will never do all that you can. “-- Henry Drummond


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)

Student Satisfaction Survey

If you have not taken the Student Satisfaction Survey, please do so by following this link:

Dean's Reception for Students Finishing in August

August 29, 2009, 4:30-6pm, in the Paresky Center at Simmons. Current students that have friends that are finishing up are welcome to attend, just let Katlyn know that you are coming by email at

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.

Accounting Scholarship Available to MBA Students

Susan Hass has received a Faculty-Student Scholarship Award to the 5th Annual Lean Accounting Summit being held at the Contemporary Hotel at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fl on September 22 and 23, 2009.

The award is sponsored by the Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME) and the Institute of Management Accountants. Susan and the student who goes with her will each receive a scholarship to cover the $1,495 conference registration fee and a $500 stipend for 2 nights hotel and airfare. Lean accounting looks at alternative ways of assessing accounting information so costs can be organized and analyzed by value streams and includes nonfinancial measures that are equally effective and informative as more traditional accounting presentations.

All current students who will graduate after August 2009 and have taken MBA Managerial Accounting are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Interested students should submit a brief two page essay to Katlyn Cavanaugh ( by August 6, 2009 addressing (1) why they are interested in lean accounting and (2) why lean accounting and attendance at this conference would have an impact on their careers.  Two accounting faculty and a member of the MBA program office will read the submitted essays and select the student who will attend the conference.  She will be notified by August 15, 2009.

If this is an area that interests you and that can help your career, consider applying. This is a rare opportunity to join professionals in the field and learn about the latest techniques in management accounting.

Americorp Scholarship Information

I am delighted to let you know that we have applied for and received
17 Americorp Student Leaders in Service awards. Students completing
300 hours of service in one year can receive a $1000 Americorp
Education Award.

The applications are now available on the Scott/Ross
Center website and at the Scott/Ross Center (MCB W102) and will be
accepted on a rolling basis until September 14. Positions are
available for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Carolyn Grimes
Program Director
Graduate Community Engagement and Service Learning
Scott/Ross Center for Community Service
Simmons College
300 the Fenway
MCB W102
Boston, MA 02115

Sammia Atoui Had her Baby!

Amira Atoui-Rodriguez was born on July 17th. Please see the following link for some beautiful pictures!

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

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


Part 1 – Twitter
Date: Tuesday, August 11
Time: 5:30–7pm
Location: One Palace Road, Library Classroom 225 (room change)
RSVP to with “Twitter Wkshp” in the Subject Line

Bring your laptop if you wish and come hear what twitter is all about! Learn how to register, create a bio, and get started. Gather tips on how to use Twitter for your career advantage. And watch out for date for the other 3 parts of the series (LinkedIn, Blogs, and Putting it All Together) coming soon!


Date: Tuesday, August 11
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


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


2009 ALPFA National Convention
August 8 - 12, at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA
Walk-in Registration is available to attend their Career Fair!

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:
Financial Analyst II, McLean Hospital
Private Equity Intern, CH Boston
Start-Up Product Development and Marketing Intern, Virescent


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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