July 23rd, 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 is week 11 and we will begin to see your courses finish up and the end of summer term in sight! Strategy ends, BGGE presentations are next week and Entrepreneurship students have their last big weekend of classes. 3 weeks from today you will be done for the summer term and within five weeks, the students finishing their degree requirements will have received their diplomas and celebrated at the Dean’s Reception. In the next few days, two surveys will be released. Students finishing their degree requirements will receive the annual exit survey and all students will receive the student satisfaction survey. These surveys are our chance to see what is working well and what we can improve on within the MBA program. It is a really important to all of us that you fill out the survey. Our goal is to make the MBA program be the best it can be and the feedback we receive from all of you helps us keep moving in that direction. We take the feedback really seriously and know I will be hounding you to fill it out! But, based on how great you were at responding to our request for input into the program office services and hours, I am confident you will respond to these surveys as well!
Many of you know that I love golf and watched the British Open last weekend, which was unbelievably exciting to watch, which if you don’t follow the game at all you might say, how can anything be exciting about golf!! I had two thoughts as I watched Tom Watson stage the most wonderful final round in many years only to lose in the playoff. My takeaway for your MBA is around grace under pressure and confidence in your abilities has to remain strong regardless of the circumstances. He had to have been devastated when he missed that putt on the last hole, but it did not show on the surface...Did he slam his clubs into the ground like Tiger did during the week when it was clear early in the playoff that he had lost his momentum- no. He exhibited true grace under pressure as he watched his dream slip away, but I believe that people will not remember that he lost, they will remember his charge and how consistently he acted throughout it all-the good, the bad, the great and the ugly. You must believe in your ability to stand up and deliver in the moment and give it your all. I won’t even talk about Tiger’s behavior, which was appalling to me!
"I went to the brink many times. A couple of times I thought I'm gone.. This is it. But then you would just keep working. I think if you're close to the brink and just make sure that you work twice as hard and put twice as much effort into everything and the people around you and everything, you should come through." -- Gerry Harvey
As for the genius of innovation, clearly the one percent spark of inspiration is nurtured by a positive culture. But the 99 percent perspiration ingredient comes from employees who love what they do, as well as where they do it, and who invest in that Holy Grail of productivity called “discretionary effort." -- Stephanie Quappe, David Samso Aparici, Jon Warshawsky
Last class for Strategy and Market Research is next week!
Entrepreneurship classes meet Thursday-the weekend.
BGGE Presentations moved from August 1 to July 29
Zoomerang ballots are out on the Pat Miller Award, please vote!
All student data sheets are in for diplomas, thank you!
Mary D would love to meet individually or with study groups to do personal exit interviews for students who want to meet with her. Some students do it as they are finishing up, others opt to come back in September and meet once they have had some time off!
Student Semester T-Pass Orders Deadline: August 5, 2009
Attention Students! Don't forget to order your Semester T-Pass!
Student Semester T-Pass orders and payment MUST be received by Wednesday, August 5, 2009. Order forms and a link to an online payment site are available on the OSLA website.
Please place your order online using our secure server. You can also print out an order form and mail it with your payment to:
The Office of Student Leadership and Activities
Changes in SOM Academic Programs Office Hours as of July 13th
Thanks to all of you that helped us evaluate service priorities for the program office going forward with our current staff. We had over a 50% student response rate to the Zoomerang survey and it was amazing how consistent your responses were on some ways we could change that would have minimal effects on service! Here are our new hours of operation for the Academic Programs Office, effective July 14, 2009.
NETWORKING YOUR WAY BACK TO WORK
The Power of Networking (A NAWMBA Event)
The Boston NAWMBA Chapter Local Launch!
You need skills, knowledge and a top notch professional network to advance your career. Take advantage of this opportunity to attend a local event, meet new people and stay connected by joining the new Boston Chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs. Their mission is to help propel women into leadership positions across the U.S. - Did you know that as a Simmons SOM student you are already a NAWMBA member? And that we have a NAWMBA club?
BUILDING YOUR ONLINE BRAND A Four Part Series
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!
KNOWING YOUR VALUE AND HOW TO ASK FOR IT
UNDERSTANDING POST-EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
Johnson & Johnson Boston Metro Event
2009 ALPFA National Convention www.alpfaboston.org/events.html
CSO Career Expo
1st Annual Asian MBA Leadership Conference & Career Fair www.asianmba.org
Boston Career Fair www.nationalcareerfairs.com
CFN Boston Career Forum http://www.careerforum.net/event/?lang=E
SPOTLIGHT ON A Recent JOB Posting
The eMarketing Manager leads e-marketing efforts (including outside agencies) in strategic and creative development, implementation and measurement of all online promotion and search engine optimization strategies. Responsible for supporting the personalization, email marketing and database marketing disciplines, the eMarketing Manager utilizes effective online communications to extend and support the overall brand experience. For more information visit Career Connect.
For all recent job and internship postings visit Career Connect.
INTERESTING CAREER ARTICLES
A brainwave in the study of leadership
Why Community Is the Secret to Being One of the "Good Guys" in Business
Stay tuned for additional information about the College, including Technology’s services and resources by reading the MySimmons announcements on a regular basis.
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