June 4th, 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.

Note from Mary D.: Staff Reductions

To My Sports Analogy Folks

Quotes of the Week
Schedule Updates for this Week

MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

We are now in full swing of summer term. Our students have returned from a fabulous trip to China and all required classes are underway! Next week will mark week 4 in the term, which means we are entering middle part of the semester, so time will start to fly now!! Remember, it is traditionally a hard time to be in school, as the summer is about to get underway. You still need to study and do schoolwork and do not let up now. Make a plan and find a way to keep some balance, but stay on top of your work or it will lead to some more serious issues for you later in the term!

Note From Mary D.: Staff Reductions

For those of you that did not get my email from last week about, it was important enough for me to re-post it in the update this week.

“As many of you have read in the press, higher education has been impacted by the economic crisis and Simmons College has also experienced many of these financial constraints. Last Thursday, in order to bring expenses more in line with revenue, the SOM made a staff reduction of 6 positions that cut across all units of our school and one of those units was the program office. We want to emphasize that our reduction in force was about positions, not people.  It is very important to point out that the full-time faculty of the SOM have not been involved in any of these reductions, but we have made reductions part-time faculty contracts for this summer and next year. Two points are critical for me to share. The most important point is that the quality of your education will continue to be exceptional. Teaching and learning remains our top priority at both the MBA and the UG level and that priority will not change. Our commitment to a wonderful student experience remains strong and central to our mission. It is possible that we may need to make some service adjustments within the program office, but we will work with students on the student advisory council to help us prioritize what is most important. I have always found that the SAC is very willing to help me think through issues that have a direct impact on students and their feedback over the years has been instrumental in decisions we have made. I wanted to make sure that you all heard the facts involving last week’s announcement and invite any of you with questions or concerns to contact me directly. Thanks!

To My Sports Analogy Folks

The defeat of the Cavaliers by the Orlando Magic was a surprise to many people but my commentary is on the fact that Lebron James did not shake the hands of the Magic and left the court. Good sportsmanship is one of my most important core values in any situation. Some sports, like baseball, do not have the tradition of shaking hands after a series win or loss, but basketball does. My analogy for you this week is to remember that how you publicly handle the tough moments in school, work and life is just as important as how you handle the good moments. Be respectful and dig down deep, even if it is tough.

Quotes of the Week

“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare." -Japanese Proverb


Schedule Updates for this Week

Strategic Performance Measures, Saturday, June 6

Managing High Growth, all weekend, June 5-7

CSR, first class, Sunday, June 7

Congrats to SOM Staff Finishing Their Degrees

Congrats to Darla Pires-DeGrace in the Program/Admissions/Marketing office and Nicole Herrick, who started our MBA program in January for completing their Masters in Communications Management last week!

New Tent Cards

We are happy to print new namecards for anyone that has lost their original one!! Just email Katlyn at Katlyn.cavanaugh@simmons.edu and we will take care of it. We decided printing them for everyone didn’t make sense because most of you still have your original ones!

Class Updates for Week 3

CSR first class is Sunday, June 7, 5-7pm

Managing High Growth, all weekend, June 5-7

Summer Room Locations

Room locations can usually be found in AARC, but there has been some technical difficulties so here are the Summer room assignments:

GSM 412 BGGE - M201
GSM 415 QA - M223
GSM 420 Financial Reporting & Analysis - M222
GSM 440 Strategy - M222
GSM 441 LGA - M222
GSM 512 CSR - M104
GSM 520 Strategic Performance Measures - M104
GSM 537 Int'l Finance - M105
GSM 549 IT Management - M105
GSM 561 Ethics/Non-Profit - M104

Fall 2009 MBTA Passes

Applications are now available for the Fall 2009 Semester (September - December).  Completed applications and payment are due by August 5, 2009, to the Office of Student Leadership and Activities.

One semester's worth of monthly MBTA passes may be ordered through the Office of Student Leadership and Activities at MCB-W002. Through this program, students receive four monthly passes at an 11% discount from the normal MBTA cost.
For more information or to sign up please visit:


Updated Course Materials List

There is an updated Course Materials List for Summer 2009. You can find it in the Resources area of the SOM Gateway: http://my.simmons.edu/som/resources/packs.shtml.

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News & Events

SOMAA Annual Meeting: Visioning the Next Chapter
June 18, 2009

SOM Executive Education Conference Room
SOM 5th Floor, 300 The Fenway

The School of Management Alumnae Association welcomes 2009 graduates to our Annual Meeting on June 18.  In keeping with the Alumnae Association's mission to foster Alumnae engagement and the School's desire to involve Alumnae in envisioning the SOM’s next chapter, we invite you to join the SOMAA and Dean Deborah Merrill-Sands for an interactive session to help create our future story.  This year’s Annual Meeting provides an opportunity to engage with alumnae in an exciting and creative way to influence our destiny and help us understand how we, the School and the Alumnae Association, can better serve our alumnae.  We look forward to seeing you there!


  • 5:00 – 5:45 p.m. – Reception
  • 5:45 – 6:15 p.m. – Welcome and SOMAA Annual Review, Joan Tomaceski '91, SOMAA President, State of the School Remarks, Dean Deborah Merrill Sands
  • 6:15 – 8:30 p.m. – Visioning the Next Chapter, facilitated by Fredia Woolf '01 SOM, Woolf Consulting
  • 8:30 – 9:00 p.m. - Closing Reception

Individual tickets are $20.  Please RSVP by Friday, June 12, 2009 to reserve your space.

Click here to registerInformation may also be found on our Alumnae website at alumnet.simmons.edu or by calling 800-831-4284.


Sales Skills that Drive Business Success

June 16th, 7:30am – 12:00 p.m.

Business development, rain making, customer acquisition, deal closing--any way you want to define it, sales skills are essential for driving success in your business unit, firm, or entrepreneurial venture. The Commonwealth Institute and Simmons School of Management have partnered to bring you a dynamic half-day program featuring a panel discussion with Katie Schuller-Bleakie, COO of Bill Blass and Jeffery Tobias Halter, author of Selling to Men, Selling to Women who will share their sales expertise and address issues that are important to sales success. The program will also include a skills and strategy session, led by Miller Heiman, one of the leading sales consulting companies in the country.

Don't miss this high-level sales program designed to help you drive sales with new thinking and proven strategies.   There is a special discounted rate of $129 for members of the Simmons College community.

Learn more http://www.simmons.edu/som/execed/programs/sales-skills/

Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network Breakfast: Challenges to Women as Visionary Leaders

Speaker: Mary Shapiro, Associate Professor, Simmons School of Management

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Time:  7:45 a.m. Registration & Networking, 8:10 - 9:00 a.m. Program

Location: Boston Harbor Hotel, Wharf Room

RSVP by Friday, June 5, 2009


Challenges to Women as Visionary Leaders

Organizations have always needed leaders who can envision an attractive future, energize people around that vision, and then operationalize the movement forward. Now more than ever, in these times of economic chaos, organizations need leaders at every level, from the CEO to every manager and supervisor, to define and lead towards a positive future. Join Mary Shapiro, faculty of Simmons School of Management, to:

o Discuss how to create a vision and how to enlist the support of others.

o Explore the additional challenges that women face in crafting and articulating a positive vision of the future

o Understand the importance of being regarded as a visionary to your career success



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Career Services Updates



Celebrating Women at EMC:
Women’s Initiatives and Strategies for Working Mothers
Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Place: The Simmons SOM, 300 The Fenway, M501 (5th floor)
RSVP to georgette.jover@simmons.edu

Join us to learn about EMC’s Women’s Leadership Forum, their innovative and inspiring book, The Working Mother Experience, and to participate in a dialogue about best practices and strategies for managing conversations – whether for yourself or your employees – related to work/life balance.

EMC Guest Panelist:

  • Marisol Arroyave, SOM ’04, Solutions Marketing Manager
  • Natalie Corridan-Gregg, Principal Product Manager, and Former President and Current Advisor, Women’s Leadership Forum
  • Polly Pearson, VP, Employment Brand and Strategy Engagement


To Tweet or Not to Tweet
That is the Question  
MITX Social Media Series
Date: Wednesday, June 10
Time: 8:00-10:00am
Location: Fidelity Center for Applied Technology, 245 Summer Street, Fl 14, Boston, MA


Radio Gone Wild: How can Marketers Leverage the Power of Music?
BIMA Educational Event
Date: Thursday, June 11
Time: 6:00- 8:00pm
Location: Hill Holliday, 53 State Street, Boston, MA (Floor 35, Red & Ted Room)


Web Marketing on a Shoestring: Being Scrappy in a Down Economy with Free and Low-cost Tech
A MITX Marketing Technology Series Event
Date: Wednesday, June 24
Time: 8:00-10:00am
Location: K&L Gates, State Street Financial Center, One Lincoln Street, Boston, MA



2009 FORTÉ MBA WOMEN’S CONFERENCE www.fortefoundation.org
June 26-27, at the NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York City
Boston Career Fair www.nationalcareerfairs.com
Monday, July 20 - 11am-3pm, at the Radisson Hotel, Boston, MA
2009 ALPFA National Convention http://www.alpfaboston.org/events.html
August 8 - 12, at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA

CSO Career Expo
September 10, at the Linda Paresky Center, Simmons College, Boston, MA

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

Boston Career Fair www.nationalcareerfairs.com
September 21, 11am-3pm, at the Radisson Hotel, Boston, MA
National Black MBA conference www.eshow2000.com/nbmbaa  
September 22-26, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana        
Reaching Out MBA 2009 www.reachingoutmba.org/dc08/  
October 15 - 18, at he Westin Peachtree in Atlanta, GA
NAWMBA www.mbawomen.org/site/Calendar/2084584999?view=Detail&id=100981
October 29-31, in Disneyland, Anaheim, CA
National Society of Hispanic MBA www.nshmba.org/conferencesites.asp 
October 8-10, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN
Boston’s NAACP Professional and Executive Diversity Job Fair www.psijobfair.com
October 20, 10am-3pm, at the Marriott Boston Copley Place, Boston, MA        
2009 Net Impact North America Conference www.netimpact.org
November 13-15, in Philadelphia, PA


MBA Summer Internship - CLARiiON Product Marketing - EMC
The assignment of the intern/coop will mainly be the CLARiiON Taurus
Release- a "B level" product launch-scheduled for Q3 2009 on CLARiiON. The intern will work on helping the CLARiiON marketing team gear up for the launch. Help develop content, white papers, solution papers, TCO calculators, demo's, customer success stories, viral video's for field use etc. EMC is looking for out of the box thinking for getting the product messages out to our customers and prospects. The intern will have an opportunity to experience what it takes to do a major product launch for a market leading product and EMC will get much needed help in coordinating and developing content for sales enablement. For more information visit Career Connect.
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 georgette.jover@simmons.edu. Please do not re-register yourself as past information about you will be lost.


NOW AVAILABLE! Market Trend Update for May, 2009

Increasing Your Career Currency
As the economic recovery begins, now is a good time to evaluate and improve your "career currency"



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Library Updates




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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 my.simmons.edu/technology/students  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 helpdesk@simmons.edu.
  • Media Services has a variety of equipment is available for you to borrow including laptops and cameras: my.simmons.edu/services/technology/media
  • 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 ptrc.simmons.edu 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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