June 4th, 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.
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!
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!
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.
“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare." -Japanese Proverb
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.firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Fall 2009 MBTA Passes
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.
SOMAA Annual Meeting: Visioning the Next Chapter
SOM Executive Education Conference Room
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!
Individual tickets are $20. Please RSVP by Friday, June 12, 2009 to reserve your space.
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.
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
Celebrating Women at EMC:
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:
To Tweet or Not to Tweet
Radio Gone Wild: How can Marketers Leverage the Power of Music?
Web Marketing on a Shoestring: Being Scrappy in a Down Economy with Free and Low-cost Tech
2009 FORTÉ MBA WOMEN’S CONFERENCE www.fortefoundation.org
CSO Career Expo
1st Annual Asian MBA Leadership Conference & Career Fair www.asianmba.org
Boston Career Fair www.nationalcareerfairs.com
SPOTLIGHT ON A Recent JOB Posting
INTERESTING CAREER ARTICLES
NOW AVAILABLE! Market Trend Update for May, 2009
Increasing Your Career Currency
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