May 7th, 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

Quotes of the Week

Students Headed to China

Congratulations to Fiona Wilson

Students Finishing Degree Requirements in August

End of Semester Celebration

MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

We are at the last MBA update of the semester which means, aside from Investments presentations and the Managerial Accounting Night final on Monday, most of you will finish up this week. For many of you, it seemed like this semester would never end, but as I sat in the Marketing and Ops presentations this week, I was struck again by how much you have learned based on your analysis and recommendations! They were terrific!  We have a group of students participating in Commencement next Friday which is terrific and I look forward to sharing that day with them.

Quotes of the Week

One of Mary D’s favorite end of the semester quotes:

“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing. It’s when you have had everything to do and you’ve done it.” -- Margaret Thatcher


Students Headed to China

We do have a group of about 21 MBA’s and UG’s headed to China next weekend with Teresa Nelson and Susan Duffy. We wish them a wonderful trip and look forward to talking to them when they return!

Congratulations to Fiona Wilson

Fiona Wilson successfully defended her dissertation last week and is now Dr. Fiona Wilson! It is a huge professional accomplishment!

Students Finishing Degree Requirements in August

Zoomerang survey is now live to get final thoughts on the August reception. Please complete it by Monday!

Please join us for an end of the semester celebration!

Date: Saturday, May 9th
Time: 5:00PM to 8:00PM
Location: Roof Deck Terrace, 5th Floor SOM Building

Please join us for an end of the semester celebration for some good cheer and some wine & cheese. If you are able to come, please RSVP to Katlyn Cavanaugh at by May 8th. Also, we are asking that you please bring something to contribute to the food. Simmons will be supplying the wine. We hope to see you on the 9th!

SOM Awarded LEED Gold Certification

As many of you know, getting LEED certification was part of the SOM plans for our new building and we were aiming for Silver certification. The decision came back this week and we were awarded Gold certification, which is a higher ranking and very exciting!

Associate Dean Deborah Marlino Wins Major Simmons College Award

The SOM faculty nominated Associate Dean Deb Marlino for the annual Priscilla McKee Service Award for everything she did over the last 10 years for the AACSB accreditation and she won!! Her legacy will always include AACSB accreditation, but she also managed this process through 3 presidents, 2 deans, multiple changes in faculty and staff and 2 different sets of accreditation standards. Someone should interview her next year in Spela’s class on Leading Organizational Change!

Special Opportunity for August 2009 Graduates

Six Months of Complimentary Leadership Coaching with Ariane Cherbuliez, SOM '94 

Ariane has been a coach for 10 years and is offering a gift of six months of leadership coaching to two SOM students. This is not career counseling for those wondering what field to move to, nor is it job search strategy. Rather, it is for those who know where they are heading and want support to evolve into the leader they envision themselves becoming.

Together with Ariane, you will discover and create your journey on the path of the five practices of the Leadership Challenge. This work will be a combination of self-discovery, committed action, and learning from results - both success and failure. You will design your working relationship with Ariane to bring out the best in you, with a combination of safety and challenge to make change not only possible, but compelling.

While the context of your work together will be your development as a leader, it is expected that you will include other areas of your life, as relevant, knowing that your life is not compartmentalized. This work will be completely confidential and is solely for your benefit.

To learn more about Ariane, see her website:

The Process

How:  To be considered for this gift, please email your name, title, company and contact information along with how you hope to benefit from this coaching experience no later than May 4th to Ariane at   From the list of applications, Ariane will determine the 2 SOM students who best align with her expertise.   A wait list will be created to offer the gift to another student In the event these first 2 students are unable to accept her invitation.  Ariane welcomes questions during the application process. Feel very free to call her at 617-864-1137.

Who Will Benefit? - Those who are currently working, anticipating graduation in August. Women who are planning to stay in their organization or advance in the same field they currently work in, looking to discover and create their path on the Leadership Challenge.   Those who have recently received or anticipate a promotion are particularly suited. 

When: First conversation to occur between May 18-29. Work will complete in October. 

Where: First meeting will be here at the SOM. Subsequent sessions will take place by phone or in person, as mutually agreed upon.

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News & Events

CGO Speaker Series Events Coming Up!

This lecture series highlights new, cutting-edge research that is relevant to CGO’s work. Each lecture will link theory and practice by offering an opportunity to discuss practical implications of the findings and apply them to our own situation.

CGO Distinguished Scholar Speaker Series, “How to Make Change: Lessons Learned from a Seven-Year Experiment”
Speakers: Shifra Bronznick and Didi Goldenhar
Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Time: 4:30 – 6:30pm
Location: Simmons School of Management, 300 the Fenway, Boston, MA 02115 – Case Room M222
*Parking: Underground parking is available on site for $9 after validation. Validation coupons will be made available at the event. Access to the parking garage is available via Louis Pasteur Ave
Gender equity interventions begin with an honest assessment of current conditions followed by customized strategies for change.  Shifra Bronznick and Didi Goldenhar, co-authors (with Marty Linsky) of Leveling the Playing Field: Advancing Women in Jewish Organizational Life, will discuss the experience of leading this change process in the Jewish nonprofit sector where the gender gap in leadership is more pronounced than in other fields. As change management experts, they will discuss how they incorporated a number of different change perspectives, including the CGO framework for gender equity (Kolb, Fletcher, Meyerson, Merrill Sands, and Ely, 1998) and Collaborative Interactive Action Research (Rapoport, Bailyn, Fletcher and Pruitt, 2000) to accelerate progress in a challenging environment.  They will give an overview of their approach, describe some of their unique initiatives and reflect on successes and obstacles along the way. Finally they will summarize the key lessons learned from this seven year initiative and lead us in a discussion of how to apply these lessons to our own organizations and institutions.

Shifra Bronznick is a consultant who specializes in creating new initiatives and helping not-for-profit organizations navigate change. Shifra is the founding President of Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community, and the co-author with Didi Goldenhar and Marty Linsky of the book, “Leveling the Playing Field.”  The leadership strategist to the White House Project virtually since its inception, Shifra designed their National Women’s Leadership Summits and a new initiative “Women Rule,” a groundbreaking program launched in partnership with O, the Oprah magazine.  Shifra Bronznick is a senior fellow at the NYU Research Center for Leadership in Action at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. Previously, Shifra served as Executive Vice-President of Swig, Weiler & Arnow Mgt. Co., Inc., one of the premier commercial real estate firms in New York.

Didi Goldenhar is a consultant for the nonprofit sector, focusing on leadership development and change initiatives in the areas of education reform, the environment, culture and women’s leadership. She serves as a senior consultant to Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community and is the co-author, with Shifra Bronznick and Marty Linsky of Leveling the Playing Field. She currently advises the NYC Leadership Academy, an innovative incubator to train principals in high-need NYC schools and is a member of the Leading Change Working Group, based at the Hauser Center for Nonprofits at Harvard University’s Kennedy School.
Please RSVP by emailing Kerri Kivolowitz at

1. CGO Working Paper #22, “Transformational Learning in Women’s Leadership Development Training,” by Dr. Gelaye Debebe*
As the number of women in all job categories has increased, there has been corresponding interest in cultivating women’s leadership talent. Feminist scholars have suggested that to develop as leaders, women must recognize, question, and replace old mindsets and practices based on limiting, internalized, and gendered messages. This CGO Working Paper uses and extends ideas from the transformational learning literature to explore how this type of change is achieved among women in formal leadership training.
*Dr. Gelaye Debebe is Assistant Professor of Organizational Sciences at The George Washington University and Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Gender in Organizations at the Simmons School of Management. Her primary research is in the area of cross-cultural communicative competence and leadership development.

2. CGO Insights Briefing note #28, “Risky Business: Busting the Myth of Women as Risk Averse,” by Dr. Vipin Gupta, Dr. Sylvia Maxfield, Mary Shapiro, and Dr. Susan Hass**
**Authors are all on the faculty of the Simmons School of Management.
This CGO Insights asks the question, are women risk averse, or are there gendered dynamics that obfuscate or mislabel their risk-taking?  Based on a survey of over 650 managerial women present at the May 2008 Simmons School of Management Leadership Conference, this CGO Insightsbriefing note reports that women do in fact take risks, refuting conventional wisdom about risk aversion, and that their risk decision-making is sensitive to many gender-neutral factors. 
*Copies of working papers and Insights are available for purchase through the CGO e-bookstore.*

Refer a friend to Simmons Executive Education for a chance to win a FREE Amazon Kindle

Help your women friends and colleagues achieve their leadership potential. Refer a friend to Simmons Executive Education today and you will be entered to win a Kindle, Amazon’s wireless reading device, one of Simmons Leadership Development programs, or Professor Deborah Kolb’s book: Her Place at the Table: A Woman’s Guide to Negotiating Five Key Challenges to Leadership Success.

Refer a friend today!

Marie Marvanova, Political Activist, is Coming to the SOM

SAVE THE DATE:  Wednesday, May 6, 4:45-5:45,  Simmons School of Management (room to be announced)

Please join us in meeting Marie Marvanova, political and gender activist from the Czech Republic. Marie will share with us:

  • her own story becoming a leader in the banking sector during and after Socialism, navigating the upheavals in the cultural and political landscape
  • her political activism, including an unsuccessful launch of a Czech Women’s Party to successfully establishing  two NGOs focused on gender-equity
  • her current project, “Be Elected or Be Neglected,” focused on bringing women into Czech politics.

Come, learn about gender and women’s leadership in a country that continues to see monumental changes, and share with Marie your own response to her question: “Our democracy and the fight for gender equity are very young.  What do we need to know?  What mistakes can we avoid by learning from your own experiences and research?”


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Career Services Updates



Staples is Offering Free Business Cards and Resumes
Now through June 13, Staples stores across the country will print 20 copies of your resume and 40 business cards for free as part of the office giant's Job Stimulus Program . For details and store locations go to . There, you'll also find a weekly job-hunting Tip of The Week from Tory Johnson.

Check out Mark’s Guide  & MeetUp



The Colleges of the Fenway 2nd Annual Diversity Networking Reception:
Come learn more about the current job market, receive expert advice on the most effective ways to find a job and have an interactive discussion with one of Boston’s leaders in employment placement, Aaron Green, President, Professional Staffing Group.
Date: Tuesday, May 12
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Location: Wentworth Institute of Technology, Watson Auditorium, 550 Huntington Ave
RSVP is required at
Refreshments will be served


Join the Boston Chapters of Net Impact and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network for an evening with Phil Buchanan, CEO of the Center for Effective Philanthropy

Date: Tuesday, May 12
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: Elephant & Castle 161 Devonshire Street Boston, MA 02110
Please bring $5 - covers all food!
RSVP: (for Net Impact) or on Facebook at

Discussion will explore the role of philanthropy in solving global issues:

  • What roles can venture philanthropy and social enterprises play in solving the world’s greatest problems?
  • What are the strengths and limitations of pro-poor (base of the pyramid) businesses?
  • What roles can nonprofits play in solving global problems that companies and governments cannot?

OneWire Webinar
Interested in a career in finance or just wondering how OneWire can help you with your job search? OneWire is offering a series of webinars to teach your how to set yourself apart from the competition and be found for jobs that suit your experiences and preferences. This webinar is free and takes only 40 minutes.
Dates: May 14, 20, & 28
Time: 12:00 pm
Register at:



Massachusetts Society of CPAs Career Fair/Networking Expo
Wednesday, May 13, 3:30-5pm, at The Colonnade Hotel, Boston

Boston Career Fair
Monday, May 18, 11am-3pm, at the Radisson Hotel, Boston, MA
June 26-27, at the NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York City
Boston Career Fair
Monday, July 20 - 11am-3pm, at the Radisson Hotel, Boston, MA
2009 ALPFA National Convention
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
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        
2009 Net Impact North America Conference
November 13-15, in Philadelphia, PA


Senior Finance/Operations Officer II - Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

The Senior Finance/Operations Officer shares overall responsibility with the Finance and Operations Team Leader for the successful financial and operational support of CLM overhead and direct project activities. He or she works closely with the Senior Finance Operations Officers and other Program staff in preparing workplans and budgets, processing project field expenses and supporting other financial and operations systems.

Want to learn more about this position? Visit Career Connect today!
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.


Building Your Brand
Career changers are finding life much tougher at the moment. As the recession takes hold, employers are less willing to take a chance on someone without relevant experience. So, if you are aiming to use your MBA to change career, what's the likelihood of achieving your goal and what can you do to help make it happen?

Men Bearing the Brunt of Layoffs
The economic crisis is hitting male-dominated industries such as autos and finance much harder than the more female-oriented service sector


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Library Updates

Beatley Library Reading & Exam Period and Intersession Hours

Please see below for Beatley Library hours for the next few weeks:

Reading & Exam Period and Intersession Hours

Tuesday-Friday, May 5-8
7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 9
7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 10
12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.

Monday-Friday, May 11-15
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday, May 16-17

Regular Summer Hours Begin
On May 18, at 8:00 a



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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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