May 21st, 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

Memorial Day Weekend Office Hours

Schedule Reminders

Library Hours

Advanced Warning about Study Rooms for SDM

Summer Schedule Changes

Summer Room Locations

Fall 2009 MBTA Passes

Updated Course Materials List

Sales Skills that Drive Business Success

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

MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

Last week, we had our first group of MBA students participate in the College commencement as we begin the transition into the College ceremonies, and had 43 UG majors graduate. I got to be up on the stage to read the names and that was really fun for me to see them in their caps and gowns walk across the stage! For the first time, they split UG and Grad commencements and had separate ceremonies. Grad Student speaker was from Nursing and the commencement speaker in the afternoon was Greg Mortenson, author of 3 Cups of Tea, who talked about educating women as a major way to change the world. Gwen Ifill, ’77, managing editor of Washington Week in Review and senior correspondent for the Newshour with Jim Lehrer on PBS, was the UG speaker and she was also terrific! The UG student speaker was Maryum Floyd, a finance major and a student who worked in the program office for almost two years. We were very proud of her! It was a great day and they will keep the site, the Bank of America Pavilion on the waterfront, and the separate graduations, for next year!  Next year’s commencement date is set for May 21!

Quotes of the Week

“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives." — Willa A. Foster

“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do something, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic and faithful and you will accomplish your goal. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Memorial Day Weekend Office Hours

The Academic Programs Office will be closed Saturday, May 23- Monday. May 25. It will reopen on Tuesday, May 26.

Schedule Reminders

BGGE 1st class, Wednesday, May 27.

Library Hours

The library will be closed this Saturday, Sunday and Monday for the Memorial Day weekend.

Advanced Warning about Study Rooms for SDM

Part of the strategy class involves a simulation with students in groups. June 19-21, the simulation is running all weekend and they will using all the study rooms around the building and those rooms have all be reserved for them. It may be a weekend to study in the library or at home.

Summer Schedule Changes

GSM 613 Health Industry Markets & Business Models has changed it's Summer dates. Please see the new dates below:

Mondays, June 1st- July 20th from 6-9pm

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:

Congratulations to Fiona Wilson

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

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News & Events

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


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


Panel Discussion:
Using Social Media to Enhance Your Career
Have you considered your online reputation?
The buzz about LinkedIn , Twitter and Facebook can’t be denied. The growth of the use of these social media platforms is exploding and it’s important to understand how to use them effectively. Join us for a panel discussion on how social media can be a valuable tool for managing your career.

Date: Thursday, May 28
Time: 4:30 – 6:00pm
Location: M-222


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


Check out Mark’s Guide  & MeetUp



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 Manager Strategic Marketing & Business Development- Philips

This is a Global strategic marketing leadership position to define strategy necessary to build an Oncology and Women’s Health portfolio of solutions for medical conditions and diseases. The marketing manager executes market segmentation, generates and validates customer insights, champion’s communication of market trends, competitive strategy, reimbursement changes, manages economic modeling and builds strategy utilized to align and build upon solutions to improve care and reduce cost in a targeted disease. Communicates with individual modality businesses and key stakeholders across Medical 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.


A Web Presence From Scratch
These days setting up and maintaining an online presence is often critical to finding work. But for an accomplished professional, it might seem daunting to build up a social-networking presence from scratch.

Negotiating the Freelance Economy
Even as permanent- and temp-job opportunities are shrinking, the amount of contract work to be found on freelance-jobs sites is expanding.  

100 Most Creative People in Business



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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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