May 28th, 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
Congrats to SOM Staff Finishing Their Degrees

New Tent Cards

Class Updates for Week 3

MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

It is hard to believe that next week starts week 3 of the summer term! All the China students return this weekend and will be back next week. From all I have heard, they had a terrific time! Many classes are beginning next week and it will be fun to see even more of you around!

Quotes of the Week

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” -- Martin Luther King Jr.

“Success has a price tag on it, and the tag reads courage, determination, discipline, risk taking, perseverance, and consistency -- doing the right things for the right reasons and not just when we feel like it." -- James M. Meston


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 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

QA has class on Saturday, May 30

LGA starts on Monday, June 1

Strategy starts on Tuesday, June 2

IT starts on Wednesday, June 3

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

Managing High Growth, all weekend, June 5-7

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:

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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 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

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


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


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


Marketing Intern - OPED
OPED is a young, dynamic company focusing on the development and marketing of
orthopedic rehabilitation products and patient care web applications. We are a small
firm, with our US office located in Framingham MA. They are looking for a part-time marketing intern, to work approximately 14–21 hours a week in our Framingham office. The schedule is flexible. The position is available immediately as a summertime internship, or it could start as of Fall 2009 semester. This is a paid position at $20 per hour and/or for academic credit. 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 Please do not re-register yourself as past information about you will be lost.


How Women Are Redefining Work and Success
Women are using their increased economic power to bring about more creative, manageable work schedules.

15 Top MBA employers
Here are the places where B-school students most want to work, according to a survey by research firm Universum, for an exclusive list. Not only are these top 15 employers popular, but even in this economy most are looking for talent.



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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  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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