November 19th, 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 studentsí success and support them as they launch, advance, and change their careers.

MBA Office Updates


Note From Mary D.

Next week marks Thanksgiving and when you return, you will be in week 13. It is really important that you rest and recharge yourself over the holiday. Whether you are here or traveling to be with family and friends, enjoy the holiday. Eat a lot of turkey, watch a movie, go for a walk, get some sleep! You will come back and have 3 weeks for finals, group projects and all your other deliverables and you need to be able to kick into a new gear in December!! Enjoy next week, you have worked really hard and it is a wonderful holiday to celebrate!

My favorite quote around the holidays is an old one that many of you have read or heard, but I love it just the same.

“When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar...and the coffee...A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous "yes."The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed."Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life."The golf balls are the important things- your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions- things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your education, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else-the small stuff. "If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical! to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18 holes of golf Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand. One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."

Mary Dís Sports Analogies for those that like them

Should I even dare to talk about the Patriots/Colts game on Sunday night? So much to work with from this game! Given I am allowed only a few sentences and not a treatise, let me say that very often in your MBA career you will be faced with risk vs reward decision. You have to analyze the situation, examine and assess all your alternatives and then make a decision. What I admire about Bill Belichick is that he is not afraid to make a decision and then defend it, despite intense public opinion that he made a mistake!! As you look at your studies and your jobs, take the time to do the analysis, look at the data, look at the situation, look at the alternatives and then make a decision. But, I also think a big part about leadership is the ability to admit you made a mistake which you know now what side of public opinion I am on!

Quote of the Week

“If you’re not willing to risk the possibility that your loss will be known by others, then you shouldn’t compete.” -- Shaun Klein

Degree Requirement Reception Date

We've made the decision to keep the reception on December 17 as scheduled from 6-8pm. I looked up, down and sideways at the data and came up with no better alternative.

So, December 17th from 6-8pm it remains. Thanks for your patience as we searched for a better alternative but hopefully we can get as many of you there as possible on the 17th!

If you have not turned in your data sheet and nomination form to Paula please do so ASAP to Be on the look out for a Zoomerang Survey tomorrow, Friday 11/20, to vote for the Pat Miller Award Winner and your Class Speaker.

Now Accepting Orders for the Spring 2010 Semester T-Passes

We are now accepting orders for the Spring Semester T-Pass. You may order your T-pass on the secure website using a credit card or checking account. If you choose to order your T-pass by mail, please note that all orders must be received by Monday, January 4, 2010.

T-passes will be available a few days prior to the beginning of each month at the Cashier's Window (W-207, 2nd Floor, Main College Building) or the School of Management MBA Office (for students in the School of Management). For more information please visit:

Consulting Club Meeting

The next Consulting Club meeting will be on Wednesday, December 2 from 5-6 PM (room to be announced).  We apologize for having to reschedule our meeting due to scheduling conflicts!

A few updates to share based on some conversations with club members and the CSO and likely agenda items for our upcoming meeting:

1.  Career Trek - Want to see what consulting is all about?  We are planning a Career Trek to a local consulting firm for early January!  We will be reaching out to students to find a few dates that will work, and using our time together on the 2nd to share our thoughts, expectations and goals for this event!  Stay tuned!

2.  We are beginning to think about a "splashy" spring event and identifying SOM and Simmons partners to work with us, including our wonderful alumnae network!  Have ideas for potential panelists/speakers?  Let us know!

3.  We are trying very hard to be inclusive of all students in the MBA program with our scheduling as well as with event ideas that address the many different interests within consulting.  Even if you can't make the meetings, share your ideas on our Ning! site (email Jenna Toplin to join -

See you on Wednesday, December 2nd at 5 PM!

Entrepreneurship Club Event!

Please join the Entrepreneurship Club on Monday, November 23rd, at 6 pm in M-501 for appetizers, wine, and conversation.
Hear current student Liana Cassar present on her recently launched business, Rooted Radiance -
Learn about opportunities to build your resume and develop transferable skills.
Meet the current entrepreneurship cohort to ask questions.
 Contribute your ideas for future events!

RSVPs appreciated - please email by TODAY!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Pot Luck Dinner with the SOM International Club

The SOM International Club is organizing a Pot Luck Dinner for Dec 8th
Everyone is invited to come and join us; we want to share our typical dishes and backgrounds with our colleagues and faculty.

SOM International Club

Club Mission

The mission of SOM International Club is to support and empower the international community through collaboration of our members, colleagues, and alumni.  The purpose of the club is also to promote a multicultural exchange of perspectives between International and American students and all members of our SOM community.  We believe that principled leadership is enriched by diversity.

To join the club or contact us:

Greater Boston Food Bank Food Drive!

The School of Social Work (SSW) is partnering with the Greater Boston Food Bank for a canned food drive this holiday season.  Non-perishable items will be collected in the box in the program office through December 10th.  This is an easy way for the SOM community to help those less fortunate!  A volunteer afternoon is scheduled on 3/17 at the Food Bank, and there may be an opportunity for some folks from the SOM to join the SSW team.  Stay tuned for further details!  Any questions, contact Koren at

Entrepreneurship Facebook Page

Please spread the word around about the Entrepreneurship Certificate!

Net Impact is Recruiting New Members!

The Net Impact group at Simmons is planning two info events to give students a chance to learn about the organization, ask questions, hear about the conference, and sign up as new members.  We are planning to host the info sessions on the following dates: Tuesday, December 1st @ 9pm and Wednesday, December 2nd @4pm in the SOM building. Please keep an eye out for flyers around the SOM!

Reminder for Students Finishing Their Degree in August

You need to make sure that you have taken Career Strategies or plan to take it this spring, 2010. It will not be offered this summer.

Global E-Ship Event Results: Big Pitch

We had some terrific graduate “pitches” as part of global entrepreneurship week and happy to report that Christina LeBlanc won for her idea of changing the face of the bookkeeping industry through an academic base, opportunities to network, receive training and support services and establish an on-line community.

Schedule Updates for Spring 2010

UAE and India Travel trips are both a GO!

Tech and Ops: Start date is Wednesday, 1/27 not 1/28, end date is 4/14 and not 4/15.

Deborah Merrill-Sands Feature in the Boston Business Journal

Dean Deborah Merrill-Sands was featured in the Boston Business Journal, being called "The Green Dean". Check it out!

Spring 2010 Registration Updates

GSM 601 BUSINESS PLAN ELECTIVE-Teresa will allow students into the BP course without having taken Creativity as a pre-req on two conditions. One is that you have her consent, the second is that you need to have had Marketing and either Finance or M. Accounting. Cap on the BP course will be 20.

Reminder About Study Rooms

This is just a reminder that you need to come down to the Academic Programs Office to book a study room. Even if the room is open, does not mean that it hasn't been booked by another student. Please check the study room reservation book before you enter a study room. The student that booked the room has priority and can ask you to leave.

We also would like to remind you that groups can only reserve a room for 2 hours at a time, especially the rooms with the projector/camera. Each member of the group is not allowed to book the room for 2 hours and book an entire room for 8 hours.

We will be monitoring this more closely, especially since finals are coming up and everyone needs an equal opportunity to a study room.

Thanks in advance!

Interested in exploring a career in higher education? 

The MBA Admission and Marketing team is currently looking for two MBA students to assist with recruitment efforts for the Fall/Spring semesters.  Responsibilities include executing call campaigns; conducting informational interviews and assisting with events.  This is a great opportunity to gain experience in higher education while earning a little extra cash.  Please contact Kerri Brophy at or 617-521-3840.  Please include “Graduate Admission Assistant” in the subject line. The estimated time commitment is ~10 hr/week.

The Entrepreneurship Club is Having an Event!

Please join the Entrepreneurship Club on Monday, November 23rd, at 6 pm in M-501 for appetizers, wine, and conversation.

Hear current student Liana Cassar present on her recently launched business, Rooted Radiance -

Learn about opportunities to build your resume and develop transferable skills.

Meet the current entrepreneurship cohort to ask questions.

Contribute your ideas for future events!

RSVPs appreciated - please email by Wednesday, November 18th.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Health Care Certificate Program

Are you interested in the Health Care Certificate program? The deadline to apply is March 1st, 2010! For more information please email Darla at

Thanksgiving Invitation from Jane Mooney

For many years, Prof. Jane Mooney has invited MBA students to her home for Thanksgiving. Traditionally, there is always a group that head out to Wellesley to join her, her daughter Eva and many of their friends. They always come back saying how great the food is and what a nice day they had!! So, if you have no plans and want to join her, please let her know by November 23! RSVP to

Dean's Roundtable Events: Put This on Your December Calendar!

1. Evening Students: Monday, 11/30, 5-6pm, M223

2. Day Students: Tuesday, 12/1, 11:30am-12:30pm, M223

3. Graduating Students:  Thursday, 12/3: 12-1pm, M223

Great News: Ranking Top 20 in Aspen Institute's Beyond Grey Pinstripes ranking -
We did it again!

We should all be so proud that today we have secured yet one more national ranking.  Our MBA program is ranked #15 globally in the 2009-10 Beyond Grey Pinstripes ranking conducted by the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program.  We moved up from #32 two years ago.  As many of you know, this bi-annual ranking is the gold standard for business schools committed to integrating social, environmental and ethical issues into their MBA programs. 


The ranking methodology is rigorous.  As the Business and Society Program notes, “While many MBA rankings exist, only one looks beyond reputation and test scores to measure something much more important: how well schools are preparing their students for the environmental, social and ethical complexities of modern-day business.”  In formulating their rankings, the program reviews curricula, course syllabi, and faculty publications.  This year, 149 business schools from 24 countries competed to ranked in the top 100.


 “In these challenging economic times, the general public, not just scholars, are questioning whether the established models of business are broken,” said Rich Leimsider, Director of the Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education.  “Beyond Grey Pinstripes schools are thoughtfully pursuing new approaches.  They are preparing students who take a more holistic view of business success, one that measures financial results as well as social and environmental impacts.”


In this ranking, we are in great company.  Among the top 15 schools are: U. of Michigan (Ross),  Yale School of Management,  Stanford Graduate School of Business, Notre Dame (Mendoza), UC Berkeley (Haas), NYU (Stern), and Columbia Business School, U. of Virginia (Darden), Cornell (Johnson), GWU School of Business. I am also pleased that we were ranked significantly ahead of local competitors – Babson is #26, BU is #56, Bentley is #67, and Boston College (Carroll) is #73. Our #15 gives us a great competitive edge in recruiting MBA students! Given the relevance of these issues to undergraduate students, we will leverage this ranking to increase visibility for the entire school, not just the MBA.




News & Events



Career Services Updates


Join the CSO Task Force!

As a member of the CSO Task Force you will act as an advisor to the CSO team, provide feedback as we explore new program and service offerings, and also serve as an ambassador in promoting CSO initiatives to the larger student body.

We will have one introductory face-to-face meeting and then we will continue to “meet” electronically through the year. If you are interested in joining, or if you have any questions, please contact or 617-521-5837 as soon as possible.

Internship Meeting
Date: Monday, November 23
Time: 12-1pm
Location: SOM, M-223

Thinking about or planning to conduct an internship?
Come learn all that you need to know about planning for an internship search:

  • Why do an Internship
  • Doing an internship for credit
  • Finding the right internship
  • And much more!

The SOM Investments Club is open for business!
Questions? Interested in joining the club? Email

If you are interested in learning and earning, join us as we launch our on-line community this semester, soon to be followed by face-to-face events. Whether it is for professional or personal growth, our group will empower women in the field of investments.
• Further your knowledge on stock and fund picking
• Advance your understanding of portfolio strategies
• Learn about professional opportunities in investing
• Participate in research studies on women and investing
• Stay on top of current events and trends in the industry
• Enjoy getting to know your SOM network


Did you know NAWMBA is on TWitter! @NAWMBA



Book to read: Landmarks for Sustainability: Events and Initiatives That Have Changed Our World by Wayne Visser

What’s Ecological Intelligence? Daniel Goleman Explains
Daniel Goleman latest book, Ecological Intelligence, proposes a paradigm shift — from consumerism as environmentally destructive, to using our purchasing power to push for products that benefit society and the environment.  Goleman met with Sea Change Radio, Host Bill Baue at the WMUA studios recently for a broad-ranging conversation about the book. Listen here:


Sustainability Virtual Summits: Smart ICT
Organizer: G2Events Inc
Date: 02.09.10, 08:00AM – 02.11.10, 06:00PM

Recent Sustainability Job Postings
~ Business Analyst @ enerNOC
~ Sustainable Investing Internship @ Trillium Asset Management Corporation


The Massachusetts Conference for Women
December 10, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

European Career Fair
January 29-February 1, at MIT (for jobs in Europe)
You do not need to register to participate in the Fair. However, they offer the possibility to the candidates to submit their resumes online prior to the Fair. The online registration is now open and will close on November 23, 2009.

East Coast Career Fair
January 11, 11AM - 2PM, at the Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA       

Job Expo
January 28, 10AM - 3PM, at the Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA
The Boston Nonprofit Career Fair
February 23, at Boston University, Boston, MA
MBA Media & Entertainment Conference
February 26-27, New York City      


We have received excellent feedback from students and graduates who have met with our new Talent Acquisition Executive-In-Residence, Lauri Rich.  SOM students & graduates benefit from Lauri’s expertise in sourcing, evaluating and hiring candidates in today’s competitive marketplace. She brings over 20 years of experience working with top financial services, healthcare and nonprofit organizations, among other sectors. To schedule an appointment, please contact Lauri directly at



Recent JOB Postings -
~ Development Officer  @ MIT School of Engineering
~ Quantitative Analyst @       Resolute Management Inc
~ Senior Accountant  @ Boston Ballet
~ Muliti Industrials Associate  @ Citigroup

Visit Career Connect for all the latest internship and job posts.  
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.



10 biggest job interview blunders
In this lousy market, don't be your own worst enemy. Here are the most common mistakes candidates are making -- and how to fix them.

Avoid These Interview Killers
There are plenty of ways to derail a job interview—and some of them may surprise you.  





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Library Updates

Research Paper Clinics:

Wednesdays at 2pm in L-225 Every Wednesday in L-225, the Library and Writing Center provide individual assistance with any stage of the research or writing process. These drop-in research clinics, have both a Writing Center tutor and a Reference Librarian available to help students find books, articles, and high-quality websites on their topic; search electronic databases; evaluate the quality of their information sources; organize paragraphs; convey ideas clearly; use APA, MLA, or other documentation styles; avoid plagiarism.No appointment necessary - students can drop by with a few quick questions, or stay longer for more extensive help.

Research Appointments:

Need help with research for a project or assignment? Get in touch with Linda Schuller, Management Librarian.  Call or email her for times to meet in person, via email or chat.

Research Guides:

The College Librarians have prepared research guides to help you find information on many topics. We especially recommend the following guides: Company Information, Industry Information, Entrepreneurship, Demographics and Statistics, and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Tours of the Library:

Still having trouble finding your way around the Library? Want to know where to find quiet places to study, the latest magazines, or the business books collection? Contact Linda for a 20 minute tour.

Library Hours:
# Beatley Library & Information Commons:
September 1st - December 9th

   * Monday-Thursday: 7:30am-11:00pm
   * Friday: 7:30am - 8:00pm
   * Saturday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
   * Sunday: 10:00am - 11:00pm

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Technology Information

Alerts, Announcements and Events from Technology are all available through the my.simmons portal.

  • 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.


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