October 22, 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
Mary Ds Sports Analogies for those that like them
Quotes of the Week
Great News: Ranking Top 20 in Aspen Institute's Beyond Grey Pinstripes ranking

Special Note from Mary D.
Student Research Money Available
Registration Information for Spring 2010
Schedule Reminders for the week of October 26th
Apply for the Entrepreneurship Program!
Eileen Friars Leader in Residence

MBA Office Updates


Note From Mary D.

The good news is that Accounting and Ops midterms are now behind you, Marketing students have a big deliverable next week, but there seems to be a tiny calm in the storm this week, but it was another great day for the SOM yesterday with the announcement of the Aspen Institute Beyond Grey Pinstripes national ranking. To have moved up from #32 to 15 is a huge accomplishment. 3 big rankings for the SOM should make you feel very proud of your school and the quality of your education!! If you haven’t read the Dean’s note about it, we have put it in this Update! Next week marks the beginning of week 9 in the MBA program and students in the 16 month track are now thinking about graduation, as they are all done with their degree requirements in December!!

Mary D’s Sports Analogies for those that like them

I have to admit that the Patriots win of 59-0 is a tempting topic for never letting up, but I actually had a moment where I felt bad for the Titans, so I will pass on that one!! While I am not usually a fan of baseball playoffs when the Red Sox are not in them, I was struck by the Angels/Yankees series and the games going into extra innings. My analogy relates to the extra innings part. You always want to do your best, but when you have a moment to stand up and deliver the game winning hit and do it, how cool is that! You are all going through midterms and getting some feedback back on your performance. Focus on the paper or deliverable where you felt you rose to the occasion, delivered your best effort, and how good a feeling that was to see it reflected in a grade or feedback. For those of you that didn’t do as well as you hoped, the best news is that there is still many more at bats to come in the semester!! One of the other great things about baseball players is they may strike out every now and then, but when they come up to bat again, they are solely focused on that moment and the past is truly behind them.

Quotes of the Week

Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.  ~ Pat Riley

Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing. ~ Thomas A. Edison

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.

Special Note from Mary D.

Our UG students are in their capstone course and many of them have wonderful ideas that they are testing in focus groups and surveys. If you see a request from them and fit their demographic profile, it would be great if you could help them out! Please see below:


Honey Healers senior seminar group needs graduate school of management students to take part in a focus group for primary research on our product. We are creating a business plan for a Manuka honey bandage for children and need mothers between the ages of 21 and 50 with at least one child, male or female, between the ages of 1 and 14, to take part in a focus group about this product. The focus group will take a maximum of one hour, date TBA and pizza and refreshments will be provided. If you fit this demographic, and are interested in being in our focus group, please email us at Your help will be greatly appreciated! Thank you!


Thanks again! Honey Healers group (Samantha, Stephanie, Allie, Ashley and Zala)

We need YOUR help!

We, The Jet Setters, are part of Professor Gupta’s undergraduate Senior Seminar class and would like for you to participate in our primary research focus groups and interviews!

Are you within the ages of 25-45 and have children under the age of 6?
Within the ages of 25-45 without any children?

If you are interested in being a part of our interviews and/or focus groups, please contact us at or with your availability.

Thanks in advance!! The Jet Setters

Student Research Money Available

President Drinan has funded a Simmons Student Research Fund. Deadline is Friday, November 13, 4:30pm. For more information, go to

Registration Information for Spring 2010

The Registration synopsis and letter will be out next week!


Schedule Reminders for the week of October 26th

Thursday, October 22, Little Known Fact-Playing Bridge, 4:30pm, 2nd floor, SOM

Thursday, October 29, Rhonda Seegal, VP and Treasurer, Xerox. Career Path Story: 3:30 and Managing in Stormy Financial Seas, 5pm, 5th floor, SOM

Apply for the Entrepreneurship Program!


All students enrolled in the Certificate in Entrepreneurship program are eligible to receive 50% off the last two Certificate courses (GSM 602 and GSM 603).  This promotion ends summer 2010.  Apply now to the Certificate in Entrepreneurship, and reserve your space in the 2010 class - scholarships are available!  Please click here to print a copy of the application and send all materials to Darla Pires-DeGrace in M411 or via email at by November 1st.  For those of you considering the Entrepreneurship program AND to take advantage of the promotion, we encourage you to register for the first of four required courses: Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship scheduled during the January 2010 intersession.  Please contact Darla for more information.

"One of the top 25 graduate entrepreneurship programs in the United States”

2009 Entrepreneur Magazine and Princeton Review

Undergraduate Networking Dinner-- MBA Volunteers Needed!

We are hosting the 4th annual UG Networking Dinner on November 17 and are looking for 5 MBA volunteers to help us with the networking process at the beginning of the evening and then join us for dinner. It would be a time commitment from 5:30-7pm, and the goal is to help UG’s learn some networking skills, introduce them to each other and just reduce some of the awkwardness that comes in a setting where many people don’t know each other! We are particularly looking for MBA’s with experience in Finance, Marketing, Accounting or General Management. RSVP to Paula at Thanks!

Course Offerings for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2010

(pre req’s will apply in many courses)

Spring: QA, Managerial Accounting, Career Strategies, BGGE, Negotiations, Marketing, SDM (Graduating students in August only), Leading Ind. and Groups, Strategy 1

Summer: Econ, Comm. Strat, LGA, IT, Strategy 2, Finance

(pre req’s will apply in many courses)

Spring: Negotiations (compressed), Tech and Ops, Leading Org. Change, Managerial Accounting, Finance, Econ

Summer: No day courses

(pre-req’s will apply in many courses)

Leading Ind. And groups, Comm Strat, QA, Marketing, Leading Org Change, Ops, Negotiations,  Financial Accounting, Strategy 1


BGGE, Strategy 2, LGA, IT, Strategy 1, QA, Econ, Leading Ind. And Groups, Financial Accounting, Comm Strat, Career Strat


Spring: Travel Courses: (India and UAE), Business Plan, Creativity, Public Speaking, Marketing for Non Profits and Social Causes, Sustainability, Gender and Leadership, Risk Management, 21st century Health Care, Health, Economics and Finance, Internship

Summer: HR, Business Models for People, Planets and Profit, Project Management, International Finance, CSR, Internship, IT Management (elective for students who entered prior to Sept. 08), Eship Certificate Courses, HC Certificate Courses

Special Note about the Resource Room Printers

As midterms and papers are coming due, there is a lot of need to use the printers in the resource room and upstairs. If there is a jam or something goes wrong, please don’t just walk away from it, put a note on it and call the help desk, x2222 so that we can get it fixed as soon as possible. Thanks!



News & Events

Eileen Friars Leader in Residence
Rhonda Seegal '72, Vice President and Treasurer of Xerox.
Thursday October 29th from 5-6pm in M-501.
Managing in Stormy Financial Seas
A reception will follow at 6:00 p.m.

Room to Read Event
Please join us for an evening with John Wood, Founder and Executive Chairman, Room to Read.
Thursday, November 5th, 2009
VIP Reception at 6pm, Doors at 7pm, Presentation at 7:30.
The Harvard Club, 374 Commonwealth Ave
Tickets can be purchased at:



Career Services Updates

Company Visits


Commongood Careers

Date: Wednesday, October 28
Time: 4-5:45pm

Location: M-201

RSVP to by October 20

Commongood Careers enables today's most innovative nonprofits to build strong organizations through the recruitment, retention, and development of outstanding talent. Founded by nonprofit professionals, Commongood Careers offers personalized, engaged services to jobseekers and organizations, as well as access to a wealth of information about careers in the social sector. Come learn more about Commongood Careers and get a personal review of your resume from one of their recruiters!



Upcoming events  


Your Money or Your Life...

Flexible Career Strategies for a Changing Market

Date: Monday, October 26, 2009

Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Location: Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, 111 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02199

Cost:$40 for WAVE members; $55 for non-members

To register: Visit to register or call 877-928-3606.

Think you have your life/career all figured out? If not, you are invited to WAVE's evening of
Networking and Learning.
Join us for a Keynote Presentation by Denise Palmieri
of The Pinnacle Group. Denise is Director of Client Relations with The Pinnacle Group, an executive search firm that serves the private equity, investment banking, real estate and hedge fund markets. She previously was an attorney who founded a boutique firm
in Washington, D.C.



Careers in Arts & Culture: The Boston Museum Group

Date: Tuesday, October 27

Time: 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Location: Kotzen Conference Room (L001 & L002), Lefavour Hall 

The Boston Museum Group is a consortium of top museums in Boston (Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, New England Aquarium, Museum of Science, Children’s Museum). The consortium is especially interested in telling students about Spring and Summer internship opportunities  in a variety of areas, including administration, development, curatorial and others, at their respective museums. They are interested in meeting and talking with liberal arts majors, management majors, and any other interested students. The event will consist of two-parts: forst a moderated career panel followed by information tables where students can meet and talk with representatives from the museums.



Extreme Entrepreneurship: Doing Really Good Stuff in a Really Bad Situation

Date: Tuesday, October 27

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Location: Televideo Room, Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, Babson College

Register for this free event, visit CWL Conversation with Shainoor Khoja

Shainoor Khoja is a social entrepreneur and director of corporate relations for Roshan, the leading GSM cellular service provider in Afghanistan. Khoja will discuss her company's commitment to creating a sustainable entrepreneurial venture that, from the beginning, hard-wired social venturing and community initiatives into its business model. Her company's story is the embodiment of how to think and act like an entrepreneur, no matter where you are. It's a business saga of strategy, success, failure, and reinvention, and a profoundly human tale of passion and courage.



Boston World Partnerships: Join 300 rising stars of Boston’s business community to start building relationships that will benefit you for years to come.

Date: Wednesday, October 28
Time: 5:30 – 8pm
Location: Hotel Commonwealth, 500 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 022115

For more information please contact for copy of invitation 

INFORM and CONNECT. That is the Boston World Partnerships mantra. On October 28th, we will be hosting a select group of MBA candidates from 10 of Boston’s leading business schools. The evening’s program offers insights from battle-tested business leaders, as well as valuable networking time with peers and with our Connectors, a hand-picked group of passionate, proactive business people. This event is free and is by invitation only. You must be completing your MBA no later than the Spring of 2010.



Public lectures by Rhonda L. Seegal
Vice President and Treasurer, Xerox Corporation
Date: Thursday, October 29
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Location: Simmons College, Main Campus Building, Linda K. Paresky Conference Center

A Simmons graduate chronicles her career journey from majoring in Communications and Spanish to landing corporate finance roles in Fortune 500 Corporations: Perkin-Elmer, General Electric, Avaya, and now Xerox.



Managing in Stormy Financial Seas
Date: Thursday, October 29
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: School of Management Building, Room M501

A VP and Corporate Treasurer of a Fortune 500 company discusses the challenges of navigating through turbulent financial markets and a credit crunch. Reception to follow.






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        


WITI’s (Women in Technology International) Virtual Social Media Summit

November 2-6, On the Web! It is a virtual conference


2009 Net Impact North America Conference

November 13-15, in Philadelphia, PA


COF Green Networking & Careers Fair

November 19, 1- 4pm, at the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center, Simmons College


CFN Boston Career Forum

(For Japanese-English bilingual jobseekers)

November 20-22, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, MA





The Career Services Office (CSO) is pleased to introduce the Talent Acquisition Executive-In-Residence (TAEIR) program. This innovative program will provide an opportunity for SOM students to benefit from the TAEIR’s expertise in sourcing, evaluating and hiring candidates in today’s competitive marketplace. Our goal is to leverage this “inside knowledge” to help our students stand out as top candidates for the career opportunity they aspire to secure.


We are proud to introduce Lauri Rich as our first-ever Talent Acquisition Executive-In-Residence. Lauri has extensive Human Resources experience, with over 20 years in the field. Lauri will be available approximately 15 hours per month. To schedule an appointment, please contact Lauri directly at 





Recent JOB Postings -

~ Sr. Director, Community Relations @  Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA

~ Sr. Corporate Communications Specialist @ Smith&Nephew

~ Director Of Annual Fund, Membership @ Earthwatch Institute

~ Project Leader - PFAC @ Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

~ Measures Analyst @ The Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance & Policy 

~ Controller @ The Center for Women & Enterprise

~ Senior Vice President for Global Outreach @ First Book


Recent Internship, fellowship & Rotational Program Postings -

~ Internship – SportsNet New England @ Comcast Spotlight

~ Internship - Corporate Affairs @ MassPRO

~ Rotational Program – MBA Professional Program @ SAP

~ Internship - Sustainability Education & Communication @ Sustainserv

~ Internship - Sustainable Business in Boston @ Sustainserv

~ Fellowship - Administrative Fellowship Program @ Dana Farber Cancer Institute


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.





Giving a Stalled Job Search a Jump-Start

For many out-of-work professionals, finding a job in today's market requires far more effort than it did in the past—and a lot more stamina.


Behavioral Interviewing Strategies for Job-Seekers

Because increasing numbers of employers are using behavior-based methods to screen job candidates, understanding how to excel in this interview environment is becoming a crucial job-hunting skill.


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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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