October 29, 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

Reminder about Class Norms
The India Travel Course is Back On... If We Can Get the Enrollments!
New SOM Student Club
Business Cards
Thanksgiving Invitation from Jane Mooney
Spring Schedule Will Released on Friday
Dean's Roundtable Events: Put This on Your December Calendar!
Still Looking for MBA Volunteers to Help out at the UG Networking Dinner!
Kija Kim Event Reminder: November 10th!
SOM Alum Denise Coll, President of Starwoods Hotel, is Visiting the SOM!
Wine and Cheese Event
Student Research Fund—Funding Opportunity for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

MBA Office Updates


Note From Mary D.

Week 10 begins next week, which now means that you are entering the back end of the semester. Things seem to be pretty calm this week from all I can gather and that is a good sign!! Registration is around the corner and if you have any questions, please talk to me, Darla, Paula or Katlyn and we can help answer any questions you have! If you are torn between electives, also consider talking to your faculty, as they can also be very helpful with the advantage that one elective might have over another one.

Mary D’s Sports Analogies for those that like them

The sports radio stations are all talking about the number of points the Patriots have scored and does that mean that they really have found their stride or just played horrible teams?? My analogy to you is to focus on the positive and not turn go to any negative spaces. Whatever you are doing well, keep it up. Learn from the feedback on your exams and papers and what might be done differently to improve, but never become complacent to the point where you can’t improve.

Quotes of the Week

“Champions aren't made in gyms. They are made from something they have deep inside them: a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”-- Muhammad Ali

“Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success."-- Brian Adams

Reminder about Class Norms

Please remember that coming in and out of class, coming late on a regular basis for no really good reason is very disruptive to your classmates and your faculty. Please try and wait for the breaks to get coffee or answer your emails, and as much as possible, do not schedule outside commitments so tightly that you need to leave class to make them on time. Our goal is to have everyone  be fully engaged with what is going on in class, and it is the time of year where norms tend to start to slip. Thanks!

The India Travel Course is Back On... If We Can Get the Enrollments!

 · We will reopen the course with November 7, 2009 as the deadline for registration and full payment of travel costs. For MBA students it is GSM 547 Sustainable Business in Emerging Global Markets

· Due to the increased flight costs, we have to increase the travel component to  $3500. This cost will cover the airfare increases per student as well as all onground accommodations, meals and transportation.

· We will offer an early return option for any MBA student needing to return early for the Entrepreneurship course on January 16. The cost remains the same, as we will have additional surcharges to fly you out of Bombay and back to Boston on January 14.

· Dates will remain January 2-18th for all students with an early return option for MBA students of January 14th.

· We have gotten approval for an extension for travel scholarship applications until Friday, October 30 at 4pm. The scholarship committee meets on Monday morning, so this is the latest possible date for an application. They should be submitted to the Study Abroad Office. This extension only applies to the India trip.

· We will need some combination of at least 12 MBA and UG students who have fully paid the travel portion by November 7. If we do not have that number of students and full payment, we will need to cancel the course and all monies paid or deposited will be refunded. Questions should be directed to Mary D or Prof. Gupta.

New SOM Student Club

SOM International Club

You already belong to the SOM international community...give your voice and celebrate the multicultural environment @ our school!

Questions? Contact us @

Watch out for details on our first event, a Pot Luck, coming soon!

Business Cards

If you would like to order business cards please email Katlyn with the following information:

Phone number (Pick one)

Simmons email address (We MUST use your Simmons address)

Please email her at by Friday, November 6th. The cost for business cards will be around $20.

For an example of what the business cards will look like, follow this link:

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 13! RSVP to

Spring Schedule Will Released on Friday

We expect the spring schedule to be released on Friday. Registration is November 16.

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

Still Looking for MBA Volunteers to Help out at the UG Networking Dinner!

November 17, 5:30-8:30pm. We need current MBA students to help us at the dinner and work with the UG students on role plays and networking tips. RSVP to Paula in the program office, . Dinner is included!

Kija Kim Event Reminder: November 10th!

I would encourage you all to attend the Kija Kim event at 4pm on November 10 in M222. She is the woman that two SOM faculty, Lynda Moore and Bonnie Betters-Reed, published a case about last year. Kija was very involved in Hurricane Katrina efforts, and has had a remarkable career story involving leadership and social responsibility. RSVP’s to Katlyn in the Program Office, Reception will follow!

SOM Alum Denise Coll, President of Starwoods Hotel, is Visiting the SOM!

One of our SOM alums, Denise Coll, President of Starwood Hotels North America (company that owns many hotel brands including Westin, W, Sheraton etc.) is coming to campus next week. Her bio is below. She is speaking in M223, 2:30pm-4:00pm this coming Monday, 11/2, as part of Fiona's Strategy II class.

Any student (MBA or UG) is welcome to come, but you must arrive no later than 2:25pm and stay for the entirety of Denise’s talk until 4:00pm!


Denise Coll is President of the North America Division for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.  In this role, Ms. Coll oversees the operation, sales, and marketing for 450 hotels and resorts in the U.S., Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands, Bahamas, French Polynesia and British West Indies. She reports to Matt Ouimet, President, Hotel Group.

With over 25 years of hospitality experience at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., Seaport Companies and ITT Sheraton Corporation, Coll has a proven track record of driving profitability and performance, facilitating and executing strategic plans and leading process improvement initiatives.  Throughout her career, Coll has held positions ranging from Front Office Manager to General Manager to Regional Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  In her most recent role, Ms. Coll served as the Senior Vice President, Operations – North America. 

Ms. Coll earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Simmons College.  She has served as Chairman of the Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau and currently serves on the advisory boards for the Boston University School of Hotel Administration and the University of Amherst.

Wine and Cheese Event

Wednesday, November 4th at 3:30pm in the 2nd Floor Living Room! All MBA Students are welcome!

Student Research Fund—Funding Opportunity for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, November 13, 2009 by 4:30 p.m.

The Simmons College Student Research Fund supports student-initiated scholarly research and creative endeavors. Students may apply for grants of up to $1,000 to support their independent research projects in all academic disciplines. These grants are competitive and awards will be made based on the quality of the proposed work. Students must work under the guidance of a faculty advisor. It is expected that 8-10 grants may be awarded during each year.

Selection Criteria: Grants will be awarded based on the significance and feasibility of the research and its relevance to the student's academic experience. Students are expected to develop this proposal with the guidance of their research advisor.

The Student Research Funds guidelines and application materials may be found at:


Valerie Beaudrault

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


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.

Registration Information for Spring 2010

The Registration synopsis and letter will be out next week!

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



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

Date: Wednesday, November 4
Location: M-101
Interested in Corporate Social Responsibility and/or Sustainability Consulting? The SOM Career Services Office and the Net Impact chapter invite you to come learn about Sustainserv - a management consultancy that works with leading companies around the world to assess their current sustainability activities including carbon footprints, design and implement sustainability programs, and develop environmental and corporate responsibility reports to communicate their efforts. Sustainserv is looking for interns! see job postings on Career Connect!


upcoming events

Virtual Corporate Presentations
Meet & Greet Fortune 100 Employers Online! 
November 2nd – 12th
Register at:
The traditional on-campus corporate presentations are now available virtually!  Learn more about career opportunities from leading companies that are committed to women in business.  Join us online for this exclusive series of 1-hour corporate presentation webinars. During each session a team of leaders from the presenting company will provide an overview of their business and employment opportunities for MBA’s, discuss the corporate culture, and share day-in the life insights and benefits. Each company will also address your questions directly during a 20 minute live Q&A session at the end of the webinar.


INFO SESSION FOR The Partnership FEllows and Associates Programs
Date: Tuesday, November 3
Time: 2:30-4:00p.m
Location: 155 Seaport Blvd,. 13th Floor, Boston, MA
RSVP: Marcia Kimm, Program Manager, at 617-988-6156 or,
Because spaces are filling up fast for the 2010 Fellows and Associates Programs, they have expanded the Program capacity! To learn more about these programs and other activities of The Partnership, Inc., you are invited to attend an this information session. The deadline for program applications is December 1, 2009. For more information and application go to


Get Digital II: Search Engine Optimization
Date: Thursday, November 5
Time: 6-8pm
More information:
Cost: 2-hour sessions, special price for students is $10! Partial scholarships are available to those who qualify.
If you have a specific business concern, work it out in a group with Building Your Business Workshops. Topic-specific sessions are taught by experts who focus on areas essential for launching and running your business, with peer-to-peer feedback playing an important role in the learning process.


Looking Beyond the Horizon: Managing in Times of Change
7th Annual ALPFA Boston Executive Leadership Summit & Career Fair
Date: Thursday, November 12
Time: 2pm – 10pm
Location: Sheraton Boston, 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA
Register at
This year’s summit will afford you the opportunity to listen and interact with experts from partner organizations such as Liberty Mutual Group and State Street Corporation, as they provide us with valuable insight and expert analysis on what it takes to manage in times of change. Participating employers at the career fair range from Fortune 500 companies to some of the areas fastest growing local businesses. These companies will come to recruit, screen and potentially hire qualified candidates…and you could be one of them!

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 -
~ Junior Level Consultant @ The Innova Group   
~ Project Director @ Health Resources in Action (used to be The Medical Foundation)
~ Clinical Consultant @ Concordant
~ Sr. Director, Community Relations @  Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA
~ Sr. Corporate Communications Specialist @ Smith&Nephew

Recent Internship, fellowship & Rotational Program Postings -
~ Internship - Sustainability Education & Communication @ Sustainserv
~ Internship - Sustainable Business in Boston @ Sustainserv
~ Internship - Analyst Intern @ e-Dialog
~ Internship – SportsNet New England @ Comcast Spotlight
~ Internship - Corporate Affairs @ MassPRO
~ Rotational Program – MBA Professional Program @ SAP
~ Fellowship - 2010 Boston Fellows and Associates Programs @ The Partnership, Inc.

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.



In a Rut? Try Tapping Into Your Creative Side
Reinventing Your Career: How to infuse creativity in your day when it doesn't come naturally.

Trick-or-treat leadership
This is a leadership trap that prevents any firm resolve at the individual level to crystallize and transform at the institutional level.


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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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