September 10th, 2009
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
Class Location Updates
Classes That Start Next Week
Semester Work Opportunity Running the Accounting Computer Labs in the UG Program
ElementK Online Tutorials
Travel Course Information Session
Honor Board Representative
Executive in Residence Events
SIMMONS Student Ambassador Program (SAP)
Planning Your Schedule
Dean Deborah Merrill-Sands is on Twitter!
Add your Photo to eLearning
CGO Speaker Series
The Exec in Residence Program is a wonderful opportunity for SOM students to listen, learn, and interact with very senior women in organizations. Pat Fili-Krushel, VP at Time Warner, coming Sept. 21-23 is a special opportunity that I do not want you to miss. I encourage you all to go to the lunch for MBA students or the open keynote address on Sept. 22. RSVP in advance, so we can make sure we have a seat for you!
Many courses started this week in the MBA program and we deliberately stagger the starts to allow you to pace yourselves a bit more at the beginning of the term. But, that means that you should map out your semester carefully with reading, problems, project, exams, etc. to know what lies ahead!!
“Sometimes it's the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.” -- Kerri Russell
“Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.” -- Robert Frost
QA, day section on Monday
Financial Reporting, day and night sections on Monday
Leading Organizational Change, night section, on Monday
Leading Individuals and Groups: 1st class for both day and night on Thursday, 9/17, then it moves to its permanent slots on Tuesdays.
Fall Semester job opportunity that works with SOM Prof. Mindy Nitkin running the computer labs for the accounting course. Requirements are availability on Monday afternoons, from 2:30-6:30pm through December 9. Pay is around $12-14 an hour. Must have really strong interpersonal skills to work with UG students and outstanding excel skills. Training experience would be a huge plus, and you should also have completed Financial Accounting or have a strong financial accounting background in your experience. Starts immediately!! Email email@example.com or Mary D at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
ElementK is a self-paced web instruction forum designed for use by all members of the Simmons community. If you are interested in online tutorial assistance as you begin your courses, please visit http://ptrc.simmons.edu/spt.asp to sign up for an ElementK account.
The Simmons College Honor Board is looking for an SOM student rep for this academic year. It is a college wide board with faculty and staff from all the schools and the UG college. Interested students should email Valerie.email@example.com for more information.
Lunch with MBA students-12-1:15pm, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. The lunch will be hosted by Aparna Lahiri, who just completed her MBA internship at AOL!
Keynote address, 6-8pm, RSVP to email@example.com. The keynote will be moderated by Prof. Debbie Kolb at the SOM and Kathleen McGinn from Harvard Business School.
The SOM MBA Student Ambassador Program (SAP) was launched last spring and we need your help! As an MBA Student Ambassador you may be asked to:
The time commitment is minimal but would add a tremendous amount of value to potential students, the Admissions Team AND yourself as you continue to expand your network. Please email Darla at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering to be a part of this initiative.
Dean Deborah Merrill-Sands is on Twitter!
Add your Photo to eLearning
Students now have the ability to post their picture to eLearning so please be sure to add your photo to your profile! It helps faculty get to know you as well as fellow classmates. It is very easy to do and only takes a minute. To add your photo: Go to "My Settings", then "Edit Profile" - from there you will be able to upload your photo. If you have any questions on how to do this please email Paula at email@example.com.
MBA Office Hours
The SOM and Simmons College will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2009. You will have no access to the SOM building on Monday.
During the week, our office hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-6:30pm and Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm.
New Addition to the SOM Community
Oana Ghiga gave birth to a baby girl yesterday, September 1st (her birthday also!). Her name is Ilinca and she is 10pounds, 8.5 ounces, 20 3/4 inches. Everyone is doing great!!
Academic Year Travel Courses for MBA Students
Spring 2010 to India: Travel during Winter Break, January 2-17 and will focus on Sustainable Business and will be led by Professor Vipin Gupta.
Travel costs all inclusive (airfare, visa, ground transportation, meals, double shared lodging, excursions) are $3,200. Tuition costs are additional.
Investments with Professor Indra Guertler on Thursday nights. There is a pre-requisite of Finance required for this course.
Consumer Behavior, which has 3 face to face meeting times on Sept 24, Oct 15 and Nov 12, 4:15-6pm. The rest is a virtual independent study with Professor Jill Avery.
Public Speaking on Thursday nights with Professor Mary Shapiro.
Executive in Residence: Pat Fili-Krushel, Executive Vice President at Time Warner
We will have our SOM exec in Residence, Pat Fili-Krushel here from Sept. 21-23. She will be in MBA Leading during the day, have lunch with day and evening MBA students, and then have a keynote address on Tuesday, Sept 22 moderated with Prof. Debbie Kolb from the SOM and Prof. Kathleen McGinn from HBS from 6-8pm. Mark your calendars now!!
BIO-Patricia Fili-Krushel is Executive Vice President of Administration of Time Warner Inc.
In this role, Ms. Fili-Krushel works closely with the other members of Time Warner’s senior management team and its operating divisions on a variety of organizational, developmental and diversity issues. Her responsibilities include oversight of philanthropy, corporate human resources, worldwide recruitment, employee development and growth, compensation and benefits, and security.
Before joining Time Warner in July 2001, Ms. Fili-Krushel had been CEO of WebMD Health since April 2000.
From July 1998 to April 2000, Ms. Fili-Krushel was President of the ABC Television Network. ABC Television Network’s ranking improved from third to first in the ratings during her tenure. Prior to becoming President of the ABC Television Network, Ms. Fili-Krushel was President of ABC Daytime, and was responsible for introducing the daytime talk show "The View” and for leading ABC's daytime programming schedule to the number one position among women 18-49 years old. While at ABC, she conceived and orchestrated SoapNet, a 24-hour soap opera cable network.
Before joining ABC in 1993, Ms. Fili-Krushel had been with Lifetime Television since 1988 as both Group Vice President of Hearst/ABC-Viacom Entertainment Services (HAVES), and Senior Vice President of Programming and Production of Lifetime Television. Prior to Lifetime, Ms. Fili-Krushel held several positions with Home Box Office, culminating her tenure as Vice President of Business Affairs and Production. Before joining HBO, Ms. Fili-Krushel worked for ABC in various positions, including Program Controller for ABC Sports.
Ms. Fili-Krushel holds a B.S. degree from St. John’s University and an M.B.A. degree from Fordham University.
In 1998, Fortune featured Ms. Fili-Krushel among its “50 Most Powerful Women.” She has been recognized by New York Women in Communications, Inc. through their Matrix Awards for her contribution to the field of broadcasting. In 2006, she was inducted into the Museum of Television & Radio’s “She Made It” Collection. She received the prestigious Vision Award for her contributions on behalf of the creative arts. The City of New York awarded Ms. Fili-Krushel the Crystal Apple Award for her distinctive career achievements and contributions to the entertainment community in New York. In 1993, she received the Women in Film Muse Award.
Ms. Fili-Krushel serves on the Board of Trustees of The Public Theater of New York where she is Chair of the Nominating Committee, the Board of Trustees of The Paley Center for Media, and Mayor Bloomberg’s Commission on Women’s Issues.
If you need a mailbox key or want a locker, stop by the program office.
Personal Information Updates
Please make sure your emergency contact info, and all other personal information is updated through AARC. This is really important, especially if you want the college systems to notify you for fun things like a snow day!
New Policies on Linked Articles
As you may have already noticed we no longer have the luxury of linking articles within the syllabi for each class. This includes HBR articles which we are not allowed to use in our eReserves. Please see the Policy and instructions on searching for these articles below.
October 10th Classes
Although October 10th is an academic holiday for undergraduates, this is not the case for MBA Students. You WILL have class on October 10th!
Spring 2010 Travel Course Information
Spring 2010, MBA Travel Courses to India (January) and UAE (March)! Contact Prof. Vipin Gupta at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and registration form.
Topic: Men, Women, and Practicing Gender at Work: Saying & Doing vs. Said & Done
Most organizational theories consider gender irrelevant. In a meritocracy, it is assumed that performance criteria are all that is used to assign jobs, evaluate outcomes, and reward people with promotions, raises, opportunities and authority. Yet, decades of research show that organizations are, indeed, gendered. Gender – not only the sex of individuals but also gender relations, expectations and norms – extensively affect how people are assigned, treated, and evaluated at work. How can that be? Patricia Martin whose early work with David Collinson on “mobilizing masculinity” sheds light on the inner workings of gendering processes, answers this question and applies it to the 21st century workplace. She offers a framework for understanding and analyzing dynamics in the workplace that characterizes gender as a social institution. Professor Martin will offer an overview of the framework and identify some new phenomena--such as transnational business masculinity–and help us apply the framework to our own institutions and work situations.
Dr. Patricia Yancey Martin is Emerita Professor of Sociology at Florida State University (Tallahassee Florida USA) [with previous stints as Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of Delaware, Ohio State University, University of Tennessee, Universita degli Studi di Trento (in Italy), Ruhr University (in Germany), Gothenburg University (Sweden), and University of Illinois at Chicago (USA)]. Her interests include the practices of gender at work, sociology of the body, and women’s movements. Martin also has recent papers on violence against women, with a focus on organizational responses to this aspect of gender relations. In all, she has written 90+ articles, two books, and edited a third book. She served as chair of her department before she retired and she remains active in the American Sociological Association, the Southern Sociological Society, the European Group on Organization Studies, Sociologists for Women in Society, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems.
Topic: Workplace Flexibility in Its Interpersonal Context
In order to deal with the prevalent work-nonwork conflict and its negative consequences, more and more organizations offer their employees formal and informal workplace flexibility, the ability to determine when, where, and for how long they work.
The 2009/10 Speakers Series is sponsored by
Partners’ Connected Health Symposium
Each fall Partners HealthCare, the integrated healthcare delivery system founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, holds the Connected Health Symposium. This is a meeting focused on information technology innovations in support of patient self-management, personal maintenance of health and wellness, and aging with independence.
With over 1,000 attendees at last year’s event, the Symposium is the largest meeting of its kind in the world, dedicated to helping health care move beyond the hospital and clinic and into the day-to-day lives of consumers and patients, aided by computers, cell phones, the Internet, sensors, personal service robots. In 2009 the Symposium celebrates its 6th Anniversary and takes place at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel on October 21st and 22nd -- a beautiful time of year, of course, to be in the city. The Symposium features world-class speakers and unparalleled opportunities to share knowledge, network and build community. You can learn more about the event (and the Center) by visiting www.connected-health.org.
In the future, there will be a need for many more people trained at the graduate and undergraduate levels to think creatively about all aspects of healthcare and information technology. This is an opportunity for students pondering career options to listen, learn, connect and consider building their careers in this important and needed area of healthcare.
In keeping with Partners’ role as a nonprofit institution with an educational mission, we invite students to attend the Symposium at a cost o$ 195, which is $700 off of the full registration price.
To students: We ask you to register in advance at www.connected-health.org and fax your valid student ID immediately afterwards to Partners’ Margaret Spinale at 617-228-4603. You will need to present your student ID on the day of the Symposium. Student registration is open now. To obtain the discount, go to the website, register as attendee type “Student” and continue the registration process until completion. You may contact Margaret Spinale at 617-643-3905 or email@example.com with any questions.
Symposium 2009 is structured to make ideas enjoyable and networking easy. You will have full access to all Symposium educational sessions, to the exhibition area and to the sponsored workshops. During meals, refreshment breaks and the evening reception, you will have an opportunity to interact with an extraordinary group of employers, thinkers and entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurship Program Garners Six-Figure Support from Two Foundations
(August 3, 2009) With crucial support from the Coleman Foundation and the Will J. Reid Foundation, the SOM will extend the opportunities offered through its nationally acclaimed Entrepreneurship Program into the undergraduate college, the non-business Simmons community, and to local community college entrepreneurship efforts. Founded in 2005 as a certificate-only offering to MBA-trained women, the curriculum expanded into a full-fledged program in 2007.
The Coleman Foundation has pledged $93,000 over two years, and the Will J. Reid Foundation has pledged $51,000 over two years.
"Building partnerships between Simmons and organizations like the Reid and Coleman Foundation is one of the most fulfilling parts of my job as Director of the Entrepreneurship Program at Simmons," said SOM Professor Teresa Nelson. "The people behind those institutional names – Mike Hennessy and Clark McCain at the Coleman Foundation and Elizabeth Moore Westbrook '80 at the Will J. Reid Foundation – really understand who we are and what we are working to accomplish. They gave us the capital to access the tools to reach many more women who each have that one great idea – that passion – to build and grow a viable, community sustaining business or social enterprise."
The funds will be used to develop the following three initiatives: a minor and "mini-minor" in entrepreneurship to all majors of Simmons College and the Colleges of the Fenway; co-curricular programming with the non-business Simmons community; and networks with area community colleges through providing SOM graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship student mentors to community college students.
Since its inception in 2005, the Entrepreneurship program has garnered national recognition and developed groundbreaking initiatives. In 2006 and 2008 Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review named the program as one of the top 25 entrepreneurship programs in the nation, among a set of 2,300 schools. It was recognized by Fortune Small Business in 2006 as one of the 10 most innovative entrepreneur programs in the United States.
The program has built a research program in entrepreneurship and gender/entrepreneurship that has national and international reach, particularly on issues of women entrepreneurs and women's entrepreneurship education. The program has developed a successful business plan competition for graduating MBA students and alumnae, and in 2009 launched a post-Certificate support and mentoring program.
Alumnae of the program are generating real-world, proven successes. In the 2009 cohort, all 12 women are building business plans they intend to actualize within the next three years; two have already launched their ventures. The four-course sequenced program teaches business and professional skills to design, fund and launch, sustainable, scalable ventures with impact. The curriculum is complemented by a range of co-curricular activities including mentor pairing, a business plan competition, entrepreneur and scholar in residence programs, and special events including speaker and lecture series.
The Coleman Foundation was a key partner in the program's 2005 launch, providing essential seed funding through the Foundation's Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education project (2005-08). In 2007 the School began to explore the potential to widen the reach of its entrepreneurship effort. As a result, the Entrepreneurship Program was established, with the graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship as a core element.
For more information, visit www.simmons.edu/entrepreneurship.
Save the Date for the 2009 Net Impact Conference!
November 13 - 14 in Ithaca, NY at The Johnson School at Cornell University
SOM Consulting Club Meeting
Come join Valerie Foster, Administrative Assistant and International Student Advisor in the Office of the Dean for Student Life, to talk about CPT/OPT rules, regulations, etc.
The Role of SRI In A New Age of Regulation
The Simmons School of Management Net Impact chapter, with the support of EILEEN FISHER, Inc., is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) Panel entitled. Professor Indra Guertler will moderate the discussion among SRI professionals:
Boston Career Fair www.nationalcareerfairs.com
Reaching Out MBA 2009 www.reachingoutmba.org/dc08/
CFN Boston Career Forum http://www.careerforum.net/event/?lang=E
TALENT ACQUISITION EXECUTIVE-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
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. Beginning in September, Lauri will be available approximately 15 hours per month. To schedule an appointment, please contact Lauri directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her available hours in September are:
For more information about the TAEIR program please contact the Career Services Office.
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