September 24th, 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
Schedule Reminders for Next Week
Little Known Fact

Project Management Session with Professor Paul Myers

Special Excel Help Session
Presidential Management Fellows Program
Message to New MBA Students from MBA Admissions and Marketing
Partners' Connected Health Symposium

MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

We had a terrific Exec in Residence, Pat Fili-Krushel at the SOM this week and she was very busy while she was here. I was lucky enough to see her in 4 different sessions and she is a true role model for the SOM mission of empowering women for power and principled leadership. Next week is week 5 in the MBA program and also the beginning of October. I am hoping that you are settling in to a good work/school/and other priorities balanced routine. Remember-I am a big proponent of balance. Try and take some time every weekend to clear your head and do something that is fun and/or relaxes you! You will then be more productive and focused at school and work.

Quotes of the Week

“One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested." -- E.M. Forster

"A conventional definition of management is getting work done through people, but real management is developing people through work."— Agha Hasan Abedi


Schedule Reminders for Next Week

Travel Course Info Sessions, Wednesday, September 30th, 4pm-5pm and 5pm-6pm.

Public Speaking, 1st class, Thursday, October 1, 6-9pm.

Creativity class, Friday night and all day Saturday

Markstrat simulation starts next week in Strategy II.

Little Known Fact

We are thrilled to announce the second season of “Little Known Fact” a community building exercise for students, faculty and staff in both the MBA and UG program. Beth Dunn, an upcoming Dec 09 grad, is the creator of this program and it will be held every Thursday from 4:30 - 5:30 pm, beginning on October 1 and finishing on December 10. It is a fun hour where someone talks about some talent, skill, hobby, passion, etc that others might not know about them. Demonstrations are often part of the fun!

Project Management Session with Professor Paul Myers

Friday, Sept. 24, 9:30-12:30pm in M222 for students in Leading and Marketing

Special Excel Help Session

Saturday, September 26th, from 10-11:30am for PC users and 11:45am-1:15pm for the Mac users. They will go over charts, functions, calculations, etc in P113. This is the technology lab in the Palace Road building! 

Presidential Management Fellows Program

The PMF Program attracts to Federal service outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs.  The PMF Program, administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), is the Federal Government’s cornerstone succession planning program to help agencies meet their critical need for leadership continuity.

Since 1977, the PMF Program has helped Federal agencies meet their workforce and succession planning needs by attracting outstanding master’s, law, and doctoral-level students to Federal service.  Executive Order 13318, modernized the Presidential Management Intern (PMI) Program, in keeping with the emphasis on the strategic management of the Federal Government's human capital.  With this Executive Order, the name was changed to the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program to better reflect its high standards, rigor, and prestige.  Students can use this two-year fellowship as a stepping stone to highly visible and respected leadership positions in the Federal Government.

This rigorous two-year paid fellowship includes:

  • Formal classroom training of 160 hours,
  • Mandatory four to six month developmental assignment,
  • Optional rotations of one to six months in duration,
  • Challenging work assignments,
  • Potential for accelerated promotions, and
  • Opportunities to network with other future leaders.

For more information visit:

Message for New Students from MBA Admissions and Marketing

The SOM Marketing and Admission team is hoping to capture your impressions of the marketing and admission processes at the School of Management.  We invite you to complete the confidential new student survey and to attend one of the new student focus groups to be held on Tuesday, October 6th from 11:15 – 12:15pm in m-222 and 5:00-6:00 p.m. in m-223. 

Survey Information: As a thank you for completing the 5-minute survey by Friday October 2nd, you will be entered into a drawing to win a $20 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble. PLEASE NOTE: This is a confidential survey. To enter the drawing please print out the "thank you" page, write your name on the paper and drop it in the box located in the 2nd floor kitchen. Please use the following link to complete the survey:

Focus Group Information: Two focus groups will be held on October 6th one in M-222 from 11:15 – 12:15pm and one in M-223 from 5:00-6:00 p.m.. Pizza will be served at both sessions. Please RSVP to either session by emailing Nicole Herrick at ( by noon on Monday, October 5th.

Your feedback is important to us. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Technology Operations Updates

We have put in a technology ticket to install the Adobe plug-in called "File Open" on the SOM MBA Resource Room computers so that you can access the XanEdu course materials!

We have put in a technology ticket to reconnect the Mac computers in the resource room to the printers!

We have been informed that all the computer technology in 222, 223, 104 and 105 should be fully operational as of today!

Travel Course Information Session

Sept 30, 4pm and 5pm, M222 with Professors Vipin Gupta (India) and Lynda Moore (UAE).

SOM Honor Board Representative

Koren Phillips will represent the SOM on the college wide Honor Board this year!

Field Trip Opportunity to “The Studio”

As part of Mary Shapiro’s  Public Speaking class, they are going to The Studio, a small clothing store on Harvard St. in Brookline, on the evening of Oct 22.   Once there we will do several things:

The 3 women owners would give fashion tips on how to dress to convey authority and credibility, and how to “stretch” your wardrobe in these economic times. The women will also talk about themselves as business entrepreneurs.  You can read the HBS case about The Studio as background.  The owners would answer questions, and update the case to talk about the impact of the economy on small businesses.

We have 30 spots open to students and alums. RSVP to by October 15 if you can go.

SIMMONS Student Ambassador Program (SAP)

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: 

  • Host a student on a class visit
  • Participate in an information session
  • Attend an external event
  • Serve as a resource for prospective students requesting to speak with a current student
  • Share your experience in the classroom with the SOM Marketing Team and/or various media outlets

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 if you are interested in volunteering to be a part of this initiative. 

Academic Year Travel Courses for MBA Students

We will again offer two different travel courses this year and the deadline for applying is Oct 30, with a deposit of $1000.   The rest of the funds are due by Nov 6. 

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.
Spring 2010 to the UAE: Travel during Spring Break, March 5-14. The UAE trip will focus on Women’s Leadership, led by Professor Lynda Moore.

Travel costs all inclusive (airfare, visa, ground transportation, meals, double shared lodging, excursions) are $3,200. Tuition costs are additional.

Each course is 3 credits, and there will be some prework in advance of travel. Students will visit local universities and businesses, and meet local scholars and business executives.

Contact the faculty for further information.  Contact the MBA office or the Director- International Outreach, Professor Vipin Gupta at for the application forms and further information.

Spring 2010 Travel Course Information

Spring 2010, MBA Travel Courses to India (January) and UAE (March)! Contact Prof. Vipin Gupta at for further information and  registration form.

1) GSM 547 - Sustainable Business in Emerging Markets (3 credits)

India - The Triangle (Mumbai, Coimbatore, Jaipur, Agra, and Delhi)
January 2-17, 2010
Class dates: Sat, Nov 14, 2009 (3-6 pm),  Sat, Feb 27 2010 (3-6 pm)

Program Description
 Learn about India's sustainability challenges, political, economic, socio-cultural, technological, ecological, gender, fair trade.  We visit universities, businesses, micro sites, nonprofits, markets, restaurants, and cultural sites, in different States for a diversity of approaches to sustainability.  Participate in an international conference on gender and sustainability, and network with local students and experts.

Course highlights
Adventure: Experience the wonders of India from The 7th wonder Taj Mahal, to the elephant and camel rides, cultural villages, and ethnic dresses, meals, and festivals.
Basics: Transform how you think about India as you encounter her diversity, and debrief.
Case dialogues: Get inspired through live case dialogues of how women in India are at the forefront of sustainability, ecological, economic, and social.

Program price:  $3,200 (shared occupancy; single occupancy supplement: $500)
Price includes  International and domestic airfare, visa fees, lodging, meals, ground transportation, university and business visits, excursions, ethnic experiences

Faculty information: Prof. Vipin Gupta has done award-winning research on culture and leadership in India and other nations.   He is the author of a leading textbook on Strategy used in many colleges of India.    He has led a hugely popular travel course to India for the past 3 years.

2) GSM 590 - Cross-cultural Comparative Studies of Women leaders

UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi)
Travel dates    March 4-15, 2010
Class: Sat, Feb 20 and 27, and April 10, 1-5 pm (meet in class), and Sat, Mar 27, 1-5 pm (work online).
Program Description     Learn about the culture and women leadership of UAE by participating in an international conference, live case studies, and cultural excursions.  Meet representatives from the women's association, chambers of commerce, government ministries, United Nations office, and/or US embassy office.  Interact with women students, expatriate faculty members, and businesswomen and entrepreneurs from for profit and non profit sectors.

Course highlights
Adventure: Experience the palaces, mosques, forts, museums, heritage villages, souqs, and dessert safari.
Basics:  Network with the women students from the local universities, and learn about their gender and leadership journeys and aspirations, and the role of families, universities, society, and the government
Case Studies:  Live case studies of the challenges, opportunities and pathways to leadership for women.

Program price   MBAs : $3,200 (double occupancy; single occupancy supplement: $500)+ tuition fee

Alums and non-MBA graduate students: $5000 including tuition fee (double occupancy; single occupancy supplement: $500)

Price includes  International airfare, visa fees, lodging, meals, ground transportation, university and business visits, excursions, ethnic experiences.   Personal expenses extra.

Faculty information
Prof. Lynda Moore has spent a year in UAE as a Fulbright scholar, working on a project on women leadership in UAE.  She has an established track record of successfully teaching and inspiring research on gender and diversity.  She has previously led a hugely popular travel course to UAE.

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News & Events

CGO Speaker Series

Topic: Workplace Flexibility in Its Interpersonal Context
Speaker: Spela Trefalt
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Place: The School of Management building at 300 The Fenway,

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
The TJX Companies, Inc.

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

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 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 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.

Save the Date for the 2009 Net Impact Conference! 

November 13 - 14 in Ithaca, NY at The Johnson School at Cornell University

  • Hear from CSR Leaders like keynote Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of GE
  • Engage in panel discussions on topics ranging from Base of the Pyramid Strategies to Environmental Sustainability Consulting
  • Participate in fun and thought-provoking networking opportunities with organizations and individuals committed to positive social and environmental change
  • Explore the beautiful gorges, wineries and town of Ithaca, New York
  • Gain a new appreciation of your role as an individual business changemaker
Please contact Amy Longyear at for more information.



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Career Services Updates


Access the latest chapter news, network with top female MBA professionals, career tips, events, and get the most up-to-date scoop on our first destination - NAWMBA conference at Disneyland, California- by joining us on LinkedIn!


Company Visits

Clinton Foundation
Date: October 7
Time: 4-5:45pm
Location: TBA
RSVP to by October 1st

The William J. Clinton Foundation focuses on worldwide issues that demand urgent action, solutions, and measurable results -- global climate change, HIV/AIDS in the developing world, childhood obesity and economic opportunity in the United States, and economic development in Africa and Latin America.


Commongood Careers
Date: October 28
Time: 4-5:45pm
Location: TBA
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 

Johnny Cupcakes Talk
Date: September 29
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Wentworth, Lobby of 610 Huntington Avenue, Boston.

Have you heard of Johnny Cupcakes? He’s coming to Wentworth Institute of Technology. Named America’s #1 Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008 by Business Week, Mr. John Earle's lecture will tell the story of just exactly how he turned a joke into a multi-million dollar company. In addition he will focus on entrepreneurship, the importance of branding, small business management, product development and marketing, as well as communication and graphic design. He has appeared on MTV, while the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Post and Web Marketing for Dummies round out the list of honorary press features he has received. In addition, Johnny will be selling shirts after his talk, so please bring cash to purchase shirts.

Innovation Works: How Young Entrepreneurs Thrive in a Bad Economy
Date: Wednesday, September 30
Time: 6:30 - 8pm - Networking Reception to Follow with Free hors d’oeuvres
Location: Ned Devine’s in Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Quincy Market Building
RSVP at or call 617-742-6800 ext.131

A MassINC event that will examine the effects the current recession is having on young entrepreneurs in Massachusetts. Asking how growth is possible during difficult times. The discussion will be moderated by Scott Kirsner, Innovation Economy columnist with The Boston Globe. Panelists will be:

  • Morgan First, marketing and community director for The Second Glass
  • Terry Lozoff, co-founder and president of Street Attack
  • Elizabeth Thornton, lecturer in entrepreneurship at Babson College


Women as Entrepreneurs, Women as Leaders
Date: October 13
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Location: Center for Women's Leadership, Babson College, 231 Forest Street, Babson Park, MA 02457
For more information visit:

A panel discussion on women as Founders, Leaders and Entrepreneurs in today's technology community. This event is free and will include both networking and lively discussion with fellow women in technology. So please join us for conversation, hors d'oeuvres and wonderful company.


Public lectures by Rhonda L. Seegal
Vice President and Treasurer, Xerox Corporation
Date: Thursday, October 29
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
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.


ScholarshipS & Awards will award five scholarships in the amount of $2,000.00 each. Award winners will be featured on the home page of and in promotional materials sent to existing and prospective recruiting clients of Deadline is Friday, September 30 at 5:00 pm.


Massachusetts Green Career Conference
October 2, 7:15am–12pm, at the Marlborough Holiday Inn Conference Center

Reaching Out MBA 2009  
October 15 - 18, at he Westin Peachtree in Atlanta, GA

MSCPA Fall Accounting Career Fair
October 21, Northeastern University, Curry Student Center, 2nd Floor Ballroom                        
October 29-31, in Disneyland, Anaheim, CA ***early bird registration ends October 1

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

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 our new 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. Beginning in September, Lauri will be available approximately 15 hours per month. To schedule an appointment, please contact Lauri directly at



Recent Posting -
~ Director of Marketing & Customer Experience - Medical Sales Management
~ Director, Brand Portfolio, Store Brands - CVS Pharmacy
~ Intranet Communication Specialist - Kelly Financial Resources
~ Project Coordinator – HomeStart
~ Emory Healthcare Administrative Fellowship Program - EMORY HEALTHCARE
~ Marketing/PR - Pinck & Co, Inc
~ Senior Analyst and Project Manager - DALBAR, Inc.
~ Finance Fellowship Program - MGH Physician Organization (MGPO)

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.


How Companies Can Woo Women With Design

Inspire yourself: craft a work-life vision

Have you dreamed (maybe more than once) about having a full, rich life – one that includes a different kind of working life? A dream where you are living where you want, doing the kind of work that fulfills you most, and you are surrounded by people you love.


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Library Updates

Drop-In Research Clinics: Wednesdays from 2-4. No appointment necessary in L-225 - students can drop by with a few quick questions, or stay longer for more extensive help.
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.

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

Library Group Study Rooms- The Library has many study rooms available for you to use for project work and group study time. To book a room, use the online system at:
You can also find this link on the Library web site at

Course Reserve Materials: Books and other materials which are on reserve for a class can be found at the Circulation Desk. You can search for reserve materials under the instructor's name or the course number. To get to the course reserves page, go to:

Need Help from a librarian?? You can reach Linda Schuller, the SOM Librarian, at x2767 or via email. Librarians are available to help you at the Reference Desk in the Beatley Library. Please stop by!

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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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