March 5th, 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.

Quote of the Week

Susan Hass's Managerial Accounting Class- Rescheduled

Academic Program Office Hours During Spring Break

Travel Course

MBA Students Marching in Graduation 2009

Special Note

Internship Meeting

Summer Registration Materials

Ride It Out:Assessing Your Career During An Economic Crisis Panel Discussion

Building a Powerful Personal Brand – Workshop at Clark – Register Now!

MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

It is clear from talking to many of you this week that Spring Break is a much needed rest from classes and winter!! The one thing I have told many of you is that it is really normal for this to be the low point of the semester and you are halfway through spring term and need a week to recharge your energy and brain power for the second half of the term!! Promise me that you will do something fun with family or friends and catch up on all the things that have been put on the back burner with school!! When you return, spring will be only 5 days away and some warmer days with flowers getting ready to bloom is a sure sign that things are turning!!

Quote of the Week

"Some folks go through life pleased that the glass is half full. Others spend a lifetime lamenting that it's half-empty. The truth is: There is a glass with a certain volume of liquid in it. From there, it's up to you!" --Dr. James S. Vuocolo

"The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment." --Anthony Robbins

"The only lifelong, reliable motivations are those that come from within, and one of the strongest of those is the joy and pride that grow from knowing that you've just done something as well as you can do it." --Lloyd Dobens and Clare Crawford-Mason


Susan Hass's Managerial Accounting Class-Rescheduled

Due to the snow day, Susan Hass has rescheduled the Accounting Classes for the following dates, and has also included two review sessions:

Wednesday, April 1st: 10am -12pm (Make-up for Day Section)
Saturday, April 4th: 9am -12pm (Make-up for Evening Section)
Saturday, March 21st: 10-12pm (Review Session)
Monday, March 23rd: 4:45-5:45pm (Review Session)

Academic Program Office Hours During Spring Break

Our office will be open from M-Th, 8:30-6pm and Friday, 8:30-4:30pm.

Travel Course

The travel course to Brazil with Sylvia Maxfield leaves tomorrow, March 5 and we look forward to hearing about it when they return!!

MBA Students Marching in Graduation 2009

I know that many of you are anxious to know what we will do for students finishing degree requirements this August and I will have the final answer for you when you return from Spring Break! Mary D is also happy to meet with any students that want to talk about it!

Special Note

In last week’s update, Mary D neglected to include Katinka Stenius, who also was at the MBA student portion of the site visit. We wanted to make sure that we acknowledged her participation and the fact that Mary was typing too fast and just missed including her!!

Internship Meetings

March 19, 4:15-6pm

April 27, 3-5pm. This is a change from the original April 22 dates

Summer Registration Materials

Will be released tomorrow, March 5 or Monday, March 9 at the latest! Registration for summer will open March 16 for SOM MBA students! Please read the registration letter as there are some two sections of QA, a section of F. Accounting and some new electives coming!


Please Reserve Study Rooms!

Please take the time to reserve a study room if you need to use one!!  If you choose to use a room without a reservation, please be aware that a student or group who has reserved it may come by to claim it, and if they do, please be courteous and leave promptly!  You may currently reserve a room for a 2-hour block, but if no one comes by to claim it with a reservation after your time is up, you are welcome to stay longer.

Please reserve a room by contacting Nicole at or 617-521-2400, or by stopping by the Academic Programs Office (M-M103).

Spring Break is Coming!

March 9-March 13, no day or evening classes. The Academic Programs Office will be open until 6pm each night.

The Admissions Team is launching a SOM Student Ambassador Program (SAP) and we need your help!

 As a Student Ambassador you may be asked on occasion 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 new initiative. 

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News & Events

Ride It Out:Assessing Your Career During An Economic Crisis Panel Discussion
Boston, MA 02116
Thursday, March 26, 2009

Time:   6:00 pm EST

Place:   Marriot Copley Hotel
110 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116


NSHMBA Boston Chapter panel discussion sponsored by Prudential Financial. This panel discussion will give you the opportunity to assess your career during these tough economic times. Questions that will be addressed: “ What do I need to do to preserve my current position?”, “What skills are critical to prepare me for my next role?”, “What type of companies are hiring?”

Following the panel discussion, join representatives from local companies at a reception to learn about opportunities at their corporations.

Cost:   Free

Contact:   Marisol Arroyave


Building a Powerful Personal Brand – Workshop at Clark – Register Now!
Clark’s Women in Business (WIB) organization will welcome the National Association of Women MBA’s (NAWMBA) to the University on March 13 for a special interactive workshop and luncheon that you all must attend!  Together they are inviting graduate students and professionals from the region’s top business schools to network together and to learn new sought-after skills at the event:
Building a Powerful Personal Brand:
An Interactive Workshop and Luncheon
Date:Friday, March 13
Time12:30 pm Networking
         1:00 pm Lunch and Introductions
         1:45 pm Building a Powerful Personal Brand Workshop
Location: Higgins University Center – Tilton Hall
Facilitator: Starla Sireno, Executive Trainer / CEO, Fearlessness, Inc.
Registration:To register and for more information, click on the PDF file below or visit    Please note that registration must be done on-line.
This is an event for graduate students and professionals in business and management—both male and female.   Women in Business at Clark and the National Association of Women MBA’s are pleased to welcome men and women to join together in this self-expanding opportunity. 
Building your Personal Brand.  Learn what personal branding means, how to define it and communicate it in a clear, consistent and compelling way.  In this highly interactive workshop, you will learn how to identify and understand what is unique about yourself.  You will gain tools to effectively communicate and leverage this special image to others. Put your powerful personal brand to work in an upcoming job search, for easier effective networking, and to make a striking impression personally and professionally.
We look forward to having you with us on March 13!  If you have questions, please contact Rumi Pavlova, President of WIB ( or Patricia Tollo, GSOM Director of Student Services (508.793.7667 /

SAVE THE DATE: 1st Annual Babson College MBA Marketing Case Competition

The F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business will hold its inaugural MBA Marketing Case Competition on April 17-18 2009.

This competition is an opportunity for first year MBA students to apply entrepreneurial thinking to real marketing issues.

You can expect a formal invitation as well as well as information on registration from us later this week. In the meantime here is a synopsis of the event.

Focus of the Competition

Marketing and entrepreneurship go hand-in-hand. The intention of this case competition is to reinforce the link between these two disciplines as we bring together first year students from top MBA programs to solve real marketing issues.


We are proud to announce that  this year’s case sponsor is Ocean Spray.

Other primary sponsors include Procter & Gamble. Students will have the opportunity to network with representatives from sponsor companies.

If you have any questions regarding this unique event please feel free to contact any of the committee members at the emails below.  We look forward to your participation in April!

Best regards,
Julie, Patrizia, & Sarah

Babson Marketing Case Competition Committee

Where Entrepreneurship and Marketing Meet

Patrizia Damiani:

Julie Fabbrucci:

Sarah Carroll:

Simmons School of Management's Leading Women Entrepreneur Series Presents Jessica and Casey Forbes, Founders of

Monday, Mar. 16, 2009, 6:00pm to 7:30pm
in Room 501-502

Don’t miss this opportunity to be inspired by Jessica and Casey Forbes, founders of, a two year old social networking site for knitters, crocheters and other fiber arts enthusiasts to keep track of their yarn and pattern information, as well as to seek inspiration. With over 250,000 members it has grown to feature Ravelry brand products sold through an online store and has fostered a worldwide community of knitters.

RSVP Today:

Net Impact Brown Bag Session - Tuesday, March 17th from 12-1 pm

Come join the 2008 conference attendees for a casual discussion about session topics such as socially responsible investment, microfinance, social enterprise and CSR! Ask questions about what you read in the recently published issue of the newsletter, The Principled Leader, available in the Academic Programs Office (is that what y'all are called now?). Refreshments will be provided.

Upcoming CGO Event

Topic: The Accumulation of Disadvantage: A Simulation of How Perceptions Advance Women's Leadership
Speaker: Barbara Lawrence, PhD
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm, Reception 6:00pm – 6:30pm
Place: The Simmons School of Management building at 300 The Fenway, M501 (5th floor)
Parking: Underground parking is available on site for $9 after validation. Validation coupons will be made available at the event. Access to the parking garage is available via Louis Pasteur Ave.

Organizations have used a wide range of strategies in an effort to increase the proportion of women in leadership. Understanding which interventions are most effective, however, can be difficult. In this presentation, Professor Barbara Lawrence, drawing on the work she has done with co-authors Jim Blythe and Cathy McGrath, offers a simulation-based approach to reproduce the micro-dynamics of hiring, retention and promotion decisions. Eventually, this simulation will facilitate comparisons of explanatory theories and organizational interventions that produce effective change.  This Speaker Series session will include an overview of this exciting new approach, a discussion of the critical simulation parameters, and a chance to think about how to apply this approach to your organization.

*The simulation is based on demographic data from a large commercial organization, including population data on work groups, sample survey data identifying subjects? social networks and data from the local SMA labor force.  

Barbara S. Lawrence is Professor of Human Resources and Organizational Behavior at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1983.  She received her PhD from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  In 1999 her work with co-authors in Spain and the United States, received the Best Paper Award of the First International Conference of the Ibero-american Academy of Management.  She received the 1998 Outstanding Publication in Organizational Behavior Award from the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management.

» Please RSVP

For more information on CGO events, check out the CGO website under “News and Events,” or become a fan of the CGO Facebook page, to keep up to date with CGO news and announcements.

Also, be sure to join us next month, April 29, 2009 in welcoming Karen Proudford of Morgan State University, for a talk on “Putting conflict in its proper place: a look at outside influences on competition and controversy among women.”

This talk examines the influence of cross-gender interactions on the relationships among women, such that conflict originates outside and erupts within woman-to-woman interactions. Implications for building networks of supportive relationships among women, and for establishing a solid base of support for women in leadership, will be discussed.

The 2008/09 Speakers Series is sponsored by The TJX Companies, Inc.

Contact Person: Kerri Kivolowitz, CGO Coordinator (


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Career Services Updates



Associated Grant Makers Diversity Fellowship Program
Application deadline: Thursday, March 12
Finalist’s full day of interviewing: Thursday, April 30
For application and additional information visit


MITX Start-Up Clinic: Business Models & Cost Efficiencies
Date: Thursday, March 12
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Riverfront Office Park, 1 Main St, Cambridge MA
Learn more and Register at


STYLE MATTERS: A Celebration of Fashion, Entrepreneurship and Giving Back
Date: Monday, March 16
Time: 4-6PM
Location: SMG 208
For more information visit

Keynote Speaker: Patricia Hambrick - Since founding the Hambrick Group in 1999 she has been creating marketing strategies & solutions for fast-paced Internet and Fortune 500 companies. Recently, as acting CMO of Bag Borrow or Steal, Pat managed all branding & marketing elements including creating & executing the promotion which featured BBoS in Sex and the City: The Movie.

Fashion Entrepreneurs Panel:
Heatherjean MacNeil (SOM Alumna) - Founder, Proxy Apparel & Fashion With Impact
Alice Miles - co-founder & managing partner at Stilista, LLC.
Stacey Santo – SVP Marketing,
Kelly Leisman - Manager and Assistant Buyer, Gretta Luxe


Date & Time: Thursday, March 19 @ 4-6pm
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 22 @ 3-5:45pm
Location: M-104 
For more information please contact


Guest speaker - Cheryl Damian
Date: March 24th. 
Time & Location: TBD
Guest speaker from Cone, Cheryl Damian, will be visiting an undergraduate marketing class. MBA students are invited to attend. Cheryl has 15 years of marketing and communication experience, developed in both the private and public sectors. For more information visit please visit the Career Events page on Career Connect.


THE FIRST ANNUAL The Association for operations Management (APICS) NORTHEAST STUDENT CASE COMPETITION (April 2009)
This is an opportunity for Graduate and Undergraduate students to test their knowledge of operations management in a competitive, fun, and supportive atmosphere. For more information visit




Women for Hire
Thursday, March 19, 10am-2pm at the Sheraton Boston Hotel
For more information visit

Boston Career Fair (Co-sponsored by National Career Fairs and Monster)
Monday, March 23, 11am-3pm, at the Radisson Hotel, Boston, MA

Boston Healthcare Career Fair
Monday, April 13, 11am-2pm, at the Radisson Hotel, Boston, MA

Massachusetts Society of CPAs Career Fair/Networking Expo
Wednesday, May 13, 3:30-5pm, at The Colonnade Hotel, Boston
For more information visit

Boston Career Fair (Co-sponsored by National Career Fairs and Monster)
Monday, May 18, 11am-3pm, at the Radisson Hotel, Boston, MA
June 26-27, at the NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York City
Boston Career Fair (Co-sponsored by National Career Fairs and Monster)
Monday, July 20 - 11am-3pm, at the Radisson Hotel, Boston, MA
1st Annual Asian MBA Leadership Conference & Career Fair         
September 10-12, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City


Recent Job Postings – Visit Career Connect  
~ PR/Marketing Writing Pro – KEMA
~ Human Rights Licensee Administrator - Phillips-Van Heusen (PVH)
~ Director, Program & Service Delivery - The Center for Women & Enterprise

Recent Internship Postings – Visit Career Connect  
~ MBA Internship - Athenahealth
~ NPEA Intern - The Steppingstone Foundation
~ Volpe Transportation Internship - Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
~ Internal Financial Compliance - Tufts Health Plan
As a reminder, please keep your Career Connect profile up to date. If you forgot your username and password, please contact or 617-521-3857. Please do not re-register yourself as past information about you will be lost.
Is your organization looking for smart, talented candidates?  Do you have an Employee Referral Program?  Tap into the amazing candidate pool right here at Simmons SOM!

  • Contact Lisa Toby ( about specific opportunities for individual matching of students and alumnae
  • Post positions on Career Connect thru the CSO
  • Add an announcement in the MBA Update
  • Use the electronic networking profile book which includes profiles of participating current students
  • Introduce CSO to your organization's HR/Recruitment


When ethical investing pays off
Patrick McCoy of Lowell, Blake & Associates spoke to Fortune about why his firm's socially conscious strategy works.


Just for a laugh, and to show that creativity is key and there is no limit to it…

Selling Silly iPhone Apps in a Recession
Gene Marks says you can learn a lot about surviving the downturn from a serial entrepreneur who is cleaning up with bathroom humor


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Library Updates

Research Assistance

Need help figuring out the best database to find articles? Problems finding what demographic is the biggest consumer of ham products? Contact the librarians and set up a time when we can help you! Linda Schuller Wolf, the SOM Librarian, is at or 617-521-3851.



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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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