March 19th, 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.

To My Sports Crew

Quotes of the Week

Registration Updates

Updates Regarding 503B and 512B

Recognition to Paula

Schedule Reminders for Next Week

Room Locations for Susan Hass's Rescheduled Classes

Graduation 2009

MBA Perspectives: Business Focus Must Change

What Everyone Should Know About Investing

Fashion With Impact-- Update!

Refer a friend to Simmons Executive Education for a chance to win a FREE Amazon Kindle!

Simmons School of Management's Leading Women Entrepreneur Series Presents Betty Riaz, founder of Stil

Simmons School of Management's Leading Women Entrepreneur Series Presents Vidula Sukhatme, Award Winning Founder of GlobalCures Inc.

Women’s Economic Summit

MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

There is no question that many of you are feeling the midterm pinch right now. A lot of you had the Operations midterm last night, Finance today, Managerial Accounting is coming for a huge group on Monday, and Economics is around the corner for another group of you!  Another whole group start Negotiations and SDM very soon. Next week marks the beginning of week #10, which means that you are heading into the backstretch of the semester and spring is this weekend, which always brings hope that sunny days and warmer weather are just around the corner!

To My Sports Crew

March Madness is my favorite tournament of the year and the reason is that for all 64 teams in each of the tournaments, they all believe that they have the potential to win the game they are playing. It is their moment to show the world how good they are and that they have the skills and confidence to play anyone. In your MBA program, you will see all sorts of corollaries-how people do under pressure, teamwork, how patience, perseverance, and the desire to do their best. You will see the results of all the practice these men and women have put in over the months to get to this moment, and how they deal with victory as well as defeat. You are in midterms right now heading into 7 weeks of exams, and final deliverables. This is your moment that you will be tested and my belief is that you will all rise to the occasion and show your very best!

Quotes of the Week

 “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best." - Tim Duncan

 “What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it is another matter.”- Peter Drucker


Registration Updates

Summer registration deadline has passed, though you should be able to still login to AARC and register. If you have any difficulty please email Paula at If you need advising please contact Mary D. or Darla. All registration materials can be found on the SOM Gateway at: Registration for Fall will begin on April 24th. More details will come in mid April!

Updates Regarding GSM 503B and GSM 512B

GSM 503B: Risky Business's pre-requesites are GSM 420: Financial Reporting and Analysis and GSM 421: Managerial Accounting. GSM 435: Finance, is NOT a requirement.

GSM 512B, Corporate Social Responsibility, will start on June 7th.

Updates on Building Issues

We have put a Brita filter on the 2nd floor kitchen faucet as a green initiative step and an effort to reduce the amount of water we are consuming weekly. We cleaned out the fridge over break and Mary D. finally relented and bought a toaster, coffeepot, coffee, tea and hot chocolate!

Recognition to Paula

Paula Bent just completed the Foundations of Management class last week which was a series of professional development management sessions aimed at building skills and competencies. She was nominated and selected by the SOM to participate in these sessions and I was thrilled to see her selected!

Schedule Reminders for Next Week

Economics B: Saturday class, 9-noon.

Economics Review: Saturday, 12:30-1:30pm.

Room Locations for Susan Hass's Rescheduled Classes

Wednesday, April 1st: 10am -12pm, in room M223 (Make-up for Day Section)
Saturday, April 4th: 9am -12pm, in room M223 (Make-up for Evening Section)
Saturday, March 21st: 10-12pm, in room M301 (Review Session)

Graduation 2009

Mary D has been invited to attend a meeting with students finishing degree requirements in August to talk about graduation issues. This meeting will be on Monday, March 23rd, from 5:15 to 5:50 on the second floor.

MBA Perspectives: Business Focus Must Change

Today Net Impact, in partnership with the Aspen Institute, released the results from a survey that gathered the opinions of 1,850 MBA students (not just Net Impact members), representing over 80 graduate business programs.  The study, “New Leaders, New Perspectives: A Survey of MBA Opinions on the Relationship Between Business and Social/Environmental Issues,” was conducted in order to understand current student opinions on careers, graduate programs, the economy, and the relationship between business and social/environmental issues.

The survey posed 23 close-ended questions that fell roughly into four categories: the recent global financial crisis; curriculum; career; and business and social responsibility.

Interesting findings include:

• 90% of today’s graduate students blame a focus in business on short-term rather than long-term results as one of the contributing factors to the global financial crisis

• There is a question as to how well students are being prepared to deal with such crises. Just 24% of respondents strongly agree that their graduate program is helping them learn how to make business decisions that will avert similar financial crises. Yet respondents also strongly agree that business schools should introduce financial models that take long-term social impacts into account (56%)

• Students also feel that the MBA curriculum at their schools should include more content related to sustainability and corporate responsibility (78%)

• Less than a third of respondents think that corporations are working towards the betterment of society (31%). Yet, they definitely believe that the for-profit sector should play a role in addressing social and environmental issues (88%) and that being responsible leads to corporate profits (77%)

>> View an executive summary and full report of the survey
>> Read the official press release

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.

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).

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News & Events

What Everyone Should Know About Investing

Speaker:        Dr. Indra Guertler, Senior Lecturer, SOM

Date:               April 14, 2009

Time:              7:45 – 10:15 am

Location:       Room M501 (5th Floor), School of Management/Academic Building

Admission:   FREE for all Simmons faculty and staff

If you are discouraged with the recent performance of your investments, now is the time to take control of your financial future. In this workshop, you will gain the knowledge and confidence to choose investments that offer the best hope for long-term performance. Through self-analysis, in-class discussion, and a live simulation, you will discover how your personal traits and stage of life impact your approach to investing and learn how to set attainable financial goals.  You will also learn how to pick stocks and funds, monitor your portfolio like a pro and anticipate and prepare for market changes. Attend this seminar to discover practical steps for deciding where to put your money in today’s turbulent marketplace.

How you will benefit

· Identify through self analysis how your personal traits may have an impact on your investment behavior

· Develop strategies for long-term and short-term investing including stock selection and portfolio evaluation from an unbiased financial expert

· Gain the skills and confidence to manage your own portfolio though a hands-on in-class simulation

· Understand the importance of anticipating market changes and how it can impact your investments

Expert Faculty

Dr. Guertler specializes in corporate finance, although her management skills reach far beyond its boundaries. Many companies, both domestic and international, have benefited from her skills in consulting, program development, client management, and financial modeling. Through her own consulting company, Strategic Financial Performance, Dr. Guertler played an integral role in the development of management strategies for companies such as Siemens AG, Lotus Development, and several banks across the world.  She is currently involved in senior level management development programs with Genzyme and the Dover Corporation. Guertler has over 20 years of teaching experience and has won the Kennedy Award for Teaching Excellence.

To register, please email

Fashion With Impact-- Update!

SOM Alumna and Proxy Apparel, Inc. Founder Heatherjean MacNeil and her design team have been working on a Fashion With Impact documentary that will feature footage from the Simmons fashion show as well as the vignettes crafted by Alex Montone of Edun Live (ELOC) for the show. The film is scheduled to be released at the end of March.

In addition, FWI’s premier collection, re-fashen (/rē-ˈfa-shən/: remake, alter), will debut in the Simmons College Bookstore this Spring on April 9th. The collection will bring together the talents several local Bostonian designers focused on refashion, featuring unique garments made from old and recycled clothing. The collection specializes in refashioned blouses and dresses, the perfect way to celebrate being green this Spring! Featured designers include Dama Designs (, Lyric Couture (, Photosynthesis (, Shannon Glasheen (, and Wildewear (

Upcoming FWI Events:

FWI/ELOC at D2E Conference: April 3rd, 4th & 5th

FWI and ELOC are hosting a table at the D2E Conference the weekend of April 3rd. The event will serve as a valuable networking opportunity as well as an opportunity to sell shirts. Pieces from the FWI collection may be shown in the fashion show, and the event may also serve as the debut of the FWI documentary.

FWI Fashion Show, Design Hive's Green and Groovy event: April 5th, 1:00pm

In celebration of Earth Day, FWI will adorn the runway with recycled fashions at Design Hive’s Green and Groovy extravaganza. The fashion show will debut pieces from FWI’s Spring Collection /Rē-ˈfa-shən/ and showcase the work of several local designers focused on the art of refashion: creating unique garment from recycled clothing and fabric.

FWI Spring Collection Launch Party: April 9th, 11:00am-2:00pm

To celebrate the debut of FWI’s Spring collection in the Simmons College Bookstore, FWI will be hosting a launch party on April 9th in the Fens, which will feature models wearing the collection, music and food.


Professor Susan Duffy

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Simmons School of Management's Leading Women Entrepreneur Series Presents Betty Riaz, founder of Stil

Monday, April 6, 2009, 6:00pm to 7:30pm in Room 501-502

Betty Riaz founder of the boutique Stil, “followed her heart” and opened a small retail boutique introducing unknown and exciting designers to “fashion-forward” women in Boston. With two stores, Betty wove her early experiences in fashion and retail, with her years of living abroad in Scandanavia, England and Switzerland and her own artistic sensibility, to fill a retail niche for women 20-55 who are looking to wear “something different.”

RSVP today


Simmons School of Management's Leading Women Entrepreneur Series Presents Vidula Sukhatme, Award Winning Founder of GlobalCures Inc.

Monday, April 27, 2009, 6:00pm to 7:30pm in Room 501-502

Join us for an inspiring discussion with Vidula Sukhatme, founder of GlobalCures Inc, a nonprofit designed to bring alternative drug therapies to cancer patients. After her friend died of breast cancer, Sukhatme, trained as an epidemiologist, saw the enormous gap between what happening in basic scientific research and what was available in the market. Her organization is leading the worldwide effort to research therapies that have substantial scientific merit but for a variety of reasons are not being developed by other organizations, including the for-profit pharmaceutical companies.

Ms. Sukhatme is Simmons School of Management’s 2009 Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

RSVP Today

Women’s Economic Summit

Monday April 6, 2009, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at The University of Massachusetts Lowell

As a member of the Simmons Community you are eligible for a $50 discount off registration when you enter Promo Code SCES09

Register today:    

The Women’s Economic Summit is the first of its kind, targeting an educated, influential audience of businesswomen and addressing the incredible impact of women on today’s economics.

Join Simmons at The Women’s Economic Summit. You will learn from some of the world’s leading experts on the economics of women, including:

*Dr. Deborah Kolb, Simmons School of Management’s internationally recognized negotiation expert

*Alison Maitland, co-author of Why Women Mean Business- Understanding the Emergence of our Next Economic Revolution

*Sharon Hadary, Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Business Research

*Marie Cocco, award-winning columnist of the Washington Post

*Former Lt. Governor Evelyn Murphy, author of Getting Even: Why Women Don’t Get Paid Like Men and What To Do About It.

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





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Career Services Updates


NOTICE: time & date change
Date: Thursday, March 26
Time: 4-5:30pm
Location: M-222 

Recent SOM graduates will be joining us for a panel discussion. The Alums will be sharing stories and answering questions about what their internship experiences were like. We are looking forward to having a wonderful conversation with them.


Guest speaker - Cheryl Damian
Date: Tuesday, March 24 
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.


Ride it Out: Assessing Your Career During an Economic Crisis Discussion
Date: Thursday, March 26
Time: 6-9pm
Location: Marriot Copley Hotel, 110 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116
Cost: Free! But space is limited.


Women of ALPFA Luncheon
Date: Friday, March 27th
Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm
Location: PricewaterhouseCoopers, 125 High Street,11th Floor Training Rooms, Boston, MA Sponsor: PriceWaterHouseCoopers
Cost: FREE for ALPFA members, $20 for non-members


3rd Annual SOMAA Speaker Series
A two-part series to discuss the current "State of the Economy," and an industry panel discussion and networking event on "Where are the Jobs?"

Part One: The State of the Economy
Professor Sylvia Maxfield will discuss the numerous factors that helped precipitate the current financial meltdown, and the effectiveness of various bailout plans. As the global economy changes daily, Professor Maxfield, who was recently featured on NPR’s Tell Me More, will lead a fascinating dialogue about the current market and her theories for the future.

Date: Thursday, April 2
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: M-501, Executive Education Conference Room
Fees: If you are interested please contact CSO as soon as possible
Register for the event – Contact CSO before doing thisclicking here.
Contact: Office of Alumnae/i Relations at 800-246-0573 or


Part Two: Where Are The Jobs?
For those of you thinking about career advancement and/or a career transition, don't miss this opportunity to interact with panelists representing healthcare, green technology, and other high growth industries for a discussion on trends, as well as the expertise and skills needed to compete in today's changing environment.

Date: Tuesday, April 14
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: M-501, Executive Education Conference Room
Fees: If you are interested please contact CSO as soon as possible
Register for the event – Contact CSO before doing thisclicking here.
Contact: Office of Alumnae/i Relations at 800-246-0573 or


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


Date: Monday, April 27
Time: 3-5:45pm
Location: M-222





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

Second Annual Entrepreneurial Energy Expo: Powering a New Era of Innovation
Thursday, March 26, 9am–6:30pm, at Babson College, 245 Forest St, Wellesley, MA 02481 
Register at Click HERE for speaker list and bios.
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
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
Monday, July 20 - 11am-3pm, at the Radisson Hotel, Boston, MA
2009 ALPFA National Convention
August 8 - 12, at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA

CSO Career Expo
September 10, at the Linda Paresky Center, Simmons College, 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  
~ Financial Specialist - Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
~ Development Director - Teen Voices Magazine
~ DIRECTOR OF PASSAGEWAY - Brigham and Women's Hospital
~ Director, Program & Service Delivery - The Center for Women & Enterprise

Recent Internship Postings – Visit Career Connect  
~ Summer 2009 Internship, Clinical Data Repository -  Partners HealthCare System
~ Internet Marketing Consultant - HubSpot
~ Finance Analyst - Internship  Shire Pharmaceuticals
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

Market Trends Update from the Market Trends Guide

10 Jobs: big demand, good pay (CNN Money 2/24/09)
Salaries Up 4% for senior administrators (Inside Higher Ed, 2/23/09)
Recession-proof jobs give paws (CBS News, 2/20/09)
Seven jobs that can survive the downturn (Boston Globe, 1/30/09)

For more information on In-Demand Jobs and Market Trends visit the Simmons Career Resource Library and the new Market Trends section of the site.


Staying Afloat in Today's Crowded Talent Pool
Even if you have reached the top rungs of the corporate ladder, you might discover in this turbulent job market that potential employers will be looking beyond your core qualifications to your creativity, flexibility and fit into the company culture.



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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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