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April 22nd, 2010

 

 


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 studentsí success and support them as they launch, advance, and change their careers.

New Information This Week

Note from Mary D
Special Note from Mary D-The Appointment of Deb Marlino
Sports Analogies for Those Students That Like Them!
Quotes of the Week
Farewell Celebration for Dean Deborah Merrill-Sands
Schedule Reminders for Next Week
Buy a Support Haiti T-Shirt Today!
Online Marketing Intern
Offline Marketing Intern


MBA Office Updates

 

Note From Mary D.

We are definitely in the home stretch of the semester! Some of you are holding on for dear life, others of you feel that this semester hasn’t been as bad as other ones! That’s what makes my job so fun as each of you are in different places at different times depending on what is happening in your life, in work and in school! But, you are all still smiling! Tonite is also the induction of some of your fellow students in Beta Gamma Sigma, the academic honor society for business and management and the President and Provost will be there! Congratulations to everyone that was invited to join.

Special Note from Mary D-The Appointment of Deb Marlino

Deb Marlino was named the Interim Dean of the SOM on Monday and that was great news for all of us at the SOM. She has been the Associate Dean for Faculty and Curriculum for the past couple years, but a senior faculty member in the SOM for many years prior to becoming Associate Dean. I was actually a student in her first year here! She is not only qualified but a very strong leader who will keep moving the SOM in positive directions. She has strong support from both the faculty and staff and students have no need to worry about the leadership of the school with Deb at the helm. She will do a great job!

Sports Analogies for Those Students That Like Them!

I was at the marathon this week because my niece was running in her first marathon and was at the finish line for a couple of hours watching the runners cross. It was so inspirational and I thought a lot about what makes you run a marathon. For some it was the challenge, for others it was to prove to themselves that they were capable of accomplishing something that not a lot of people do  or to beat their personal best from another race. Some did it as a group, others did it individually, some sprinted to the finish line, others barely got there, but they made it! The same is true for you in the MBA program. You have all started and will finish, some in May, some in August, some in December, some in a year or two! Time isn’t important, pacing yourself, staying on course, never losing sight of your dreams is important. At times it will fly by and others you will wonder if you can make it, but like the crowds on the sideline, we can’t run for you, but we can support you all the way!

 

Quotes of the Week

“The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist believes the wind will change and the leader adjusts the sails.”-- John Maxwell

“Let’s not confuse hasty decisions with strength or intelligence. It’s important to be decisive, AFTER giving consideration that reflects the time you have an what’s at stake."-- Bill Blackman

Farewell Celebration for Dean Deborah Merrill-Sands

Monday, May 10, 2010, 5:30-7:30pm, SOM 5th Floor

Simmons College, the SOM Alumnae Association, and the SOM Business Advisory Council will be co-hosting a farewell celebration for Deborah Merrill-Sands on Monday, May 10th, 2010 from 5:30-7:30pm on the 5th floor of the SOM. 

Please join us as we honor Deborah’s service to the SOM and to wish her the best as she takes up her new leadership role at Mills.  To RSVP for this event, please click here. (https://alumnet.simmons.edu/NetCommunity/SSLPage.aspx?pid=1827&srctid=1&erid=767047)

Schedule Reminders for Next Week

Saturday, April 24, Business Plan Presentations

Sunday, April 25, Managerial Accounting class and Presentations

Monday, April 26, SDM/Strat 1 begins

Buy a Support Haiti T-Shirt Today!

MGMT 237 student entrepreneurs are selling Support Haiti: Buy a T-Shirt shirts for $15/each. This student-run venture has a triple bottom line:

1) It supports economic development in Africa (Edun Live Africa Grower to Sewer fair trade shirts are high quality and ethically produced).
2) All proceeds go to Haiti relief fund managed by a Haitian SOM alum!
3) MGMT 237 students are learning how to run a small startup company. 

Sales will be at Simmons College at the following dates and locations:
April 26 Fens
April 27 MCB
April 28 MCB
April 29 Fens

Or, you could speak with anyone in MGMT 237, or email susan.duffy@simmons.edu.

Online Marketing Intern

Job Title:                              Online Marketing intern
Reports to:                           CEO
Works closely with:           Web designer and strategic marketing adviser
Duration:                              10 hours a week for 3 months (120 hours)
Start Date:                            April 1, 2010
Location:                              Off-site/ remote

Background: Speak 2B Free (www.speak2bfree.com) is a company whose mission is to promote spoken word poetry and storytelling globally. Speak 2B Free is creating an advanced entertainment and media platform that uses video conferencing technology and live streaming technology to enable artists worldwide to “perform” in real time online and interact with a large global community of spoken word poetry fans.

Compensation: This is an unpaid internship but it will provide any student interested in entrepreneurship with valuable real life marketing experience working with a start-up company

Online and offline marketing analyst: Work with Speak 2B Free Head of Marketing and CEO to implement online marketing strategy in their geographic location  (10 hours a week)

Online marketing duties (10 hours/ week):

  • Market Speak 2B Free on social media sites targeting artists in particular geographic region
  • Daily tracking and analysis of online marketing campaigns and website activities
  • Analyze website trends, benchmark and monitor performance
  • Research new online marketing strategies for region and find unique ways to employ these in our day to day activities and maintain website tagging requests
  • Research and develop collaborative partnerships online in geographic region
  • Increase lead generation through online guerrilla marketing
  • Monitor search engine rankings
  • Monitor competitors’ websites and what advertisers are paying to advertise on there
  • Provide management with weekly feedback, metrics and external discussions related to online marketing
  • Act as ambassador and liaison for company with online community

Required experience

  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work with a diverse constituency
  • Fun, quirky and outgoing personality
  • Has experience working for start ups and has a background in the arts or is an artist or just loves art and is committed to creativity
  • Has unique outlook on life and has something to say
  • Has experience in events organizing and online marketing
  • Loves dealing with people
  • Courageous and not scared to take risks and try new things
  • Ability to speak more than one language a plus

Please indicate your availability (hours per week) and send your resume and cover letter to vangile@speak2bfree.com

Offline Marketing intern

Job Title:                              Offline Marketing intern
Reports to:                           CEO
Works closely with:           CEO, online marketing analyst and strategic marketing adviser
Duration:                              10 hours a week for 3 months (120 hours)
Start Date:                            April 1, 2010
Location:                              Off-site/ remote

Background: Speak 2B Free (www.speak2bfree.com) is a company whose mission is to promote spoken word poetry and storytelling globally. Speak 2B Free is creating an advanced entertainment and media platform that uses video conferencing technology and live streaming technology to enable artists worldwide to “perform” in real time online and interact with a large global community of spoken word poetry fans.

Compensation: This is an unpaid internship but it will provide any student interested in entrepreneurship with valuable real life marketing experience working with a start-up company

Offline marketing analyst: Work with Speak 2B Free Head of Marketing and CEO to implement online marketing strategy in their geographic location  (10 hours a week)

Offline marketing duties: consist of strategies to develop guerrilla and grassroots marketing tactics and brand promotion offline (10 hours a week)

Job description:

  • Research and analyze target market behavior through interviews and focus groups and surveys
  • Present survey and focus group results to marketing adviser and CEO
  • Develop and implement offline guerrilla marketing (and grassroots) tactics and market Speak 2B Free at key events all over region
  • Form relationships with leading artists and slam masters in the area and form relationships with postcard, buttons and sticker manufacturers to print supplies for Speak 2B Free and hand out at various events
  • Monitor competitors’ events and assess opportunities for differentiation for Speak 2B Free art events
  • Develop collaborative partnerships offline
  • Implement PR  strategy and art events

Required experience

  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work with a diverse constituency
  • Fun, quirky and outgoing personality
  • Has experience working for start ups and has a background in the arts or is an artist or just loves art and is committed to creativity
  • Has unique outlook on life and has something to say
  • Has experience in events organizing and online marketing
  • Loves dealing with people
  • Courageous and not scared to take risks and try new things
  • Ability to speak more than one language a plus

Please indicate your availability (hours per week) and send your resume and cover letter to vangile@speak2bfree.com


SOM Faculty/Net Impact Chapter Research discussions on Sustainability

Simmons School of Management faculty, together with the Simmons SOM student chapter of Net Impact, are convening what we hope will be the first in a series of research discussions bringing together Boston-area faculty and graduate students interested in corporate social responsibility and sustainability. Our first meeting will be:

Friday May 21st, from 12pm - 1:30pm

Simmons College School of Management

300 The Fenway Boston

Room M501

Online announcement: http://bit.ly/d4GtGK

In order to increase student involvement, an MBA student will kick-off the discussion by presenting a brief synopsis of the faculty research paper. Discussion with the primary researcher(s) will follow. For our first session we will discuss a paper by Shuili Du entitled "Maximizing Business Returns to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR):  The Role of CSR Communication" (International Journal of Management Reviews, 2010). If it is of interest to you, we have attached the abstract, and will circulate the full paper in advance of the session.  Feel free to pass this invitation along to colleagues, including interested graduate students (both Masters and PhD).

Space is limited, so please RSVP to Erin Dopfel (dopfel@simmons.edu) as soon as possible. Bring your brown bag lunch and we will provide drinks and cookies.

Beta Gamma Sigma Information

As a result of AACSB accreditation, we are now eligible to have a chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma at Simmons. This organization is an academic honor  society for business and management students with 500 chapters worldwide.  Undergraduate students become eligible in the second semester of junior year.  The top 10% of the class, ranked by GPA, are invited to join BGS.  The students in the top 10% of the senior class will also be invited, if not already inducted as juniors.  MBA students become eligible once they have completed approximately half of the credits for the program; the top 20% of the eligible MBA students, ranked by GPA, are invited to join BGS.  GPA requirements will vary by year as it is a % of the eligible pool of students and not a set GPA number, similar to how MBA graduation awards for honors and high honors are determined. Eligibility is done yearly, so it is possible that if you weren’t eligible one year, you might be eligible the following year.  The induction ceremonies will typically be in the spring.  As you saw, that invitation can come in class or by email! Prof. Linda Boardman Liu is the faculty advisor to this group and has done a terrific job coordinating all the logistics getting the chapter launched! Below is the list of current MBA and BA/MBA students invited to join:

Jennifer

Canfield

 

Lisa

Craig

 

Nancy

Buzby

 

Rebecca

Foster

 

Karen

Hartke

 

Lindsay

Freeman

 

Abby

Smagula

 

Patricia

Dick

 

Shaquanna

Philip

 

Amy

Modini

 

Beth

Desjardins

 

Kirti

Kamtikar

 

Sara

Liebmann

 

Laurie

Burgess

 

Samantha
Louann
Jennifer

Hoffmaster-Bachrach
Donovan
Kowaloff

 

 

Ann Fudge Scholarships for Global Business Leadership

Simmons College has been awarded the opportunity to select one African American MBA student to participate in the 2009-10 Ann Fudge Scholarship Program and applications will be open through April 19. Students who are NOT graduating in August 2010 are eligible to apply.

This scholarship program is through the Executive Leadership Council and the scholarship award includes: a $5,000 scholarship award for one year,  an 8 day international trip (in 2010, they will return to South Africa), a trip to DC for an April Public Policy meeting, and a trip to DC for Annual Executive Leadership Council dinner in October where the student recipients are recognized.

The Executive Leadership Council is the preeminent organization that recognizes the strengths, success, contributions, and impact of African-American corporate business leaders. This leadership network is guided by a bold and historic vision of inclusion, which is the leadership legacy of African-Americans - whether in business, education, or the community. In her design of this scholarship Ann Fudge hopes that this experience “will enable them to truly be citizens of the world, capable of understanding different cultures and working in our global business environment.

Ann is a graduate of Simmons College and Harvard Business School, and  served as chairman and chief executive officer of Young & Rubicam from 2003 to 2006.  Most recently, President Obama named her to the National Bipartisan Commission to Reduce Federal Deficit. Prior to joining Young & Rubicam, she worked at General Mills and General Foods, where she served in a number of senior executive positions. Fudge has been named by Fortune magazine among the 50 most powerful women in business; Time magazine named her one of the top "Global Business Influential’s." In 2007, Ebony presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her accomplishments in the field of marketing and advertising. She also serves on the boards of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Gates Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Application process should include a letter to Assoc. Dean Mary Dutkiewicz, outlining why this opportunity is important to you and your career, and why you think you should be considered for it.  This letter should not exceed two pages. In addition to the quality of your application letter, academic excellence will be a very important criteria for selection, and the SOM will look at you GPA, faculty feedback on your performance in the classroom and your ability to represent Simmons nationally and internationally.  We looking forward to receiving your applications for this prestigious award. Questions should be directed to Mary D.

Professor Stacy Blake-Beard is awarded a Fulbright Fellowship-Message from the Dean

I am delighted to share the news that Stacy has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship to support her sabbatical research during the coming academic year.  Her project is entitled “Systems of Sustenance and Support: Exploring the Impact of Mentoring on the Career Experiences of Indian Women.”  She will be hosted by the Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change at the Indian School of Business.  As you know, the Fulbright awards are very competitive, and it is particularly challenging to get one for India for which there are many applicants.  This award is wonderful recognition for Stacy’s body of work in gender and mentoring and it is also an honor for the SOM and Simmons.   We are on a roll as this awards now builds on Lynda Moore’s Fulbright to do her research on women and leadership in the UAE three years ago!  This is an honor for Stacy, the SOM, and Simmons.  The Fulbright awards telegraph academic excellence and help us to build our international expertise and reputation.  

Please join me in congratulating Stacy for this wonderful achievement. 

Laura Liswood Event

Am event featuring Laura Liswood, author, diversity consultant at Goldman
Sachs, and co-founder/secretary general of the Council of Women World
Leaders will be held at the SOM on Thursday, April 15 at 4:30 p.m. in room
501.  The event has primarily been organized for local women's initiatives
by Kathleen McQuiggan, but all from the SOM are welcome.

Laura has recently published a book on cross-cultural diversity, "The
Loudest Duck". The title is taken from a Chinese proverb which notes that
the "loudest duck" gets shot.  This proverb thus becomes the basis for a
cross-cultural approach to diversity which Laura will explore in her
presentation.

The presentation will start at 4:45 and a reception will follow.  A flyer
about her book is attached.

Join the Medical Group Management Association!

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) is the premier membership association for professional administrators and leaders of medical group practices. Get a head-start on being a part of this growing field by joining the association as a student member. Jump start your health care career using the resources and networking that MGMA offers for only $35 a year. Here are a few of the benefits student members enjoy:

Career resources and job database

Access to the EBSCO Health Business article database containing more than 450 health care administration journals Research assistance and advice from MGMA's library professionals Discussion forums and member-created e-groups Discounted registration on 100+ educational programs offered annually

To join or learn more, visit www.mgma.com/join. Contact MGMA if you have questions toll-free, 877.275.6462, ext. 1888.

 

 

 

 

Career Services Updates

Announcements

Internship Search Drop-In:  Sharing Needs and Leads
For students looking for a summer 2010 internship, please join us!  This will be an informal group brought together to share how your searches are going, and for seeking advice and networks.  If possible, students are encouraged to bring internship postings of interest, as well as their target organizations so we can brainstorm on how a door may be opened.  Mondays, from 11:00-12:15pm, Room M221 on these below dates.  Bring your snacks!

DATES: April 26, May 3, & May 10

 

FOLLOW THE CSO ON TWITTER! simmons_mba_cso

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Network for EXECUTIVE Women (NEW)
Date: Wednesday, April 28
Time: 6pm-8:30pm
Location: SOM 5th Floor
RSVP to georgette.arato@simmons.edu
For grads interested in networking and learning about careers in consumer packaged goods and retail, don’t miss this opportunity!
More details coming soon – Check Alumnet and Career Connect.

 

A Boston Women in Finance Event
Distinguished Speaker Kimberly Clouse on Wealth Management in 2010
Date:  Thursday, April 29
Time: 12–2pm
Location:  Bank of America - Long Lane Room, 100 Federal St., 2nd floor, Boston, MA 
Cost:  Students & Affiliate Members - $30
Registration & Aditional Information:  www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=201875

Ms. Clouse will discuss how the recent financial crisis has changed the way money managers advise their clients on their investments and how some clients are rethinking their risk tolerance and the way they want their wealth deployed in light of the recent economic environment.

 

Internship/Practicum meeting
Date: Thursday, May 6
Time: 3:30 – 4:45pm
Location: TBA
RSVP to georgette.arato@simmons.edu

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.

 

The 2010 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium
Cloud Computing Panel - Strategic Implications, Security, Business Model
Date: May 19, 2010
For Registration and more information visit www.mitcio.com   
With panelists:

  • Ms. Kirsten Wolberg, Chief Information Officer at Salesforce.com
  • Mr. Michael Kirwan,  chief Information Officer at Yahoo!'s
  • Mr. Mark Forman, Federal Performance and Technology Advisory Services, KPMG's
  • Mr. Sanjay Mirchandani, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at EMC

 

Your Personal Brand isn't complete without a great head shot!
If enough women are interested, we will bring Carla Osberg, SOM Leadership Conference photographer, to the SOM this summer to take professional portraits. You'll get 2-4 high and low resolution images that you can use online or in print publications. Please email Jen if you are interested at jennifer@jennifercanfield.org. Details follow.

Possible times: June 26 & 27th or July 10th &11th
                       Please email date preference to Jen at jennifer@jennifercanfield.org
Location: Simmons School of Management
Photo Package: 2-4 images high (print) and low res (Web) headshots 
Estimated cost if enough are interested is $250.00 per person.
Examples of previous headshots: www.stacyblakebeard.net www.jennifercanfield.org

 

Mass Innovation Nights
http://massinnovationnights.com/
Mass Innovation Nights connect Massachusetts-based innovators with the marketplace using social media. The monthly Launch Parties (second Wednesday of the month) and networking events are FREE for everyone — companies and guests alike.  All we ask is that guests help spread the word about cool new products they see at our events.  Blog, Tweet (#MIN), Facebook, LinkedIn or tell a neighbor or a friend (yes, in person, you know, talking…)

 

CONFERENCES AND EXTERNAL CAREER FAIRS

Women for Hire Expo www.womenforhire.com
April 28, 10am to 2pm, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA

Good Jobs, Green Jobs: 2010 Green Innovation Expo www.greenjobsconference.org
May 4 – 6, at the Hilton Washington Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Sustainable Brands ’10 www.sustainablelifemedia.com
June 7-10, at the Monterey conference center, Monterey CA

FORTÉ MBA Women’s Conference www.fortefoundation.org
June 18-19, Chicago, IL

2010 Financial Services FAST Track Conference: How a Career in Financial Services Can Work For You www.fortefoundation.org
June 24-25, at the Kimmel Center at NYU, New York City

ALPFA National Convention
July 31- August 4, at Lake Buena Vista, FL (Disney)

Asian MBA Leadership Conference & Career Fair www.asianmba.org
August 26-28, in New York City

National Black MBA Conference www.nbmbaa.org
September 21-25, in Los Angeles, CA

National Association of Women MBAs Conference www.mbawomen.org
October 1-2, in Louisville, Kentucky
 
RECENT INTERNSHIP AND JOB POSTINGS

NOTE:  PLEASE LET LISA OR GEORGETTE KNOW IF YOU WILL BE APPLYING FOR ANY OF THESE POSITIONS, OR OTHERS ON CAREER CONNECT!

INTERNSHIPS

  • Business Development Research Analyst @ Raytheon
  • Student Intern @ Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Summer Internship @ Mullen
  • Several Opportunities @ Mindspark

 

JOB Postings

  • Public Relations Account Executive  @ Callanan & Klein
  • Senior Accounting Officer for International Accounting @ MIT 
  • Online Marketing Manager @ North Bennet Street School
  • Investment Banking Associate  @ Revolve
  • Director of Finance @ MIT
  • Financial Administrator @ Boston Medical Center
  • Director of Community Relations for Greater Boston @ HouseWorks

         
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 georgette.arato@simmons.edu. Please do not re-register yourself as past information about you will be lost.

 

INTERESTING CAREER ARTICLES

Celebrate Earth Day With a Green Job
Earth Day is about much more than climate control and recycling! It involves thinking about more sustainable ways of living and thinking about the world around us, including the economy.
http://www.top-colleges.com/blog/2010/04/19/earth-day-green-careers/

At 40, Earth Day Is Now Big Business
So strong was the antibusiness sentiment for the first Earth Day in 1970 that organizers took no money from corporations and held teach-ins “to challenge corporate and government leaders.” Forty years later, the day has turned into a premier marketing platform for selling a variety of goods and services, like office products, Greek yogurt and eco-dentistry.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/22/science/earth/22earth.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

 

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Library Updates

News from the Library:
Current Library Hours:
 January 19th - May 8th
         o Monday-Thursday: 7:30am - 11:00pm
         o Friday: 7:30am - 8:00pm
         o Saturday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
         o Sunday: 10:00am - 11:00pm

New from the Library: Schedule a research appointment online.
Starting a research project and don?t know where to begin?
In the middle of researching and not finding what you need?
Struggling with a library resource? Go to the Library home page and click on the link that says Book a Research Appointment Online.  Your request will be answered and scheduled asap!

Popular Research Clinics available on Wednesdays from 2-4.Drop in!
Are you writing a research paper? Drop by one of our on-going clinics in L225 for individual assistance with any stage of the research or writing process. Clinics will be staffed by a Writing Center tutor and a reference librarian to help you with things such as:

   * finding books, articles, and high-quality websites on your topic
   * searching electronic databases
   * evaluating the quality of your information sources
   * organizing your information and ideas
   * conveying your argument clearly
   * using APA, MLA, or other documentation styles
   * avoiding plagiarism
No appointment necessary! Drop by with a few quick questions, or stay longer for more extensive help. Or just come in to use a computer and work on your paper, knowing that professional assistance is conveniently nearby.

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Technology Information

Alerts, Announcements and Events from Technology are all available through the my.simmons portal.

https://portal.simmons.edu/taxonomy/term/83

  • For other tip sheets and descriptions of technology resources visit my.simmons.edu/technology/students. 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 helpdesk@simmons.edu.
  • Media Services has a variety of equipment is available for you to borrow including laptops and cameras: my.simmons.edu/services/technology/media
  • The Technology Desk on the 1st floor of the Beatley Library Information Commons is staffed with Simmons students eager to help you use the computers and study rooms available to you throughout the Library. This includes the Media Viewing and Listening Room, where you may watch or listen to DVDs, VHS tapes, and broadcasts.

 

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