April 8th, 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
Sports Analogies for Those Students That Like Them!
Quotes of the Week
Registration Updates
Students finishing Degree Requirements in August
For students that entered prior to September 2010
Fall Registration Updates
Summer Registration Updates
Econ/Strategic Consulting Conflict has been resolved
Help HBP test new Change Management green business Simulation 4/15

MBA Office Updates


Note From Mary D.

As all of you have now either heard via the SOM grapevine or your email, Dean Deborah Merrill Sands has made the decision to leave the SOM after 12 wonderful years, and including 3 years as Associate Dean and 6 as Dean. As someone who has worked for her for many of those years, it was truly a bittersweet day for me, but I am so happy for her and Mills is one lucky school!! As we enter the next few weeks, you will see true organizational change in action at the SOM and I promise to keep you posted all along the way. As all great leaders do, she will leave the SOM in great shape and well positioned for the future. Here is her message to the MBA student community in case you missed it.

Dear SOM MBA students,

I am writing with mixed emotions to let you know that at the end of the academic year I will be leaving my role as Dean of the SOM and taking up a new role as Dean of the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College in Oakland, CA.  This was a complicated decision, but in the end I concluded it is the right time for me to move on to a new career opportunity.  I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to serve as the SOM Dean for the past six years.  Working together as faculty, staff, and students, we have created an extraordinary learning community and I will miss it deeply. 

Through the steadfast dedication of the SOM faculty and staff, and with the support of the College and the Board, we have achieved so many important milestones critical to strengthening the reputation of our school.  Just in the past six years, we have earned AACSB accreditation, expanded our faculty, moved into a beautiful new green building, grown overall enrollments, launched our international engagement and study abroad programs, revamped both our undergraduate and MBA curricula, achieved national rankings in three important categories that reflect our mission and priorities, established a Dean’s Business Advisory Council, built stronger relations with the alumnae community, increased the job placement of our students, and secured important new executive education clients. 

Looking forward, I believe that the SOM is in a strong position to grow and add increased value to the College through an expanded array of program offerings.  This is the right transition moment for a new Dean to take up leadership and bring new energy and fresh ideas to the next phase of the SOM’s growth.

I am excited about my new opportunity at Mills College and feel honored to have been selected to serve as Dean.   Mills College is a highly regarded Masters-level university with a strong academic reputation.  The business school is relatively new and requires an entrepreneurial leader.   As you may know, institution-building is the work that I love to do.  I see wonderful opportunities, particularly in deepening my work in corporate responsibility and sustainability in business,  as well as interesting challenges in this new position.  Moreover, I welcome the opportunity this move affords me to be reunited with my family.  I am pursuing both a career and lifestyle change. 

Serving as the SOM Dean has been the most rewarding and fulfilling time in my career.  It has been a privilege to have you at the SOM as students.  I know that you experience will continue to be rewarding.  I am confident that your Simmons MBA degree will afford you wonderful career opportunities and I wish you all success in your future endeavors.  

President Drinan and Provost Seymour are finalizing a plan for managing the leadership transition and this will be shared with the SOM  community shortly.  In the meantime, please rely on Associate Dean Mary Dutkiewicz as you always do!



Dr. Deborah Merrill-Sands, Dean

Simmons School of Management

SOM/Academic Building, Office M-443

Sports Analogies for Those Students That Like Them!

What a great week of basketball it was with the final games of both the men’s and women’s tournaments. My analogy for you this week is “poise under pressure”.  UConn was actually trailing in the second half to Stanford before they staged a run of 17-2 and then never looked back. Butler, the hometown favorite, was a true underdog and lost on the last shot.  UConn has now won 78 games in a row. Think about that and how close they are to the UCLA men’s record of 88 games.  For you, the pressure is on now as you are wrapping up classes, presentations and heading to exams. Stay calm, stay focused, continue doing what you have been successful at all along, and make adjustments as necessary. Each class that pushes and stretches you gives you new confidence. Believe in yourself as much as I believe in each and every one of you!


Quotes of the Week

“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude towards what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing change to master you.”-- Brian Tracy

"We have to get everybody in the organization involved. If we do that, the best ideas rise to the top."-- Jack Welch

Students finishing Degree Requirements in August

Students with 7 or fewer credits this summer will be allowed to walk in the College ceremony on May 14th at the Bank of America Pavilion starting at 2pm.

Here is the graduation link for May:

You will need to purchase caps and gowns from the Bookstore if you plan to attend, so please use the link above for more information. We have some gowns, hoods and caps in stock donated from previous years so if you're interested please email Paula.

If you do not wish to walk in the May graduation - we will have a Dean's Reception in August:
It will be held on Thursday, August 12th, 2010 from 6-8pm in the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center. It will include a diploma ceremony.

If you decide you'd like to walk in the MAY GRADUATION please email Paula at so she can email you the necessary form.

If you choose to attend in August you do not need to do anything at this time.

For students that entered prior to September 2010

The SDM/Strat 1 course: Please remember that all students that entered prior to September 2010 need to have completed the Strat 1/SDM course prior to going into Strategy 2.  The spring section which will start on Monday, April 26 is intended ONLY for students graduating in August 2010. SDM/Strat 1 is explicitly designed to work in conjunction with, and come immediately before, Strategy II. If you are not graduating until spring 2011, we highly encourage and recommend that you take the SDM/Strat 1 course which will be offered over the January 20-23 weekend, 2011. Enrollment in the spring 2010 section is extremely high, and the 2011 course will be a somewhat smaller group and allow more opportunity for contributions in class.

Fall Registration Updates

Research Design and Analysis can be taken with Marketing as a co-req or as a pre-req.

Summer Registration Updates

Students enrolled in HCA 522 will have the option to do a general business deliverable in the HC focused IT course. That has been confirmed!

Fiona has dropped Strategy class on June 22. We had built an extra class in until her syllabus was completed!

Econ/Strategic Consulting Conflict has been resolved

We have cleared the Econ/ Strategic Consulting Conflict so that any student that didn’t take Fiona’s class because of the Econ conflict can now register! Fiona will just drop that last Monday class and have the last official class be the Thursday before.

Help HBP test new Change Management green business Simulation 4/15

Can you persuade colleagues to adopt “green” initiatives at a sunglass manufacturer?  Explore how your influence, urgency and access to resources impact your success as a change agent.  

How? Harvard Business Publishing (HBP) is seeking volunteers to help beta test our new online Change Management simulation on Thursday, April 15 from 1:00-3:00 pm at Harvard Business School.  

This usability beta test will enable you to give valuable feedback on an in-progress version of our simulation.  The test is open to undergrad, MBA, and/or doctoral business students with an interest in business simulations. Knowledge of organizational behavior is useful, but not required.

Please note you must provide your own laptop (wireless-enabled; browser; Flash 9 plug-in).

A $75 gift certificate to will be provided to all testers.

Test Details:

·          Please confirm your plan to attend by emailing (include your school affiliation and use “Request to participate in CM Sim Beta - Simmons” as the subject).  Space is limited.  If you are confirmed you will be sent specific directions.

·     Thursday, April 15 from 1:00-3:00 pm (be sure to arrive 15 minutes before the test starts)

·     Harvard Business School’s Allston campus

·     NOTE: this test is NOTat Harvard Business Publishing in Watertown

·     Laptop: ethernet and/or wireless-enabled; browser; Flash 9 plug-in

Registration Updates

Prof. Paul  Myers has lifted the cap on Project management, so everybody that wants to take it can take it! Please email Katlyn or Paula if you can’t register yourself!

There are still many students still to register. If you are having trouble choosing courses, please talk to Mary D or your faculty for guidance, but we need to get you registered!  Mary D will be searching you all out next week, so register over the weekend to avoid that one!

Low enrollment electives as of today: Public Speaking, International Finance and Strategic Consulting only have 4 students. Please remember that Public Speaking goes away as an official elective next year and that Strategic Consulting will not be offered again until Fall 2011. International Finance is also not on the schedule for next year.

Dan Bross, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft is co-teaching the CSR course this summer. It is a terrific opportunity to spend a weekend with a corporate executive and Prof. Sylvia Maxfield. Last summer this course had rave reviews!

It is confirmed that the MBA study abroad trip will be to London next year over spring break and led by Prof. Fiona Wilson. Topic will be sustainability.

Please remember that if you are opting for a 3 cr elective this summer, you must declare it prior to the first class and know it cannot be changed back after the first class. Please let Paula or Katlyn know by email. If you do nothing, we will assume you are taking it for 2 credits.


Update on Students finishing Degree Requirements in August

Anyone with 7 or fewer credits this summer will be allowed to walk in the College ceremony on May 14. Paula will be in touch in the next two weeks with more information, but it will be the afternoon of May 14, at the Bank of America Pavilion on the waterfront, starting at 2pm.

Dean’s Reception has been scheduled for Thursday night, August 12 from 6-8pm and we have been given permission to distribute your diplomas!

Summer Schedule Change-- Communication Strategies and Public Speaking

GSM 460 Comm Strat-no class on 6/3 and add class on 6/1, 6-9pm

GSM 559 Public Speaking-no class on 6/1 and add class on August 3, 6-9pm

Careers in Organizational Change: The CSR Perspective

Who: Dan Bross, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft
When: Monday, April 12th 4:30pm
Where: Simmons SOM, Room 501

Description: Join us for an intimate talk with Dan Bross, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft. Dan is joining us to discuss career options in organizational change, from a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) perspective. He will spend a few minutes talking about his own experience at Microsoft and beyond, and then open the room up for questions and discussion.

Space is limited in order to ensure that the conversation remains intimate, and students from other schools will be in attendance. RSVP today!

RSVP: E-mail

Details: Announcement is online at

Please participate in the important (and quick) study about “Organizational Silence”

SOM affiliated faculty member, Margaret Heffernan, is involved in an important new study on “organizational silence,” as first described by Milliken and Morrison in their paper Organizational Silence: A Barrier to Change and Development in a Pluralistic World Elizabeth Wolfe Morrison and Frances J. Milliken The Academy of Management Review, Vol. 25, No. 4 (Oct., 2000), pp. 706-725 Published by: Academy of Management

With their permission, this survey takes the work one step further, in aiming to compare organizational silence within US companies to organizational silence within British-based companies. It is being conducted in collaboration with the School of Management at the University of Bath, one of the top business schools in the UK.

Data from the survey will be used in two ways:

1) Within a new book by SOM affiliated Professor, Margaret Heffernan. Her forthcoming book, Willful Blindness, argues that one reason business leaders fail to perceive threats is because the organization silences evidence of them.

2) By University of Bath Professor Michael Mayer in his academic publications.

The survey does not identify participants or their companies.

We would be extremely grateful if you could complete the survey at the following link:

Thank you!

Register Today for the XII Latin American Conference at HBS

Save the Date: April 13th, 2010 from 4:30pm-6pm for UAE Presentations!

UAE Study Abroad course students will share learning and pictures from their trip on Tuesday, April 13th from 4:30-6pm in M222! Come join them!



Career Services Updates


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 12, April 26, May 3, & May 10


New – Join the CSO list serve to receive internship (and search-related) announcements!  If you are interested, please email Georgette to sign up at

FOLLOW THE CSO ON TWITTER! simmons_mba_cso



Institute of Management Consultants New England Presents...
Date: Monday, April 12
Time: 5:30-9pm
Location: Emerging Enterprise Center, 1000 Winter Street, 4th Floor, Waltham, MA
For more information contact Jennifer von Briesen at

Graduating students and professionals interested in changing careers are investigating starting management consulting careers, either on their own or at established firms. This event will bring a group of experienced consultants together who have entered the field from various paths to share their own stories and describe what work and life as a management consultant is really like. The evening will include networking and a light dinner prior to the start of the panel discussion and Q&A.


National society of hispanic mBAs
Sponsored by Prudential Financial and Simmons SOM
Date: Wednesday, April 14
Time: 5-9pm
Location: SOM, 5th Floor

Panelists include: 

  • Prudential Financial, William Cuff
  • BNY Mellon, Carlos Morales
  • Federal Reserve, David W. Leavell
  • Plus guests from Hill Holiday and Harvard University


Still looking for MBA volunteer for this event to welcome guest as they arrive. If you are interested please email ASAP - Event is free for volunteers!


Network for EXECUTIVE Women (NEW)
Date: Wednesday, April 28
Time: 5pm-8pm
Location: SOM 5th Floor
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.


Babson Healthcare and Life Sciences Forum
Date: April 15
Time: 8am-6pm
Location: Babson College, 231 Forest Street, Needham, MA 02492
Registration: $50 ($35 for industry professionals) at


Internship/Practicum meeting
Date: Thursday, May 6
Time: 3:30 – 4:45pm
Location: TBA

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   
With panelists:

  • Ms. Kirsten Wolberg, Chief Information Officer at
  • 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


Mass Innovation Nights
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…)


International Corporate Citizenship Conference 2010
April 11-13, Boston, MA

HBS Latin American Conference
April 11, 8am-8pm, at Harvard Business School, 280 Soldiers Field Road, Boston

MITX & Greenhorn Connect Career Combine
April 13, 12pm to 5pm, at the Back Bay Events Center

Global Health & Innovation Conference
April 17–18, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Women MBAs 2010 Virtual Career Fair!
April 21, 10am to 6pm, Anywhere You and Your Computer Are

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

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





  • Student Intern @ Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Summer Internship @ Mullen
  • Several Opportunities @ Mindspark
  • Several Opportunities @ WHDA
  • MBA Market Assessment  Intern or full time contract position @ BA Logix
  • MBA Market Research internship @ Percivia
  • Marketing Internship  @ Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Internship @ Comcast
  • Marketing/Finance/Sales/HR Internships @ EMC
  • Summer Intern @ Ceres
  • Digital Marketing Internship @ Staples, Inc
  • Summer 2010 Social Impact Internships @  Root Cause Institute  


JOB Postings

  • Executive Director  @ Theodore Roosevelt Association
  • Channel Sales Manager @ enerNOC
  • Reporting Analyst @ Firstgiving
  • Strategic Analyst II - Front Store Pricing @ CVS Pharmacy
  • Enterprise Solutions Consultant @ Blackbaud, Inc
  • Commercial Mortgages Associate Analyst II  @ Allstate

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.



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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.

  • 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.


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