April 8th, 2010
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.
Information This Week
Note from Mary D
Sports Analogies for Those Students That Like Them!
Quotes of the Week
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
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.
Dr. Deborah Merrill-Sands, Dean
Simmons School of Management
SOM/Academic Building, Office M-443
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!
“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
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.
Research Design and Analysis can be taken with Marketing as a co-req or as a pre-req.
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!
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.
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 Amazon.com will be provided to all testers.
· Please confirm your plan to attend by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (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
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
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: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/53NMBS9
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!
Internship Search Drop-In: Sharing Needs and Leads
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 email@example.com.
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Institute of Management Consultants New England Presents...
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
Still looking for MBA volunteer for this event to welcome guest as they arrive. If you are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP - Event is free for volunteers!
Network for EXECUTIVE Women (NEW)
Babson Healthcare and Life Sciences Forum
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
Mass Innovation Nights
CONFERENCES AND EXTERNAL CAREER FAIRS
International Corporate Citizenship Conference 2010 www.bcccc.net
HBS Latin American Conference www.drclas.harvard.edu/events/hbs_latinamericanconference_2010
MITX & Greenhorn Connect Career Combine www.greenhornconnect.com
Global Health & Innovation Conference www.uniteforsight.org/conference
Women MBAs 2010 Virtual Career Fair! www.womenmbavirtualcareerfair.com
Women for Hire Expo www.womenforhire.com/career_expos/spring_2010/boston
Good Jobs, Green Jobs: 2010 Green Innovation Expo www.greenjobsconference.org
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!
INTERESTING CAREER ARTICLES
Made To Stick: Presentations That Stick
Corporate America, Find Your Hidden Entrepreneurs
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