February 11th, 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.

MBA Office Updates


Note From Mary D.

The super bowl was a great game and more people watched this year’s game than any other single TV event in history. I listened to a very interesting commentary on TV asking why did so many people watch it this year and the response centered around the notion of the  “shared community experience” of the SuperBowl, whether you meet for the food, the commercials, the football pool, or even the game!  As I listened to this analogy, I immediately said to myself, this is my MBA corollary for the week!!  Your MBA program is also a shared community experience with your classmates, faculty and staff. Classmates become your group members, your study group members, your academic colleagues, and for many of you-your friends. You all share some common experiences that don’t culminate in a SuperBowl, but build throughout your semesters at Simmons, and then become networks for life!! I encourage you to get involved in our community, join study groups, come to events, have a cup of coffee with your classmates. You will get to a point where you look forward to coming to school to see everyone and where each class session is its own shared community experience that is different every day. This shared experience is what makes our program different and great! 

MBA Analogy for Mary D.'s Sports Fans!

What do  you take away from the Saints win on Sunday?? I took away that no matter what the odds, if you believe in yourself, block out all the negative forces that say you can’t do it, and give it everything you have, great things can indeed happen! Don’t fall into the trap of selfdoubt that coming back to school is too hard, or others questioning that you made the right decision about  returning to school, or why you need an MBA.  You will succeed, some of you against many odds, but all of you with a common belief that you never stopped believing in your dreams or your ability to achieve them.

Quotes of the Week

“Maturity is the capacity to endure uncertainty.” --John Finley

“Don't waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it.”-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Follow the Dean on Twitter!

Follow the SOM dean, Deborah Merrill-Sands, for cutting edge commentary and information on women in leadership, women in entrepreneurship, and business and sustainability. Her Twitter name is dmsands1!

New Member of the SOM Community-Darla had a baby girl!

Azariah Sky DeGrace-Phillips was born on Thursday, February 4th at 1:45 p.m.  Everyone is doing great!!

Schedule Reminders for next week

UAE Pre travel meetings, 2/20 and 2/21

Strategy 1 reschedule from the snow day, 2/17

2010 Spark: Building and Sustaining the Future

Spark: Building & Sustaining the Future  is a program for young ladies (ages 13-17) in the Boston community who have limited exposure to careers in business and professional development. This event is sponsored by the SOM, Scott Ross Center, and the Women of Color Club.

We are seeking 10 volunteers to participate in this event, 5 current Simmons SOM students and 5 Simmons SOM Alumni.

It is an opportunity for current Simmons MBA students and alumni to engage in social responsibility by not only connecting through conversation (Speed Networking) with the young female participants at the event, but by also continuing to provide professional development support and advice post the event.

Event Date: March 13
Time Commitment: 12pm – 2:30pm
Location: Simmons College, Kotzen Room

If you are interesting in volunteering, please email Shaquanna Philip at

Reminder to not use AARC as your reference for class schedule dates

We have found that sometimes depending on how you log in, or what screen you have open, there can be conflicting information. Always use the course synopsis we have sent you or is on line in That document is always the most accurate information about our courses.

Snow Day Rescheduled Class Dates  

Strategy 1 from February 10 to February 17, 6-9pm.

Finance will also be rescheduled, most likely a Monday.

The Academic Program Office is now on Twitter!

Follow us at SOMProgOffice! We'll send out updates on when papers come in, when we decide to put things in your mailbox, remind you of upcoming events, and more!

Special Request for Student Volunteers at the Leadership Conference

As you know, the Simmons Leadership Conference is a spectacular event for both the SOM and the College. It is an enormous operational undertaking and we need about 100 volunteers to help make the day work seamlessly and right now, we are at about 50. The conference is on April 30 and if you can volunteer for all or part of the day, please email Judy Benjamin at

Simmons Student in the News-- Josiane Martinez!

Josiane was selected by El Planeta and the Phoenix newspapers as one 100 most influential individuals for the Latino community in Massachusetts. This is the link: This recognition is a terrific accolade and we are very proud of her!

Scholarships for the Eastern Europe Spring 2010 travel course

We still have a limited number of spots open on the Spring Eastern Europe course - going to Berlin, St. Petersburg, and Moscow, from May 18-30, 2010.  The program fee is $3200 inclusive of airfare, lodging, boarding, excursions, visa fee, and Simmons study abroad program fee. 

The course is about cross-cultural studies of women leaders.  All classes are held while traveling, except for the two pre-departure classes of 3 hours each that will be held in Spring.

Students have an option to return on May 26, and do only Berlin and St. Petersburg, for a reduced program fee of $2800.   The course is 3 credits for the graduate students.   

Limited number of scholarships are available for the Eastern Europe course (amount $500 to $1000 per scholarship).   

The scholarship applications are due February 11, and should be emailed to "Katlyn Cavanaugh" <>,

The last and final date for registration for the course is now February 19. The registration form should be submitted to Hilary Wilson in the study abroad office.

The scholarship form and the registration forms are attached.

For any questions, please contact the course faculty Prof. Vipin Gupta, at

Eastern Europe Travel Deadline Extended to February 19th!

But now, you will need to pay in full by Feb 19. We have identified a small pool of additional scholarship money that will be open to all students with deposits in, and new students considering going on the trip. Email Katlyn for the scholarship application!

Women Effect Investments Intern at Criterion Ventures!

Location: Virtual – supervision to be conducted via phone and internet, punctuated by in person meetings in Somerville (Davis Square) or Boston (Simmons)

Term: February - May 31, 2010

Criterion Ventures
Criterion Ventures incubates and scales ventures that create a better world, either for clients or by taking an equity position in its own ventures. Dramatic growth in the social change space, evidenced by the emergence of new non-profits, hybrid models and alliances created in the last five years, has created incredible opportunities for forming and building new entities. A leader and innovator in the social change space, Criterion works with individuals and organizations with a bold vision for what is possible for the world and partners with them to translate that vision into sustainable ventures.

Internship Description
Criterion Ventures is launching “Women Effect Investments” - the creation of a main stream vehicle to move significant investment dollars around the Women Effect thesis:
Women are key assets in building their communities, combating poverty and creating new pathways to a more just and sustainable world. Women create economic wealth. Women lead the revitalization of communities. Community economic security contributes to the security of nations. When women are economic agents and leaders, social change accelerates and returns multiply.
This is the women effect. We envision creating a simple, secure, well known and low risk way for retail and institutional investors to invest in women. The initial product to be launched will be in connection with the Calvert Foundation’s Community Investment Note.

The Women Effect Investments Intern will work with Criterion to:
• Understand the historical context of this work (e.g. research and map work around gender and investing)
• Design effective marketing strategies for a new investment product. This may include testing and refining messaging, market segmentation, competitive analysis, creating effective marketing tools and evaluating success
• Assist with engagement and invitation strategies – including planning and outreach for various events

An internship with Criterion offers extraordinary networking opportunities for the future and is an exciting opportunity to be involved with a virtual company who partners with philanthropists, nonprofits, and large foundations to launch businesses with social missions.

Qualifications & Details
A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to apply. The position is unpaid, however, Criterion will work with students to secure academic credit (if applicable) for their efforts. The time commitment is flexible, and the internship can be dimensioned to between 7 and 15 hours a week. This internship will begin immediately and the duration will be through May 2010 (or can extend into the summer semester for students interested in more credit hours.)

Please submit your resume, cover letter and unofficial transcript to Please be sure to explain how your own goals are in line with the mission of Criterion Ventures, the social change movement and the position description in your cover letter.

Simmons Graduate Student Volunteers Needed!

2010 Simmons Leadership Conference – April 30, 2010

Interested in volunteering for the Simmons Leadership Conference on April 30?  Attend this Info session on Tuesday, February 2 at 5:00 – 5:45 pm in M222 (SOM building).   

Volunteering for the Conference requires the following commitment:                                                              

  • Attendance at one informational session.                                          
  • One pre-Conference meeting and tour in April at the Seaport World Trade Center (2 dates will be offered, parking and dinner will be provided).
  • Half-day (approximately six hours) of work at the Leadership Conference.
  • Review of comprehensive conference information packet prepared for volunteers.

All volunteers will:

  • Be able to attend closing keynote address (Angela Bassett).           
  • Receive a complimentary conference bag.                          
  • Have the opportunity to network with corporate sponsors and interact with attendees from the nation’s major corporations.
  • Actively show your support for Simmons College.   

Volunteers are essential to our success.  Your time and effort directly support Simmons College.   All proceeds raised by the Leadership Conference support the Simmons Graduate scholarship fund.

Questions welcome:
Judy Benjamin                                                                       
Associate Director                             
Simmons Leadership Conference                     

For detailed information on the 2010 Simmons Leadership Conference, visit:                                             

SIMMONS Student Ambassador Program (SAP)

The SOM MBA Student Ambassador Program (SAP) was launched last spring and we need your help! As an MBA Student Ambassador you may be asked 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 initiative. 

Social Entrepreneur Contest  

The University of Texas at Austin and Dell are searching for student social entrepreneurs to dream up ingenious ideas to change the world. 

College students worldwide are invited to enter the 2010 Dell Social Innovation Competition for a chance to win $50,000 to turn their ideas into a new business or nonprofit with a mission to change lives for the better.

The deadline to enter is March 1, 2010. Students can submit their ideas online at

Along with students, citizens worldwide are invited to comment on, vote for and discuss the ideas in the online community forum.

The RGK Center for Philanthropy & Community Service in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin introduced the Social Innovation Competition in 2006, awarding more than $200,000 in prizes to student social entrepreneurs. The RGK Center builds knowledge about nonprofit organizations, philanthropy and volunteerism, and prepares students and practitioners to make effective contributions to their communities.



News & Events



Career Services Updates


the CSO is now on twitter! simmons_mba_cso

Special Invitation for International Students!
Date: Wednesday, March 17
Location: M-221
Time: 12-1pm

Join Dan Beaudry, author of, “Power Ties: The International Student’s Guide to Finding a Job in the United States” for a look into how international students can find jobs in the United States.  What you hear might surprise you: stay away from job boards, don’t invest time wrestling with HR, speak for yourself instead of through a resume, and other unusual ideas.  Dan is the former head of campus recruiting for, and now directs the careers division of international education media company QS.


One day – two events
so tell me a little about yourself…
Date: Wednesday, February 17
Location: M-223 (note: there might be a room change)
Time: 12-1pm

Join the Career Services Office for a quick review and practice of your “elevator speech” — what you might say to a company representative in the time you were riding an elevator together.  It should be short but compelling, and most students find practice is the key to perfecting it! 


One day – two events
positioning yourself for success!
Date: Wednesday, February 17
Location: M-223  (note: there might be a room change)
Time: 4:30-6:30pm

Join Elaine Berke, founder of, for an interactive workshop focused on making connections while you’re networking, and positioning yourself with confidence. is a service of EBI Consulting specializing in university to employment   career strategies and professional skills to help students, grads, and alumni compete successfully for jobs in 21st century organizations.


Innovation Economy Industry Expo:  Exploring and Thriving
Date: Tuesday, February 23
Location: SOM 5th Floor
Time: 5 – 8pm
Space is Limited - RSVP Required
For additional details and registration visit Alumnet.

According to the New York Times, “Many of the great job creators of the past 25 years are companies that were barely visible in 1980 or even nonexistent:  Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot, Starbucks, Amazon, Intel, Microsoft, Google, Genentech, Medtronic and others.  All of them were founded by entrepreneurs and are run by innovative leaders. Their ingenuity created the jobs boom in those years and enabled them to dominate global markets for their products.” 

For those of you thinking about career advancement and/or a career transition in 2010, don’t miss this opportunity to meet some of the state’s hottest entrepreneurial ventures.

5:00-6:10pm    Industry Expo:  Meet with Representatives from Entrepreneurial Ventures
6:15-7:15pm    Executive Panel:  Learn What’s Hot, and Tips for Success
7:15-8:00pm    Open Networking

Sponsored by SOM Career Services Office in partnership with the SOM Entrepreneurship Program.  


The Boston Nonprofit Career Fair
February 23, at Boston University, Boston, MA
MBA Media & Entertainment Conference
February 26-27, New York City, NY

Social Venture Capital/Social Enterprise Conference
March 17-19, in Miami, FL

Boston’s NAACP Professional and Executive Diversity Job Fair
April 6-7, 10am to 3pm, at the Double Tree Guest Suites, 400 Soldiers Field Road

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

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


Recent JOB Postings -
~ Director Business Development @
~ College Preparation Associate @ East River Development Alliance
~ Financial Officer @ MIT
~ Inside Sales Manager @ enerNOC
~ Internship @ Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
~ New Product Planning Marketing Manager @ Vertex Pharmaceuticals
~ Senior Managing Director, Design @ Teach for America
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

Library News:

Announcing Simmons College Library Research Clinics-
beginning 2/3, Wednesdays from 2-4 in L-225.

Need help with research? Having trouble using a database? Want assistance with citing your work?  Stop by for individual assistance from a librarian or a tutor from the Writing Center.  No appointment is necessary, and you can drop by with a few quick questions or stay longer for more extensive help.

For more information, contact Linda or any of the librarians.

Library Hours: Current Library Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 7:30am- 11:00pm
Friday, 7:30am-8:00pm
Saturday, 8:00 am-8:00pm
Sunday, 10:00am-11:00pm

Printing: Need Help with Printing in the Library? Stop by the Library Technology Desk, and ask all of your questions regarding printing. Printers are located on all 3 levels of the Library.

For more information on printing, how to pay for copies, how to save paper and more, check out the printing info at:

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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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