February 11th, 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.
Note from Mary D.
MBA Analogy for Mary D.'s Sports Fans!
Quotes of the Week
Follow the Dean on Twitter!
New Member of the SOM Community-Darla had a baby girl!
Schedule Reminders for next week
2010 Spark: Building and Sustaining the Future
Reminder to not use AARC as your reference for class schedule dates
Snow Day Rescheduled Class Dates
MBA Office Updates
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!
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.
“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 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!
Azariah Sky DeGrace-Phillips was born on Thursday, February 4th at 1:45 p.m. Everyone is doing great!!
UAE Pre travel meetings, 2/20 and 2/21
Strategy 1 reschedule from the snow day, 2/17
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.
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 my.simmons.edu. That document is always the most accurate information about our courses.
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 email@example.com
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: http://www.poderometro.com. This recognition is a terrific accolade and we are very proud of her!
Scholarships for the Eastern Europe Spring 2010 travel course
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!
Simmons Graduate Student Volunteers Needed!
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:
All volunteers will:
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.
For detailed information on the 2010 Simmons Leadership Conference, visit: http://www.simmons.edu/leadership.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 http://www.dellsocialinnovationcompetition.com.
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.
the CSO is now on twitter! simmons_mba_cso
Special Invitation for International Students!
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 Monster.com, and now directs the careers division of international education media company QS.
One day – two events
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
Join Elaine Berke, founder of JobSmartz.net, for an interactive workshop focused on making connections while you’re networking, and positioning yourself with confidence.
JobSmartz.net 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
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
Sponsored by SOM Career Services Office in partnership with the SOM Entrepreneurship Program.
CONFERENCES & CAREER FAIRS
Social Venture Capital/Social Enterprise Conference www.connectionmiami.com
Boston’s NAACP Professional and Executive Diversity Job Fair www.psijobfair.com
International Corporate Citizenship Conference 2010 www.bcccc.net
Global Health & Innovation Conference www.uniteforsight.org/conference
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