February 18th, 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 next few weeks mark the turn into the middle part of the semester. A group of students are preparing to head to the UAE for spring break on the travel course, others are finding the intensity of the course work beginning to ramp up. Many new students still are searching for the right balance of juggling work, family and school priorities and most students with children in public schools have this week off and you are not!! We are just about done with the crosschecks of the summer schedule and are actually starting to work on the fall schedule already!! If you need help, reach out to your faculty, your classmates and to any of us in the Program Office.

MBA Analogy for Mary D.'s Sports Fans!

It is hard not to get excited when you watch some of the Winter Olympic events and there are so many corollaries to your MBA program. Having dreams, practice, preparation, perseverance, but talk about performing under pressure! The other piece is the wonderful spirit of competition and sportsmanship that exists among the athletes. Sure, there are endorsements for those few that win gold, but the majority are there to compete against the best athletes in his/her sport, giving it everything they have in that stand up and deliver moments on the ice, track or slope.  In your program certainly you are here because you also have dreams. You practice, prepare, perform and persevere for 16 months to three and a half years, some of you even a little bit longer.  You do problem after problem, case analysis after case analysis, getting better with practice. You do it because you want to learn, to open up new opportunities, to become a better thinker, leader, and gain new skills, and at the end of the day, I want you to look back and have you say that you gave it your all.

Quotes of the Week

“What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it is another matter."-- Peter Drucker

“Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”-- Lou Holtz

Meeting with Susan Lees, Head of Technology User Services

Alexa Paolella and Mary D met with Susan Lees, Head of Technology’s User Services at Simmons to discuss the wifi connection issues, printer problems, who to go to for help, and a variety of other issues. We had a really good meeting and attached are the wireless printer instructions. Technology will be invited to present at Foundations to get students off on the right track and we have ordered 25 ethernet cords to help problem solve wifi connection problems that occur during an exam or class. Staff in the program office will be trained as Technology liaisons to be able to get faster service response times, printers will be set to default as duplex, and many other things were discussed. If the Program Office is not around, email to report the problem or call x2222 to report a problem, or x2765 for a problem in a classroom. Many thanks to Alexa for compiling all the issues and presenting them in a way that was collaborative and open, and Susan really welcomed the feedback as her goal is to make the technology experience be as seamless as it can!

Schedule Reminders

This weekend, UAE pre departure meetings, room M-105, Sat and Sunday Feb 20th and 21st, 1 - 5pm. Please also check the Ning site for course materials and announcements!

Next weekend, Feb 26-28, second half of gender and leadership course

Tuesday, February 23, SOM Career Services Expo and Networking night

Snow Day Makeup

Finance, March 4, 10-1pm

Non Profit Marketing, March 1, 6-9pm

OneIn3 Sector Trek: Life Sciences

Thursday, March 4

12 – 5 p.m.

Spaulding Rehabilitation Center

125 Nashua Street, Boston

This event is designed to give job seekers an inside view of positions in the life sciences and healthcare industry. The program will consist of an industry overview given by MassBio, a tour of Spaulding and two panels covering the topics of life sciences start ups and jobs in the life sciences industry for the non-scientist. The day will conclude with a networking reception at the Harp.

To register:

Questions: Contact Ali Pincus at

Charter School Fellowship

Massachusetts recently lifted its charter school cap. If you or someone you know has ever considered launching your
 own school then this Fellowship might be a great opportunity for you.  Applications are now being accepted for 
September 2010 enrollment. 
Fellows participate in a year-long training program and earn a salary of $80,000. Throughout the year, Fellows 
will be exposed to best practices in urban education while developing their mission, vision and proposal for an 
urban charter school. If chartered (it is not guaranteed), Fellows will receive seed money to help fund facilities
 and hire teachers, etc. This is a highly competitive program; however, you are not required to have an education
 background.  An MBA would make a great Fellow as each charter school should have an Executive Director 
(to handle the business/finances/fundraising) and a Principal (to handle the curriculum, teachers and students).  
Please contact Darla Pires-DeGrace for more details at   

Please READ -- We Need Your Help -- It Will Only Take 5 Minutes!

We need your involvement! If you haven’t completed the Commuter Survey, please do so now, as we need only 89 additional responses from faculty, staff and commuting students.  We need all responses back as soon as possible. The survey is anonymous and will take only 5 minutes to complete. The direct link to the survey is: Just click on the link to start the survey.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection requires that Simmons College complete an annual commuter survey in accordance with the Massachusetts Rideshare Regulation. This regulation is designed to support the Commonwealth’s plan to reduce air pollution. In addition, Simmons will use the information from the survey to review and improve existing commuter programs and services that will assist you with your commute. To thank you for your participation, you can choose to enter a drawing for $25 in Fenway Cash.

Please provide commuting information for the week of January 25-29, 2010 and complete the on-line survey today!  If you have any questions, please contact Julie Manning at 617-521-2525.

Thank you for cooperation in completing this survey and good luck in the drawing for Fenway Cash!

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!!

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.

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!

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:                                           



News & Events

Insights from the Intersection of National Culture and Gender: Exploring the Mentoring Experiences of Women in India

Presenters: Stacey Blake-Beard, PhD., Oscar Holmes, IV, Todd Jenkins, and Crystal Daugherty  
Time and Place: Tuesday, February 23rd, 4:30pm – 5:50pm, with a reception following. RoomM222, Simmons School of Management Building
*Validated parking is available on site for $9

All over the globe, the number of women moving into positions of leadership is increasing and mentoring has been recognized as a powerful tool to enable their careers. The current research on mentoring, however, has been done predominantly in Western contexts and using samples that are predominantly white. Although mentoring is a global phenomenon, there is still much to learn about how this important developmental relationship evolves in different cultural contexts. Given these conditions, the research team explored the role of mentoring in the career experiences of Indian women. The research presented in this seminar begins to address these gaps in our understanding of mentoring. 

In this interactive seminar, CGO Faculty Affiliate Stacy Blake-Beard and her research team; Oscar Holmes, IV, Todd Jenkins, and Crystal Daughtery will share their findings from a pilot qualitative study of the mentoring experiences of Indian women. Through their work, they will present some insights into the state of mentoring in India and the role that mentoring plays in empowering the female Indian workforce. They are particularly interested in utilizing the seminar as a forum to explore the challenges and opportunities that arise at the intersection of national culture and gender. 

» RSVP now for February 23rd

The Daughters of Family Business

Special guests:  Stephanie Sonnabend, CEO and President of Sonesta International Hotel and  Randy Hustvedt, Principal, Federal Street Advisors will speak with Teresa Nelson, Elizabeth J. McCandless Chair in Entrepreneurship about the special issues of women (daughters, grand-daughters, mothers and sisters) working, owning and succeeding in their family’s business through generations. Changing times offer women worldwide more options to be an heir in company ownership and management – understanding the mix of gender, family and business issues is paramount.

Monday, March 1st
Pre-Event VIP Reception: 5:30-6:00 PM
Event: 6:00-7:30 PM, refreshment/networking event follows
5th Floor School of Management, Simmons College, 300 The Fenway

Stephanie Sonnabend is chief executive officer and president of Sonesta International Hotels Corporation, the hotel business her grandfather, A.M. Sonnabend, founded in the 1940’s.  In this position, Ms. Sonnabend oversees the company’s twenty-nine hotels, resorts and Nile cruises located in the United States, St. Maarten, Egypt, Peru, Colombia, Chile and Brazil.  In 2009, she celebrated her thirty second year with the company.

Randy Hustvedt is a Principal at Federal Street Advisors in Boston, a firm specializing in financial advice for high net-worth individuals and foundations. With more than 25 years experience in financial services, including the founding of her own consultancy, Randy brings extensive work with family offices and the issues of family business to the conversation.



Career Services Updates


the CSO is now on twitter! simmons_mba_cso

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.

5:00-6:10 p.m. Industry Expo: Meet with Representatives from Entrepreneurial Ventures

6:15-7:15 p.m. Executive Panel: Learn What's Hot, and Tips for Success

  • Joanne Domeniconi - Co Founder and Chief Discovery Officer, Daily Grommet
  • Sandra Glucksmann - Senior Vice President of Research and Business Operation, Cerulean Pharma Inc.
  • Margo Hendrickson - VP of Human Resources and Chief Compliance Officer, athenahealth

7:15-8:00 p.m. Open Networking


CMO Breakfast Series: Reinventing Your Brand
Date: Thursday, February 25
Location: Microsoft, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142
Time: 8:30am-10am
For Registration and event details CLICK HERE

When media, competition, and consumer tastes change, reinvention can often become a necessity. Join The Ad Club for a CMO Breakfast to hear how a major global brand has responded to change with new strategy, fresh thinking, and innovative media.

Jim Davey, VP of Marketing at Timberland, will be interviewed by David Rich, SVP of Worldwide Strategy at George P. Johnson Company on how he's leading and shaping the Timberland brand.


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

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.

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.



Lessons Learned From Toyota
For about 24 hours Peyton Manning and Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda had a lot in common. Minutes after the conclusion of Super Bowl XLIV, sports pundits, armchair quarterbacks, and fans across the country were pontificating about what Manning should have done differently to win the 2010 Super Bowl Championship, as well as his abrupt exit from the field. Fortunately for Manning, his fans and coaches will forgive his team’s mistakes, and he will take the field again next year with his reputation and his organization’s value intact. Mr. Toyoda isn’t so lucky.

10 types of interviewers and how to deal with them
Interviewing for a job comes with several question marks. What do I wear? How should I answer this question? How long will this take?


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Library Updates

Beatley Library Hours:
J anuary 19th - May 8th

   * Monday-Thursday: 7:30am - 11:00pm
   * Friday: 7:30am - 8:00pm
   * Saturday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
   * Sunday: 10:00am - 11:00pm
Remember to check the Library web page for exceptions and holiday hours.
Librarians are available at the Reference Desk from 8:00am until 9:00 Monday thru THursday. Check for weekend hours.

Research Clinics: Every Wednesday, 2-4, Beatley Room L-225. Get help with research from a librarian, or meet with a tutor from the Writing Center.

Business Bestsellers in the Library:
Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World by Bill Clinton
Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow's Big Changes by Mark Penn
The Comeback: Seven Stories of Women Who Went from Career to Family and Back Again by Emma Gilbey Keller
Richistan: A Journey Through The American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich by Robert Frank
Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness by Lisa Hamilton

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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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