February 18th, 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
Meeting with Susan Lees, Head of Technology User Services
Snow Day Makeup
OneIn3 Sector Trek: Life Sciences
Charter School Fellowship
Please READ -- We Need Your Help -- It Will Only Take 5 Minutes!
Insights from the Intersection of National Culture and Gender: Exploring the Mentoring Experiences of Women in India
The Daughters of Family Business
MBA Office Updates
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.
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.
“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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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!
Tuesday, February 23, SOM Career Services Expo and Networking night
Finance, March 4, 10-1pm
Non Profit Marketing, March 1, 6-9pm
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: http://sectortreklifesciences.eventbrite.com/
Questions: Contact Ali Pincus at email@example.com
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.
ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP:
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 Darla.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: http://www.transactionassoc.com/survey.html?SID=289814Pwd=18dc/ 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.
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 my.simmons.edu. 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!
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
Presenters: Stacey Blake-Beard, PhD., Oscar Holmes, IV, Todd Jenkins, and Crystal Daugherty
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.
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
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.
the CSO is now on twitter! simmons_mba_cso
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.
5:00-6:10 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
7:15-8:00 p.m. Open Networking
CMO Breakfast Series: Reinventing Your Brand
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!
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.
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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