February 25th, 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 good news is that Spring Break is coming next weekend. The bad news is that Spring Break marks the middle of the semester so either you have exams and deliverables next week or the week when you return. As I look into the faces of MBA students this week, you can sense some stress in the system. It is all very normal and is really part of the rhythm of any semester!! But it does mark a significant point-the halfway point of spring term. Some of you will say that you can’t believe how fast the first 6 weeks have gone. Others will say that you can’t believe that it has only been 6 weeks and it feels like spring term has been going on forever! But I predict everyone is looking forward to a week off!

MBA Analogy for Mary D.'s Sports Fans!

No analogy this week, but stay tuned for next week!

Quotes of the Week

“You must know that you can swim through every change of tide.” -- Unknown but given to Mary D. by Natasha Piechota!

Summer Registration Information

Schedule will be released no later than Friday of next week. Summer Registration for MBA students will be March 22 and March 23rd. Please read the registration cover letter in its entirety next week as it will have critical information regarding electives and concentration information. Most electives will be weekend compressed electives that will not conflict with each other. Students in some electives will also have the option to choose a 2 or 3 credit option. All decisions on credits need to be made by the first class and you will not be able to switch your choice after the class begins.

Key for M-331

A key has been made for study room M-331! This will alleviate some of the inconvenience of booking that room. If you sign up for 331, ask someone in the Program Office to give you the key, and then bring it down once you've unlocked the room. That's it!

Snow Day Time Change

Non Profit and Cause Marketing, March 1, 6-9pm, M222 (note different room)

Finance will be rescheduled after Spring Break!

Program Office Updates for Next Week

Katlyn is on vacation, but we will be fully staffed!

Schedule Reminders for the Week of March

This weekend, Feb 26-28, last weekend of Gender and Leadership!

Leading Women Entrepreneurship Series with Stephanie Sonnabend, March 1st.

Negotiations ends next week!

Students leave for the UAE next Friday.

Do you Know a Local Changemaker?

Green Mountain Coffee and Ashoka's Changemakers have joined up to
launch Revelation to Action: Your Place. Your Idea. Your Change.
Believing that real change starts at home, we will find and help fund
the most innovative ideas to inspire community action and improve
communities across the Northeastern US.


- 3 competition winners will each be awarded USD $5,000

- 7 state winners will each be awarded USD $5,000

- 3 early entry prize winners will receive a KeurigR Coffee Brewer and
a 12-month coffee supply

- Recommend an organization and if it wins, your prize is a KeurigR
Coffee Brewer and a 6-month supply of coffee

- Re-tweet about the competition and you will be eligible to enter a
drawing for one bag of fresh Green Mountain CoffeeR and fun
competition items


1.     Visit

2.     If you are new to the site, create a profile, it only takes 5 minutes

3.     Sign-in with your username and password

4.     Download the entry form in a word document so that you can edit
your entry and save changes before entering online. This ensures that
your work is saved.

5.     Enter your idea or organization here:

6.     When you are finished make sure to click the ?Publish? button
to complete your entry

Early Entry Deadline: March 24, 2010
Final Deadline: April 21, 2010

Feel free to forward this email to other organizations or individuals
that are strengthening communities across the Northeastern US. For
complete rules and regulations for this competition, please visit our
website at, and click on
Eligibility, Criteria and Prizes.

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!

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!

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

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

Leading Women Entrepreneur Series

This coming Monday, March 1 we kick off our Leading Women Entrepreneur Series at Simmons and this seemed a great time to send you an invite and brief program update.

Monday’s event moves us to a new public topic area – the daughters of family business – that has been on my research agenda for the last 2 years. Stephanie Sonnabend, CEO of Sonesta Hotels International, and granddaughter of the founder, will be with us to talk about the issues that intersect around gender, family business succession and entrepreneurship. Randy Hustevedt, Principal at Federal Street Advisors (advisor to wealth clients and family offices) will add her third party perspective. The world has changed – and daughters are stepping up as not only active owners, but also top managers of large and small family enterprises, around the world.

This event, and the rest of the series, is open to the public at no charge.

The series continues on March 15 (Entrepreneurship in the Professions), March 24 (New Ideas in Advertising) and March 31 (Entrepreneur CEOs Living Their Mission). All welcome.

On other fronts, we have 24 women active this year in the graduate program developing their businesses. The ventures cross industries including biotech, consumer products, media and gaming, consulting and hospitality. We are searching for summer practicums for these students if you have opportunities. Our undergraduate program, under the expert leadership of Susan Duffy, is also flourishing with women across majors exploring how an entrepreneurship minor is a perfect complement to a liberal arts degree. On other fronts – last night, led by the SOM Career Services Office, we held the first annual INNOVATIVE ECONOMY career fair featuring a panel I moderated with reps from athenahealth, the Daily Grommet and Cerulean Pharma. In November we had a very successful campus wide event sponsored by the Direct Selling Foundation that drew more than 200 participants and 35 exhibitors. My research work on women and venture capital continues, as do major projects on national infrastructure’s role in promoting entrepreneurship (now a European-U.S.-Japan comparison). Last, but not least, the Silverman Business Plan competition will be back next year.

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

SOM Investment Group Kick Off!
Date: Thursday, March 4
Location: M-221
Time: 4:15pm-5:15pm

Join us to discuss plans for the club in a delightful atmosphere with food, drink, and Indra. No investing experience required.

Send any ideas or agenda items to Lindsay ( Email Jen to join our on-line community ( Whether it is for professional or personal growth, our group will empower women in the field of investments.


Boston Business Journal Advancing Women breakfast 
Date: Friday, March 12
Time: 7:30am-9:30am
Location: Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Cost: $125

The focus of the program will be on developing strategies for women's success in the workplace and overcoming professional obstacles. The morning will include a keynote, a panel of women who will explore the new dynamics of women in the workplace and two achievement awards.

Panel Discussion
Top Women Execs: Their path to the top & what they learned along the way

Moderator: Susan Rittscher, President and CEO, Center for Women and Enterprise

  • Jayne Donahue, Executive Vice President and General Auditor, State Street
  • Sheila Marcelo, Founder and CEO,
  • Carol C. McMullen, President, Eastern Wealth Management
  • Beth Williams, President and CEO, Roxbury Technology Corporation


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.


Innovation Forum - Greater Boston's Clean Tech Cluster
Date: Wednesday, March 31
Time: 7:45 - 9:00 a.m.
Location: InterContinental Boston
Cost: $50 (As a Simmons student you are a member!)
RSVP by: Friday, March 26

Moderated by: Scott Kirsner, Boston Globe
Featured Panelists:

  • Nick d’Arbeloff, President, New England Clean Energy Council
  • Bill Davis, President, CEO & Founder, Ze-Gen
  • Bart Riley, CTO, VP Research & Development and Founder, A123Systems

New in 2010, this breakfast forum will feature prominent leaders from business and government in the dynamic and growing fields of clean energy, life sciences, biotechnology and high technology. The first Innovation Forum of 2010 will feature leaders from Greater Boston's clean tech industry for a discussion on the economic impact of the local clean tech cluster on our region and the prospects for continued growth.

NAWMBA’s 2010 Leadership Retreat
Dates: April 15-18, 2010
Location: Zermatt Resort and Spa, 748 West Resort Drive, Midway, Utah 84049
Cost: $300 – includes Meals (Thursday evening - Sunday Morning), Round trip transportation from the airport to the resort, All development
To register visit:
For additional information: contact Tonya Olpin at

A two and half day Leadership Retreat. Where you will have the opportunity to network with other leaders, attend development seminars, and attend workshops designed to enhance your leadership skills.



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
~ 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.



Business Advice From Van Halen
Dan Heath and Chip Heath go to eighth grade, Google, and a Van Halen concert to find early-warning signals for big problems.

Naked Consulting: What Clients Really Want
Clients are looking for transparency, humility, vulnerability, and honesty—the opposite of what is often given to them, writes Pat Lencioni


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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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