January 14th, 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.

Welcome back! It is hard to believe that your break is almost over, but the E-ship students have been in class all week and Foundations started last night with 39 women in the new class, one of our biggest classes in many years, so it is very exciting! As always, some great stories with the Name Game! A new term for returning students and a new beginning of the program for the January class of 2010. For my new students, the month of January will be full of adjustments as you start school and make room for your studies in already full work and personal lives. For the returning students, please take a moment for some honest self reflection of what worked and what didn’t in the fall term, what you need to continue or change in your study skills, time management, etc. It is a new beginning for everyone and make the most of it!

MBA Analogy for Mary D.'s Sports Fans!

So much happened while you were away-Tiger, the horrible performance by the Patriots, the Winter classic at Fenway for the pro, college and high school teams, and much more. Often in your MBA program we talk about not letting up, patience, and perseverance. I was at the St. Sebastian’s/ Belmont Hill HS Hockey game at Fenway over the break where St. Seb’s was ahead 5-2 in the 3rd period and lost in overtime. It was a classic case of one team never losing sight of one goal at a time, staying focused, and continuing to do the things that made you a great hockey team, as they tied it with 15 seconds left. In your program, you will find you need to do the same things. Stay focused, work hard, never let up and never give up.

Quote of the Week

“May today mark the beginning of many new joys and accomplishments... and a continuation of all of the good things that you have already achieved.” -- Unknown

New Member of the SOM Community

Amy Modini gave birth to a new son, Aaron Matthew Modini on November 30, 2009.  He was 8 pounds 3 ounces and 20 3/4 inches. Amy and Aaron are both doing great!

BGGE/Negotiations Conflict

Students should go to half of BGGE and half of Negotiation on January 30. Both Sylvia and Debbie are aware of this conflict.  All of you will have had at least one class prior to next Saturday to make the individual decision which half of each class to attend.

Course Number for Eastern European Travel Course

Anyone interested in going to Eastern Europe should know that it will be a GSM 545 course, which means it is the cross cultural leadership course. If anyone going to UAE is interested in this course as well, you will need special permission from Deb Marlino, Associate Dean for faculty and Curriculum as it is really the same course but to a different region of the world. She is open to talking to students though!

Photo Shoot for Simmons Magazine on January 26th

If you see folks taking pictures on January 26, it is for the spring edition of the SIMMONS magazine. It is only week two of the semester, so you will still be smiling!

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. 

Academic Program Office Staffing Updates

As you know, Darla has had a dual role in Admissions and the Program office. As she gears up for maternity leave within a month, please use Mary, Paula and Katlyn for all your questions and concerns until she returns from maternity leave. She is due within a month and we will keep you posted!

Deliverables for Fall Term

Are all in your mailboxes on the 2nd floor!

The Leadership Conference is Coming!

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 Wednesday, January 20 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:                          

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.

Summer Registration: Cancellations, Changes, and Additions

· Financial Accounting will add a section this summer. Managerial Accounting is likely now to be added as a fall night section.

· Travel Courses: MBA students are now eligible to enroll in the MGMT 245 Cross Cultural Leadership travel course to Eastern Europe for the full 12 days at $3200 or for 8 days at $2800. The whole trip covers Berlin, St. Petersburg and Moscow. The 8 day trip covers Berlin and St. Petersburg. Students will also have the tuition costs as well. This is a 3 credit elective. Please contact Prof. Gupta or Mary D if you are interested in enrolling for this elective.

· MGMT 247: Intro to Emerging Markets will be opened to MBA students as a 2 credit elective. It is listed as an UG course but will have its deliverables ramped up to be MBA level. This is a terrific opportunity for students wanting a global perspective course and is a weekend compressed course as well! Vipin is also contemplating adding a couple of sessions specifically for MBA students who enroll sometime in March or April. You should contact Paula if you are interested in this elective.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

February 7, 10-1pm

February 27, 10-1pm

March 27, 10-1 and 2-4pm

March 28, 10-1, 2-4pm

April 10, 10-1, 2-4pm

April 11, 10-1, 2-4pm

May 1, 1-5pm

Changes: QA-Delete February 6 (Saturday) and add April 29. This will now clear up the Gender and Leadership conflict as well!

Cancellations: Public Speaking has been cancelled due to low enrollment but will be offered this summer.



News & Events

Free Open Forum for SOM Students!



Forum with Lisa Lorimer, the founder and former CEO of Vermont Bread Company 

Friday, January 15, 2010

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Simmons College School of Management

 Room 501

300 The Fenway

Boston, MA 02115

Wine and cheese to follow   

Lisa’s talk will center on the new book she co-authored with Margot Fraser, founder and CEO of Birkenstock, USA  “Dealing with the Tough Stuff: Practical Wisdom for Running a Values-Driven Business.” The book offers personal insights, advice, stories, and tools for overcoming common and not-so-common challenges in the world of mission-driven business. 

RSVP to Lori Johnston or Call 617-259-1767



Career Services Updates


Boston Professional Chapter of NAWMBA SOCIAL!

Date: Tuesday, January 19
Time: 6-8pm 
Location: 28 Degrees, 1 Appleton Street, Boston, MA  02116

Please join us for our first professional chapter event of 2010, and bring a guest!   You'll enjoy social networking with members and guests, complimentary light hors d'oeuvres, cash bar.   


Network your way to success
A Center for Women & Enterprise in transition workshop series for job seekers

Date: Tuesday, January 19
Time: 12–2pm
Location: 24 School Street, Boston, MA
To register: please call 617-532-0225 or email

Anyone, regardless of how shy or outgoing, can network successfully to grow their business. In fact, today it is a necessary business skill. In this fast-paced session you will join Marilyn Edelson of OnTrack Coaching to learn:

  • The principles of relationship networking
  • Where to network on and off line
  • How to effectively network on the web including tips on successfully using LinkedIn


Career Paths in Therapeutic Life Sciences Companies

Date: January 27th, 2010
Location: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, 500 Boylston Street, 14th Floor, Boston, MA 02116
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Registration Details:
Cost: $20 - If you are a MA-based student interested in attending this event, financial assistance is available through the Stay in MA program. Please visit

Join us for a night of networking among companies and fellow students to build your connections in the life sciences industry. This panel event will feature life sciences leaders from Boston area companies involved in the development of therapeutics for the treatment of human diseases (Amplicea Therapeutics, FORMA Therapeutics, Genzyme & Novartis).  The panelists will share their experiences and insights into their career paths, lessons learned, and emerging industry trends for students to consider as they contemplate their future careers.



10 Climate Trends That Will Shape Business in 2010
Even amid the uncertainty, there are some clear trends that will significantly shape the business-climate landscape.

Green Teams: Engaging Employees in Sustainability
The latest in a series of GreenBiz Reports, researched and written by Deborah Fleischer, the president of Green Impact, explores and outlines the 10 best practices for bringing all your employees on board with your company's sustainability projects.


European Career Fair
January 29-February 1, at MIT (for jobs in Europe)

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

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



We have received excellent feedback from students and graduates who have met with our new Talent Acquisition Executive-In-Residence, Lauri Rich.  SOM students & graduates benefit from Lauri’s expertise in sourcing, evaluating and hiring candidates in today’s competitive marketplace. She brings over 20 years of experience working with top financial services, healthcare and nonprofit organizations, among other sectors. To schedule an appointment, please contact Lauri directly at



Recent JOB Postings -
~ Talent Accelerator @ Mullen
~ Business Development Manager @ More Than Words
~ DCF Guide Marketing Intern @ Parents Helping Parents
~ Executive Director @ upSTART 
~ Chief Executive Officer @ The Protestant Guild for Human Services         
~ Social Media Internship @ CustomMade Ventures, Corp.
~ Principal @ J. Robert Scott
~ Internships (several) @ Propel Careers
~ General Management Apprentice Programs @ Fidelity*
*Simmons was selected among the 15 B-Schools in the U.S. to recruit candidates for this prestigious program. Please contact the CSO if you are interested!

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.



Nine Ways to Research Prospective Employers
Do this advance work and you'll be set for a smarter interview—and have the knowledge to make a smarter career decision.

Hoping to Change Careers in the New Year? Try These Seven Radical Steps
Unlike job hunters roaming the turf of a familiar industry, career changers face even more daunting hurdles.


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Library Updates

News from the Simmons College Library

Welcome- and Welcome Back- to the Simmons College Library.  We are here to assist you with your research and information needs.

Current Hours:
Monday-Friday, January 11-15
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, January 16-17
Monday, January 18
Martin Luther King Day
Regular hours will resume on Tuesday January 19th, and the Library will open at 7:30 am.

Contacting a Librarian: The Reference Desk is located on Level 1 of the Library, and is staffed from 8:00 am until 9:00 pm Monday-Thursday. Check the Library web page at for weekend hours and exceptions.  You can also reach librarians via phone, email or thru online chat at

The Simmons College Library houses more than 210,000 volumes and over 1,700 periodical subscriptions owned by Simmons, as well as housing a rapidly expanding collection of media materials. A comprehensive reference collection, plus special resources in areas such as women's studies and juvenile literature, are major assets of the Library

The Libraries and Technology work together to provide students with an Information Commons: conveniently adjacent computers, study spaces, resources, group study rooms (some with built-in technology) and expertise that students need to be academically successful. There are three service points to help students in the Information Commons: the Library Access Desk circulates books and reserve materials, the Library Reference Desk provides research assistance and help finding and evaluating information, and the Technology Desk provides technical assistance and help using hardware and software.

On the 1st and 2nd floors of the library, there are 92 computers, including Windows computers, Macintoshes, and Express Web Stations (for quick Internet/email access).  The Macintosh iMacs are equipped with iMovie.  On each floor there are black and white duplex printers, and accessibility workstations. There is a color printer on the first floor; and scanning stations on both floors.

More information about the Library and links to the catalog and databases can be found on the web page at For assistance, or to arrange a tour of the library, contact Linda Schuller, Management Librarian.

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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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