January 21st, 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.

Classes are underway as Negotiations, Non Profit Marketing, Sustainability and QA started our first week off! Foundations wraps up on Saturday. This is a good weekend for planning…take all your syllabi and map out the deliverables so that you know what is coming due for homework, group projects, papers and exams. Have that discussion with yourself about when and where you are going to study and prep for class. Coming out of the semester gate strong will set you up for more success when things start to ramp up in a few weeks!!  Our students who went to India are all back safely, which is great news! They are looking a little tired and probably looking forward to the weekend more than any other group! I would also encourage all of you to stop by the 2nd floor LR next week for the Club Event to learn what is going on with student clubs and get involved!

MBA Analogy for Mary D.'s Sports Fans!

It is hard not to be impressed with the UConn women’s basketball team that won its 57th consecutive game last week on so many levels, but as an MBA analogy, let’s look at it from a leadership lens. How does the UConn coaching staff get their team to stay focused, not become complacent, and keep the outside distractions of the media from either adding too much pressure or making their heads swell with how good they are. In Leading, two of the K and P concepts are inspiring a shared vision and encourage the heart. The UConn coaching staff has mastered those concepts and onward they go!

Quotes of the Week By Warren Bennis

“Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery.”

“There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish.”

Schedule Updates for Next Week

Here are all the courses starting next week! Leading Individuals, Finance, Managerial Accounting, BGGE,  Business Plans, Risk, Marketing, Public Speaking. Check AARC for room locations, but all are in the SOM building!       

Meeting Next Week for All Students Who have Taken Creativity and/or Business Plans with Plans to Take the E-Ship Certificate

We are beginning the discussions with students about the faculty decision to add concentrations to the MBA Program. For those of you applying to the certificate, we want to meet with you separately to discuss the options and changes under discussion. Monday, 5pm, prior to the BP class, Deb Marlino and Mary D will meet with this group and encourage you to come and learn about the changes and options you will have, which will be a couple of different ones!! We will meet in M104 from 5:15-5:45pm.

Meetings Next Week with all Students to Talk About Upcoming Curriculum Changes for Fall 2010

We will provide pizza at all of them!
Monday, 12:15-12:45 pm during the Negotiations break
Wednesday night, 5:15-5:45pm

MBA Game Night

Last night we had about 17 students, Deb Marlino and me at game night that was both Charades and Pictionary. Mary D would like to thank Erin D. who organized the event. We had some day and evening students together and lots of laughs. We have learned that Deb Marlino knows every charade rule that exists and  Mary D will win no awards for her drawing ability! Another one is being planned.

MBA Oath

There is a student initiative underway to have an SOM chapter or similar student group working on the MBA Oath that has become popular at many business schools. Dana Weller is leading this initiative and will work with the Net Impact chapter to see if we can launch it at the SOM. She has also met with the Dean who is very excited about this initiative!

SOM Student Clubs Info Session

Date: Monday, January 25

Location: SOM 2nd Floor Student Lounge

Time: 4:45 – 5:45pm


Food and drinks will be provided!

Student clubs are a great way to meet and network with other SOM students, faculty, and staff. They help to enhance learning in the classroom, create a forum to continue the discussion of particular topics, and take concepts to a new level. They may also provide you with another tool to explore your career options and to enhance your resume.

New Americorp Student Leaders in Service Positions Now Available

I am delighted to let you know that based on the work and success of the
Simmons Americorp Student Leader in Service program we have received six
more ASLIS positions.

The ASLIS program provides students who complete 300 hours of community
service with a $1000 Americorp Education Award. This award can be used
towards tuition and loans.

We are under a very short time frame to get these positions filled. More information
and the application are available on the Scott/Ross Center website under what's new.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Carolyn Grimes
Program Director
Graduate Community Engagement and Service Learning Scott/Ross Center for
Community Service Simmons College 300 the Fenway MCB W102 Boston, MA 02115

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

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.



News & Events



Career Services Updates


SOM Student Clubs info session

Date: Monday, January 25
Location: SOM 2nd Floor Student Lounge
Time: 4:45 – 5:45pm
Food and drinks will be provided!

Student clubs are a great way to meet and network with other SOM students, faculty, and staff. They help to enhance learning in the classroom, create a forum to continue the discussion of particular topics, and take concepts to a new level. They may also provide you with another tool to explore your career options and to enhance your resume.


Speed Resume Reviews -- Get Ready for Your Hunt!

Date: Wednesday, January 27
Location: SOM 2nd Floor Student Lounge
Time: 3 – 7pm

Experienced Recruiter and Career Services Executive-in-Residence, Lauri Rich, will be giving 15-minute resume critiques to students thinking about what’s next.  Laurie has recruited across multiple industries & functions, and will share tips for making your resume stand out in the crowd.  Don’t miss this opportunity – first come, first serve!  


Career Paths in Therapeutic Life Sciences Companies

Date: Wednesday, January 27
Location: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, 500 Boylston Street, 14th Floor, Boston, MA 02116
Time: 5:30 – 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.



Date: Wednesday, January 27
Location: Microsoft Research & Development Center, 1 Memorial Dr, Suite 100, Cambridge
Time: 6 - 8:30pm
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.
Register at

Join Career Moves at JVS and Combined Jewish Philanthropies for a free community networking event to learn about career paths in the field of digital media. In addition to a panel presentation, this event will feature networking ambassadors (professionals working in various digital media settings) who will participate in the networking which will take place after the panelists speak. The ambassadors, along with the panelists, will offer information, support, and, where appropriate, networking contacts to attendees. The participation of our networking ambassadors makes this event different from all other networking events you’ve attended.


Mark your calendars!
Innovation Economy Industry Expo:  Exploring and Thriving
Date: Tuesday, February 23
Location: SOM 5th Floor
Time: 5 – 8pm
Space is Limited - RSVP Required. 
Additional details and registration will be available via 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.

5:00-6:10pm    Industry Expo:  Meet with Representatives from Entrepreneurial Ventures
6:15-7:15pm    Entrepreneur Executive Panel:  Learn What’s Hot, and Tips for Success
7:15-8:00pm    Open Networking

Sponsored by SOM Career Services Office in partnership with the SOM Entrepreneurship Program.  



Over 80 U.S. Companies Call on President Obama & Congress To Enact Comprehensive Climate and Energy Legislation
More than 80 leading CEOs from U.S. businesses, including Exelon, Virgin America, NRG Energy, eBay and PG&E, sent a letter to President Obama and members of Congress today calling on them to move quickly to enact comprehensive climate and energy legislation that will create jobs and enhance U.S. competitiveness.

Telling the Stories of Sustainability
What it means, who appropriates its use, even what political party it’s associated with – I don’t know of another word that has been more dominant or subject to more discussion in our lexicon. (2009’s Word of the Year, “unfriend,” sounds needlessly hostile to me, but maybe I’m just getting old.) But for all the talk, it’s easy to forget that sustainability, boiled down to its essence, is all about what happens on the ground, in our communities.


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

Boston Career Fair
February 2, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, at the Radisson Hotel Boston, Boston, MA

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

Boston Career Fair
March 8, 11am to 2pm, at the Radisson Hotel Boston, Boston, MA

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



Recent JOB Postings -
~ Director of Digital Media @ Schwartz Communications, Inc
~ Graduate Intern – Leadership and Organization Development @ Genzyme
~ Senior Analyst @ Abt Associates Inc.
~ Analyst @ Abt Associates Inc.
~ CFO @ Next Street Financial
~ CVS Caremark Corporate Summer Internship Programs @ CVS Pharmacy
~ P/T Project Coordinator Position @ The NYC Labor Market Information Service
~ Marketing Internship @ Kaliber Data Security
~ Program Manager @ The Center for Women & Enterprise
~ 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.


Revving a Career While It's in Neutral
With prospects for new jobs or promotions still looking grim, many workers are struggling to take their careers to the next level. Some, though, have found ways to cope and make themselves more marketable for when companies start hiring again.


Speaking skills crucial in rallying firms to rebound
Former Sun Microsystems Inc. CEO Scott McNealy once said, “Communication needs to be a core competency of any business. It starts with the CEO.”


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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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