January 28th, 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 majority of courses are underway now and the day section of Negotiations is actually finished! We have started the conversations with all students about the rollout of concentrations for Fall 2010 and know we need another round to discuss more logistics, but also what it means to open our courses to other graduate students around the College and potentially the local MBA programs. We know that this conversation needs further discussion and Deb and I are committed to hosting those conversations.  We appreciate the candor you have expressed so far, but the general sense is that concentrations are a great direction to pursue. There has also been a good size group of students asking that non profit not be delayed as a concentration and included in the initial offerings, so we are putting that discussion back on the table for the faculty!

MBA Analogy for Mary D.'s Sports Fans!

I had a great hallway conversation with Jane Mooney about this area of the update and she offered the following reflection for this week. We were talking about the start of a new semester and she reminded me of the NY marathon where the Derartu Tulu turned to the defending champion that was struggling and said “we can do it”, and then waited for her and then ran with her for a while inspiring her to keep going. Tulu also won the race! We talked about collaborative competition and that it is possible to use partnerships and relationships so that everyone comes out ahead and feels empowered by the process.  You have many opportunities within the program to learn this notion of collaborative competition through each of your courses, your teams and your peers. Thanks Jane for giving me this analogy!

Quotes of the Week

"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out."-- Robert Collier

"If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else."-- Yogi Berra

Schedule Updates for Next Week

Negotiations B has its weekend module this upcoming weekend, Friday night and Saturday, 10-1pm.

BGGE meets on Saturday from 10-1pm.

M. Accounting day and evening is meeting on Sunday afternoon, 1:30-4:30pm.

Congratulations To Siva Subramanian!

Sivakama Subramanian, a current MBA student that is finishing up this spring found out today that she passed the level one CFA exam. Only 34% of all December test takers passed, making it really a wonderful accomplishment!

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:                                             

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!

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

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. 

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


One day – two events
so tell me a little about yourself…
Date: Wednesday, February 17
Location: M-223
Time: 12-1pm

Join the Career Services Office for a quick review and practice of your “elevator speech” — what you might say to a company representative in the time you were riding an elevator together.  It should be short but compelling, and most students find practice is the key to perfecting it! 

One day – two events
positioning yourself for success!
Date: Wednesday, February 17
Location: M-223
Time: 4:30-6:30pm

Join Elaine Berke, founder of, for an interactive workshop focused on making connections while you’re networking, and positioning yourself with confidence. is a service of EBI Consulting specializing in university to employment   career strategies and professional skills to help students, grads, and alumni compete successfully for jobs in 21st century organizations.


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.

5:00-6:10pm    Industry Expo:  Meet with Representatives from Entrepreneurial Ventures
6:15-7:15pm    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.  



Lighting: A Path to a Greener Bottom Line
Call them the two greatest challenges now facing American businesses: Companies must not only survive the "Great Recession" of today, but must strategically position themselves for the green economy of tomorrow.

The Green Guide to Obama's State of the Union Address
President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address on Wednesday covered a lot of ground, but a significant portion of the speech was dedicated to the all-important topic of energy security. Below, some choice quotes from the speech.

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

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 -
~ CFO/CONTROLLER @ Marian Court College
~ District Manager – New England @ Boathouse Sports
~ Human Resources Director @ The Greater Boston Food Bank       
~ Director of Development @ The Greater Boston Food Bank
~ Marketing Solutions Content Manager @ Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA
~ Grant Writing Internship @ TerraVerdae Bioworks

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.



Study Asks: Who Has Easy Path to Top?
A new study shows a large gap in perceptions among the sexes in who has more opportunities for advancement—men or women.

Jobs will feature more women in charge by 2018
The chances that the boss could be a woman are rising. About one-third of new jobs expected to be created over the next eight years are predicted to be at small businesses owned by women.



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Library Updates

Library News:

Announcing Simmons College Library Research Clinics-
beginning 2/3, Wednesdays from 2-4 in L-225.

Need help with research? Having trouble using a database? Want assistance with citing your work?  Stop by for individual assistance from a librarian or a tutor from the Writing Center.  No appointment is necessary, and you can drop by with a few quick questions or stay longer for more extensive help.

For more information, contact Linda or any of the librarians.

Library Hours: Current Library Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 7:30am- 11:00pm
Friday, 7:30am-8:00pm
Saturday, 8:00 am-8:00pm
Sunday, 10:00am-11:00pm

Printing: Need Help with Printing in the Library? Stop by the Library Technology Desk, and ask all of your questions regarding printing. Printers are located on all 3 levels of the Library.

For more information on printing, how to pay for copies, how to save paper and more, check out the printing info at:

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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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