March 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 students’ success and support them as they launch, advance, and change their careers.

New Information This Week

Note from Mary D
Quotes of the Week
Save the Date: April 13th, 2010 from 4:30pm-6pm for UAE Presentations!
Access to Garage on Saturday, April 3rd
Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter and Invitations
Summer Registration
Summer Schedule: The Econ Conflict on August 4 with IT and Finance
Summer Schedule: Communications Strategies and Public Speaking
CSR panel/LGA Conflict
Brown Bag Lecture: Redefining Gender Research
CWE Breakfast at the State House 2010

MBA Office Updates


Note From Mary D.

I was in Disney last week and we had a blast, but it is hard not to think about Disney as a business. Disney is a great case study of so many different parts of your MBA education. From its global brand to having every ride dump into a retail store, to fulfilling its original mission of having a place where families and friends could go to have fun, to the magnitude of its operations when you think of how they manage lines, Fast passes, crowd control as examples. When we were there it did rain a few days, but every cash register had umbrellas and ponchos on the days it is scheduled to rain, all located in the exact same place! I also love to think about things like how many cheeseburgers or ice cream sandwiches they serve every day, because the scale is enormous!

Sports Analogies for Those Students That Like Them!

March Madness started while I was away and you have to love the fact that there have been so many upsets already in this tournament. I had Kansas winning the whole tournament and that bracket is shot, but Kansas was clearly outplayed. The upsets of Kansas, Georgetown, Villanova, Wisconsin, to name just a few of them, are wonderful testimonials about working as a team with a common goal, believing in yourself and confidence in your ability to compete with anyone.  Tonite you will see #14 Cornell take on #1 Kentucky. How cool is the fact that Cornell even made it to the sweet 16 and are going up against a basketball powerhouse and people are giving them a chance to win! If they have a shot at winning, they will have to stay focused, stay on task, and never give up. At this point of the semester, you also need to stay focused and stay on task. This tournament is my favorite tournament of the year and next week we should have some new stories!


Quotes of the Week

"Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success."--Brian Adams

”It is not good enough for things to be planned - they still have to be done; for the intention to become a reality, energy has to be launched into operation.” --Walt Kelly

Save the Date: April 13th, 2010 from 4:30pm-6pm for UAE Presentations!

UAE Study Abroad course students will share learning and pictures from their trip on Tuesday, April 13th from 4:30-6pm in M222! Come join them!

Access to Garage on Saturday, April 3rd

There will be a large crane in the main driveway on Saturday, April 3 from about 6 am to 5 pm.  No traffic will be able to use the main driveway off Avenue Louis Pasteur to enter the campus during this time.  The garage will remain open.  There will be 3 Simmons police detail officers to help direct cars to the Palace road driveway to enter and exit the garage during this time. 

Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter and Invitations

As many of you know, one of the wonderful benefits  of AACSB accreditation is the eligibility to start a Beta Gamma Sigma chapter at Simmons. BGS is the academic equivalent to Phi Beta Kappa at other schools. It is an academic honor society based on the top 10% of the UG management students  and 20% of the MBA students. Many of you saw Prof. Linda Boardman Liu and/or Dean Deb Marlino visiting classes over the last week announcing all the students that have been invited. The ceremony will be on April 22 and all students are welcome to attend!

Summer Registration

If you have not registered, please register ASAP. We will start making decisions on running or cancelling electives next week and we want to make sure we have accurate data!

Summer Schedule: The Econ Conflict on August 4 with IT and Finance

We have resolved the econ conflict on August 4! Please remove Econ from Wednesday, August 4 and add Saturday, 7/24, 11-2pm.

Summer Schedule: Communications Strategies and Public Speaking

June 8 is an on line class for Public Speaking and a face to face class for Comm Strat. This is appearing in the system as a conflict, but it is not!! Please email Katlyn and she can register you into the other class!

CSR panel/LGA Conflict

The CSR panel is a requirement of all LGA students to attend, so  if you are being blocked in the system because it is telling you there is a conflict, send an email to Katlyn at and we will get it fixed! This is also not a real conflict!

Brown Bag Lecture: Redefining Gender Research

The Center for Gender in Organizations invites you to the Brown Bag Lecture "Redefining Gender Research" with Entrepreneur Scholar in Residence Helene Ahl of Jönköping University in Jönköping, Sweden.  The lecture will be held from Thursday, April 8, from 12:30-2 in M-337 (Faculty Conference Room).  Please bring your lunch; beverages will be provided.

Please RSVP to the CGO at or x3824 with further questions.  We hope to host a series of these Thursday Brown Bag Lectures through the remainder of the spring semester.

Helene Ahl's discourse analysis of research texts on women's entrepreneurship demonstrated some limitations of extant research. Whereas entrepreneurship indeed offers opportunities for wealth creation and influence, research on women's entrepreneurship tended, through its focus on gender as a binary opposition, to recreate women's secondary position in society. A re-framing of gender is suggested, which includes going back to the use of the term gender in its original meaning, namely as socially constructed norms around masculinity and femininity. This moves the research interest from simple comparisons of men and women to gender constructions and their effects on men's and women's lives. Such reframing also means that researchers must confront their personal pre-existing ideas and language around gender.

CWE Breakfast at the State House 2010

Thursday, April 1, 9am  

The Great Hall at the State House, Boston, MA

Continental breakfast and networking reception

with State Legislators, colleagues, and friends of CWE 

Please join the Honorable Senate President Therese Murray
and hear from distinguished elected officials from across the Commonwealth
to discuss job creation initiatives for small business.

Senate President Therese Murray

Small Businesses Create Jobs... 

  • Small businesses employ more than 57 million Americans and women owned firms employ more than 13 million Americans.
  • Small business generated 60-80% of new jobs annually over the past decade.
  • Over $7 billion will be reallocated through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act aka the Stimulus Package.

In this economy small business is more important than ever! Join CWE for Breakfast at the State House to meet with and learn from Massachusetts legislators and special guest speakers about how small businesses and job creation impact the Commonwealth.  This year the focus will be on Job Creation for Small Businesses. CWE's Breakfast at the State House is an opportunity for legislators, women entrepreneurs, and policymakers to discuss how the public and private sector can work together to support the growth of a vital entrepreneurial sector in Massachusetts.

You will have the opportunity to meet with your representatives and advocate on behalf of yourself and your company.  Come to network with your legislators and other small business owners!

Event Program

9am          Registration, continental breakfast, and networking reception
10:15am    Welcome to CWE and remarks from key legislators

11:15am    CWE one-on-one client meetings with elected officials

Register now! or call 617-532-0225 for more information.

Please register now - space is limited! 

Complimentary Registration.Pre-registration required. 

Summer Schedule Updates

E-ship Practicum and Managing High Growth: first class now May 14 for Practicum and May 15-17 for MHG.

Masters in Communications Management summer courses open to MBA students. 4 credit courses will count as 3 cr MBA electives.

· MCM 451 - Integrated Marketing Communications

Focuses on the marketing concepts and methods needed to capture fragmented customer-centric markets. Emphasizes the need to integrate all marketing communications, including public relations and advertising.

05/24/2010 - 07/22/2010



·         MCM 488M - Organizational Comm. and Cult-TRAVEL COURSE-ITALY

Examines several types of organizational communication, including marketing communications, public relations, crisis communications, and managerial communication, as they are practiced in Italy and the U.S. Focuses specifically on how culture shapes the practice of organizational communication. Includes lecture, discussion, guest speakers, and field trips. Offered in Rome during a two-week period in summer session. 05/17/2010 - 05/28/2010

GSM 550 B, Human Resources is now eligible for the 2 or 3 credit option. It will need to be declared by the first class.

Students with the IT/Finance Conflict

HCA 522- Health Info Systems is being taught on Monday nights from May 17th- July 12th, 5:30-8:30pm.  Attached is the syllabus from last summer. Marty Belscher-former CIO at Emerson taught it  in summer 2009. This Summer 2010 course has been approved by Deb Marlino and Mary Finlay to count towards the SOM IT course degree requirement.

GSM 559 B Public Speaking

Please know that Public Speaking is not on the schedule for next year as an elective, so if you are really hoping to take it, you should think about it for this summer!

Credits For Graduation Clarification

For students that started in January 08 or earlier and took Econ for 3 cr,  have SDM/Strat 1 for one credit, and are not required to take IT, you will all be cleared to graduate with 47 credits! We took the credit from Econ and the credit from SDM to make the 2 credits for IT, so you are one short, and will be ok!

The 2 vs 3 credit option after Summer 2010

We had a great question on whether after Sept. 1, there will be any flexibility to take a 3 cr elective for 2 credits and the answer is no! As of September 1, all electives will be 3 credits and students will need to take electives for all 3 credits. This is the last summer of the 2 or 3 credit option.

Join the MGMA!

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) is the premier membership association for professional administrators and leaders of medical group practices. Get a head-start on being a part of this growing field by joining the association as a student member. Jump start your health care career using the resources and networking that MGMA offers for only $35 a year. Here are a few of the benefits student members enjoy:

Career resources and job database

Access to the EBSCO Health Business article database containing more than 450 health care administration journals Research assistance and advice from MGMA's library professionals Discussion forums and member-created e-groups Discounted registration on 100+ educational programs offered annually

To join or learn more, visit Contact MGMA if you have questions toll-free, 877.275.6462, ext. 1888.

SOM Students in the News

Kelly Fox has been asked to be the keynote at the Athena Award luncheon in Attleboro later this month and will address about 125 people on leadership!


Help HBP test new Change Management green business Simulation

Harvard Business Publishing (HBP) is seeking volunteers to participate in the beta testing of our new online Change Management simulation on Wednesday, March 10 from 1:00-3:00 pm at Harvard Business School.  Can you persuade colleagues to adopt green initiatives at a sunglass manufacturer?  Explore how your influence, urgency and resources impact your success as a change agent.  

Please note you must provide your own laptop (wireless-enabled; browser; Flash 9 plug-in).

A $75 gift certificate to will be provided to all testers.

This usability beta test will allow you to give valuable feedback on an in-progress version of our change management simulation.  This test is open to undergrad, MBA, and/or doctoral business students with an interest in business simulations.  Knowledge in organizational behavior is useful, but not required.

Test Details:

·       Please confirm your plan to attend by emailing (include your school affiliation and use “Request to participate in CM Sim Beta-SOM” as the subject).  Space is limited.  If you are confirmed you will be sent specific directions.

·       Wednesday, March 10 from 1:00-3:00 pm at Harvard Business School (be sure to arrive 15 minutes before the test starts)

·       NOTE: this test is NOT at Harvard Business Publishing in Watertown

·       Laptop: ethernet and/or wireless-enabled; browser; Flash 9 plug-in

Thank you!




Career Services Updates


Internship Search Drop-In:  Sharing Needs and Leads
For students looking for a summer 2010 internship, please join us!  This will be an informal group brought together to share how your searches are going, and for seeking advice and networks.  If possible, students are encouraged to bring internship postings of interest, as well as their target organizations so we can brainstorm on how a door may be opened.  Mondays, from 11:00-12:15pm, Room M221 on these below dates.  Bring your snacks!

DATES: March 29, April 5, April 12, April 26, May 3, & May 10


New – Join the CSO list serve to receive internship (and search-related) announcements!  If you are interested, please email Georgette to sign up at


FOLLOW THE CSO ON TWITTER! simmons_mba_cso




Simmons – Women MBA’s Networking Group
Informational meetings

Monday, March 29 from 5-6pm in M222
Tuesday, March 30 from 12-1pm in M222.

Join us at one of the informational meetings- learn how to expand your network, connect with a mentor, and attend conferences to grow professionally.

Bring your drink! We’ll bring the snacks!


Note:  The CSO is partnering on this event. MBA students/grads are encouraged to attend.

Date: Wednesday, March 31
Time: 2:00 – 5:00pm
Location: Linda K. Paresky Center, 3rd Floor, Main Campus Building
Register: call 617-521-2488 or visit  


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.


Date: Wednesday, April 14
Time: 5-9pm
Location: SOM, 5th Floor

**They are looking for 10 MBA Students to volunteer at this event to welcome guest as they arrive. If you are interested please email ASAP**

This panel discussion will give you insights to assess your career during these times.

  • “How to recognize the right opportunity for you”
  • “What skills are critical to prepare me for my next role?”
  • “What type of industries are hiring?”

Panelist will represent a broad range of industries and companies including:

  • Prudential Financial, William Cuff
  • BNY Mellon, Carlos Morales
  • Federal Reserve, David W. Leavell
  • Plus Hill Holiday, Harvard University

Event Agenda:

  • 5:00pm - Networking
  • 6:30pm - Panel
  • 8:00pm - Career Information Services & Networking


Internship/Practicum meeting
Date: Thursday, May 6
Time: 3:30 – 4:45pm
Location: TBA

Recent SOM graduates will be joining us for a panel discussion. The Alums will be sharing stories and answering questions about what their internship experiences were like. We are looking forward to having a wonderful conversation with them.


Mass Innovation Nights
Mass Innovation Nights connect Massachusetts-based innovators with the marketplace using social media. The monthly Launch Parties (second Wednesday of the month) and networking events are FREE for everyone — companies and guests alike.  All we ask is that guests help spread the word about cool new products they see at our events.  Blog, Tweet (#MIN), Facebook, LinkedIn or tell a neighbor or a friend (yes, in person, you know, talking…)



Asia Business Conference
March 26-27, at the Harvard Business School, Soldiers Field, Boston, MA

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, Boston

International Corporate Citizenship Conference 2010
April 11-13, Boston, MA

Global Health & Innovation Conference
April 17–18, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Women MBAs 2010 Virtual Career Fair!
April 21, 10am to 6pm, Anywhere You and Your Computer Are

Women for Hire Expo
April 28, 10am to 2pm, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA

Good Jobs, Green Jobs: 2010 Green Innovation Expo
May 4 – 6, at the Hilton Washington Hotel, Washington, D.C.





  • Several Opportunities @ Mindspark
  • Several Opportunities @ WHDA
  • MBA Market Assessment  Intern or full time contract position @ BA Logix
  • MBA Market Research internship @ Percivia
  • Marketing Internship  @ Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Internship @ Comcast
  • Marketing/Finance/Sales/HR Internships @ EMC
  • Summer Intern @ Ceres
  • Digital Marketing Internship @ Staples, Inc
  • Summer 2010 Social Impact Internships @  Root Cause Institute 
  • Internship @ Volpe National Transportation Systems Center 
  • Information Systems Internships @ Partners HealthCare System 
  • Internship @  Sustainserv (Consulting)
  • Grant Writing Internship @ TerraVerdae Bioworks  


JOB Postings

  • Multiple positions @ The Asian University for Women
  • IT Business Systems Analyst – Corporate Division @ iRobot
  • Energy Research Assistant  @ KEMA
  • 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.


Overworked? Here’s how to deal
The good news is you still have a paycheck. The bad news is, as staffing ranks have shrunk, your workday is lengthening and your in-box is bursting at the seams. What’s an overwhelmed employee to do? Try these eight tips from career counselors.

Turning tweets into sales
Twitter’s allure is tough to translate into dollars, though Dunkin’ Donuts is tracking results.


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Library Updates

Beatley Library Hours:
January 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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