March 4, 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
MBA Analogy for Sports Fans!
Quotes of the Week
Upcoming Track Meetings with Mary D.
Classroom Updates
Schedule Updates
Program Office Hours Next Week
Eastern Europe Travel Course has Been Cancelled
Summer Schedule Information
Excellent PR hit in Business Week
Refer a friend to the MBA Program
Help HBP test new Change Management green business Simulation

MBA Office Updates


Note From Mary D.

There is a reason that spring break is located at this part of the semester as everyone is more than ready for a break! You have worked hard, and are halfway through the semester! We know that many students have to work next week, but having your nights free to go home, meet friends for dinner, go shopping, or even clean your apartment or house are all great things to do! But remember, that you need to restock your energy for the second half of the semester!

MBA Analogy for Mary D.'s Sports Fans!

I was at the Bruins/Canadians hockey game Tuesday night and was struck by how well the Bruins played for the first two periods and then they just seemed to run out of gas and the Canadians scored 3 unanswered goals. My analogy is that your semester is the equivalent to a whole hockey game and you are in between periods right now. If you are tired in the back half of the semester, it is going to be hard to maintain really high levels of performance. They build in breaks in sports as a time to rest and make adjustments. Do the same over our break as you gear up for the second half of the semester. (ok-that is a football or basketball analogy, but it works!)

Quotes of the Week

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another”  ~ Walter Elliott

"I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers." ~Ralph Nader


Upcoming Track Meetings with Mary D.

March 29, 5pm, New January 2010 students

March 30, 12 noon, day students

March 31, 5pm, returning evening students

Pizza will be provided!


Classroom Updates

GSM 465 Leading Organizational Change has been moved to M222 after spring break for the remainder of the semester.

Schedule Updates

Spring Break is next week, no day or evening classes!


Program Office Hours Next Week

We will be open 8:30-4:30pm because there are no classes.


Eastern Europe Travel Course has Been Cancelled

Due to the escalation in airfare, we could not run the Eastern Europe course as budgeted and planned. Reducing the cities visited did not get student support, so we have cancelled the trip for this year. All deposits paid will be returned.


Summer Schedule Information

Will be released on Friday afternoon!


Excellent PR hit in Business Week

I am delighted to share with you the link to an excellent story on accredited women-focused business programs.  It has a great title “Taking on the Boys Club”.  This article was just published on and Simmons and the SOM are featured prominently. Meredith in Raleigh NC is the second b-school in a women’s college and it just got accredited.  This is great visibility for us.  We are positioned as the leader in this trend, as “making history”, and as having rigor and depth.  I have the lead quote and another one in the body of the article.  Taylor Porter, an SOM MBA student, has the final paragraph and quote.  When the writer called me she was just focusing on MBAs for women, but she seems to have broadened her scope during the writing process.  Nonetheless, it is a great article for us and for the College.  Please share this broadly.  PR like this is not that easy to come by.  I want to acknowledge the important role Kalimah Knight in PR played in getting this visibility for us. Kerri Brophy was also key in organizing the student interviews.  We all worked fast and it came together really well. ~Deborah

Refer a friend to the MBA Program

There is an MBA Showcase on Saturday, March 6th so spread the word to your friends! For more information please contact:


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




JOBNOB BOSTON (Simmons SOM is participating sponsor!)

For Jobseekers interested in working with a startu. Free to Attend. Must be 21 or older.


Date: Wednesday, March 24





*Check out Jobnob’s Chicago Event here:


Special Invitation for International Students and New Grads!


Date: Wednesday, March 24 (new date)

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, do not 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.




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


Date: Wednesday, March 31

Time: 2:00 until 5:00pm

Location: Paresky Center, Simmons College



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.






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 thru 18, Yale University, New Haven, CT










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.





Job Seekers: 20 Ways to Brand Yourself on LinkedIN

Hiring managers, recruiters and HR departments use more than just your resume to find and learn about candidates. That's good news for candidates who have additional ways to market themselves, and ways to differentiate from their competition.  Read full article:



Thinking Happy Thoughts at Work


Happiness coaching is seeping into the workplace. A growing number of employers, including UBS, American Express, KPMG and the law firm Goodwin Procter, have hired trainers who draw on psychological research, ancient religious traditions or both to inspire workers to take a more positive attitude. And, happiness-at-work coaching is the theme of a crop of new business books and a growing number of MBA-school courses. Read full article:



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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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