May 6th, 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.

New Information This Week

Note from Mary D
Sports Analogies for Those Students That Like Them!
Quote of the week-one of Mary D’s favorite “end of the semester” quotes!
Farewell Celebration for Dean Deborah Merrill-Sands
SOM Faculty in the News
Party for the Dean
Finance B Class Meeting Clarification
Fall Registration
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF invites you to the third event in the 2009-2010 Women's Luncheon Series

MBA Office Updates


Note From Mary D.

You made it or are just about there! Those genuinely happy MBA student faces have re-emerged! I was lucky enough to see the Marketing and BGGE presentations, and it is so much fun for me to see you all in action! The Strat 1 students finish up tonite and are the last class of the Spring 2010 semester! Simmons graduation is next Friday and we will have 40 plus UG majors and 28 MBA students walking, so it should be a terrific day!

Sports Analogies for Those Students That Like Them!

I have to admit, I do like playoff time in sports and it is so interesting to me to watch what happens at this next level. Why do you see higher levels of performance in the playoffs than the regular season? The Bruins barely made the playoffs and are one game away from the Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics were expected to lose both games in Cleveland and gained a split. More intensity, more concentration, more focus…The corollary is probably closest with your big presentation classes and final exams, more at stake, stand up and deliver time, and the give it your absolute best effort. From all that I have seen this semester, you have all risen to the occasion and delivered!

Quote of the week-one of Mary D’s favorite “end of the semester” quotes!

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. it's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do and you've done it.” --Margaret Thatcher

Farewell Celebration for Dean Deborah Merrill-Sands

Monday, May 10, 2010, 5:30-7:30pm, SOM 5th Floor

Simmons College, the SOM Alumnae Association, and the SOM Business Advisory Council will be co-hosting a farewell celebration for Deborah Merrill-Sands on Monday, May 10th, 2010 from 5:30-7:30pm on the 5th floor of the SOM. 

Please join us as we honor Deborah’s service to the SOM and to wish her the best as she takes up her new leadership role at Mills.  To RSVP for this event, please click here. (

Note from Mary D about this event: They would like students to go through the link and register, although your first instinct will be that it is not designed for students or general guests! If you have trouble, just email Katlyn and we will keep a list as well and give it to the Alumnae Office. We really want you to come though if you are free!

SOM Faculty in the News

Prof. Shuili Du did a  4-minute segment on NECN yesterday focused on the findings of the new research from the SOM/HP survey conducted at the leadership conference last year.  The study showed that female employees who perceive that their companies have strong commitment to corporate social responsibility have higher job satisfaction, higher levels of motivation, and greater extent to stay at their companies.  The interview can be seen at

Party for the Dean

Reminder that the farewell party for the Dean is Monday, May 10 from 5:30-7:30pm up on the 5th floor! All students are very welcome to attend!

Finance B class meeting clarification

Class does meet on both Tuesday and Wednesday during its first week!


Goes live this weekend!


You have up to the first day of an elective to declare it for 3 credits with the exception of the Public speaking elective. Once the first class has passed, you cannot change your elective declaration up or down, so please think about it in advance!

Fall Registration

Fall Registration will be in mid June and the schedule is 99% set and being built at the registrar’s office next week!

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF invites you to the third event in the 2009-2010 Women's Luncheon Series 

A Journalist's Perspective:

 The Effects of War on Women and Children in Iraq


Anne Garrels 

  Senior Foreign Correspondent for NPR's Foreign Desk 

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 
12:30-2:00 p.m.
The Hampshire House
84 Beacon Street, Boston

Seating is very limited. Early response is suggested.

 Complimentary valet parking is available.

To purchase tickets or to learn about sponsorship opportunities for this event, please call 617-266-7534 x105 or email

About Anne Garrels

Anne Garrels is a senior foreign correspondent for NPR's foreign desk. She covered Iraq under Saddam Hussein's regime and through the U.S. invasion and its aftermath, and earned international recognition in 2003 by being one of 16 U.S. journalists to remain in Baghdad during the U.S. bombing. Her vivid, around-the-clock reports from the city under siege gave listeners remarkable insight into the impact of the war and the challenges to come. Her experiences in Baghdad are chronicled in her book Naked in Baghdad (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, September 2003).

Garrels, who first arrived in Iraq in 2002 under Saddam Hussein, led NPR's coverage there until 2008. Her reports anticipated and documented the sectarian violence; she traveled the country working independently as well as embedding with U.S. forces.

Since September 11, 2001, Garrels has reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Middle East. Before covering the Middle East, she concentrated on the former Soviet Union and its successor states for many years. Garrels has put a human face on conflict, combining experience in the field with a sharp understanding of the policy debates in Washington.

U.S. Fund for UNICEF 

420 Boylston Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116

617-266-7534 ext. 105

Ann Fudge Scholarship for Global Business Leadership

We had some wonderful applicants in this year’s pool, and Simmons College has awarded the first Ann Fudge Scholarship to Chandace Richardson. This scholarship program is through the Executive Leadership Council and the scholarship award includes: a $5,000 scholarship award for one year, an 8 day international trip (in 2010, they will return to South Africa), a trip to DC for an April Public Policy meeting, and a trip to DC for Annual Executive Leadership Council dinner in October where the student recipients are recognized.

New Member of the SOM community

Brooke Pilawa gave birth to a baby boy, Nikolai Declan Pilawa-Podgurski on April 13th at 1:56 am.  He weighed in at 8 lbs 11.6 ozs and is 21.5 inches long.  Brooke, Robert and little Nicola are all doing great!

Buy a Support Haiti T-Shirt Today!

MGMT 237 student entrepreneurs are selling Support Haiti: Buy a T-Shirt shirts for $15/each. This student-run venture has a triple bottom line:

1) It supports economic development in Africa (Edun Live Africa Grower to Sewer fair trade shirts are high quality and ethically produced).
2) All proceeds go to Haiti relief fund managed by a Haitian SOM alum!
3) MGMT 237 students are learning how to run a small startup company. 

Sales will be at Simmons College at the following dates and locations:
April 26 Fens
April 27 MCB
April 28 MCB
April 29 Fens

Or, you could speak with anyone in MGMT 237, or email





Career Services Updates

Career Services Updates

Internship Search Drop-In:  Sharing Needs and Leads
Date: Monday, May 10
Time: 11:00-12:15pm
Location: Room M221

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. Bring your snacks!


FOLLOW THE CSO ON TWITTER! simmons_mba_cso




The Capital Network: Early Stage Capital for Cleantech Companies
Date: Wednesday May 12
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Location: Bingham McCutchen LLP, One Federal Street, Boston, MA
Cost: $40
For more information visit

Wind, solar, waste-to-energy, geothermal, biofuels, smart-grid, carbon-emissions capture and storage - How Active is it? Who is in investing and got investment? Is it Angel, VC, large utilities, software giants or Government that is investing? Explore the available early stage capital funding options for CleanTech startups in New England and learn what it takes to successfully attract capital from Boston-area funding sources. Cocktail reception to immediately follow program. 


  • Philip Giudice - Commissioner, Massachusetts Dept. of Energy Resources
  • David Kopans - Co-Founder and CFO, EnergyClimate Solutions
  • Dhiraj Malkani - Principal, RockPort Capital Partners
  • John McCarthy, Jr. - President & CEO, Qteros
  • Moderator: Matt Cushing - Partner, Bingham McCutchen


The 2010 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium
Cloud Computing Panel - Strategic Implications, Security, Business Model
Date: May 19, 2010
For Registration and more information visit   
With panelists:

  • Ms. Kirsten Wolberg, Chief Information Officer at
  • Mr. Michael Kirwan,  chief Information Officer at Yahoo!'s
  • Mr. Mark Forman, Federal Performance and Technology Advisory Services, KPMG's
  • Mr. Sanjay Mirchandani, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at EMC


Reinventing your career for new economies:
OPEN career fair and networking night             
Date: May 21, 2010
Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, 500 Boylston St, 14th Floor, Boston, MA
Register and more details:

Lauren Celano, co-founder and CEO of Propel Careers will be speaking on the power of networking for career success.  The event will be focused on opportunities in technology and life sciences.  The event will be organized into two tracks: a student track as well as a current industry employee track to discuss career opportunities for each type of individual. 


Cleantech Focus Boston:
Navigating cleantech growth in China & India
Date: Thursday, June 10
For more information visit

Join the New England Clean Energy Council for a one-day event dedicated to navigating cleantech growth in China and India. Attend Cleantech Focus Boston to make connections and gain intelligence that will allow your company to take advantage of vast opportunities for cross-border cooperation.


Your Personal Brand isn't complete without a great head shot!
If enough women are interested, we will bring Carla Osberg, SOM Leadership Conference photographer, to the SOM this summer to take professional portraits. You'll get 2-4 high and low resolution images that you can use online or in print publications. Please email Jen if you are interested at Details follow.

Possible times: June 26 & 27th or July 10th &11th
                       Please email date preference to Jen at
Location: Simmons School of Management
Photo Package: 2-4 images high (print) and low res (Web) headshots 
Estimated cost if enough are interested is $250.00 per person.
Examples of previous headshots:


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…)



Conference on Small-Scale Urban Wind Turbines  
May 18, from 8am to 1pm, at the Museum of Science, Boston MA

Sustainable Brands ’10
June 7-10, at the Monterey conference center, Monterey CA

FORTÉ MBA Women’s Conference
June 18-19, Chicago, IL

2010 Financial Services FAST Track Conference: How a Career in Financial Services Can Work For You
June 24-25, at the Kimmel Center at NYU, New York City

ALPFA National Convention
July 31- August 4, at Lake Buena Vista, FL (Disney)

Asian MBA Leadership Conference & Career Fair
August 26-28, in New York City

National Black MBA Conference
September 21-25, in Los Angeles, CA

National Association of Women MBAs Conference
October 1-2, in Louisville, Kentucky



  • Prosperity Candle Marketing Internship @ Prosperity Candle
  • Social Media Content Developer Internship @ The Think Big Project
  • Department of Athletics Ticket Office Internship @ Harvard University           
  • Life Sciences Internship Challenge @ The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
  • PTC University Intern @ PTC
  • Social Media Marketing Intern @ PTC
  • Student Intern @ Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Summer Internship @ Mullen
  • Several Opportunities @ Mindspark


JOB Postings

  • Several/Many Opportunities @ PTC
  • Reporting Analyst Intern @ Partners HealthCare System         
  • Business Development Research Analyst @ Raytheon
  • Business Systems Analyst @ Enel North America
  • Contract Associate @ Stax Inc.
  • Senior Marketing Communications Manager @ Philips

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.



Goldman Puts Spotlight on Self-Evaluations
Employees long ago learned to watch what they put in emails, which often are monitored, saved and used as evidence. But even human-resources professionals were surprised to learn that self-assessments aren't really confidential, even beyond their use in wrongful-termination litigation. The revelation of what many considered confidential information could have a chilling effect on an evaluation tool that is ubiquitous in corporate America.


Rebuilding Trust in the Financial Sector
Instead of seeking only legal and economic solutions, society must demand personal trustworthiness from those who lead its institutions


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Library Updates

News from the Library:
Current Library Hours:
 January 19th - May 8th
         o Monday-Thursday: 7:30am - 11:00pm
         o Friday: 7:30am - 8:00pm
         o Saturday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
         o Sunday: 10:00am - 11:00pm

New from the Library: Schedule a research appointment online.
Starting a research project and don?t know where to begin?
In the middle of researching and not finding what you need?
Struggling with a library resource? Go to the Library home page and click on the link that says Book a Research Appointment Online.  Your request will be answered and scheduled asap!

Popular Research Clinics available on Wednesdays from 2-4.Drop in!
Are you writing a research paper? Drop by one of our on-going clinics in L225 for individual assistance with any stage of the research or writing process. Clinics will be staffed by a Writing Center tutor and a reference librarian to help you with things such as:

   * finding books, articles, and high-quality websites on your topic
   * searching electronic databases
   * evaluating the quality of your information sources
   * organizing your information and ideas
   * conveying your argument clearly
   * using APA, MLA, or other documentation styles
   * avoiding plagiarism
No appointment necessary! Drop by with a few quick questions, or stay longer for more extensive help. Or just come in to use a computer and work on your paper, knowing that professional assistance is conveniently nearby.

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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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