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Strategic Leadership for Women - Sept. 15-19, 2014

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Do you want to get re-energized and re-focused so your can take your career and your organization to new heights? Join us for Strategic Leadership for Women and:

  • Gain perspective on your leadership style and identify ways to improve your effectiveness via a 360° assessment
  • Learn to enhance your team's performance and your organization's profitability
  • Receive personal coaching on specific leadership issues, challenges, and career aspirations

Are you doing invisible work?

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Recently, the Women's Initiative Forum hosted a fascinating discussion with Dr. Joyce Fletcher on the subject of Invisible Work. Her article Invisible Work: The Disappearing of Relational Practice at Work can be downloaded here.

Dr. Fletcher started the discussion by stating that relational skills are needed in today's workplace, and women are well positioned to operate in that way in the global economy. Unfortunately there is a disconnect - there is acceptance that those skills are needed, but in practice they often aren't seen as work, and are therefore invisible.

Her research showed that:

End of Summer Reading List

Decisive Bookcover

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. Recommended by Elisa van Dam, Director of Executive Education. "As a big fan of the Heath brothers and books on decision making, this was right up my alley. And the authors don't disappoint - they provide a very practical approach to making better decisions in their highly readable and memorable style. » View on GoodReads

Lean In Book CoverLean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. Recommended by Nancy Leeser, Director Corporate Relations & Business Development, SimmonsLEADS. "There has been so much written about Sheryl's Sandberg's book Lean In that I found myself forming opinions about her and her book before even reading it. After hearing her speak and then reading the book, it is clear that most of what has been written doesn't really represent what she is trying to convey. While I wish that in 2013 a book like this did not need to be written, that fact is that it does and that both women and men need to read it." » View on GoodReads

Read more reviews and discussions of"Lean In" in our "Lean In" Round Up.

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My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor. Recommended by Linda Schuller Wolf, Simmons College Librarian. "One of my recent favorite memoirs, a story of a very courageous and tenacious woman." » View on GoodReads



Dean Cathy Minehan Moderates "Women and Financial Literacy: Evidence Across Countries"

The Council for Economic Education (CEE) hosted "Women and Financial Literacy: Evidence Across Countries" at Simmons School of Management on October 11. The event featured speaker Dr. Annamaria Lusardi, Denit Trust Distinguished Scholar in Economics and Accountancy, The George Washington University School of Business Director, Financial Literacy Center CEE Board Member and was moderated by Cathy E. Minehan, Dean of the School of Management, Simmons College, Former President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, CEE Board Member.

Businesswomen are Lukewarm on the Effectiveness of Women's Networks

Bucking the notion that the establishment of a women's network at work is a key strategy to advancing women in organizations, a new survey finds that many businesswomen have a lukewarm opinion about the ability of these groups to promote their careers.

In a study conducted at the 2011 Simmons College Leadership Conference with a lead conference sponsor HP, women said they believe the efficacy of a women's network at work is only as strong as a company's investment in the group and the depth of its connection with the overall organizational strategy. Specifically, the study found that women believe these networks were of particular value when they provided skill-building opportunities (training, mentoring, coaching) and visibility (exposure to senior management.)

Simmons College to Host International Women Fulbright Scholars for Leadership and Strategy Training

More than 35 international women Fulbright Scholars will descend on the campus of Simmons College, beginning March 7, for a three-day strategy and leadership caucus, as part of the distinguished 2012 Fulbright Leadership and Re-entry Seminar for Women from the Western Hemisphere.

The scholars, who are mostly from Central and South America, have been in the United States for up to two years, researching subjects ranging from ocean engineering, to accounting and finance, to agriculture. At Simmons, the women will develop specific action plans as they prepare to re-adjust to their home countries and cultures, to help them fully realize the depth of their scholarly experiences in the United States and map their next steps as scholarly leaders.