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Letter from Dean Cathy Minehan:
Dear SOM Alums,
It has been a busy spring, and an amazing end to the year. Last week saw the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the School of Management. Thanks so much all of you who attended or gave in honor of the anniversary. We had over 200 in attendance at the new Simmons Club at the Downtown Harvard Club, including alumnae, faculty, staff, College administrators, and staff from the several major companies who helped make the dinner a financial success.
Anne Jardim, one of the founding deans of the School, was honored, Jacqui Morby '78SM chaired the dinner, and, along with fellow alums Anita Busquets '80SM and Margaret Hornady-David '78SM, was especially generous. And, we heard via an old video clip from Margaret Hennig as well. Over $420,000 was raised to provide scholarships and programming for the School. You can see pictures from the event here. I am sure you will find a picture or two that brings back memories of the great time you had at the dinner or of a classmate with whom you were able to connect.
SOM 40th Anniversary Celebration
Last week also featured the Dean's Reception for the graduates of all the graduate programs in the School: the MBA, the Masters in Health Administration (MHA), the Masters of Science in Communications Management (MCM), and the first graduating class of our fully online Accelerated Masters in Health Care Administration (AMHA). For the first time, the entire graduating class witnessed the awarding of faculty and student honors from all the programs, and heard from student speakers who were fabulous to say the least. John Lowe was the faculty member selected by the students to address them, and not surprisingly, he was both funny and insightful. The SOM has changed a lot with the new programs, but the feeling of closeness and dedication to our mission remains the same.
SOM Dean's Reception
The best part of the week was graduation. Over 2,000 students graduated, including 600 undergraduates in the morning, and 1,600 masters and doctoral students in the afternoon. Anne Jardim gave the afternoon graduation speech and was awarded an honorary degree. The Bank of America pavilion was packed with families and friends, and the sunshine and balmy breezes seemed to portend a wonderful future for all.
This semester has been a time of transition for the SOM. We will be welcoming at least two new faculty members, Sue Vinnicombe from Cranfield University in the U.K., who will serve as the new Deloitte Chair in Women's Leadership on a visiting basis and Yulong Li, a new professor in operations management. We are in the midst of a search for a new strategy professor and expect that she or he will join us next fall. We also have faculty leaving the School. Professor Bonnie Betters-Reed retired in February, Professor Shuili Du is leaving to take a position at the University of New Hampshire, and Professor Jill Avery will be joining Harvard’s faculty in July.
We will also be losing Associate Dean Deborah Marlino after 23 years of service as a faculty member and dean. She will be joining the administration of the Boston University School of Business and she will be sorely missed as a colleague and a friend. We wish her the best in this new phase of her life.
We have been working hard on a three year plan for the School and on reorganizing around this plan to ensure that we can meet its goals of increasing the size and reputation of the School, while retaining the School's excellence and devotion to its mission. Two new assistant deans, Patricia Deyton for the graduate programs, and John Lowe for the undergraduate programs, have been named. In addition, we are focusing considerable attention on career services and have just about hired a new director who will start in early June if all goes well. We are placing special emphasis on career services as a key element in our planning and will be adding staff to this important area over the next couple of years.
Spring is a time of renewal and growth. We have a lot going on at the SOM, lots of change, familiar faces leaving, and new faces arriving. In the end, we remain committed to the education of our students and to their development as leaders able to handle the challenges of the world they will face after graduation. I know that you are with us in this endeavor.
Cathy E. Minehan
Dean, School of Management
As always, your feedback and comments are welcome.
In the school's own words...
The Simmons School of Management educates women for power and principled leadership. This mission distinguishes and enhances our MBA program in two fundamental ways.
First, Simmons is the only business school with a curriculum designed specifically for women. We believe that understanding gender dynamics in organizations and being able to manage them effectively is a core competency that women need to deliver strong results, cultivate critical relationships, build their careers, and secure leadership roles.
The research of faculty affiliated with our internationally recognized Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO) ensures that our MBA teaching and curriculum are at the cutting-edge of addressing gender and broader diversity dynamics in organizations. Publications from the CGO and its faculty affiliates continue to shape the field and are widely cited and used by academics and practitioners worldwide.
Our focus on principled leadership is at the center of our mission and our academic enterprise. From our perspective, principled leaders not only mobilize people to achieve exceptional results and build strong and enduring organizations, but they also ensure that their organizations contribute to a vibrant, ethical, and sustainable society.
The concept and practice of principled leadership is deeply integrated into our MBA curriculum. We first introduce these principles during the orientation for new MBA students and attention is paid to ethical decision making and social impact throughout the spectrum of core and elective courses. Our required capstone course in Leadership, Governance, and Accountability pulls all facets of principled leadership together: ethics, accountability to multiple stakeholders, and responsibility for managing environmental and societal impact.
Simmons offers numerous opportunities to explore environmental management and social impact in elective courses such as triple bottom line accounting, corporate social responsibility, and managing global diversity. Attention to social entrepreneurship and CSR is also integrated within the curriculum of our nationally-recognized MBA entrepreneurship certificate program. In 2006, more than half of students chose to do a practicum with a company where corporate social responsibility is central to the business model. Additionally, about thirty-five percent of Simmons SOM faculty is engaged in research with a CSR focus, directly informing our MBA curriculum.
Extra curricular activities complement our teaching and scholarship. We give priority to bringing in corporate social responsibility leaders as speakers. Last year, we had representatives from BP, Eileen Fisher, HP, Whole Foods Market, and Green Fuel Technologies. Among its many year-round activities, Simmons Net Impact organizes an annual panel of CSR officers. The school routinely provides financial support to students and faculty attending conferences touching on these issues.
Our commitment to social responsibility and principled leadership is embodied in the green design of our new School of Management building. We have committed to attaining LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification at the Silver level through vigilant attention to energy and water conservation, use of recycled materials, and aggressive waste recycling.
Our aspiration is to educate principled leaders who will build organizations that are successful by all traditional measures as well as respected for providing equitable workplaces, for adhering assiduously to ethical decision-making, and for aligning social responsibility and profitability in their business strategy.
Renewing our Mission
Strong organizations periodically revisit their mission statements to ensure that they remain relevant, vibrant, and meaningful. The SOM recently reviewed and revised its mission with input from alumnae (through a survey and the SOMAA), students, faculty and staff, and members of the business community. The new mission statement reflects the ongoing vision of the SOM as well as our increased focus on principled leadership (including ethics and social responsibility), entrepreneurship, mastery of the quantitative disciplines, and managing in the global economy.
>>Click here to read SOM's mission statement.
Welcome to the Simmons School of Management alumnae website!
We recently redesigned the SOM website, which includes lots of information for alumnae. You can continue to find all of the great resources from the previous website, plus we've incorporated some additional benefits that you receive from being a part of the larger Simmons College community.
• Find out about SOM events
• Read past issues of Network Magazine
• Submit a Class Note (you must be registered and logged in)
• Browse eNews archives
• Search online for an SOM classmate
• Update your contact information online
Simmons SOM Benefits
• Career Services Office tools for alumnae
• Career Connect online recruiting and job listings database
• Executive Education program discounts
• Free Center for Gender in Organizations publications
• Discount on admission to the Leadership Conference
• More resources and discounts here
• Contribute to Simmons Fund for the SOM
• Refer a student
SOM Alumnae Association (SOMAA)
The SOMAA serves the professional and educational career aims of the alumnae of the School of Management, and works to strengthen alumnae identification with one another and the School. Find out more.
Keep in touch!
Network with other Simmons SOM alumnae even if you are miles away! The Alumnae Association and ODAR encourage alumnae to stay involved by participating in regional events throughout the country. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to organize an event in your area.
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Stay in Touch with Alumnae without Leaving Your Desk
Wish you could stay in touch with other alumnae from the convenience of your own desk? Then join the lively email discussion group of SOM alumnae. It's moderated, in a low-key minimal way, by Peg Kelley '88. The group now has more than 200 members, and all SOM alumnae are invited! Current students may subscribe in the June before graduation. Topics include job opportunities, events of interest to alumnae and working women, requests for information, news of business funding options...and more. How to join? Go to www.yahoo.com and click on Groups/Clubs in the "connect" area toward the top of the home page. This will bring you to a page that says, "What is a Group?" and "Join a Group." Under "Join a Group" enter simmonssom (all lowercase and no spaces) and select search. Now you will be at our group page. If you're already a member of Yahoo, then just click "sign in" on the upper right. If you're not a member of Yahoo, click on "register" on the upper right, and enter the requested information. It's FREE. You will then be admitted to the list. Peg will send you a welcome note to confirm your subscription. (It takes more words to describe the process than time to do it!) If you have any questions or difficulty subscribing, contact Peg at 617.926.4845 or via email at email@example.com.
Alumnet Alumnae Directory
Use the searchable online directory to look up old friends and stay in touch. Don't have your login information? Your UserID is listed on the mailing label of SIMMONS magazine. Or, you can request your User ID via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bring the Simmons Experience Directly to Your Organization
Are you aware of the Speakers Bureau at the SOM? Through the Speakers Bureau, SOM professors and faculty affiliates of the Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO) are available to address your organization about some of the most pressing issues related to women, business and organizational development today.
The Speakers Bureau at the SOM is aligned with CGO's mission of advancing gender equity and women’s leadership in organizations worldwide. Members of our Speakers Bureau are subject matter experts who are frequently quoted in the national media and whose work has been published by the Harvard Business Review, Journal of Business Ethics, The Diversity Factor, Leadership Quarterly, and other respected magazines and journals.
Whether addressing an intimate workgroup of 20 or a large conference, SOM speakers bring their depth of knowledge, along with an unparalleled passion for their work, directly to the podium. Recent speaking topics include:
Contact the SOM today for more information or to engage a speaker for your organization. Call 617.521.3824 for more information, or visit the Speakers Bureau online.
Submit a Class Note for SIMMONS Magazine
An excellent way to stay connected to the SOM and each other, is to submit a Class Note for Network magazine. Click here to submit a note (you must be a registered user and logged in) for the next issue of the SOM version of the SIMMONS magazine.
Live Outside the Greater Boston Area? Plan an Event in Your Region
The SOMAA and Office of Development and Alumnae Relations encourage alumnae to network in their regions. To support this and to maximize the number of events that occur, the SOMAA's general practice is to offer a financial subsidy (rather than underwriting the entire cost) for alumnae organized events. However, the SOMAA is willing to fully underwrite the cost of regional "kick-off" events - the first event in any region to bring local alumnae together. To view the guidelines for Funding Regional Alumnae Organized Events, click here.
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