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September 2013 Archives

Dean Cathy Minehan Discusses the Economy on This Week in Business


Dean Cathy Minehan, former president of the Federal Bank of Boston, shares her perspective on the economy and discusses her role in the city of Boston's work on eliminating pay disparities between women and men on This Week in Business. Who will be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank? Is it going to be a woman? Watch the video to hear Minehan's prediction.

63 Emerging Female Leaders Selected to be Part of Chamber's 2013-14 Women's Leadership Program in Collaboration with Simmons

Boston, MA (September 25, 2013) - The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce today announced the 63 emerging women leaders who have been selected to participate in its 2013-14 Women's Leadership Program. The year-long curriculum, which begins today, is conducted in collaboration with the Simmons School of Management and is designed to help participants enhance their leadership skills and become engaged in the region's civic and business communities.

2013 JWLI Fellows Program Closing Reception- Oct. 4

The Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative

Fellows Program Closing Reception


Please join


Atsuko Toko Fish

Trustee, Fish Family Foundation and Simmons College

Founder, Japanese Disaster Relief Fund

Founder, the Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative


Patricia Deyton

Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Simmons School of Management

Director, Center for Gender in Organizations

Professor of Practice


in honoring the 2013 Fellows:

Kaori Kobayashi, Misuzu Ninomiya, Shoko Tanaka, and Tomoe Yamada


Friday, October 4

Simmons School of Management, 5th Floor

12 P.M. to 2 P.M.

 Program begins at noon. Lunch will follow.

Discounted Parking is available in the Simmons garage. Please RSVP to Lauren Walleser ( and indicate if you will need parking.


As Japan recovers from the damage incurred following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the role of the nonprofit sector has become increasingly important as a means of providing services, monitoring government response, and advocating for policies that include human, economic, and environmental considerations.

The Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative Fellows Program trains women in the Japanese nonprofit sector to build and lead Japanese NGOs. At this time in Japan's history, strong nonprofit leaders are critically important to Japanese civil society. The JWLI Fellows will return to Japan from their time at Simmons prepared to lead Japan's nonprofit sector, as its role in Japanese society continues to grow. For more information, please visit the JWLI website ( The Fellows Program is funded by the Fish Family Foundation and housed at the Simmons School of Management.

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Dean Cathy Minehan named to the 2013 National Association of Corporate Directors, Directorship 100 List

Dean Cathy Minehan was named to the 2013 National Association of Corporate Directors, Directorship 100 List. "Each year, NACD Directorship identifies the most influential people in the boardroom community, including directors, corporate governance experts, journalists, regulators, and advisors. Promoting continued economic growth remains a priority for policy makers and directors alike. Therefore, our NACD Directorship 100 recognizes those who participate in actual board work and those who influence how that work is done."

SOM's Management Magazine Named a Winner in the 2013 CSPA Gold Circle Awards

(September 23, 2013) -- Management Magazine, a Simmons School of Management publication produced by master's students in a course offered in the Communications Management Program, on September 21st was named as a winner in the 30th Gold Circle Awards program of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). CSPA is affiliated with the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.

Faculty/Staff Community Service Award

This year, more than 30 faculty who received internally and externally-funded grants were recognized on stage at Convocation for their achievements, and Simmons School of Management Professor of Practice Mary Shapiro was presented with the prestigious Faculty/Staff Community Service Award.

Grad-School Advice: Time Management

I thought it would be helpful to give incoming students some weekly advice about business school. This week, I wanted to focus on time management. It's an important skill to learn regardless if you are in graduate school or not.

Are you doing invisible work?

Leadership Conference Attendees

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:

Math Boot Camp

Wednesdays, 6-9pm, October 2nd - November 13th 

Taught by Simmons MBA Accounting Professor Jane Mooney, this workshop is designed to refresh and strengthen your business math skills. Topics include percentages, decimals, fractions, ratios and basic algebra. You will work on problem solving skills, test taking skills and building math confidence.

Tuition: $1,280

Contact the office of admission at to register!

Simmons ranked in the "Best Undergraduate Business Program" catagory by U.S. News

BOSTON (September 10, 2013) -- Simmons College has been named a "Best College" by U.S.News & World Report in its 2014 edition of the "America's Best Colleges" guidebook. Simmons ranked in the top tier of schools in the Regional Universities North category.

U.S.News is the third national ranking organization to recognize Simmons for its strong academic programming and robust student offerings in recent months. The Princeton Review featured Simmons in its 2014 guide of the nation's "Best 378 Colleges" -- a distinction shared by only 15 percent of the 4,000 four-year colleges.Forbes named Simmons among "America's 650 Top Colleges" in 2013.

Susan Vinnicombe honored by The International Alliance for Women

Each year, through the TIAW World of Difference 100 Awards, The International Alliance for Women recognizes up to 100 extraordinary women - and men - from around the world who have contributed to the economic empowerment of women. This impressive group includes recipients from six continents who have supported women's economic empowerment across a wide range of circumstances, from small communities to large cities, from rural areas the developing world to the business capitals of the developed world.  What they have in common is their outstanding commitment to better the world through the economic empowerment of women.

We are very excited that Susan Vinnicombe, OBE, our new Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Chair for Women and Leadership, has been selected as a 2013 TIAW World of Difference 100 Award recipient.