School of Management Blog

October 2013 Archives

SOM Dean Cathy Minehan Quoted in The Boston Globe on the Mayor's Women's Workforce Council

Simmons School of Management Dean Cathy Minehan was quoted in The Boston Globe on Mayor Menino's Women's Workforce Council's efforts to make Boston the number 1 city for working women by eliminating the gender wage gap. The Mayor plans to announce this initiative on October 31, when he rolls out a compact signed by 38 employers.

Prepping for the GMAT? Tips from the Student Experience Blog

Standardized testing may be the bane of any student's existence, but it's a necessary "evil" to further along your studies, and subsequently further along your career. And the GMATs are no exception. Preparation is key to your success for this three and a half hour-long exam that tests you on your analytical writing, integrated reasoning, quantitative, and verbal skills.

What Does Simmons Mean to You?

October is synonymous with many things: the start of fall and cooler weather, the end of baseball and start of football, Breast Cancer Awareness month, etc... and, as I recently found out, it is also the month when Simmons College founder, John Simmons, was born (October 30, 1796).

Join Forte for their part-time MBA webinar and hear from Simmons alumna Oby Ukadike

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Whether you're looking to take your career to the next level, start your own venture, or change careers all together, an MBA gives you the skills, confidence and know-how to make it happen!

Attend this webinar to hear from successful part-time and Executive MBA alumnae from Forté sponsor schools who are excited to share their personal experiences with prospective MBA women. Learn how an MBA has transformed the careers of our panelists, and how it can do the same for you!

Register online.

Why Janet Yellen is the right choice for Fed chair

President Obama's nomination last week of Janet Yellen to be chairman of the Federal Reserve System should be welcomed by our nation.

As a former colleague for a decade on the Federal Open Market Committee, I can say that Yellen brings enormous strengths to the role. She is deeply knowledgeable about both economic theory and how it plays out in the real world. She is firmly committed to the goals of the Federal Reserve -- price stability, economic growth, and, importantly these days, financial stability. She is more than tough enough to stay the course in pursuing those goals. She is also a terrific listener and consensus builder and is adept at that new required skill of Fed chairmen, communication.

Dean Minehan Quoted in Boston Globe Article on Federal Reserve

Dean Cathy Minehan, former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston was quoted in The Boston Globe article "Yellen's nomination signals continuity" discussing President Obama's nomination of Janet Yellen to the head of the Federal Reserve. "Few people have the institutional Fed knowledge and understanding of the challenges ahead that Yellen possesses. Before becoming Fed vice chairman, Yellen served as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and a member of the Fed's board of governors. She also served as chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers under President Clinton.Yellen brings a down-to-earth sensibility to the central bank, Minehan said, recalling how she took public transportation or drove herself to meetings when she was president of the San Francisco Fed, instead of using the limousines offered to Fed presidents." If Janet Yellen is confirmed by the senate she will be the first woman in history to head the nation's central bank. Visit for the full article.


Two Voices, Forty Years, Same Problem

As the founding and current Deans of the School of Management at Simmons College, we have both been asked many times why the only MBA program designed for women in the US (and we suspect, the world) was at all important.  Don't women have to work with men in organizations? Doesn't it make sense for men and women to learn management skills together?

Our faculty, our students, our alumnae, and some enlightened corporations understand what makes the SOM programs so important, but it is usually more difficult to translate that understanding to people who believe that women's success at work is just a matter of working harder.