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Rankings & Distinctions

  • 2014 FORBES list of "America's Best Colleges"

Women's Education & Leadership

Simmons President Helen Drinan has been recognized for her work on behalf of women's and girls' education and leadership. Recent awards include:

Teresa Nelson, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Entrepreneurship Program at the Simmons School of Management, is a member of the National Women's Business Council, a non-partisan federal advisory council that provides advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners.

Susan Vinnicombe, Ph.D., an internationally renowned expert on women's leadership styles, women's careers, and expanding diversity on corporate boards, is the Simmons College Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Chair for Women and Leadership. She is a professor and director of the International Centre for Women Leaders at England's Cranfield School of Management.

The Simmons Leadership Conference is the preeminent and longest-running women's leadership forum in the country, annually attracting a global audience of 3,000 businesswomen. The conference has featured such notable speakers as Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Toni Morrison, Billie Jean King, Meg Whitman, and the late Benazir Bhutto.

Since 2012, Simmons College has administered six programs focused on women and leadership through the Department of State and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars:

  • Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Women's Leadership, Women Changing the Face of Leadership Institute for 20 undergraduate women from Sub-Saharan Africa (June/July 2012)
  • Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Women's Leadership, Women Changing the Face of Leadership Institute for 20 undergraduate women from Sub-Saharan Africa (June/July 2013)
  • "Reconstructing Societies in the Wake of Conflict: Transitional Justice and Economic Development," in partnership with Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges (May 2014)
  • Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Women's Leadership, Women Changing the Face of Leadership Institute for 20 undergraduate women from Sub-Saharan Africa (June/July 2014)

The Simmons School of Management has offered the Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative for seven consecutive years. This four-week program is designed to train and empower Japanese women to become leaders for social change in Japan.

The Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO) at the Simmons School of Management is an international resource on ways to improve organizational effectiveness by strengthening gender equity and diversity in the workplace. CGO provides research and consulting services related to gender equity and change, globalization, leaderships, and diversity in the U.S. and abroad.

Simmons College is the Boston partner for 2020 Women on Boards — a national campaign to increase the presence of women on U.S. corporate boards to 20 percent or greater by 2020. As part of the collaborative, Simmons hosted its second annual 2020 Women on Boards event on 11/12/13, one of several held around the country, to discuss gender diversity in U.S. corporate boardrooms.

The City of Boston and the Simmons School of Management have a public/private partnership in support of the Boston Women's Workforce Council. The Council's aims to work with businesses in Greater Boston to eliminate the gender wage gap, remove the visible and invisible barriers to women's advancement, and ensure that 100% of the talent pool is used to make Boston the best area in the country for working women. Simmons School of Management Dean Cathy Minehan chairs the Council.

Simmons College began the first Vision 2020 college chapter in the United States, in 2012. The organization is committed to achieving women's economic and social equality by 2020. Renee White, dean of the College of Arts & Science, is a member of the Vision 2020 Leadership Circle.

Fulbright Scholars

  • Education Department Chair and Professor Paul Abraham, Ed.D., received a Fulbright Grant to participate in the spring 2013 Fulbright English Language Specialist Program (ESLP) in Vietnam. Abraham spent a month at the University of Dong Thap working with English faculty and language majors to improve English language proficiency throughout the country.

Faculty Awards & Recognition


 

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