School of Management Blog

The Case for Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone in the Summer!

After completing my first semester with my most of my cohort, I was unsure about stepping out of that group to take an elective this summer. Being that I have yet to take the Negotiations course, I had yet to acquire the skills to convince others to join me in the summer elective I found most relevant to my goals and interests. Once I was able to login to the class website, I saw NO familiar names and thought the worst: the fear of having to introduce yourself to another group of strangers is the stuff on sleepless nights--ice breakers can be the worst! Would I be the last kid picked for the team? But then I remembered that I'm at the Simmons School of Management and nothing here is ever that bad! After the first day of class, I was right-- it wasn't bad at all! Plus, venturing out of your original cohort (and your comfort zone) offers opportunities for growth and a fresh start.




CGO updates Compendium on Women in Leadership

The Center for Gender in Organizations has updated the compendium on Women in Leadership, available on our website at the following link (under Resources, under Women in Leadership):

It now contains many more articles and topics, as well as a table of contents for easy navigation. There are instructions on page 5 for how to best use the compendium.
Please let us know if you have any questions, and we hope this resource will come in handy!

Mayor Walsh, Simmons College Announce Partnership and Further Success in the Work of the Boston Women's Workforce Council

BOSTON--Today, Mayor Martin J. Walsh convened the first meeting of the Boston Women's Workforce Council under his Administration.  During today's meeting, Mayor Walsh announced a newly-created partnership with the School of Management at Simmons College and others. EMC, a major Fortune 500 company in the Boston area, is the newest company to participate in the Council's work.



Need homework help? There's a Tutor for That!

When I saw that my first semester of business school included "Financial Reporting and Analysis," a required course for the MBA program, I was a bit concerned about how challenging it would be. Having earned my degree in comparative literature (years ago), it's been a while since I've taken a math-related course, and honestly, numbers isn't my strongest suit. Needless to say, I was a little worried. I know I'm not alone in this respect. Even my classmates who have worked with accounts in their jobs aren't completely comfortable with the some of the accounting ideas we go over in class. Luckily for us though, as Simmons students we're able to seek the assistance of Simmons Tutorial Services! 


CGO responds to "Ban Bossy" and "The Confidence Gap"

The Center for Gender in Organizations at the Simmons School of Management recently responded to two items in the popular media related to gender and leadership: the campaign to ban the word "bossy," and an article asserting that women "lack confidence."

To read our response to the "Ban Bossy," campaign, check out "Unpacking Ban Bossy: Reflections from the Center for Gender in Organizations," on our website here.

To read our response to The Altantic's article on women lacking confidence, check out "Confidence Gap? Not so fast" here.

For more research and publications from CGO, visit www.simmons.edu/cgo.


Professor Paula Gutlove's Blog on Gender Wage Gap Featured on The Huffington Post

When the Equal Pay Act of 1963 became law, President John F. Kennedy declared the end of the "unconscionable practice of paying female employees less wages than male employees for the same job." Yet, in 2014, when women across the United States earn, on average, 77 cents for every dollar men earn, the U.S. Senate blocked consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would make it illegal for employers to penalize employees who discuss their salaries.



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