At the MBA Convocation two years ago, Veena Jayadeva proudly walked up on stage with fellow class officers and presented Dean David Schmittlein with a class gift of $250,000 to support the MIT Sloan Annual Fund. It was just the beginning of her fundraising legacy at MIT Sloan. Read more >>
Jewelry design is in Jyoti Singhvi’s blood.
One hundred and fifty years ago, her family established a jewelry business in Delhi that supplied the finest gemstones and jewels for India’s nobility. Some gemstones can even be found today as part of the King of Hyderabad’s sword on display at the Nizam Museum in Hyderabad, India. Read more >>
Author, La orquideo flora mexiquense
Dennis Szeszko is a man who puts his life on the line for orchids.
During his five-year effort to catalogue wild Mexican orchids, Szeszko was bitten by scorpions, stung by killer bees, nearly stepped on rattlesnakes, cringed at mountain lion roars, and shot at by a band of drug lords. Read more >>
Partner, Bain & Company - Tokyo, Japan
Shintaro Okuno’s career path has been on a fast track. Literally.
Now a partner at global consulting firm Bain & Company, he started life after college working for Central Japan Railway Company, where he drove the country’s famous 200-mph bullet train between Tokyo and Osaka. Read more >>
Stephen Marcus built Matchbox, an app that significantly cuts the time a school’s admissions team spends reviewing applications, in response to a challenge from the MIT Sloan admissions office: Build an iPad app to improve the School’s admissions process. Read more >>
Founder/CEO, Loom Décor
The early threads of Loom Décor, launching next month, were sewn at MIT Sloan.
Ashley Baker began planning the website—where customers can design their own furnishings and virtually plan their rooms, without the hefty price tag—in MIT Sloan classes. Read more >>
Dream job: CFO at an upstart beer company, peddling a timeless American lager throughout the Northeast. Spend more time traveling from bar to bar than crunching numbers in your office. With hard work, revive a classic brand and watch revenue more than triple in three years. Read more >>
Founder/CEO, PK Clean
Priyanka Bakaya is looking for another win.
Since June 2009, when she founded clean energy startup PK Clean, the company has won, among other prizes, a Lightspeed Venture Partners Fellowship, an MIT Clean Energy Prize, and both Best Energy Business Plan and Best Woman Entrepreneur at the esteemed Rice University Business Plan Competition.
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On a Friday in August, Justin Jensen’s CineSkates had garnered about $77,000 of sales through Internet crowd-funding site Kickstarter.
Later that afternoon, the innovative digital video camera stabilization tool was pushing $100,000. Not bad considering CineSkates had been on sale less than four days and Jensen had set an—admittedly arbitrary—goal of $20,000 to go forward with manufacturing the first run. Read more >>
Director of Web Technology, The JFK Library Foundation
Gone nearly 50 years now, John F. Kennedy, an icon whose election at the dawn of the TV era defined the mystique and glamour of the U.S. Presidency, still resonates in the American consciousness.
Kennedy’s era could only see hints of the new world of information dissemination, one where even classified documents, photographs, and artifacts can be instantly available for public consumption and debate. Read more >>
Senior Vice President, Genentech
For Bill Anderson, work and leadership at biotech giant Genentech wouldn’t be possible without the rigorous technical focus he found in the Leaders for Global Operations dual-degree program at MIT Sloan and MIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering. Read more >>
Executive Director, Teach For America — Rhode Island
At MIT Sloan, analytics is all the rage and numbers are king.
Meanwhile, fifty miles away in Providence, R.I., there are high school students who can’t do basic math.
The failing schools of this nation, including in Rhode Island, are attended primarily by poor black and Latino students, said Heather Tow-Yick, a Providence native and the founding executive director of Teach for America in Rhode Island. Read more >>
Co-owner, M. Flynn Accessories
Local production, product customization, and online conversation are buoying the success of an MIT Sloan alumna’s Boston jewelry boutique, even as retail stores nationwide see slowed growth and shrinking profit margins.
Former District of Columbia Deputy Mayor for Education
From 2007 to 2010 Victor Reinoso took on a management and organizational problem of an urgent character, working to overhaul D.C. public schools, one of the nation’s most troubled school systems.
With a 15-year career starting, advising, and turning around businesses in a range of industries, Reinoso felt he was prepared for the challenge of managing the problem-plagued school system. Read more >>
Founder, Proper Cloth
Seph Skerritt never worked in fashion. But he did know his shirts never fit quite right. And when he stumbled into his first custom-fit clothes during a trip to India, he knew he had found a good business idea to bring home. Read more >>
Entrepreneur and Founder, Hot Potato
Saadiq Rodgers-King cofounded Hot Potato in the summer of 2009 in a garage in Brooklyn.
One year later the company, an activity-based social network service, sold to Facebook for a reported $10 million. Read more >>
Sculptor, author, entrepreneur
Bob Clyatt thrives on total immersion. That’s not so wild a concept for an entrepreneur committing himself so completely to starting, building and running companies. Clyatt did that—twice. He started i/o 360, a digital design firm that he sold in 1998. He also founded a collaborative educational platform company, HorizonLive, which became Wimba and was later sold to Blackboard. Read more >>
CEO and Founder, SheHeroes
“Mommy, where are the girls?” This question, asked by Sue Nagle’s then four-year-old daughter, was the genesis for SheHeroes, a non-profit organization that educates and empowers youth by sharing the stories of extraordinary female role models in diverse careers. Read more >>
Green Economy Manager, State of New Mexico
Brendan Miller was still at MIT Sloan when New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson declared his state to be “The Clean Energy State.” Six years later Miller is leading this charge as the state’s Green Economy Manager. He is applying his knowledge of strategy, system dynamics and entrepreneurship to establish New Mexico as a major center of the North American solar industry and a leader in renewable energy exports. Read more >>
For the Hatami siblings, MIT Sloan has become a family tradition. All three—Homayoun ’00, Mahnaz ’09, and Charles ’10—are proud Sloan MBAs, the third sibling trio in the School’s history. They are a tight-knit bunch, but have distinct talents, interests, and personalities. Read more >>
Executive Vice President,
Strategy and Industrial Relations, Dogus Holdings
“World village people” is the term Oz Denizmen uses to characterize herself and her MIT Sloan compatriots—comfortable in different cultures, intelligent and stimulating, eager to share knowledge. These traits have helped her start a social entrepreneurship initiative focusing on financial literacy in Turkey. It has also enabled her to participate in this year’s Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, a conference held in April to identify how the United States can deepen ties between business leaders, foundations, and social entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim-majority countries. Read more >>
Founder and CEO, Attaché Services
When most students enter MIT Sloan, they view balancing a career and a personal life as a dance to be learned in the future. Alicia Anderson, a mother of two when she came to the School, had been dancing for years. “By the time I was a second-year graduate student I had taken on an identity that was different than the norm,” she says. “I had two children and people were fascinated by that. It sparked many conversations about work-life balance. Having children allowed me to add a lot to the conversation.” Read more >>
President, Peter Condakes Company, seller of fruits and vegetables
In 1900, a Greek immigrant by the name of Peter Condakes sold his first orange from behind a small pushcart on a Boston street. Over a century later, the Peter Condakes Company has grown to become a leader in the New England produce industry. Read more >>
Senior Vice President and CFO, Nirvanix
Major Horton has a passion for improving organizational structures and processes. It led him to implement the first distributed database for General Motors (GM), then to design robotics for automated manufacturing plants, and later to build financial systems for companies like Dell Computers. Now, he's focusing that passion on his latest project, Nirvanix, an IT startup working to bring an emerging technology called cloud storage to the mainstream. Read more >>
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle
The 73-year-old tall ship Eagle might be one of the most elegant sailing vessels on the high seas, but for U.S. Coast Guard Captain Eric Jones it's a proving ground for 21st-century leaders. Jones took command of the 295-foot three-masted tall ship this summer—the only square-rigger flying the Stars and Stripes. Read more >>
McKinsey manager, mountain climber
Vikram Sahney, MBA ’05, recently attained his highest goal, literally – the summit of Mount Everest. “It was incredibly fulfilling,” says Sahney, who graduated from what was then known as the Leaders for Manufacturing (LFM) Program and is now the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Program. “The months of intense physical training beforehand make it really awesome to step on top of the world and know that you’ve done it.” Read more >>
Founder and former CEO and President, MediciNova, Inc.
Takashi Kiyoizumi had more experience in an operating room than a board room when he first came to MIT Sloan. A physician in Tokyo, Kiyoizumi specialized in reconstructive surgery. He enjoyed the systematic process of diagnosing his patients and their treatment; however, as an analytical thinker, he did not agree with the disorganized manner in which the hospitals were managed at that time. Eager to bring the management principles of the business world to the non-profit industry of healthcare, Kiyoizumi applied to MIT Sloan. Read more >>
Board Director, Kasikornbank Public Company
Born in Thailand but educated in Western finance practices at MIT Sloan, Bao Lamsam had the ideal background to help rebuild Thailand's economy after the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Working in San Francisco after her graduation from MIT Sloan, Lamsam felt isolated from the financial services industry in New York City; however, when an opportunity arose to return to Thailand and bring financial stability to her homeland, her strong grounding in global market systems ensured her success. Read more >>