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Lamees Hamada: The Power of Fellowships

Lamees Hamada

As co-director of MIT Sloan’s MarketLab, Lamees Hamada, MBA ’12, has brought the highest-caliber companies to MIT Sloan—Google, G.E. Energy, Reebok, NPR, and Novartis. And under her direction, MarketLab saw an increase in applications in 2011.

Hamada received an MIT Sloan diversity fellowship in 2010. Funded fellowships are a crucial ingredient in maintaining MIT Sloan’s culture of diverse, talented, and accomplished learners.

Hamada came to MIT Sloan to focus on health care marketing. She has proven herself a leader and an innovator at the School. Her presence in the MIT Sloan community has helped shape the School’s future.

Fellowships like the one Hamada received inspire students to achieve beyond what they might have considered possible, she said.

“You feel that someone has invested in you,” she said. “So you want to give back.”

Hamada’s leadership of MarketLab is an example. Her efforts to bring in major companies were an attempt both to attract more students and to strengthen MarketLab. Starting in Fall 2012, MarketLab will be rolled into the curriculum as an action learning component of the School’s new MBA track, Enterprise Management.

As vice president of marketing for the School’s Healthcare Club, she helped bring Chris Viehbacher, CEO of Sanofi, as keynote speaker of the 2012 MIT Sloan BioInnovations Conference.

“When people have been generous with their money, you don’t want to deliver something average,” she said. “You want to exceed their expectations and do something that would be amazing. Everyone wants to see that we have gone above and beyond, and I think that is a huge benefit of fellowships—that it encourages students to do more.”

Experiences like Hamada’s show how important funded fellowships are to the School, said Rod Garcia, senior director of admissions. He encourages alumni to consider contributing.

“We are limited in funds compared to our peer schools,” Garcia said. “The funds that we have are designated to only a few members of the class, and we know from our surveys that one of the major reasons people turn down our offers is because they have bigger fellowship awards at other schools.”

This need grows larger each year as the number of programs at the School continues to increase.

“These awards do make a difference to the people who receive them,” he said. “They do become contributors. They do realize that a part of the reason why they got the fellowship is because we recognize their potential and professional promise—and they do give back in terms of activities and organizing events, taking leadership positions, and making the lives of the students happier and fuller while they are here.”

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