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MIT Sloan: Past, Present, and Future

Catherine Canney, Executive Director, Brand Strategy and Special Assistant to the Dean and 
Kristin LeClair, Director, Donor Relations and CommunicationsCatherine Canney, Associate Dean, Dean’s Initiatives and Brand Strategy and Kristin LeClair, Director, Donor Relations and Communications



Dear MIT Sloan Alumni,

This magazine arrives at your doorstep as we are preparing to celebrate an important milestone: the establishment of Course XV nearly 100 years ago. Through our events, academic activities, and publications, we look forward to reflecting on our history, celebrating our present, and considering our future. In this issue of MIT Sloan Alumni Magazine, we remember key moments in the School’s history. Through anecdotes and images, you will discover themes that are still relevant today.

MIT Sloan’s innovative approach to education and to management has evolved over the past 100 years, but the School has always been driven by the principles of doing well and doing good. In a letter reprinted on page 20, Erwin H. Schell, SB ’12—program director of Course XV from 1931 to 1951—perhaps said it best: “Important work will come only to those who are willing to take individual risks in the interest of the general good.” Written in 1933, yet still compelling in 2013, this is the work of the MIT Sloan community.

In addition to several historic highlights, this issue will look at the School’s growth internationally. In “Made in Kunming,” you will find out more about the School’s work in China. Through the China Management Education Program, action learning, and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative, MIT Sloan is bringing together academics, entrepreneurs, and students to tackle management challenges via classroom and in-company learning opportunities. The full scope of our action learning programs—across continents, industries, and functions—is highlighted in “In the World.”

We hope that you will join us in celebrating all that MIT Sloan has brought to management education, research, and practice over the past 100 years—and all that we are doing now to make a difference in the next 100 years and beyond.

Best regards,
Cathy & Kristin

Catherine Canney
Associate Dean, Dean’s Initiatives
and Brand Strategy


Kristin LeClair
Director, Donor Relations and Communications