• Three partners share their thoughts on the MIT Sloan
    Fellows experience:

    • Vongai Shoko, Zimbabwe, wife of Kombo Shoko, SF ’10
    • Alp Buluc, Turkey, husband of Elif Buluc, SF ’08
    • Karin Peier, Spain, wife of Jonathan Hayes, SF ’09

    Get involved.

    Shoko: “The involvement of the partners was a big factor for us in making the decision that Kombo would enter the program. I don’t know of any other graduate program in which the partners of the students are so deeply involved. Our family was changed by the experience. The MIT Sloan Fellows Program was a turning point in our life as a family.”

    Buluc: “Be sure to visit during orientation week in April, a couple of months before the program starts. I didn’t know anything about Boston before my wife was accepted, but at orientation I received lots of information from outgoing fellows and partners. We resolved so many of the unknowns and felt confident about what we could expect from the year ahead. It changed our feelings of security about making the big move from Turkey.”

    Peier: “I had been on the fence about whether I should leave my good job in Barcelona and come to the program with Jonathan. I decided I would make the decision after going with him to MIT for the orientation in April. When I saw the partners’ presentation of their experiences, I thought, ‘This is the best place on earth. Why not take the challenge?’ And even though I gave up my job, I have no regrets. I have plenty of ideas for the future.”

    Tap your opportunities.

    Shoko: “I would encourage all partners to sign up for the MIT course, Choice Points, which is open to fellows and partners. There are even sessions when children are invited to participate, which they find very exciting. When I finished the course, the direct reports I supervise in my job as a health care operations manager said I had changed. I could feel the change in myself, too, as a person, as a parent, and as a partner. My husband took the course as well, and it has really helped us to see each other’s perspectives.”

    Peier: “In Barcelona, I was an educator and was really reluctant to give up my job. Once we moved to Cambridge, though, my world opened up. Boston is the kind of place where you meet a Nobel Laureate on the subway. I volunteered in the schools, went to the library at Harvard almost every day, and deeply studied the history of Montessori. With my library membership, I was able to go to all kinds of seminars and conferences. I even had a chance to see the Dalai Lama at MIT. I learned so much during that Sloan Fellows year. Now, I am thinking about opening a Montessori school here in Spain.”

    Buluc: “I was an accountant for a nonprofit and working on my PhD in organizational behavior. I decided to take a year off from my job and suspend my studies. It turned out to be pivotal to my career. In Cambridge, I talked with professors in my area, attended presentations and symposiums, and took a course at Harvard on managing a nonprofit organization. I even met many Turkish students and strengthened my home network. Our Sloan Fellows year gave me the chance to develop and expand my view of myself, my career, and my possibilities.”

    Include your children.

    Shoko: “The kids felt they were actually part of their dad’s learning experience, and they came to appreciate that people work hard to get to a better place in their lives. My daughter was so full of pride. She wants to study at MIT when she grows up.”

    Peier: “I couldn’t believe the diversity and number of cultural programs for kids at MIT and in Cambridge and Boston. My son made many friends and educated me about everything he learned on other cultures. And even though he had plenty of Spanish-speaking friends, he learned to speak English very well.”

    Buluc: “Every day, there was something to do with the other partners—the Children’s Museum, for example, and the Museum of Science. It was a huge opportunity for my kids, and they absorbed it all. Now that we’re back at home, I can see how they benefited from that year in so many ways.”

    Plan for transformation.

    Buluc: “The year we spent in Cambridge was like a rebirth for me. Partners can use this year to get off the moving sidewalk they’re on, plan the next phase of their lives, and begin living it.”

    Shoko: “My Sloan Fellows year helped me recognize capabilities I didn’t know I had. I became more comfortable addressing challenges and making hard decisions. I even grew to be confident talking in front of a group—a day I never thought I would see. And I made lifelong friendships—we all did.”

    Peier: “The first thing to do when you come to town is to join the Sloan Fellows partners group. You are all in the same boat. Our partners group got together once a week—at least—and before long, I had seven or eight really good friends. I’ve been in higher education for 20 years, and I’ve never seen anything like the support system that partners have here in the Sloan Fellows Program.”


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    Adriane Michelle Brown SF ’91


    United States

    President and COO
    Intellectual Ventures
    “Sitting down with leaders at MIT and around the world, seeing how they were able to change the path of their companies, seeing the power of the ‘Sloan Fellows effect’ on their careers and their businesses…such high-level conversations transformed my perspective of my own possibilities, just as other elements of the program transformed my ability to fulfill those possibilities. Recently I flew back to MIT to address the fellows as part of this very same seminar program. My goal was to inspire them, as I had once been inspired, to envision themselves at the top.”
    Sarah Kennedy, SF ’11CEO
    Vitaco Health Ltd.
    Amy Gowder, SF ’10 Vice President & General Manager
    Lockheed Martin Commercial Engine Solutions
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    Amy Gowder SF ’10


    United States

    Vice President & General Manager
    Lockheed Martin Commercial Engine Solutions

    Reaching across MIT

    “I strategized with the world’s top aeronautics scientists, explored pivotal technological innovations at the MIT Media Lab, learned from leading security experts in political science–even tapped the latest thinking on defense policy at Harvard’s JFK School of Government. If it was essential to me as a leader, I could reach across the MIT universe and get it.”

    Exploring and reflecting

    “Immersion in the MIT Sloan Fellows environment is not just about rigorous academics. It’s about the accelerated learning you experience by being at MIT full time: the dozens of thought leaders who visit campus each week, the spontaneous brainstorming sessions over coffee, and the exploration and reflection you never have room for in your normal routine.”

    Developing perspective

    “Working so intensely with classmates from around the world day in and day out meant that, by year’s end, their experiences became my experiences. Today, as I leave the program, my perspective encompasses a wide swath of countries, cultures, and industries. I could not have developed that expanded view any other way.”

    Amy Gowder started her career at Accenture, where she rose steadily through the management ranks. She was a thriving supply chain consultant when Lockheed Martin offered her even more challenging career opportunities. After only nine months at the company, Gowder became one of its youngest directors. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics President Ralph Heath urged her to enter the MIT Sloan Fellows Program to continue her strong career trajectory.
    Adriane Michelle Brown, SF ’91President and COO
    Intellectual Ventures
    Barbara J. Corning-Davis, MOT '01 Director of Operational Improvement
    Partners North Shore Medical Center

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    Barbara J. Corning-DavisMOT '01


    United States

    Director of Operational Improvement
    Partners North Shore Medical Center
    SHUR (Sustainable Healthcare in Underdeveloped Regions)

    Bringing more to the table

    “A management program at MIT Sloan was a strategic choice for me. An MBA from MIT underlined my technical credentials while giving me skills that are complementary—rather than redundant—to the strengths of the other executives sitting around a boardroom table. I find I bring a richer base of knowledge and a broader perspective to problem-solving efforts.”

    Change through collaboration

    “I have been working with local civic and medical leaders in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Qatar on developing sustainable healthcare models. Key to success is building strong multicultural relationships, a skill I developed in one of the most collaborative cultures on earth—MIT. I learned that if you don’t have robust relationships in place, change isn’t sustainable. After spending a year at MIT, the ability to build teams—and consensus—is second nature to me.”

    Growing a family

    “Family is so important to us that my husband and I once took a year off and lived at sea with our two children on a 32-ft sloop. So when I was considering a year at MIT, the kids figured heavily into the decision. They were middle school age then and found Cambridge, MIT, and the children of my program peers fascinating and inspiring. My daughter very much responded to the rich intellectual and multicultural environment and is now at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin. Her plan is to get involved with Doctors without Borders. My son, after a summer robotics program at MIT, is making his career in electronic game design. That year very much shaped who we all are today.”

    Barbara Corning-Davis is redefining models for patient-centered care in physicians’ offices and hospitals in first- and third-world countries around the globe. Director of Operational Improvement for a Boston-area medical center, she is also president of SHUR, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing critical health technology to underserved regions of the world. Corning-Davis says her MIT experience has been a crucial resource. Her thesis, which centered on introducing innovative technologies into the healthcare realm, has shaped her career. And the MIT Sloan network she built during her year at MIT has provided crucial contacts, from Guatemala to Qatar.
    Amy Gowder, SF ’10Vice President & General Manager
    Lockheed Martin Commercial Engine Solutions
    Bruce Dewar, MOT '92 CEO
    LIFT Philanthropy Partners

    Bruce DewarMOT '92



    LIFT Philanthropy Partners

    Leveraging the year at MIT

    “Every day I find myself tapping into skills I learned during that intense year at MIT. How to communicate and build strong partnerships, for example. How to guide the evolution of organizations. How to drive change. These capabilities are now in my DNA and have been crucial to realizing my vision—and in helping me help others to realize theirs.”

    Evaluating technology trends

    “I was self-sponsored, so going to business school was a major investment. I decided on MIT because a business school set within an engineering school could give me a much more informed perspective on new technologies. I knew that having the skills to understand technology trends would be of enormous value going forward—and it has been.”

    Generating ideas and connections

    “One year immersed in an idea-generating environment with some of the best minds in the world is an extraordinary opportunity. The faculty, of course, taught me so much, but I learned just as much from my peers in the program. Working closely with these inspiring, highly accomplished people day in and day out, I picked up valuable knowledge across an astonishingly wide spectrum of the global marketplace.”

    As CEO of 2010 Legacies Now, Bruce Dewar, MOT ’92, proved that regions hosting the Olympics and Paralympics could leverage those events as catalysts for creating broad, sustainable community benefits like athletics programs, arts initiatives, even healthcare and literacy programs. Now, in the wake of the 2010 Winter Games, Dewar has evolved 2010 Legacies Now into a still more advanced community-service model with a new enterprise called LIFT Philanthropy Partners. LIFT uses venture philanthropy to support not-for-profits, with a combination of skills, expertise, resources, and funding so that they grow into sustainable and highly impactful organizations. He says his time at MOT gave him the multifaceted skills and capabilities necessary to make this demanding model work.
    Barbara J. Corning-Davis, MOT '01Director of Operational Improvement
    Partners North Shore Medical Center

    Bruce S. Gordon, SF ’88 Former President and CEO

    Bruce S. GordonSF ’88


    United States

    Former President and CEO

    Bruce S. Gordon is that rare hybrid, a social visionary and an astute businessman. After 35 years rising through the ranks of Bell of Pennsylvania, Bell Atlantic, and Verizon, he retired at 56. In his final position, he led the company’s largest division, retail markets, which served 33 million residential and small business customers. He also directed corporate advertising and brand management and brought in $25 billion in annual revenue. After his retirement, Gordon took the helm as president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) until stepping down in the spring of 2007.

    Often lauded for outstanding leadership, Gordon was included in Fortune magazine’s 2002 roster of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives.” Black Enterprise magazine named him “Executive of the Year” in 1998. “I'm definitely a believer,” he says, “that leadership technique has an immeasurable impact on a business.”

    Gordon believes his experience in the MIT Sloan Fellows Program was critical to making him the leader he is today. “Executives from 17 countries were represented, very accomplished business people from a wide spectrum of business, industry, government, and military organizations,” he says. “Even if working with that diverse group of people was the sum total of the Sloan Fellows experience, I would have walked away a winner, but there was so much more – the faculty, the curriculum, the learning experience, the trip to the Far East. The experience was remarkable.”

    Bruce Dewar, MOT '92CEO
    LIFT Philanthropy Partners
    David McBagonluri-Nuuri, SF ’11 Worldwide Director
    Hypodermic Injection Systems

    David McBagonluri-NuuriSF ’11



    Worldwide Director
    Hypodermic Injection Systems

    Strategizing with experts

    “I wanted the high-level access to MIT faculty that comes with being a Sloan Fellow–to be able to talk over problems with Nobel Laureates in physics and economics, with innovators and ground-shakers. I have seen the remarkable power of MIT Sloan thinkers, and I wanted to learn from them and grow to be one myself.”

    Mapping for expansion

    “My company is eager to reach out into the world and become a great enterprise. I see this year of immersion as the nourishment of that aim. When I was deciding whether to apply, I mapped all our goals and gaps to the opportunities offered in the program and achieved a one-to-one match. I couldn’t afford not to come.”

    Discovering depth

    “The Sloan Fellows are so legendary, I wondered if there was an element of myth. But during orientation, I realized the elite caliber of the fellows is real…the depth of accomplishment, the breadth of diversity, the global network, the bonding and collaboration–all greater than I could have imagined.”

    As David McBagonluri-Nuuri was helping to revolutionize Siemens’ manufacturing technology, he developed nearly 30 patent applications, rose to director of R&D and IT, and received the Black Engineer of the Year–Most Promising Scientist award. Wooed by Becton Dickinson in 2008, McBagonluri-Nuuri agreed to take charge of the global hypodermic injection systems division when the company endorsed his plan to attend the MIT Sloan Fellows Program.
    Bruce S. Gordon, SF ’88Former President and CEO
    David P. Hess, SF ’90 President
    Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Company

    David P. Hess SF ’90


    United States

    Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Company
    “The MIT Sloan Fellows Program didn’t just change the way I think about business. It changed the way I think. If ever there were a brain trust for engineering and innovation, it’s MIT. As a fellow, I had access to that incredible depth of technical expertise and cutting-edge research. And the reward of focusing without distraction on ideas, learning, discovery, and growth was incalculable. When I returned to UTC, I found I had a new confidence born of spending a year measuring myself against some of the best minds in the world. I also found myself asking questions that wouldn’t have even occurred to me before the program. The MIT Sloan Fellows Program was a mind-expanding coming-of- age experience, and it prepared me to take the next big step in my career.”
    Heads global operations in the design, manufacture, and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems, and industrial power systems.
    David McBagonluri-Nuuri, SF ’11Worldwide Director
    Hypodermic Injection Systems
    Francis Yeoh, MOT ’93 CEO
    National Research Foundation

    Francis YeohMOT ’93



    National Research Foundation

    Developing visions

    “MIT is an intellectually invigorating, high-energy environment. You are surrounded by people who are pushing themselves to realize their dreams. Accomplishment is not about status at MIT. It’s about making something important happen—something that makes a difference in the world. I found that spirit infectious. In fact, it influenced the course of my career.”

    Expanding perspectives

    “During my time at MIT, I came to realize that I had a very ‘Singaporean perspective,’ and that if I were to discuss an issue with colleagues back in Singapore, they would share that perspective. My program peers from Brazil, Japan, and other cultures, however, would share very different ideas on the same issue. It was incredibly illuminating. Now, if I want an alternate perspective, I have a global network I can turn to for advice.”

    Integrating value

    “MIT looks at technology holistically. The value of integrating management strategy, marketing, technical issues, and other factors is an approach that has proven successful again and again worldwide. And it’s a perspective that has been extremely valuable to me as I help bring innovations to market in my work at the NRF.”

    Francis Yeoh is an innovator’s innovator. An engineer with a PhD in telecommunications, Yeoh has been immersed in high tech entrepreneurship for most of his career. He was CEO of an internet services company, headed an R&D organization that spun out a bevy of start-up ventures, even set up Singapore’s first Internet service provider. Now, as CEO of Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF), Yeoh is driving research, innovation, and enterprise using a holistic, highly collaborative model inspired by his time at MIT.

    As head of the NRF, he connects inventors with investors and subject experts to develop multipronged commercialization strategies that increase the odds of entrepreneurial success. And through the pioneering initiative CREATE—Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise—he is bringing together many of the world’s top research institutions (including MIT) under one roof to pool knowledge and solve some of the most intractable problems of our age.

    David P. Hess, SF ’90President
    Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Company
    Iris Bombelyn, SF ’09 Vice President and Program Manager
    Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

    Iris BombelynSF ’09


    United States

    Vice President and Program Manager
    Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
    “With 25 years of aerospace experience behind me–integrating and building satellites and working on international launch teams–I had plenty of technical expertise when I started the MIT Sloan Fellows Program. But to advance to the highest levels of leadership, I needed to boost other fundamentals, like finance, strategic planning, and organizational dynamics. I left the program with those core skills, deep insights into innovation and technology strategy, and a tight-knit global network of classmates in almost every industry. When you get to a certain point in your career, there are a limited number of people you can safely consult when sticky issues arise. Now, if I come up against a challenge in any aspect of my work, I can call upon a team of experts in 26 countries, who also just happen to be close friends.”
    Francis Yeoh, MOT ’93CEO
    National Research Foundation
    James C. Foster, SF ’85 Chairman & CEO
    Charles River Laboratories
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    James C. FosterSF ’85


    United States

    Chairman & CEO
    Charles River Laboratories

    When Forbes magazine named James C. Foster “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2002, the Chairman and CEO of Charles River Laboratories had transformed his 56-year-old family business into one of the world’s leading biotech companies. And he did it by taking back control of the company from a multinational corporation.

    Although he had a law degree, Foster knew if he was going to grow Charles River Laboratories into a biotechnology giant, he needed a strong management foundation. Not wanting a traditional MBA degree, Foster never even considered other schools or programs. He knew what the MIT Sloan Fellows Program had to offer and headed straight for it.

    Foster says that the program prepared him for the gauntlet of professional challenges that culminated in his 2002 award. “The MIT Sloan Fellows Program is not just an education, it’s a life-altering experience,” he says. The powerful relationships forged with faculty and fellow students, the CEO seminars, and the trips to New York City, Washington, and beyond made the program an experience that he says was perfect for him at that juncture in his career. Charles River Laboratories now employs 8,000 people at 70 facilities in 18 countries.

    MIT Sloan taught Foster that to be successful in running a business, you have to take balanced risks and create an environment in which people are given incentives to be risk-takers. “You want to be constantly soliciting people’s input,” he explains, “to say, ‘What do you think?’ and ‘Why don't you go out and try that?’ And if it doesn't work, you have to be able to say, ‘Thanks for trying.’ ”

    Iris Bombelyn, SF ’09Vice President and Program Manager
    Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
    Keiji Tachikawa, SF ’78 President
    JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

    Keiji TachikawaSF ’78



    JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

    Keiji Tachikawa was actually disappointed when placed in charge of NTT DoCoMo, the mobile telephone unit of the Japanese telecom giant Nippon Telephone and Telegraph. He’d had his eye on what he considered a more coveted job leading NTT East, the company's local phone service unit.

    That disappointment only served to fuel Tachikawa’s vision for DoCoMo. Three years after taking the job, he had grown the unit’s market capitalization to $225 billion – bigger even than that of NTT itself. He also took the company global, carving out stakes in mobile companies in Europe, Asia, and America.

    Tachikawa was named CEO and, soon after, “Asian Businessman of the Year” by Fortune magazine “for his role in one of the world’s greatest business successes of 2000.” The honor, the magazine explained, was bestowed on the leader who proved to be “ahead of the pack, in profits and vision. Tachikawa leads on both fronts.”

    Tachikawa credits the Sloan Fellows Program with helping him shape an effective methodology for business management and decision-making. “In addition to the basic courses of law, economics, and accounting, and subjects such as strategic policy, finance, and marketing, I became aware of the diversity of ideas,” he says.

    If Tachikawa’s entrepreneurial triumph took the global business world by storm, it did not surprise his classmates in the MIT Sloan Fellows class of 1978. Indeed, it was his experience at MIT Sloan that inspired his motto for corporate management, “Think drastically, execute steadily.” A motto he has brought with him to the Japanese space program–JAXA–which he has headed since 2004.

    James C. Foster, SF ’85Chairman & CEO
    Charles River Laboratories
    Kofi Annan, SF ’72 Former Secretary-General of the United Nations
    Nobel Peace Prize 2001
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    Kofi Annan SF ’72



    Former Secretary-General of the United Nations
    Nobel Peace Prize 2001

    Kofi Annan can remember the day. It was 1971 and he was in the middle of his first term in the MIT Sloan Fellows Program. He was walking along the Charles River, ruminating about his place in the class, wondering how he fit into the audacious group of global leaders who were his classmates.

    When the answer came to him, Annan says, it came to him most emphatically: “Follow your own inner compass...know who you are, what you stand for, where you want to go, and why you want to get there.” He recalls that at once, his anxieties began to fade.

    Annan believes that as a result of that walk by the river, he took away from MIT “the intellectual confidence to help me locate my bearings in new situations, to view any challenge as an opportunity for renewal and growth, and to be comfortable in seeking the help of colleagues, but not fearing to do things my way.”

    MIT and the United Nations, Annan says, have more in common than might be at first obvious. The experimental method, for example. “An international organization,” he says, “is an experiment...an experiment in human cooperation on a planetary scale.” He notes that “international organizations must be closely tuned to their environments, quickly correct their mistakes, build cumulatively on their achievements, and continually generate new modalities as previous ways of doing things become outdated.”

    Although that introspective walk along the Charles River is now more than 30 years past, Annan’s experience at MIT still informs his decisions. “As a Sloan Fellow, I learned management skills that I could draw on in refashioning the United Nations for the new century.”

    Keiji Tachikawa, SF ’78President
    JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
    Marcelo Ballestiero, SF ’10 Founder/CEO
    Spirits Tecnologia

    Marcelo BallestieroSF ’10



    Spirits Tecnologia

    Meeting global leaders

    “During our international trip to South Africa and Brazil, I was struck by an incredible sense of momentum. The nations we visited were very different yet equally committed to sustainable fast-track development. The government and company leaders we met gave us tremendous insight into the possibilities for responsible entrepreneurship.”

    Collaborating with innovators

    “I’m preparing to start a multinational company focused on data analytics. The best thinkers in business, entrepreneurship, and IT are all right here. The one-on-one interactions with faculty and global leaders are unlike any other educational experience. And your fellow students are the best of the best. I remember looking across the classroom and thinking: just the dozen of us in this room could change the world.”

    Sharing with family

    “My family considered it ‘our’ Sloan Fellows year. My wife, who is also an entrepreneur, was able to work remotely from Cambridge. My children became fluent in English, played soccer, and took classes through MIT’s fantastic SPLASH program. They loved the idea of studying at MIT, just like Dad.”

    Marcelo Ballestiero has always been a master of developing ideas from scratch. So when Philips Brazil spun off its automation department, Ballestiero left the company to establish his own entrepreneurial niche. His software company Spirits Tecnologia has forged custom telecom, manufacturing, mobile, and business intelligence solutions since 1994. Ballestiero used his year at the MIT Sloan Fellows Program as a springboard for the launch of a new global company.
    Kofi Annan, SF ’72Former Secretary-General of the United Nations
    Nobel Peace Prize 2001
    Mikko Uusitalo, SF '08 Vice President, Worldwide Alliances Sales
    HP Communications and Media Business

    Mikko UusitaloSF '08



    Vice President, Worldwide Alliances Sales
    HP Communications and Media Business

    Learning to lead

    “The program is a microcosm of the corporate environment. You work closely with people who hold very different perspectives from your own. You evolve from accepting those differences to counting on them. You learn there’s far more power in collaboration than in competition. And you learn not just how to lead, but when to lead.”

    Transforming the dialogue

    “My year as a Sloan Fellow was the best of my life. I met so many influential leaders and saw how they integrated who they were with the fundamentals of good leadership. When I returned to my job at HP, my dialogue with senior executives was transformed. I was immediately making things happen in my company.”

    Improving the world

    “I always knew I wanted to do big things with my life. As a Sloan Fellow I gained a deeper understanding of how the world works – economics, finance, ‘the Street’ – but I also learned about poverty, sustainability, and social issues. I gained a clearer, more actionable vision of how to make the world a better place.”

    Mikko Uusitalo credits his love of all things tech for his smooth transition from corporate lawyer to marketing executive at HP. But as a leader of a worldwide sales team, Uusitalo knew he needed the MIT Sloan Fellows Program experience to perform at the highest levels of business. Energized by his year at MIT, Uusitalo is strengthening HP’s capacity for innovation as head of global alliances for new initiatives.
    Marcelo Ballestiero, SF ’10Founder/CEO
    Spirits Tecnologia
    Mirela Marku, SF ’07 Senior Engineering Manager
    General Dynamics Information Technology

    Mirela Marku SF ’07


    United States/Albania

    Senior Engineering Manager
    General Dynamics Information Technology
    “It’s an engineer’s dream to go to MIT, so when it was time to make the transition from engineering to management, I immediately thought: Sloan. I polled executives at GD and they immediately thought: the Sloan Fellows Program. They said it was the perfect way to develop the perspective I needed to advance in the company, and they were right. I remember every lecture, every trip, every assignment–and every cultural lesson. I learned from the Japanese fellows the importance of listening. I learned from the Latin American fellows the importance of emotion. I learned from the American fellows the importance of confidence. And I continue learning from them.”
    Mikko Uusitalo, SF '08Vice President, Worldwide Alliances Sales
    HP Communications and Media Business
    Pascal Marmier, SF ’08 Consul and Director, swissnex Boston
    Consulate of Switzerland

    Pascal MarmierSF ’08



    Consul and Director, swissnex Boston
    Consulate of Switzerland
    “I came to this program to think outside the inbox. Executives have few opportunities in their lifetimes to reflect, absorb, and put all the pieces of their lives together. The MIT Sloan Fellows Program offers a highly valuable refueling station at the crossroads of our careers. In the program, we figure out just where we should be headed and how to get there. All the while we’re meeting people we could never meet and learning things we could never learn anywhere but here. I really valued the intersections. You might find yourself in a negotiating class with a real estate expert, a neuroscientist, and a mechanical engineer. As a result, I know so much more about so many things. I can see the impact this very deep knowledge and experience has had on my life and work.”
    Manages Swiss/United States collaborations with universities, high-tech startups, and decision makers in IT, nanotech, life sciences, and clean energy. Trains and advises transatlantic entrepreneurs.
    Mirela Marku, SF ’07Senior Engineering Manager
    General Dynamics Information Technology
    Pedro Baranda, SF ’01 President
    Otis Elevator Co.

    Pedro Baranda SF ’01



    Otis Elevator Co.
    "I had a PhD in engineering and was doing well in my career, but was at a disadvantage without a solid base in finance and economics. My plan was to go to the Sloan Fellows Program to fill those gaps. In that amazing year, I was able to accomplish that and so much more–for example, learning the importance of people and how to listen and collaborate. At MIT Sloan, I worked with extraordinarily gifted people–faculty, my Sloan Fellows peers, members of the MIT community. During program trips, I met crucial industry contacts. And my thesis advisor was none other than Nobel Laureate Franco Modigliani, one of the greatest economists of our time. What it all adds up to is a network that has been indispensable as I have moved up and around the world with Otis."
    Pascal Marmier, SF ’08Consul and Director, swissnex Boston
    Consulate of Switzerland

    Priya Iyer SF ’05


    United States

    “When I was about to begin the program, I was worried. ‘One year?!’ It seemed an eternity to spend at that point in my career. By graduation, I was wishing I had another nine years. Until you arrive at MIT, you don’t realize the extent of the adventure that awaits you. As the CEO of a startup that has grown from six to 60 people in five years, I use what I learned in that jam-packed year every single day–technology strategy, system dynamics, product marketing, competition, leadership. In fact, to some extent, we have modeled Anaqua on the MIT Sloan Fellows Program itself, bringing our clients together from various countries and industries to pool their knowledge and help one another thrive. It is an approach that has proved as successful for Anaqua as for the program that inspired it.”
    Leads Anaqua’s overall vision, strategy, and execution, with a focus on building teams, technology, and a strong client community.
    Pedro Baranda, SF ’01President
    Otis Elevator Co.
    Randa Jamali Charamand, SF ’08 Chief Operating Officer
    Benchmark Development
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    Randa Jamali CharamandSF ’08



    Chief Operating Officer
    Benchmark Development

    Emerging confident

    “The value of the program was extraordinary. It opened my mind, stretched my thinking, and fueled my creativity in ways I did not think were possible. I emerged with the confidence and ability to make a difference in my company and in the community.”

    Bonding with colleagues

    “I was the very last person in the class to arrive on campus. I came upon a group of fellows deep in discussion. When they realized who I was, they immediately welcomed me and dropped everything to help me get settled and ease my transition. That Sloan Fellows bond is powerful – and lasts far beyond the program.”

    Expanding value

    “Every day, I feel the impact of my Sloan Fellows experience. I am more innovative, more strategic, more global in my thinking. The value of the program is integral to everything I do and everything I am. Two years have gone by, and I keep waiting for that sensation to abate, but it doesn’t.”

    Randa Jamali Charamand was finance manager at Millennium Development when the company’s CEO, Bassim Halaby, SF ’02, joined the MIT Sloan Fellows Program. Halaby returned transformed, and Charamand was determined to follow in his footsteps. In 2006, she joined Halaby at Benchmark Development and became a fellow with Halaby’s enthusiastic support. Now COO of Benchmark, Charamand heads regional operations and $1.5 billion in projects.
    Ric Fulop, SF ’06 Founder, A123Systems

    Ric FulopSF ’06



    Founder, A123Systems
    “Most MBA programs are formulaic–graduating is almost like getting your passport stamped. The MIT Sloan Fellows Program, on the other hand, is a 360-degree experience. As a serial entrepreneur, I was able to take courses in any area of the Institute I thought would help me to grow my company. In those two years, I built the broad and powerful range of skills I needed, all the while taking A123 from startup to success. I think it’s the impact that Sloan Fellows have on their companies that best illustrates the strength of this program.”
    Founded this renowned alternative energy startup, one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-power lithium ion batteries.
    Randa Jamali Charamand, SF ’08Chief Operating Officer
    Benchmark Development

    Richard ResnickMOT ’04


    United States

    Genome Quest

    Taking ideas the distance

    “Before MOT, I started a small company, and it was successful, but I felt I could take my ideas much further. I realized there were gaps in the story I wanted to tell about myself. I needed the pedigree and capabilities to match my vision—and a management program that could help me develop that. It’s true. An entrepreneur who wants to bring revolutionary technologies to market has one clear choice in business education—MIT.”

    Moving the world forward

    “MIT is instrumental in moving the world forward, and my year in the MOT Program gave me the resources to join that effort. On top of everything I took away, I can show up on campus today and ask for whatever I need—with the confidence that that need will be met.”

    Shaping history

    “At GenomeQuest, I am riding the most exciting technology development in the history of mankind. But I am convinced that if I hadn’t taken that year out for the MOT Program (now Sloan Fellows), I would still be a mid-level technical manager in a biopharma company. My time at MIT gave me everything I need to go as far as I want to go.”

    Richard Resnick is a genetics pioneer, a serial entrepreneur, and a music innovator, but a more accurate characterization might be high-tech explorer. Resnick has planted so many flags on so many tech mountain peaks, it’s dizzying. Today, he’s channeling everything he’s learned in those many pursuits into his role as CEO of GenomeQuest.

    The possibilities inherent in the study of the human genome first became clear to Resnick right out of college when he worked as a computer scientist on Eric Lander’s Human Genome Project at MIT. Now, he is at the front lines of the business of genomes, helping to advance the use of the genome as a universal and affordable diagnostic tool. And he is drawing on his MIT education—and network—to move forward on that frontier.

    Read Richard Resnick’s blog at GenomeQuest.

    Ric Fulop, SF ’06Founder, A123Systems
    Ron Williams, SF '84 CEO and Chairman

    Ron WilliamsSF '84



    CEO and Chairman

    Ron Williams has his head in the clouds, and that’s exactly where he intends to keep it. “One of the basic principles of successful leadership is to keep your head in the clouds and your feet on the ground. You have to start with a large-scale, long-range vision and then operationalize strategies that deliver real value to stakeholders.”

    As President of Aetna, Williams stands as powerful proof of his theory. He oversees the bulk of Aetna’s $25 billion business and has been named one of the “50 Most Powerful Black Executives” by Fortune magazine. He credits the MIT Sloan Fellows Program as a major force in shaping his ideas about leadership.

    “I went to Sloan to turn myself into a generalist with a wider view of business. I wasn’t alone. At the start of the program, all the participants tended to define a problem in terms of their specialty. By the end of the program, we’d moved beyond our respective functional disciplines and learned to match the right discipline, or combination of disciplines, to the problem at hand.”

    Williams looks back on this collaborative experience as a fundamental step in his evolution as an executive. “Working with a world-class faculty and high-performing classmates, I was able to take everything I knew about business and raise it to the next level.”

    Sarah Kennedy, SF ’11 CEO
    Vitaco Health Ltd.

    Sarah Kennedy SF ’11


    New Zealand

    Vitaco Health Ltd.

    Embracing adventure

    “MIT is on the crest of the world, and I feel like a kid on a skateboard with my hat on backwards ready to take off. I’m in this adventure for the thrills and for the chance to stretch, discover, and expand.”

    Harvesting the ecosystem

    “In New Zealand, we are great innovators, but we are not commercializing or exporting nearly enough. As a CEO and a passionate New Zealander, I need to fix that. Just a couple of weeks in, I’m already building a powerful global network and tapping into MIT’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. This is exactly where I need to be right now.”

    Building community

    “The Sloan Fellows Program is a strong, inclusive family. When my husband saw how enthusiastic the partners are about the program and how close-knit the community is, he decided to make more time to visit from New Zealand so he can take part.”

    In 1998, veterinary surgeon turned retail marketing executive Sarah Kennedy took the helm of Healtheries, a modest New Zealand health products company. In the decade that followed, Kennedy led the cycle of growth, acquisition, and merger that created Vitaco, the third-largest health and well-being company in Australasia. Now, she’s partnering with New Zealand’s Foundation for Research, Science, and Technology to increase commercialization of the country’s R&D.
    Ron Williams, SF '84CEO and Chairman
    Adriane Michelle Brown, SF ’91 President and COO
    Intellectual Ventures


  • The Sloan Fellows Program is a landmark year for the partners, too, and boy do they make the most of it. Throughout the year, the opportunities for personal and professional growth are abundant.Mary Marshall
    Associate Director
    MIT Sloan Fellows Program