Strength through collaboration
At MIT, collaboration is crucial. Engineers brainstorm with computer animators, economists with neuroscientists, academics with members of government and industry. The level of interdisciplinary collaboration and cross-fertilization extends across the university landscape and reaches deep into the international marketplace.
This culture of teamwork is a defining characteristic of the MIT Sloan Fellows Program. As a fellow, you will be immersed in the art and science of teams—how to build them, excel within them, and harness them for maximum results. You and your peers will pool your diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to develop solutions that no individual team member could devise alone.
The MIT Sloan Fellows team approach is a carefully developed paradigm unique to this program. You will build productive bonds in tight-knit study groups and other team activities that give you the chance, across the year, to work closely with every fellow in the program. You will grow to rely on one another, be inspired by one another, and learn deep and lasting lessons from one another. The rigor, the close collaboration, and the spirit of shared accomplishment create enduring bonds that span the entire Sloan Fellows year and beyond.
Here’s what fellows past and present have said about the team component of the MIT Sloan Fellows experience:
“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.”
Mikko Uusitalo, SF ’08
“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 Graban, SF ’10
“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.”
David McBagonluri-Nuuri, SF ’11
“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.”
Marcelo Ballestiero, SF ’10
You leave the program with an incredible network and the confidence and self-awareness to do business around the world. Once you are a Sloan Fellow, you can call up anyone in the world and get them to talk to you.Pat Bentley
Senior Lecturer, MIT Leadership Center