• Women at MIT Sloan Fellows
  • MIT Sloan Fellows offers leadership programs for women

    At MIT Sloan, we believe that increasing the number of women in global leadership positions is critical to societies around the world – economically, politically, and socially. Over the years, we have witnessed MIT Sloan Fellows women leverage their acquired leadership skills, knowledge, and networks from our global leadership development program on the world stage. They are leading pioneering organizations, and they are contributing to vital change. We are committed to empowering qualified, motivated women by giving them the knowledge, skills, and networks to assume leadership positions in every industry, sector, and corner of the world with a world class mid-career MBA.

    The MIT Sloan Fellows Program is a 12-month, full-time MBA program designed to provide mid-career professionals the time, space, and resources to solve complex business challenges and investigate the intersecting realms of leadership, innovation and global perspective. Powerfully integrating global networks, cutting-edge knowledge, the newest technology and the unique opportunities of the MIT ecosystem, the MIT Sloan Fellows leadership program for women will help you prepare for what’s next.

    We encourage you to learn more about the MIT Sloan Fellows women leaders—past and present—and read their perspectives on the women's executive leadership program. We also invite you to hear from MIT Sloan Fellows women leaders about their MBA experience in the video library.

    Want to stay up to date on the MIT Sloan Fellows Program? Register your interest with us to receive the latest news and information about the program. Those who register may also choose to receive a hard copy of our program brochure, which includes profiles of the current class of MIT Sloan Fellows.

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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.”
     Tana L. Utley, SF ‘07President, Perkins Engines Company Ltd.
    Vice President, Industrial Power Systems and
    Amy Gowder, SF ’10 Vice President and General Manager
    Lockheed Martin Commercial Engine Solutions
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    Amy GowderSF ’10

    United States

    Vice President and 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
    Elizabeth Roaldsen, SF ’10 Senior Vice President &
    Chief Administrative Officer

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    Elizabeth RoaldsenSF ’10

    United States

    Senior Vice President &
    Chief Administrative Officer
    Global Markets and Global Services Americas
    State Street Corporation

    Gaining new perspectives.

    “The MIT Sloan Fellows Program offered what I was looking for—an immersive experience. But what really set it apart was immersion for a year with a cohort of unparalleled diversity, experience, and talent. Because of that cohort, every moment of the program is a learning experience—in and out of the classroom.”

    Meeting the best minds.

    “Nothing—not the program staff or the alumni I talked with—could have prepared me for the level of exposure I had to some of the best minds of our time. MIT faculty, many of them industry greats, were approachable and eager to talk shop. And everybody who is anybody visits campus at some point—and you really don’t want to miss meeting a single one. You’re also tempted to head up the street to hear speakers at Harvard or Boston University. From the moment you enter the program, you are surrounded by big ideas—and ideamakers. I don’t think there’s a community like it in the world.”

    Sharing the adventure.

    “There’s an unusually deep level of commitment among the fellows in this program. In part, it’s because they are giving a whole year to the experience. But it’s also because the fellows’ families are so much a part of the program. It’s a rare experience today that an entire family participates in a shared experience for a whole year—especially one that is so mind expanding. Everyone is enriched as individuals, and the family is enriched as a unit.”

    After 15 years in financial services—most of it with Merrill Lynch in roles based in Dublin, London, and Geneva—Liz Roaldsen was looking to build skills and perspectives that transcended the bottom line. She wanted to advance her understanding of corporate strategy and broaden her general management abilities. And she wanted to evolve as a leader. After the program, Roaldsen immediately put her new knowledge into play, joining State Street as CAO of Global Americas. Her role quickly expanded to encompass all global services—and half of State Street’s 15,000 employees.
     Amy Gowder, SF ’10Vice President and General Manager
    Lockheed Martin Commercial Engine Solutions
    Iris Bombelyn, SF ’09 Vice President and Program Manager
    Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
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    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.”
     Elizabeth Roaldsen, SF ’10Senior Vice President &
    Chief Administrative Officer

    Mirela Marku,  SF ’07 Senior Engineering Manager
    General Dynamics Information Technology
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    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.”
     Iris Bombelyn, SF ’09Vice President and Program Manager
    Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
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    Priya Iyer SF ’05

    United States

    CEO
    Anaqua
    “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.
     Mirela Marku,  SF ’07Senior Engineering Manager
    General Dynamics Information Technology
    Randa Jamali Charamand, SF ’08 Chief Operating Officer
    Benchmark Development
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    Randa Jamali CharamandSF ’08

    Lebanon

    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.
    Sarah Kennedy,  SF ’11 CEO
    Vitaco Health Ltd.
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    Sarah Kennedy SF ’11

    New Zealand

    CEO
    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.
      Randa Jamali Charamand, SF ’08Chief Operating Officer
    Benchmark Development
    Tana L. Utley, SF ‘07 President, Perkins Engines Company Ltd.
    Vice President, Industrial Power Systems and
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    Tana L. UtleySF ‘07

    United States

    President, Perkins Engines Company Ltd.
    Vice President, Industrial Power Systems and
    Growth Markets Division, Caterpillar Inc.

     It’s for people with ideas.

    “The MIT Sloan Fellows Program is designed for those who already have a vision—they just need the tools and the support systems to make it happen.”

    At MIT, I felt a sense of coming home.

    “A powerful feeling of ‘these are my people.’ From the moment you set foot on campus, you are learning all the time—learning in the hallway, at cocktail parties, standing in line for coffee. It’s an exhilarating kind of osmosis, and I miss it...a lot.”

    Mid-career is when you need this program.

    “Mid-career is when you know how to use it. Mid-career is when you know what to do with the boundless opportunity it offers.”

    Tana L. Utley joined Caterpillar in 1986 straight out of college and steadily climbed to her present executive position. Among her many distinctions, Utley led the team that developed ACERT™ Technology—a breakthrough engine system that has redefined Cat® engine products.
     Sarah Kennedy,  SF ’11CEO
    Vitaco Health Ltd.
    Adriane Michelle Brown,  SF ’91 President and COO
    Intellectual Ventures
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    Profiles

    Mirela Marku

    Mirela Marku, SF ’07

    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...

    Adriane Michelle Brown

    Adriane Michelle Brown, SF ’91

    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.

    Amy

    Amy Gowder, SF ’10

    Vice President and General Manager, Lockheed Martin Commercial Engine Solutions

    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.

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    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.”
     Amy Gowder, SF ’10Vice President and General Manager
    Lockheed Martin Commercial Engine Solutions
    Adriane Michelle Brown,  SF ’91 President and COO
    Intellectual Ventures
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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.”
     Mirela Marku,  SF ’07Senior Engineering Manager
    General Dynamics Information Technology
    Amy Gowder, SF ’10 Vice President and General Manager
    Lockheed Martin Commercial Engine Solutions
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    Amy GowderSF ’10

    United States

    Vice President and 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
    Mirela Marku,  SF ’07 Senior Engineering Manager
    General Dynamics Information Technology
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