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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.
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“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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 know how to use it. Mid-career is when you know what to do with the boundless opportunity it offers.”
President, Perkins Engines Company Ltd., Vice President, Industrial Power Systems and, Growth Markets Division, Caterpillar Inc.
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.
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.
Senior Vice President &, Chief Administrative Officer, Global Markets and Global Services Americas , State Street Corporation
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.
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