"Now I really feel like I'm learning what I need to run a company effectively. I'll probably stick to my guts and intuition, but I'll know what the risk will be."
On the day before MIT Commencement, the graduating MBA class gathers for its Convocation to celebrate its achievements over the previous two years and to demonstrate to family and friends in attendance all the accomplishments and spirit that have marked their time at MIT Sloan!
MBA Convocation Ceremony
June 5, 2014, 3:00-5:00 pm
Citi Performing Arts Center, Wang Theatre
270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
Doors open at 2:00 pm. Tickets required.
The event mixes pomp and circumstance with reflection. Families and guests gather to watch the class process in, wearing their academic robes. The class sits together at the front of the hall (separate from their families) and listens to speeches given by both a student speaker and a Distinguished Alumnus Speaker. There are also performances and media presentations. The MBA Convocation has a formal atmosphere, yet it is more intimate than the full MIT Commencement, when students will receive their diplomas and hear a speaker of global prominence.
2014 Distinguished Alumnus Speaker is Joaquin E. Bacardi III, President and CEO of Bacardi Corporations. Mr. Bacardi received his Bachelor's of Science in Business & Communications from Bentley College (1989) and a Master's in Business Administration from MIT Sloan School of Management (1998).
MBA Convocation is produced by the MBA Program Office with the assistance of the Student Convocation Committee.
“I knew about American business, but not enough about what’s really become a global economy. … You can read about it all you want, but there’s no substitute for being there and seeing the context and seeing how completely different these [other countries] are.”
“The assistant to the CEO was like our host mom while we were there. She arranged our housing for us, she took us out to her friend’s game farm, and we got driven around in 4x4s. She was just wonderful to meet, and we developed a personal as well as professional relationship with her.”
“I love being in a place that is such a nexus of people and ideas — people coming to learn something new and to define themselves. Being a part of that process is a real honor and a real gift.”
“For 35 years, we’ve been studying how companies get value from information. … We try to help organizations take a more holistic view of what they are trying to do.”
“Because of the diversity of our backgrounds, when we hit the ground in Tanzania it almost was a natural play where different people assume different roles.”
"The relationships that we forged helped us to turn out a better project. We were able to test our hypotheses with the people that we spoke with every single day. And really, I think the friendships that you develop really propel the work that you’re doing."
“We are very much an action-learning environment. The way to learn leadership is not only through reading cases, not only through learning theory — in fact we don’t want people to regurgitate the theory. We want people to take theory and to live it, use it.”
“We’re very interdisciplinary. Among the faculty in the group are an economist, a political scientist, a sociologist, and an industrial relations specialist. We’ve always made a big effort to be open to a variety of perspectives, but also to go beyond being open to them, to want to bring them in, because it makes for a richer environment.”
“You could talk about watershed management and conservation of energy all you want. But until you put numbers to it and financial analysis to it, you’re not going to get much done. I came to business school to speak that language, speak with people in terms of numbers, financial numbers so that I can get projects done.”
“At MIT Sloan you have a lot of opportunities to explore entrepreneurship. Especially in a place like Kampala where you have a lot of development, entrepreneurship can be very exciting.”
“The conditions in the neighborhoods we were visiting were different than what we realized before getting there. Beyond that, what was surprising was that there weren’t surprises!”
“[The India Lab] program is one of the reasons I came to Sloan. ... The hands-on learning that MIT offers was a huge differentiator.”
“It was really rewarding that they wanted to know what we thought. We left there being fairly certain that they will do some of the things that we suggested.”
“One of the reasons I came to Sloan was because I wanted to be at a top MBA institution worldwide. But I also wanted access to working with the latest innovations and the highest technology that was coming out of the MIT labs.”
“Technology interests me because it is the mechanism by which we can improve our lives. It also can have unintended consequences, which is why it is important to study its adoption and diffusion through the market.”