"The focus of Sloan Entrepreneurs for International Development is to have MIT Sloan students engage with entrepreneurs in emerging markets."
Partners and Families
Partners and families are very much integrated into the fabric of MIT Sloan. They bring a balance to the experience, enriching the time spent in Cambridge for all program participants.
Partners and children not only are able to participate in many student activities, but also have their own robust network with a busy roster of activities and a 24/7 support system. Partners and children alike form lifelong bonds, enriched by diversity and strengthened by the shared MIT experience.
Significant Others of Sloan
Whether your significant other is male or female, a full-time working professional, a student, or a stay-at-home parent, the Significant Others of Sloan (SOS) Club can be a tremendously helpful source of information, activities, and social support in adapting to and taking full advantage of your time at MIT Sloan. The SOS Club is dedicated to organizing events and activities for all significant others and family members of MIT Sloan students in the MBA and LGO programs.
Membership in the SOS Club will enable you to network with significant others and participate in stimulating events such as jazz nights, wine tastings, museum tours, art shows, weekend trips, book club gatherings, athletic events, happy hours, and cuisine nights. The Club sponsors both daytime and evening activities to help accommodate everyone’s busy schedule. These fun events are a great way to get to know others in the MIT community and embrace life in the Metro Boston area.
Spouses and Partners
Serving the entire MIT community, the Spouses&partners@MIT organization is an invaluable source of practical advice and information on all aspects of living in the area. Whether you’re looking for the best grocery store, beach, art museum, or mall, the Newcomers’ Guide helps ease the transition to life at MIT.
MIT Sloan encourages an open and welcoming atmosphere for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered members of the MIT Sloan community. LGBT@MIT serves as a contact point for gay-friendly activities.
“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.”
“[The India Lab] program is one of the reasons I came to Sloan. ... The hands-on learning that MIT offers was a huge differentiator.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“The concept behind enterprise architecture is that you have all these machines, you have all these business processes, you have all these people doing things, how do you make sure they all come together and achieve business objectives that make you more competitive.”
“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.”
“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 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."
“If I were to rate the four semesters of the MBA program, the first one is the toughest. Fortunately, the program is structured so students work together through that period.”