"MIT Sloan is a place where you don't have to be afraid to ask questions, there is always help. But, more importantly, MIT Sloan is a place where no one's own self-importance gets in the way of them asking a question that needs to be asked. And, in the end, it is those that are willing to ask and willing to learn that will end up with the lives worth living."
Leadership and Impact
Veterans at MIT Sloan
You come to MIT Sloan with special skills and experiences. You help us build a more diverse campus community, and your ideas fuel the experimentation and transformation that develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world.
We believe it is through our differences that we find common purpose. We are committed to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for every member of our community, and we are excited to see what you will bring to MIT Sloan. We know that with your military experience, you will make a meaningful impact the moment you step on campus.
Leadership in action
The MIT Sloan Veterans Association welcomes servicemen and women from around the world, helping them build on the foundation of leadership they developed during military service. We support students during the transition to business school, and offer guidance for active reservists committed to ongoing military service during their time at MIT Sloan. We are a hub for esprit de corps, career development, and community building among the diverse military community at MIT Sloan and the broader MIT campus. We also strive to keep in touch with MIT Sloan’s extensive global network of military alumni.
Veterans returning to school have many options to consider for funding their education, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program. You can learn more at mitsloanveterans.org/prospectivestudents/
“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.”
“Our mission, along with the mission of MIT Sloan, is to both develop leaders who make a difference in the world, and also to make a contribution to thinking about the topic of leadership.”
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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 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.”
“These companies are really excited to work with MIT students.They reach out to the community to set up these projects and are great to work with. They give us access to all their resources and are very open to us.”
“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.”
"After we gave our recommendations, the great part was that the very next day the CEO was in the boardroom implementing them with his top vice presidents."
“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 get to work with some of the world’s leading sociologists, but I also get a chance to interact with economists and with political scientists, who are bringing interdisciplinary lenses to the same issues.”