"It's a meritocracy here. If you are passionate, if you are persistent, and you work really hard at something, you will be rewarded for it."
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/
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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’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.”
“[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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”