"I am lucky to be working with such a great core team: knowledgable and respectful people who all want to see each other succeed at MIT Sloan."
MIT Sloan Women Making an Impact
Our female students bring unique backgrounds, perspectives, and beliefs to MIT Sloan, building a diverse campus community filled with opportunity. Their collective experiences create a rich educational experience and 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 look forward to knowing you and learning from you. And we are excited to see what you will bring to the MIT Sloan community.
Sloan Women in Management Conference
Breaking the Mold
Friday, February 6, 2015
Breaking the Mold is an initiative by MIT Sloan Women in Management aimed at starting a conversation about unconscious bias and developing approaches to manage these biases on the road towards equal opportunity for all. Through a series of events and the annual SWIM conference in February 2015, we hope to spark discussion, reflection and action, with the goal of empowering each member of our community to create organizations and communities that we can feel proud of.
As a sponsor of the Forté Foundation, MIT Sloan is committed to the advancement of women in leadership. MIT Sloan offers Forte Fellowships each year to outstanding female candidates who demonstrate leadership in their community, academic institution, or place of work. All female applicants are automatically considered for these awards. The MIT Sloan admissions team will be participating in Forté Forums this summer. Register for a Forté Forum event.
Women's Week Recap
The MIT Sloan admissions team hosted Women’s Week this summer to showcase the school’s network of accomplished women students and graduates. Women’s Week, featured three alumnae panels in Cambridge, San Francisco, and New York as well as a Google Hangout, all focused on the theme “Breaking the Mold: Stories from MIT Sloan Women Who Have Defied Expectations and Forged Their Own Paths.”
Click here for a recap of Women's Week.
Leadership in action
MIT Sloan Women in Management (SWIM) is a student-led group that works with MIT and MIT Sloan alumni, faculty, staff, and the greater business community to increase opportunities for women and to advance the careers of current female students. SWIM’s mentorship program, which matches incoming students with second-year students, is designed to create a supportive community and a more enjoyable MIT Sloan experience. Mentors help first-year students navigate various facets of business school, such as class recommendations, career advice, and cultural adjustments.
Building a strong community
We provide resources, activities, and events that foster connection and caring and help ensure that MIT Sloan is a safe, welcoming environment for every student. We build a strong community of women through events and networking activities that take place throughout the year.
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“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“[The India Lab] program is one of the reasons I came to Sloan. ... The hands-on learning that MIT offers was a huge differentiator.”
"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.”
“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 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 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.”
“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 things that has always struck me is the level at which the students really enjoy learning. You hear laughter in the classrooms — not just to relieve tension, but real laughter, because they’re really excited to be learning.”