“I’m interested in learning how to run a company financially. I want to go back and contribute.”
Cultural, Regional, Religious, and Personal Affiliation Clubs
The sheer diversity of students at MIT translates to an abundance of choices when it comes to cultural club options at MIT Sloan. Whether students come from a similar regional background or simply share a passion for a particular part of the world, numerous groups supply exciting opportunities to immerse yourself in the social, business, economic, and political aspects of a number of geographic regions worldwide. In addition, clubs have formed at MIT Sloan to meet the needs of minorities, significant others, the LGBT communities, veterans, and those of various religious affiliations. Following are descriptions of just a few of the cultural and personal affiliation clubs found at MIT Sloan:
Africa Business Club
The MIT Sloan Africa Business Club (ABC) strives to build awareness of Africa’s future promise, while increasing investment in Africa’s consumer, agricultural, natural resource, and infrastructure sectors. The ABC also works to spread information about MIT locally in Africa, and to act as a resource for prospective graduate business students who may be interested in attending MIT Sloan. Through their objectives and activities, the ABC serves as a catalyst in uniting MIT Sloan alumni who are in Africa, or who are of African descent. In 2011, the Club organized the inaugural MIT Sloan Africa Conference with the theme “Africa 2.0: Achieving Growth through Innovation.” The conference attracted nearly 300 attendees and brought together a mix of speakers and panel sessions, covering areas of innovation in Africa such as Technology, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Media & Entertainment, Energy, and Mobile/Telecoms. The conference also featured the Africa Innovate Business Plan Competition, aimed at spotlighting and rewarding innovative business ideas with the potential to change the face of the continent. The ABC also sponsors treks to Africa, runs a bimonthly speaker series, and hosts C-Functions, which are hugely popular events organized to promote cultural sharing, often through dance, food, and fun.
MIT Sloan Latin Business Club
The MIT Sloan Latin Business Club has members from Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, and the United States. The Club sponsors the annual Latin American Conference, the oldest conference of its kind among U.S. universities. Past conferences have attracted influential Latin American business leaders, government figures, and academics. Attendees address and debate the unique opportunities and challenges Latin American countries face to develop clean, diversified sources of energy; leverage natural resources sustainably; and initiate development and integration to shape the future of the region. The Club also helps students forge relationships with Latin American alumni, recruiters, and organizations through its speaker series, recruiting events, and its many networking and social gatherings, such as the Latin Mixer co-hosted with Harvard Business School and Wharton.
Significant Others of Sloan
The Significant Others of Sloan (SOS) Club is an organization dedicated to providing events and activities for all significant others (SOs) and family members of MIT Sloan students. Club members enjoy numerous networking events — such as jazz nights, wine tastings, museum tours, art shows, weekend trips, athletic events, happy hours, and cuisine nights — designed to forge connections with other MIT Sloan SOs, the broader MIT community, and others in the Greater Boston area. The Club holds both daytime and nighttime activities, and strives to offer something to meet everyone’s busy schedules. Club members also help each other connect to a wide array of professional, academic, travel, and volunteer opportunities. Links found on the Club’s website cover everything from information about moving to Boston to options for health insurance, housing, transportation, education, and leisure-time activities. The SOS Club also spawns special-interest subgroups, such as children’s gatherings, book clubs, and groups with interests in everything from dogs to movies to weekend outings.
Sloan Women in Management
Sloan Women in Management (SWIM) works to build a vibrant community that supports and celebrates women as they progress toward their career and personal goals. SWIM held its inaugural MIT Sloan Women in Management Conference in March 2011, featuring professional panels covering a comprehensive slate of topics, including leadership styles, professional mentorship, launching a business, energy and sustainability, social enterprise and nonprofit ventures, power couples, and philanthropy. SWIM also displays a more playful side by hosting themed events for students, significant others, and their children, such as the Awesome '80s Prom C-Function held in 2010 — replete with an '80s cover band and lots of shoulder pads! SWIM also organizes Fashion Forward, a fashion show featuring the women of MIT Sloan, which has included presentations on the importance of cultivating a professional image. In addition, SWIM organizes and hosts the annual Celebration Brunch to recognize the achievements of women at MIT Sloan. Past keynote speakers have included Andrea Jung, chairman and chief executive officer of Avon Products, and Ellyn McColgan, senior executive in the financial services industry. Members of SWIM also have access to mentors, and can attend workshops offered throughout the year on topics such as negotiation, wellness, and networking. Download the Women of MIT Sloan Brochure for more information.
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