MIT Sloan admissions team connects with female applicants during Women’s Week

MIT Sloan admissions staff and Sloan Women in Management team up for series of summer panels

July 21, 2014

Members of the MBA Class of 2014

Members of the MBA Class of 2014

The MIT Sloan admissions staff is launching a slate of events this summer designed to showcase the school’s network of accomplished women students and graduates. Women’s Week, a week of activities in early August, will feature three panels in different cities as well as an online chat, all focused on the theme “Breaking the Mold: Stories from MIT Sloan Women Who Have Defied Expectations and Forged Their Own Paths.”

These events are a way to increase awareness about the MIT Sloan community among women who are considering business school, said Dawna Levenson, director of admissions.

“There are so many opportunities for women to contribute while they are here on campus as well as after they graduate and become part of our alumni network,” Levenson said. “MIT Sloan women are making an impact in the world, and these panels will showcase just that.”

The week kicks off with a webinar on Monday, Aug. 4, followed by alumnae panels held Tuesday, Aug. 5 in San Francisco, Wednesday, Aug. 6 in Cambridge, Mass., and Thursday, Aug. 7 in New York City.

MIT Sloan admissions representatives will attend all of the events to answer questions and meet with prospective applicants. The admissions team has worked with Sloan Women in Management’s student leaders to develop the “Breaking the Mold” theme, which will also be the theme of the student group’s next conference.

Elena Mendez, MBA ’15, conference co-chair for Sloan Women in Management—known as SWIM—said the group is preparing a year of programming to expand opportunities for MIT Sloan women, including the second Women’s Ambassador Day on Monday, Oct. 27. The day will include an admissions information session, a sample class, and a chance to interact with current students. There will also be a series of workshops throughout the year, which will culminate with the annual conference on campus in February.

Mendez said the panels are an opportunity to showcase how MIT Sloan women have succeeded in all types of industries, including those that are traditionally male-dominated. “There are so many women at MIT Sloan who have gone against expectations and forged their own paths. We want to celebrate those women and encourage the next generation of female leaders to pursue their dreams, even if they seem unconventional,” she said.

Panelist Jaclyn Loo, MBA ’11, who is now a senior marketing manager at Google, is looking forward to speaking about her MBA experience at the San Francisco event. Loo is a “firm advocate” of more women in business because it “opens doors for change in the world.”

Loo added, “Women with management degrees have the freedom to move between different professions or companies. They can pursue roles that were previously unattainable, including starting their own endeavors, by understanding the fundamentals of business.”