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Scenes from Sloan Women in Management’s Breaking the Mold conference

December 11, 2015

The Sloan Women in Management held the first of its conferences planned for this academic year on Dec. 5 at the MIT Media Lab. Instead of holding one annual conference as in the past, SWIM organizers saw the chance to hold two events, both emphasizing the unconscious bias theme. The next SWIM conference will take place on Friday, Feb. 5.

In the opening remarks, Institute Community and Equity Officer Edmund Bertschinger told the audience, “Call on others … to advance equity and inclusion. Set a high standard for yourself and others.”

Conference co-chairs Anita Wu and Lakshmi Kannan, both MBA ’16, thanked all of the students, faculty, staff, and alumni who collaborated on the conference. “The level of engagement at the conference was absolutely fantastic,” Wu said.

Jamie McCourt, SF ’94, former co-owner, president, and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers, called on women to take charge of their own financial futures.

In between panels on leadership strategies and hacking bias, more than 200 students, staff, and faculty enjoyed networking opportunities.

Breaking the Mold “manbassadors” Josh Chen, Joe Wilson, Michael Giannangeli, Rohan Lathia, and Aaron Kelley, all MBA ’17, pose in front of the board where conference volunteers signed their names. Approximately 20 “manbassadors” helped the SWIM organizers promote the event.

Happier CEO Nataly Kogan discussed the challenges women can face when pitching to investors, during the “Hacking Bias: Building Successful Startups” panel. Tim Rowe, MBA ’95, CEO of the Cambridge Innovation Center and Samantha Stetson, customer team lead at Facebook also participated, as Sara Castellanos (far left), of the Boston Business Journal moderated.

Jimena Almendares, MBA ’11, chief product officer at OKCupid, inspired attendees to analyze their goals and not judge themselves too harshly.