A Year Made to Matter

Dear Alumni and Friends,
If there is one realization shared throughout our MIT Sloan community today, it is this: The big problems that impact our industries, organizations, and societies — the future of work, the health of our planet, the well-being of humankind — do not lend themselves to one-dimensional solutions.

Our mission focuses us on the kinds of challenges that demand partnership, an openness to new ideas, and innovative approaches to problem-solving. Our commitment to collaboration across schools and across disciplines is precisely what makes MIT Sloan unique amongst schools of management. This last year has been an important one for MIT’s Sloan School of Management. In this, our second A Year Made to Matter newsletter, you will find details on a wide array of both student and faculty activities. Highlights range from the StartMIT Entrepreneurship Boot Camp (co-hosted by the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship) to the popular Analytics Night hosted by our diverse cohort of MBAn students. We also explore cross-campus research initiatives, such as the MIT Work of the Future Task Force, and the MIT Quest for Intelligence, which seeks the foundations and structure of human cognition. This publication also offers updates on MIT’s Kendall Square Initiative, leadership changes in the MIT Sloan Career Development Office, global events, fundraising benchmarks for the Campaign for a Better World, and more.

Above all, I hope what you will find within is compelling evidence of both the distinctiveness and the importance of our unique mission: to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and to generate ideas that advance management practice. We work together to invent solutions to the tough problems and to build a better world. And that mission, as surely as ever, is not possible without your continued participation and support.

David Schmittlein
John C Head III Dean