Preconference Sessions

The MIT Sloan Women's Conference launched with a virtual series of events in January 2022, designed to engage the alumnae community in the year leading up to the in-person conference.

January 2022

"The World Needs You"
MIT Sloan professor, author, and mentor Anjali Sastry, SB ’86, PhD ’95, will share how to address critical societal challenges using system dynamics. Pioneered at MIT Sloan, system dynamics and systems thinking offer a holistic approach that analyzes problems as part of an overall system, rather than in isolation. Using examples from the audience, this interactive workshop will showcase how operating with a systems lens can help maximize positive outcomes, and mitigate unintended consequences of the actions that we take. With a systems approach, we can begin to understand how interconnected many of the world’s greatest challenges truly are, and make a lasting change for the better.

Speakers: Anjali Sastry, SB ’86, PhD ’95

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February 2022

"The MIT Entrepreneurship Ecosystem: Supporting Alumnae Founders"
A series of lightning talks will showcase available MIT resources, featuring founders and on-campus partners. Through storytelling, Q&A, and networking, this event will provide a forum to meet and connect with fellow alumnae founders and the entrepreneurship ecosystem at MIT.

Amanda von Goetz, MBA '14, Founder and CEO, Fermata Discovery
Tavi Sookhoo, Assistant Director of Career Prototypes, MIT Career Advising and Professional Development
Christina Qi, SB '13, CEO, Databento, Inc.
Haley Tidd, Operations Manager, MIT Venture Mentoring Service
Daisy Zhuo, PhD '18, Cofounder, Interpretable AI
Catarina Madeira, Program Director, MIT Startup Exchange

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April 2022

"Disparate Burdens"
While the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the challenges facing women in the workforce, it is only the most recent catalyst to illuminate the ways women’s careers are differentially impacted by homelife. This panel will address ways that organizations, leadership, and individual employees can help reverse recent trends in women disproportionately leaving the workforce.
Speakers: Basima Tewfik, Emily Oster, Liliana Castillo Dearth, MBA ’96

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