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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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