Sloan Women In Management

Sloan Women in Management (SWIM) works to increase opportunities for all women at MIT Sloan through networking events, speaker series, professional development workshops, mentorship programs, and community-building events. In addition to its year-long programming, SWIM hosts an annual conference where students can dialogue with today's leading women. The organization’s primary goals are to:

  • Create an inviting and supportive community for all Sloan women and individuals who identify as women;
  • Advance the careers of current MIT Sloan women through relevant programming and connections with MIT and MIT Sloan alumni;
  • Work with faculty, administrators, and the greater business community to increase opportunities for women in business; and
  • Attract top-talent female students to MIT Sloan.
Dec 10, 2013

“Innovation Nation: Funding the future” by Victoria Young

Article on The Tech about Megan Quinn from Kleiner Perkins speaking at the MIT VC Conference.

Dec 10, 2013

“How The Most Powerful Women In Business Are Engaging”

 

SWIM is proud to be featured among the top forums for most powerful women executives in 2012!

http://www.ceo.com/news_and_insights/how-the-most-powerful-women-in-business-are-engaging-infographic/

 


Nov 28, 2013

Research Shows – Gender Diversity is the Key to Smarter Teams

In their research, Thomas Malone, professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Anita Woolley, assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University, have demonstrated that team IQ is positively affected by the number of women on a team. Gender diversity is more important than qualities like individual IQs on the team, group satisfaction or group cohesion (none of which are correlated with collective intelligence). So next time you form teams – keep this in mind! Bring on a combination of men and women to get the best results.

We’re excited to share more groundbreaking gender research at the 2014 SWIM Conference! Also, be sure to check out the rock star professors responsible for this research:

Thomas Malone: http://mitsloan.mit.edu/faculty/detail.php?in_spseqno=41335

Anita Woolley: http://public.tepper.cmu.edu/facultydirectory/facultydirectoryprofile.aspx?id=282

 

Additional reading (and sources for this post):

InPower Women: http://www.inpowerwomen.com/research-the-female-factor/

Harvard Business Review: http://hbr.org/2011/06/defend-your-research-what-makes-a-team-smarter-more-women/ar/1


Oct 21, 2013

SWIM @ Cradles2Crayons!

SWIM and the Social Impact Club sponsored Friday’s volunteering event at Cradles2Crayons (C2C). C2C is a non-profit that provides under-privileged Boston-area children with clothing, school supplies and toys. Last year over 60,000 children were served! Thank you to all the women (and men) that gave their time or donations to such a great cause. Special thanks to organizers Julia Martini and Yuan Kong!!


Oct 21, 2013

SWIM Branding Workshop

 Thank you to the 25 SWIM women that attended Saturday’s branding workshop, sponsored by SWIM and the CDO. We discussed building a personal story and mission-focused tagline to support your personal brand. Special thanks to Francisca Merchan for organizing!

PS – there will also be a branding workshop featured at the SWIM Challenge Accepted Conference – Feb 8, 2014. Hope to see you there!


Oct 21, 2013

Event Recap: Women’s Entrepreneurship Panel

 

On Wednesday, October 16th, SWIM co-hosted a women’s entrepreneurship panel with the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Club. The event featured five Sloan women who are currently building startups in a range of industries, from corporate wellness to energy. The panelists discussed their journeys to their startups and how their gender has impacted their experience. The audience joined the panelists in a thought-provoking discussion around how to build a community of women entrepreneurs. Sloan Women in Management’s Entrepreneurship Committee is less than a year old and is actively seeking input from the campus community on how to best support women entrepreneurs at MIT.

Many thanks to the panelists for their contributions: Parul Batra, Cofounder, Insight, Meltem Demirors, Business Development, Divya Energy, Kaia Lai, Cofounder and COO, LoveGrain, Lana Koretsky, Cofounder and CEO, Fruitable, and Amanda Von Goetz, Cofounder and CEO, Thyme Labs.

For more info visit http://www.sloanwomeninmanagement.com/entrepreneurship/

 


Oct 7, 2013

SWIM Leadership enjoys the beach at its Fall Leadership Retreat!


Sep 23, 2013

Event Re-cap SWIM + PwC’s Women’s Golf and Networking

 

On Friday, September 20th, SWIM hosted its Annual SWIM + PwC Women’s Golf and Networking Event at Granite Links Golf Club. The event consisted of a terrific panel put on by top-ranking women at PwC, a delicious networking lunch, and an afternoon golf lesson. The women of PwC shared tips on being assertive in the workplace, balancing a busy travel schedule, and pushing your career forward despite obstacles (both external and self-imposed). By the end of the day our ladies learned how to putt, chip, and drive. The event was a great success and tons of fun!


Sep 19, 2013

Event Re-cap: Meet ‘n Greet / Mentorship Mixer
Great SWIM opening event! Mentors meeting mentees, delicious chicken quesadillas, and a launching point for an amazing year. Lots of enthusiasm around the conference– can’t wait to get the first years into leadership roles!
SWIM + Sustainability
SWIM was one of several groups represented on the newly formed Sustainability@Sloan Leadership team. We discussed the Sloan and MIT strategy for sustainability initiatives on campus and will continue to meet regularly throughout the year. If you are interested in getting more involved, reading meeting minutes or finding information on relevant events / clubs, please reach out toswimofficers@mit.edu

Sep 7, 2013

SWIM Meets with Egyptian Delegation of Entrepreneurship- Empowering Women in the Workplace

 

The U.S. State Department approached SWIM and asked us to host a special visit from World Boston. On August 29th, representatives from SWIM met with an Egyptian delegation of nine female entrepreneurs and businesswomen under a program titled “Women in Management.” The purpose of the visit was to establish relationships and share best practices and insights for enabling the success of women in the workplace. We had an awesome discussion, focused primarily on shared challenges and cultural differences faced by female entrepreneurs and women in business in the U.S. and Egypt.

It was a great opportunity to connect with women outside our community, and we were honored that they chose to share their incredible stories and experiences with us. If you would like to hear more about the visit or the contacts we made in Egypt, please reach out to swimoffcers@mit.edu.

One of our favorite quotes from the event (spoken by an Egyptian entrepreneur): “Failure to an entrepreneur is success. It means you’ve learned.” We are excited by how well this resonates with the theme of our upcoming SWIM conference “Fail Better: Redefining failure as a stepping stone to success.”