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;
- 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.
SWIM is proud to be featured among the top forums for most powerful women executives in 2012!
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
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
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!!
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!
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/.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.”
SWIM is proud to host the annual Celebration Brunch to recognize all the amazing women in our MIT Sloan family. The brunch will take place on Saturday, April 20 at the Liberty Hotel in Boston. A limited number of tickets are available, so get your ticket today! http://swimbrunch2013-T1.eventbrite.com
We are thrilled to introduce this year’s keynote speaker, Veena Jayadeva. Veena is the Vice President of Development at Grameen America, a fast-growing, NYC-based microfinance institution chaired by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammed Yunus. Grameen America currently serves over 13,500 women living in poverty in New York, Omaha, Indianapolis, the San Francisco Bay Area, Charlotte, and Los Angeles, and has disbursed over $66 million in microloans.
Veena has a decade of professional experience in the public and nonprofit sectors in the US and India, working at the World Bank, United Nations, and International Monetary Fund in microfinance and corporate social responsibility prior to enrolling at MIT Sloan. Prior to Grameen America, Veena was a strategy consultant in the Boston office of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where she served clients in the financial services and healthcare sectors. Continue reading