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.
Nov 29, 2011

Spotlight on Annie Chu, Cummins

Our next article under our SWIM Sponsors interview series. Annie Chu is the Corporate Strategy Manager for Cummins Inc. She graduated from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Prior to receiving her MBA, she had entrepreneurial experience and worked in Ernst & Young. After receiving her MBA, Annie joined Cummins and has been with the Corporate Strategy Group for 15 months. Next year she will relocate to Europe for a new assignment.

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Nov 28, 2011

Reflection on SWIM Event Featuring Joanna Barsh

Monday, November 21st’s SWIM lunch event with Joanna Barsh was a popular destination. Our auditorium was packed with future leaders eager to hear more about Joanna’s research on the career progression of women and the role of sponsorship, a framework for effective leadership and Joanna’s personal story and experience at McKinsey.

Women & Sponsorship:

I personally found the figures Joanna shared about women, ambition, perceptions of ability and promotion-ability to be self-reaffirming, it felt like the story I live every day was being quantified and shared in a constructive way.

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Nov 21, 2011

SWIM Alumnae Interview Series: Tana Utley

It is no secret that over 40% of Sloanies come from a technical backgrounds (engineering, math, and science), including myself. That is why it was very exciting for me to talk to Tana Utley, Chief Technology Officer of Caterpillar and Sloan Fellow ’07. As a woman in this traditionally male-dominated industry, Tana talks about how her genuine interest in answering the “why” question drove her career in engineering. She also explains how, in order to build a pipeline of future female technology leaders, we need to create additional outreach to female students of all ages. But, no matter how tech savvy you are, her insights are universal to all women in business.

Tana L. Utley is Chief Technology Officer and Vice President with responsibility for the Product Development & Global Technology Division at Caterpillar Inc. Continue reading

Nov 17, 2011

Announcement: Conference Tickets Open to All

Tickets are now available for the 2012 MIT Sloan Women in Management Conference! The conference, held on February 10, features Keynote speaker Marissa Mayer, Google VP and Fortune’s #38 most powerful woman in business.

Buy your ticket (just $15 before January 1).

The first 100 to purchase a ticket receive guaranteed entrance to SWIM’s February 7 screening of Miss Representation, an edgy new film exploring how women in power are portrayed in the media. There are just 42 of these tickets remaining!

The ideals of MIT are palpable in the conference theme, “Innovating Through Adversity”. This year we’ll address two key issues facing women ascending to positions of power. Come learn from today’s top female leaders and join in the conversation – in an intimate setting that breaks the mold of traditional women’s conferences.

See you there!

-By Amelia Landberg ’12
MBA Candidate for MIT Sloan School of Management
Co- President and Conference CMO

Nov 17, 2011

Spotlight on Anu Subramanianm, Cisco

Welcome to the SWIM Sponsors interview series!  We’ve interviewed some of the rising stars and senior executives at companies sponsoring the MIT Sloan Women in Management Conference.

Anu Subramanian is Senior Engineering Manager in Cisco’s Security Technology Business Unit. Her team brings Cisco’s Endpoint solutions to the enterprise market by creating and developing partnerships with Fortune 100 companies. Anu is an active member of Cisco Connected Women Employee Resource Group and a mentor with the Career Advancement Mentoring Program (CAMP) at Cisco. Prior to Cisco, Anu worked at three technology startups, two of which were sold to Fortune 100 companies. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Computer Science and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Anu spoke at last year’s MIT Sloan Women in Management Conference. Continue reading

Nov 16, 2011

Joanna Barsh on McKinsey and How Remarkable Women Lead

Come listen to an inspirational leader!

Joanna Barsh, Director at McKinsey’s New York office, will be speaking on Monday, November 21st at Sloan. A leader of both the Consumer Packaged Goods and Organization Practices at McKinsey, Joanna will give an overview of her 31 year career at McKinsey and discuss some of the challenges that arise from working in her industry. Continue reading

Nov 15, 2011

Share your personal brand

As a MIT SWIM member, I was fortunate to be sponsored to attend the Successful You! Women’s Leadership Forum at Microsoft on November 3. Five students were sponsored: Parul Singh (’12), Jocelyn Trigg (’13), Hye Rhee Lee (’13), Leena Ratnam (SDM ’12) and myself, Erica Dhawan (Sloan/HKS ’12). It was an inspiring day packed with energizing women speakers and changemakers and reminded me what matters most in my career in business. Continue reading

Nov 14, 2011

You Can’t Be What You Can’t See

“Cankles” and “implants.”

These are all words that have been used in mass media to describe women in power. Many of us have noticed this type of language before, but Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s documentary, Miss Representation, demonstrates how prevalent undermining images of women are in the media. Clip after clip of television personalities undermining the top women with power and influence in America forces you to think critically about the role that media has on the development of women in leadership. Does the media limit the capacity for women to take prominent leadership positions? And how can the media be changed to accommodate a more accurate representation of women? Continue reading

Nov 10, 2011

Reflection on SWIM-NSUW Discussion Panel

Last Thursday night four MIT Sloan MBA women made their way through the MIT undergraduate campus maize into a hidden classroom in an effort to give back to the community. The panel event was organized by Sloan Women in Management (SWIM) and the Network of Sloan Undergraduate Women (NSUW) as a kick-off event to the NSUW Career week. Elyssa Campbell, Courtney Ann Goodie, Juliana Lisi, and Shu Dar Yao led an open and intimate career conversation with a number of curious undergraduate MIT women. The discussion revolved around healthcare, technology, consulting and investment banking career opportunities as well as the importance of an MBA, especially for women. Continue reading

Nov 8, 2011

“social media” – friend or foe? Play nice.

As soon-to-be Sloan graduates and member of the X generation, we are expected to be well-versed in the social media arena. We don’t have to be experts, but we should know the difference between inbound and outbound marketing, how to define search engine optimization, and how to use platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to grow communities and customer bases. Continue reading