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.
Jan 28, 2013

Research Spotlight: ICEDR Special Report – Taking Charge

Thank you to Lauren Ready, MIT Sloan alum  and Director of Marketing at ICEDR for this blog post. ICEDR is for a network of 35 companies and 25 business schools focused on leadership. Below is a summary of their Special Report: Taking Charge.


A research study, Taking Charge, by ICEDR (headquartered in Lexington, MA) interviewed 60 top female executives in 20 companies in 19 countries in order to understand what high-powered women leaders do that makes them successful.

ICEDR found that the women executives interviewed take charge of their work and personal lives in three common ways: they explore who they are, own their choices and repay others.


Consider Kristin Peck, a member of Pfizer’s executive leadership team. Kristin has explored many career paths: from commercial real estate finance, to real estate private equity, to investment banking, to management consulting, to an HR strategy job, to a general strategy job, to leading innovation, and going back to business development. Kristin’s advice to young women: “A plan is a nice thing to have, but a career is an obstacle course. It’s not a path. There is no straight line.”


Think of Liz Espin Stern, Managing Partner, Washington D.C. at Baker & McKenzie. As a third year associate, Liz took the lead on launching an immigration practice at a time when many large law firms did not necessarily have immigration practices. Launching such a practice so early in one’s career is rare: associates are typically dependent on having an infrastructure and hours provided to them. But Liz stepped up and took the initiative. Liz’s advice to rising women executives: “Dare to be a pioneer.”


Take Susan Yuen, Chief Executive Officer for the Hong Kong branch of ANZ. A few years ago, Susan decided to take up oil painting. She was such a prolific painter that she painted over a hundred pieces of art. At first, she wasn’t sure about what to do with all the paintings. Her solution? She sold them for charity and built a trust worth nearly $200,000. She put the money towards funding the education of an orphan, who is now a doctor in Malaysia. Susan explains: “Success to me is about a legacy.”