April 8, 2013

SWIM Celebration Brunch – Keynote Speaker Veena Jayadeva

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.

While a student at MIT Sloan, Veena revitalized Sloan Women in Management (SWIM) and was a founding board member of Graduate Women at MIT (GWAMIT). Veena also led the Graduating Class Gift for 2010, which yielded a record $250,000+ in gifts and pledges to the School, and served on her 1st Reunion Committee that set a record for highest participation with 54% of the class making a gift. She was the sole recipient of the 2010 Seley Scholarship, MIT Sloan’s highest merit award for “outstanding leadership, professional promise, high level of academic achievement, and contribution to MIT Sloan.”

Veena earned her BA and MA in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University, as well as an MBA from MIT Sloan. She serves as a Class Representative and Class Agent for the MIT Sloan Class of 2010, as Vice President of Membership for the Association of MIT Alumnae (AMITA), and as an Executive Committee member for the MIT Sloan Club of New York.