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.
SWIM is proud to announce that Elena Mendez and Maria Troein have been selected to lead the 2015 Conference.
Elena Mendez is an MBA Candidate (2015) at MIT Sloan School of Management. At Sloan, she is focusing on Social Sector Impact through positions such as VP of Events at the Education Club and Research Assistant in Healthcare Economics. Prior to Sloan, Elena was working as a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company. She holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics (String Theory) from the University of Edinburgh. During her time in Academia she was involved in leading Outreach efforts, especially directed to children. She lives in Boston with her husband and two sons.
Maria Troein is a 2015 MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She is interested in design and sustainability in the food sector, and is active in the Sloan community as Co-President of the Design Club and VP of Training for the Management Consulting Club, as well as being a member of the Sloan acapella group and an ESL tutor for MIT janitorial staff. Prior to Sloan Maria worked in consulting focused on the wine industry. She holds an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard University.
On May 17th, SWIM hosted, along with the MIT Sloan Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, the 2nd annual alumnae breakfast. The event was a huge success with dozens of successful and noteworthy alumnae in attendance. In addition, SWIM was able to host several current and graduating students, which gave everyone a chance to network across graduation years.
The 2014 and 2015 SWIM Co-Presidents opened the morning with an exciting overview of past events and future plans.
Following the SWIM update, we were honored to hear inspiring words from Rebecca Kirk Fair, MBA ’02 and Managing Principal at Analysis Group. Rebecca shared stories of her success and how Sloan and SWIM shaped her career and personal life. In case you missed the event, check out the video here:
Thank you to the fabulous SWIM Leadership team for helping organize such a great event!
We are very excited to welcome new VPs in the following positions:
Sponsorship and Corporate Recruiting: Piya Radia
Finance: Kim Hill
Alumni Relations: Rachel Hassas
Community Outreach: Noor Narula
They join our awesome class of 2015 VPs, and we are looking forward to working together next year!
Article on The Tech about Megan Quinn from Kleiner Perkins speaking at the MIT VC Conference.
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/.