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.
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 email@example.com.
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
The MIT Sloan School Management welcomed first round adMITs of the Class of 2015 to campus this February 21-23. A number of events allowed the prospective students to get a feel for the community and learn about opportunities that would be available to them at Sloan.
During adMIT weekend, the Sloan Women in Management club partnered with the Admissions Office to host a breakfast introducing the organization. Current students from the classes of 2013 and 2014 also attended to meet the adMITs and answer questions about life at Sloan, both from a professional and personal perspective. Maura Herson, Director of the MBA Program spoke about the valuable contributions that women have made to the Sloan ecosystem, and the influential role that SWIM has played in supporting that work.
SWIM is excited to meet the second round of admitted students during adMIT weekend II, April 18-20. Round II adMITs are invited to attend the annual SWIM celebration brunch that will be held on April 20 at the Liberty Hotel. RSVP information will be provided by the Admissions Office directly. If prospective or admitted students have any questions, please feel free to contact the SWIM Co-VPs of Admissions, Whitney Scully (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Laura Numair (email@example.com) or the Admissions Office.
By Sarah Foote, Editor of News@Sloan
Dr. Heather McGregor, also known as Mrs. Moneypenny, entrepreneur, pilot, columnist for the Financial Times, and author of the new book Mrs. Moneypenny’s Careers Advice for Ambitious Women visited the Sloan Women in Management club (SWIM) last Thursday afternoon.
Moneypenny offered career advice and tips to the club’s members in an hour-long talk. She told students in attendance to take control of every aspect of their careers from managing human and social capital (networking) to learning to say “no,” learning to delegate, and building teams. She advised SWIM members to spend time learning and understanding their own financial literacy.
“You should spend at least an hour a month, if not an hour a week, on your own personal finances. If you are not doing an hour Continue reading
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.”
Sloan Women in Management (SWIM) invites you to a speed networking session to meet and mingle with women from Boston graduate programs and women’s organizations! Six sessions of five minutes will allow graduate women to meet and create six new contacts!
Bring a stack of business cards and join us for some appetizers, mingling and fun!
What: Boston Women Speed Networking
When: Monday, 11/19/12, 7pm-8pm
Where: Sloan School of Management, E62 Lobby
Directions: 100 Main St., Cambridge, MA, 02142 at the Kendall T-stop
7 – 7:15pm Registration and Mingling
7:15 – 7:45pm Speed Networking
7:45 – 8pm Event Wrap-up
Appetizers will be served!