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.
Jul 14, 2014

‘Breaking the Mold’ – MIT Sloan Women’s Week Details

Please join us for the upcoming Women’s Week on ‘Breaking the Mold: Stories from MIT Sloan Women Who Have Defied Expectations and Forged Their Own Paths’. 

For sign up and location details, please use the respective links below:

August 4th – Women’s Chat Webinar 

Time: 7 – 9pm
Location: San Francisco Marriott Union Square
                   515 Mason Street
                   San Francisco, CA 94102
                   Tel: 1-415-771-8600
Time: 7 – 9pm
Location: MIT Sloan School of Management
                    2 Amherst Street
                    Building E62, 2nd Floor, Room 262
                    Cambridge, MA 02142 
Time: 7 – 9pm
Location: New York Marriott East Side
                   525 Lexington Avenue at 49th Street
                  New York, New York 10017
                  Tel: 1-212-755-4000
We look forward to seeing you there!

Jun 30, 2014

Save the Date for MIT Sloan Women’s Week, Aug 4th – 7th!

MIT Sloan School of Management will be hosting a Women’s Week with a webinar on Aug. 4th to kickoff a series of event that will take place across 3 major cities. The dates for the events are as follows:
Monday, August 4th – Webinar
Tuesday, August 5th – San Francisco Alumnae Panel
Wednesday, August 6th – Boston Alumnae Panel
Thursday, August 7th – New York Alumnae Panel
Get ready to mingle and hear what our alumnae has to say! Please save these dates and check back for updates on the time / location as we get closer to the event.

May 24, 2014

Congratulations and Welcome to our 2015 Conference Chairs Elena and Maria

SWIM is proud to announce that Elena Mendez and Maria Troein have been selected to lead the 2015 Conference.


Elena Mendez HeadshotElena 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_1x1Maria 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.

May 22, 2014

The 2nd Annual Alumnae Breakfast

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.


Welcome Table


Students and Alum networking over breakfast


Alumnae sharing stories from Sloan


Recent alumnae catching up with Sloan friends

The 2014 and 2015 SWIM Co-Presidents opened the morning with an exciting overview of past events and future plans.







Julia and Jing, sharing the success of SWIM in 2014






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:


Rebecca Kirk Fair, MBA ’02 and Managing Principal at Analysis Group

Thank you to the fabulous SWIM Leadership team for helping organize such a great event!




May 22, 2014

Welcome to the new SWIM VPs

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!

Dec 10, 2013

“Innovation Nation: Funding the future” by Victoria Young

Article on The Tech about Megan Quinn from Kleiner Perkins speaking at the MIT VC Conference.

Dec 10, 2013

“How The Most Powerful Women In Business Are Engaging”


SWIM is proud to be featured among the top forums for most powerful women executives in 2012!


Nov 28, 2013

Research Shows – Gender Diversity is the Key to Smarter Teams

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:

Anita Woolley:


Additional reading (and sources for this post):

InPower Women:

Harvard Business Review:

Oct 21, 2013

SWIM @ Cradles2Crayons!

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!!

Oct 21, 2013

SWIM Branding Workshop

 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!