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.
Apr 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! 


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

Mar 26, 2013

adMIT Weekend, Round 1!

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 ( and Laura Numair ( or the Admissions Office.

Feb 12, 2013

Mrs. Moneypenny, Financial Times columnist, visits SWIM

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

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.”

Nov 6, 2012

Boston Women Speed Networking Event

RSVP: Boston Women Speed Networking

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!

Oct 18, 2012

Ten Words of Wisdom for Balancing Work and Life (With a lot of help from my friends)

SWIM was proud to host Janis Fratamico, director of client experience for the IBM global network of client centers, as part of the annual speaker series, where she shared her candid perspective on:

  • Balancing work and life, particularly in the more demanding occupations like consulting
  • Managing your career aspirations with your life plans
  • Expectations and reality checks when it all needs to be juggled

Below are 10 tips she left us with as we look for ways to balance work and life:

Top Ten Words of Wisdom for Balancing Work and Life (With a lot of help from my friends) – advice we would have given ourselves back when….

1. Settle. – understand perfection is impossible. Embrace the messy house, the unmatched kids, and the less than perfect work product. You will miss things – work things and family things. No one will notice any of it as much as you. Be comfortable with imperfection. The first time your kid does something horrifying or you get a note from the Continue reading

Oct 16, 2012

Connections with Unexpected People

Reaching out to others vastly unique from ourselves may seem to be a daunting endeavor, far removed from our individual comfort zones, but can surprisingly lead to success as demonstrated by Christine Marcus, founder of Phoodeez.

Marcus relayed an important message of developing connections with “unexpected” people during her opening remarks at SWIM’s first annual mixer event. Students from a variety of Sloan and non-Sloan programs gathered to listen to Marcus tell her story of homegrown success.

In Marcus’ words, although she and her now business partner, Sal Lupoli, could not be more diverse on paper, they worked seamlessly for the type of business they were about to create together. Continue reading

Oct 9, 2012

Phoodeez – Event Eating Made Easy

Meet Christine at SWIM’s first fall community mixer “Homegrown Success – Supporting Women Across MIT” this Wednesday 10/10 at 7pm in the E62 lobby!

When I spoke with Christine Marcus (Sloan Fellow ’12) a year ago, she asked me about my experience with organizing catering for the SWIM conference.  As it turns out, she was serious about making it easier for MIT students to do business with local caterers.

This vision led Christine to start Phoodeez with her Sloan classmate, Sal Lupoli, who is in the restaurant industry. Phoodeez is an online catering company that streamlines large food orders reducing time and stress for customers including students like me and the SWIM conference organizers. Continue reading

Oct 3, 2012

Team Day – Yet another vague, mysterious, super-fun MIT tradition

Post by Hilary Fischer-Groban, First Year MBA Student at MIT Sloan.

When I ask second-year Sloanies about what to expect from certain events in the first year core semester, the answer is usually along the lines of,  “Oh, it’s better if you don’t have any expectations. Don’t worry; you’ll have fun.  There’s no way to prepare, but it’s really important.” Mysterious! Vague! Fun! At this point, if that means less homework the night before, I’m all for it. Team Day, a one-day break from classes for all first years, was no exception.

As I found out, team day was a two-part event. [Spoiler alert for future first-year Sloanies: If you are looking for a spoiler, there isn’t one. The first part was a case discussion that highlighted the importance of proper decision-making techniques. Our case involved the Continue reading

Sep 18, 2012

Orientation – A Deep Dive into MIT Sloan’s Culture

Silvia Benavides is a member of the class of 2014 at MIT Sloan. Prior to Sloan, Silvia was an Analyst in Mesoamerica in San José, Costa Rica. Check back to learn more about her experience and the experiences of her peers at MIT Sloan.

Before orientation, everything about the week was a mystery. You wonder what your Ocean (cohort) will be, who will be in your core team and why you need an entire week for Orientation.

On the first day, after an official welcome for the entire class, an e-mail informs you about your cohort (Go Baltics!). You might be overwhelmed at first, you meet so many people with amazing life experiences (because they also went through that long application process) and it is hard to keep track of all the new faces and names. For Continue reading