Women in Management at MIT Sloan

Posted By SWatts on Dec 30, 2014 | 0 comments

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Women in Management at MIT Sloan

With more and more women gaining prominence in the business world, many female MBA candidates are looking at women’s place on campus when choosing their business school short-list. The class profile of MIT Sloan full-time MBAs now includes 34% women and continues to climb each year. Sloan is committed to adding diversity to its MBA class profile, as well as providing its female students with the wealth of resources they need to succeed, including Sloan LGBT, MIT Women’s League, MIT Spouses & Partners, Significant Others of Sloan, and many consortiums and networks to open women MBAs to resources beyond Sloan’s walls, such as 85 Broads, Forte Foundation, Catalyst, and The Deshpande Center.

MIT Sloan’s Women in Management (SWIM) is one example of the campus empowering women through one of its largest on-campus clubs. SWIM was built with the shared goal of creating greater opportunities for women in business, attracting the most talented women to Sloan and steering them into successful careers through year-round panels, conferences, skill-building workshops, and a strong alumnae network and mentorship program.

SWIM balances social events with professional events through its three main functions: the 80s Prom C-Function, the annual SWIM Conference, and the Celebration Brunch. The Awesome 80s Prom is the first event of the season, kick-starting the school year by inviting all students to dress in favorite 80s attire and celebrate at Walker Memorial. The annual SWIM Conference held in February takes on a new theme each year. For 2013, the theme took on the topic Dare to Fail: Taking Risks When It Matters Most. Speakers were carefully selected women who have dared to fail and share their experiences, decision making processes, failures and successes. Speakers included Sandra O’Connor, Treasurer of JP Morgan Chase & Co., who stepped into her role just as JP Morgan Chase announced a $2B trading loss. Finally, the year concludes with the Celebration Lunch, held at the Liberty Hotel to commemorate the achievements and triumphs attained across the Sloan campus throughout the year. The event serves as a memorable capstone to the year, reminding the women of SWIM the bonds that have been forged throughout the year, challenges overcome, and openings for future success.



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