The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship

I am excited to announce that MIT Sloan is a partner in the new Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship. In addition to a minimum $10,000 scholarship, recipients will take part in Reaching Out events, mentoring, and leadership opportunities. MIT Sloan is proud to be involved in this opportunity for our LGBT students.LGBTPhoto

MIT is committed to fostering a diverse, supportive, and collaborative environment. One of our students wrote about life at MIT Sloan as an LGBT student, describing how “Sloanies I barely knew wrote to me ‘coming out’ as allies” when she shared her story during a class. The co-presidents of the MIT Sloan LGBT Club also wrote a post detailing the support offered by the LGBT community here, from social gatherings to recruiting events. Students can also tap into a vibrant LGBT presence in Cambridge and Boston. Please feel free to contact the club if you have any questions or are visiting campus. You can also register for our LGBT Ambassadors Day on April 30th, 2015, which is a great way to connect with our community. We look forward to welcoming you on campus!

 

MIT Sloan Alumni Live Out Mission to Improve the World

I often hear from our students that though their time at MIT Sloan goes by quickly, they make long-lasting friendships and connections. Our alumni remain a key part of our MIT Sloan community after they graduate, and join an active network of more than 23,500 MIT Sloan alumni, and over 128,000 MIT alumni worldwide. Our alumni become principled industry leaders, living out the MIT Sloan mission and improving the world.

Our alumnus Javier Lozano, MBA ’10 and winner of the MIT Legatum Fellowship (among other awards) is an example of the scope and strength of our alumni network. Lozano is combatting the leading cause of death in Mexico: diabetes. He founded a network of for-profit, sustainable ‘Sugar Clinics’, which provide specialized and affordable healthcare to communities in need. The company continues to expand throughout Mexico, transforming medical care in its wake.

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To learn more about our MIT Sloan alumni, and their work to make the world a better place, please visit our alumni blog and homepage.

Happy Thanksgiving

We are nearing the end of our MBA Round I interviews, and as Thanksgiving approaches, I would like to thank all of the interviewees who have prepared and travelled to meet with us. We have met many accomplished and interesting people, and I am thankful to get the chance to get to know our applicants better. Meanwhile, one of our favorite MIT Sloan traditions took place last week. Every year, we host a Thanksgiving meal for each class; you can read about one of our students’ experiences here.

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In celebration of the holiday, our offices will be closed from 3pm EST Wednesday, November 26th, through Friday, November 28th. We’ll be back to our regular office hours on Monday, December 1st.

On behalf of our entire staff, I want to wish everyone who is celebrating Thanksgiving a very happy holiday.

Action Learning at the Boston Capital Market Series | MIT Sloan School of Management.

As part of MIT Sloan’s Innovation Period, a group of Master of Finance students participated inTrading_Room_Aug_2008_08[2] copy the Boston Capital Markets Series (BCMS). An intensive action learning experience, BCMS allowed students to put capital market theory into practice in the real world. Over three days, students visited a variety of leading financial institutions; participated in intimate chats with high ranking, experienced professionals; and toured trading floors and technology resource centers.

I wanted to let you know about this exciting feature of MIT Sloan’s curriculum, because it exemplifies a key aspect of our programs: learning by doing. A student who attended wrote that the series “ultimately shed light on where all of my coursework fits within the real world. As we pass the halfway mark of the program, any exposure to the professional sphere becomes extremely valuable.”

Learn more about MIT Sloan’s innovative action learning programs. And as always, we’d love to have you visit us on campus!

-Dawna Levenson, Director of Admissions, MIT Sloan

 

Breaking the Mold: The Women of MIT Sloan

On October 27th, Our Admissions Office cohosted Women’s Ambassador Day with the Sloan Women in Management (SWIM) Club as part of their Breaking the Mold Initiative. The initiative was launched by SWIM to discuss the challenges and opportunities for women in business. One of our student bloggers attended several of the Breaking the Mold events on campus. As she explains, these events are “about uncovering implicit biases. I’ll describe it in one word: amazing. No, illuminating.” Read about the rest of her experiences here.

20141027-_MG_0068 copyWomen’s Ambassador Day and the Breaking the Mold Initiative reflect MIT Sloan’s commitment to and engagement with our female students, whose experiences and perspectives strengthen our diverse community. For those who are interested in Breaking the Mold, please consider attending the flagship conference in February. And if you’d like to learn more about our culture and community at MIT Sloan, I hope you will come visit us!

-Dawna Levenson, Director of Admissions, MIT Sloan

 

Grateful for our Veterans

We had a beautiful fall here in New England, and the holidays are right around the corner! I wanted to take a moment to give special thanks to all Veterans who have served our country, current service members in the armed forces, and their families. The MIT Sloan Admissions Office will be closed on Tuesday, November 11th in observation of Veterans Day.

Pat O’Brien, MBA’15 and co-president of the MIT Sloan Veterans Association, wrote in a recent blog post that “Veterans are part of the leadership in most clubs and activities at MIT Sloan…Any veterans considering a transition from active duty and a career in business should absolutely consider making this their home for a few years.” After everything they’ve done for our country, we’re proud to be a launch pad for the next stage of our veterans’ careers.

Our Veterans Association is comprised of almost 70 veterans across all MIT Sloan programs. They recently hosted a Google Hangout where they dispensed application tips and talked about life at MIT Sloan. Brian Kirk, MBA ’16 said something about his experience here which I thought I’d share: “I expected that the business world was going to be a very independent thing, that I was going to go out on my own and it was going to be every man for themselves. MIT Sloan is exactly the opposite. It is the closest thing to the brotherhood of my submarine that I could ever have imagined I would find.”

Please feel free to contact any of our veterans to learn more about our supportive community.

Round One Updates and Interview Tips

Round One Update: All applicants will receive an updated decision status this Friday, November 7th, by 5pm EST. We received so many strong applications this year, and these decisions weren’t easy. We’d like to thank you for your patience, as well for taking the time and effort to apply.

For those of you preparing for interviews, our goal is to get to know our applicants better. Check out this video from Jen Barba, Associate Director of Admissions, with tips on what to expect!