Come meet Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) students, faculty and staff at LGO’s Ambassador Day on November 3rd!

I would like to invite you to experience life at MIT Sloan and learn more about our LGO Program, a two-year, dual-degree collaboration between the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT School of Engineering. If you are passionate about engineering and business, and would like to experience a six-month internship with one of our Partner Companies, this program is for you.

As an LGO Ambassador Day participant, you have the opportunity to attend a class, take a tour of campus, and engage in a Q&A session. In the evening, we offer a seminar with one of our industry partners and a panel discussion with current students and alumni.

You can learn more about the event here or by watching this video below.

I hope you can make it!

-Dawna Levenson, Director, MIT Sloan Admissions

A Generation of Women Sloanies

This past June I attended my 30th Sloan Reunion where I sat next to Deborah Meyer at a women’s networking event.  Deborah mentioned to me that her daughter Lillian is a current LGO student. As far as I know, there is only one other mother/daughter pair who have matriculated in our MBA program.  I found their story fascinating and want to share their journey:

Deborah Meyer SM '79, and Lillian Meyer, LGO '16
Deborah Meyer SM ’79, and Lillian Meyer, LGO ’16

Deborah Meyer graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1976 and worked in economic consulting for a year.  In the spring of 1977 she made the decision to go to MIT Sloan instead of entering the Foreign Service. After graduating with an SM in Management in 1979, she worked at General Motors in Michigan on the manufacturing side and later transferred to New York City to work with their pension fund unit.  Today she is Executive Director, Investment Strategy and Fixed Income at GMIMCo.  Deborah credits her MIT Sloan education in helping advance her career:

The MIT Sloan degree is well regarded.  I feel that my classes in finance were well in advance of financial practice.  Robert Merton taught introductory financial theory; Stewart Myers taught corporate finance.  Above all, my MIT training has helped me think in analytical and quantitative terms.

Deborah’s daughter Lillian graduated from Rice University in 2012 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and worked for two years as a geotechnical engineer. When she started considering graduate schools, Deborah encouraged her to apply to MIT Sloan for the close-knit community and a first rate education which would mesh well with her background. When she heard about MIT Sloan’s LGO Program that combines a Master’s in Engineering with an MBA, she thought it was a perfect fit: “Together the degrees would provide more career opportunities than each degree individually.”

Lillian visited MIT Sloan for LGO interview fest and the existing students impressed her as “smart, genuine, and funny”. She reports:

When I visited MIT Sloan as a prospective student, students and faculty always commented on the collaborative spirit. The way I have experienced the collaborative spirit has surprised me.   It’s not just students working together to solve a problem set, but building and feeding off of each other’s ideas.  This energy has definitely led to some interesting discussions, and I’m sure it will lead to fascinating business ventures.

Learn more about the LGO Program.

Spotlight: Professor Arnold Barnett

One distinguishing factor that sets MIT Sloan apart from other schools is the accessibility of our talented faculty. Back in the day when I was a student at MIT Sloan, one of our favorite professors was Arnold Barnett. He had an incredible talent for making the math core class lively, relevant, and, yes, funny. I’m not the only one who thinks very highly of Arnie –  he has been honored by students with teaching awards thirteen times!

In this video, Arnie looks back on his nearly 40 years at MIT Sloan and talks about his elective “Statistical Consulting.” It is now so popular with MBA, MFin and LGO students that he has expanded it into two sections every spring, and is planning to add another section in the fall. Statistical Consulting is one of around 150 electives taught at MIT Sloan.

LGO Program

From time to time, I will post guest blogs from my MIT Sloan colleagues. Jane Deutsch, Director of Admissions and Career Development for the Leaders of Global Operations (LGO) Program, shares LGO updates and application tips:

Last week at our annual Ambassadors Day and Information Evening, LGO welcomed 125 prospective applicants from all over the U.S. and as far away as Montreal and Mexico (read more here). I’m always invigorated by this day and inspired by the enthusiasm and energy of both the current LGOs who run the events and the potential applicants. It reminds me of why I love doing admissions for LGO.

Co-charis Nahathai Srivali and Concepcion Kafka, LGO '15s, Welcome Prospective Students to Ambassadors Day.
Co-chairs Nahathai Srivali and Concepcion Kafka, LGO ’15s, Welcome Prospective Students to Ambassadors Day.

It is also very gratifying to represent a product – in this case, an academic program – that people are so excited about.  Several attendees told me that as soon as they heard about MIT’s dual degree in management and engineering, they knew LGO was a perfect match because it allows them to enhance their engineering and technical skills, as well as to develop the management knowledge they need to be leaders in the industry.

“The single most valuable part of my experience is the program’s leadership development component,” said Albert Chan (LGO ’15) in an e-mail to prospective LGO students. “Staff, alumni, and students alike have continued to impress upon me the importance of principled leadership. In business, especially, doing the right thing matters.” (Read Albert’s full e-mail here.)

Albert also offers prospective students three suggestions on how to personalize their applications and make them shine:

  • Ask your friends what makes you stand out. They might tell you things that you weren’t aware of.
  • Think deeply about your values and how you’ll embody them as a leader.
  • Describe your challenges as well as your successes.

View more about the application process here. The LGO Program has one application deadline: Sunday, December 15. Let us know if you’d like to learn more—e-mail lgo@mit.edu or visit the LGO website.

SOTR Roundup

MIT Sloan 2013 Recruitment
MIT Sloan Recruitment 2013

One of my favorite parts of my job is the incredible opportunity I have each year to travel and meet prospective students and MIT Sloan alumni from around the globe. We’ve recently wrapped up our Sloan on the Road (SOTR) 2013 tour, and members of our Admissions Team have become quite the globetrotters. New York, Accra, London, Bangkok, Sydney, Sao Paulo, Mumbai, and over 50 other cities – each visit was unique and rewarding in its own way.

I’d like to say ‘Thank You’ to everyone – prospectives and alumni –  who took the time to come out and meet our staff in these cities. We value the chance to bring MIT Sloan to you and to get a sense of the interests and passions of prospective MIT Sloan students. I want to share some pictures from the road:

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Have a great weekend!