Save the date: GWAMIT Spring Empowerment Conference April 9-11 2013

Graduate Women at MIT (GWAMIT) is pleased to announce the annual GWAMIT Empowerment Conference will be held at MIT from 
April 9-11, 2013. The Spring Empowerment Conference, started in Spring 2010, seeks to provide resources for and promote discussion of issues relevant to the personal development and life choices of graduate women. 

This year's conference will cover topics including personal branding, non-traditional life & career paths, and empowering yourself in the workplace! 

Save the date and look out for updates about RSVPs!

2012 Conference Information

Graduate Women at MIT (GWAMIT) is pleased to invite you to the second GWAMIT Empowerment Conference from March 12 - 16, 2012. The conference is aimed at the personal development of graduate women and provides a platform to discuss issues relevant to graduate women across MIT.
Please register for the conference here.

Facing Challenges, Overcoming Obstacles 
Speakers: Almaris Alonso (FDA), Shari Loessberg (MIT Sloan), Dana Moshkovitz (MIT), Suzanne Oakley (MIT Entrepreneur-in-residence)
Time: Mon. 03/12 5:00 - 6:30 PM (Reception following event)
Venue: Sidney-Pacific Multi-purpose room 
Description: Successful local women discuss their individual journeys, the challenges they have faced, and lessons for graduate students.
In collaboration with Sidney Pacific's Committee of Scholarly Interaction.

    Almaris Alonso           
Shari Loessberg                Dana Moshkovitz                Suzanne Oakley

Designing with Her in Mind 
Speaker: Susan Fabry, Senior Strategist, Continuum
Time: Tuesday, March 13th, 5 - 6 pm (Reception to follow)
Venue: 10-105 (Bush room)
Description: Susan Fabry shares fascinating insights from years of design research having witnessed significant generational shifts around the products and services we use everyday. Women control 80% of U.S. spending and yet so often products are missing the mark. Come and learn about the decision making process a majority of women use and how to better meet their needs at every step along the design journey.

Speaker: Paul English, CTO and Cofounder, KAYAK
Time: Wed. 03/14 5:30 - 6:30 PM (Reception to follow)
Venue: 32-155 (**** note updated venue ****)
Description: It is possible to have work/life balance, while having massive impact? Lifelong technology entrepreneur Paul English shares secrets to moving mountains while working a balanced 40-hour week. Come hear about how 90 crazy engineers work together at KAYAK to design and build one of the most popular consumer 
websites while working 40+ (not 50+) hours!

Women, Communication, and Power
Speaker: Barbara Tannenbaum, Senior Lecturer, Brown University 
Time: Thur. 03/15 12:00 - 1:15 PM (Lunch at 11:45)
Venue: 32-G449 Patil/Kiva
Description: Communication expert, Professor Barbara Tannenbaum, will discuss the role of gender dynamics in communication and explain techniques for  communicating persuasively. Her tips are applicable to both professional and personal life, from communicating effectively with a partner to negotiating a new job and salary.

Speaker: Latoya Peterson, Founder and Editor, Racialicious
Time: Thur. 03/15 6:30 - 7:30 PM (Reception following event)
Venue: 32-123
Description: A long-time nerd and new media maker, Latoya Peterson provides a hip-hop feminist and anti-racist view on culture. In this talk Peterson will discuss the concept of "digital empowerment," leveraging technology against structural barriers such as race, gender, and class. How can you use social media for social change in your own community? Peterson is editor of the award-winning blog Racialicious.com--the intersection of race and pop culture. She has done digital consulting work for NPR, Wikipedia, and Weber-Shandwick. A speaker on topics of social justice and social media, Latoya will be presenting her fourth panel at South by Southwest Interactive in 2012. After the event, there will be an opportunity for you to mingle and network over drinks and food at the reception.

Climbing the career ladder: gender and the workplace
Speakers: Pamela Benkert (Philips Healthcare), Leah Buechley (MIT), Aditi Garg (Tesla), Hilda Tang (Oliver Wyman). Panel moderated by Dean Christine Ortiz (MIT).
Time: Fri. 03/16 12:00 - 1:15 PM (Lunch at 11:45)
Venue: 32-G449 Patil/Kiva
Description: A panel discussion with speakers from fields where women are typically under-represented, including panelists from healthcare, academia, engineering and finance. The speakers will share their career paths and experiences in the work place, as well as discuss the evolving influence of gender in the workplace. The panel will also include a Q&A period for audience members to ask questions to the speakers. 




                  Pamela Benkert                                             Leah Buechley                           


                     Hilda Tang                                                Aditi Garg 


         Dean Christine Ortiz