Empowerment Conference

The Spring Empowerment Conference, started spring 2010, seeks to provide resources for and promote discussion of issues relevant to the life choices of graduate women.  The planning committee comprises women from across MIT departments and invites speakers that are role models for graduate women and/or experts on how to become those role models.  (Left: Latoya Peterson, founder and editor of Racialicious, Delivers the Spring '12 keynote.)

Events have included a lecture on implicit bias, a workshop on communication and negotiation skills, a talk on high performance work-life balance, a panel of "power couples," and a panel on modern feminism.

What Attendees are Saying...

About Cindy Gallop and her keynote "Power, and How to Find It in Places You Didn't Expect ('11):
"That woman!  She has an attitude!"
"The anecdotes were fantastic, I loved that she talked about taboo subjects."

"Not a typical MIT speaker, very worthwhile!"

About the Communications Workshop ('11):
"I learned so much about myself from observing others' responses."

About the Modern Feminist Voices Panel ('11):
"I loved the openness of the speakers and willingness to share personal experiences with sexism."

About the Implicit Bias keynote ('10):
"For so many of the situations I said to myself, 'That is my boss.'"
"Anyone interested in doing a startup should understand implicit bias." (from a male graduate student)

Past Conferences.

Spring '14
Spring '13 [website]  
Spring '12
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Spring '11
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Spring '10

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Get Involved.

We assemble a fresh planning committee each December for the following semester. If interested, contact gwamit-spring@mit.edu.