Have a good summer!

Yesterday, GWAMIT hosted a Beach Day at Revere Beach. This weekend was the annual International Sand Sculpture Festival. The weather was perfect, the sand sculptures were incredible, and the best part was the company of so many of you lovely GWAMIT members. We hope you had as much fun as we did!


Whether you could make it or not, we hope you are enjoying the summer. We have big plans for next semester – not least of which the Leadership Conference in October! As always, contact us if you want to get involved or have suggestions for us.

Gutsy Girls: Spring Empowerment Recap

We just wrapped up our Spring Empowerment Conference!

The theme of this years conference was Be Gutsy, inspired by our keynote speaker Caroline Paul, who recently wrote a book for pre-teen girls about the value of adventure and bravery. Paul talked about how we condition young girls to let their fear keep them from having adventures, all while encouraging young boys to be brave. “When girls become women, this fear manifests as deference and timid decision making” (NYT). She talked about her joy in having adventures, from firefighting to skydiving to writing a book.

The rest of the Empowerment Conference week was filled with events designed to empower and inspire the grad women of MIT to Be Gutsy. We had a belly dancing class. We had a movie night featuring a 14 year old girl who traveled around the world alone. We had a panel of women at MIT who do “Extreme Science” (including two awesome grad students, Laura Stevens and Mariana Matus, and two of our science heroines, Susan Solomon and Nergis Mavalvala). And much more. It was incredible. Thank you to POWER and WIC for collaborating with us for the conference!

We were inspired by the speakers and workshops at the conference – and by the amazing group of women who helped plan and put on the conference – to be more gutsy in our own lives. This Tuesday, after the conference, the GWAMIT Executive Board volunteered for MIT’s CityDays. We were assigned to Habitat for Humanity and, incredibly, we actually helped to build a house. We learned a lot about this amazing organization which provides affordable homes for low-income families. And by the time we left, there was wall sheathing and housewrap on a home that had not been there before. We are so proud of that. Check out the rest of the MIT 2016 events this month!

We encourage you all to Be Gutsy, and seek out adventure. It is such a rewarding way to live.

Spring Empowerment Conference is Live!

Hey MIT! Our conference planning team has put together a fantastic set of events for you this spring for our annual Spring Empowerment Conference.

Our theme this year is Be Gutsy, and all of the events embody this idea in some way.

We’re kicking off our week with a keynote by Caroline Paul, New York Times Bestselling author of the new book The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure. She’s lived an extremely bold life and we’re so excited for her to empower us with her stories. The MIT COOP will be there after to sell her books with a book signing, which sounds like a great gift for any young women you have in your lives!

On Tuesday we’re going to focus on empowerment through fun, with a ladies-only belly dancing class in the afternoon (if moving those hips like no one’s watching isn’t empowering, I don’t know what is), and an all-female stand-up comedy night at the Thirsty Ear in the evening (free drink tickets and snacks to those to RSVP!).

Wednesday we’ll shift gears to internal empowerment and what it means to be gutsy in a quieter way. In the morning we’ll have a mindfulness workshop that runs the gamut of mindfulness training, stress reduction, and even mindful eating. In the evening we will be joined by the fantastic local Kate Robinson, who will teach a ~slow flow and funk yoga~ class followed by a self-care dinner discussion. Yes, get excited, there is free yoga.

On Thursday we’ll change it up with a panel on How To Be A Gusty Communicator. What do an author/carpenter, professor, honey bee researcher, and a social entrepreneur have in common? You’ll be surprised with the awesome diversity we’ve got on this panel, and how much you can learn from their wide range of experiences that can help YOU be more gutsy in your own life! This panel will be followed by another book signing with the help of the MIT COOP by the amazing Nina MacLaughlin.

To wind down on Friday, we’ll kick it up a notch to go out on an EXTREME note with our panel of women who do extreme science. These women will blow your mind. They study glaciers, black holes, the ozone layer and even… the Cambridge sewage system. In my book, you have to be gutsy to go there!

Now, this is all just a sneak peak. Believe it or not, there’s even more. And believe it or not, at every single one of these events, there will be food. Tell your friends! Check out the events on our website for full details and to RSVP!

Huge shout-out to POWER and WIC for their collab efforts! 

Spring Empowerment Conference… get stoked and get gutsy!

Hey graduate women, it’s been a while. Our entire executive board turned over last month, and during our transition we’ve been coming up with some awesome new ideas for GW@MIT and for our Spring Empowerment Conference. Conference planning and website design are currently underway, but here is a little teaser so that you can get excited and tell all of your friends. 

The theme of this year’s Spring Empowerment Conference is Be Gutsy. Do you have guts? Do you know someone who has guts? Come share your ideas at our next conference planning meeting taking place Next Tuesday, March 22 at 10:00am in the Stata Cafe.  We’re still looking for event leads!!

The reason that we’ve decided to go with the theme Be Gutsy is because of our opening keynote speaker who we’re extremely excited about, Caroline Paul. She is the author of the recent New York Times Bestselling book The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure.  Not only that, she was one of San Francisco’s first female firefighters, performed rescue missions that involved parachuting and scuba diving, and was an olympic-level ice luger. She’s all-around a total badass. She’s got guts.

Other amazing events on our agenda include an all-female comedy night, inner empowerment through yoga and meditation, and lots more. Excited? We are. Hope to see you there. Stay tuned for the conference website, and stay gutsy. 

The GW@MIT Leadership Conference this year will be Monday 11/2 to Friday 11/6. Check out the conference website for more details and to register for exciting events! RSVP to events by following the Eventbrite links on the right —->

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Welcome to our new website, and if you’re a new student, welcome to MIT. Check out our Resources page for resources available to you on and off campus. Check out our Events calendar and information on our Fall Leadership Conference coming up later this year. Please bear with us as we iron out any bugs, and please contact us if you have any suggestions or would like to get involved in GW@MIT activities. All are welcome!  – GW@MIT Leadership Board 2015

Graduate Women at MIT (GWAMIT) is an institute-wide, student-led group founded in 2009. Our mission is to promote the personal and professional development of MIT’s graduate women.

The Fall General Board Meeting and Fall Leadership Conference are coming up! The general board meeting is:

When: Wednesday, October 21, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Where: MIT Building 32-141
RSVP: link
See above for information about the Leadership Conference: Making an Impact!