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IAP 2017 Activities by Category - Leadership Skills

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Academic Job Search

Jan/17 Tue 01:30PM-03:00PM 4-270

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required

Wondering how to mount a successful job search in this highly competitive academic job market? This workshop presented by Bob Dolan will discuss important elements of preparing a strong application package which includes a CV, Cover Letter, Research Statement, Teaching Statement, and Diversity Statement.  This program is targeted towards all PhD students and Postdocs who may prepare for the faculty search now and in the future.  In addition, actual academic hiring committee interview questions from 20 US and international universities will be provided.

Pre-registration is requested on CareerBridge.

Sponsor(s): Global Education and Career Development
Contact: GECD-IAP,

Art of Behavioral Interviewing


Jan/10 Tue 01:30PM-03:00PM 4-270

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required

While your technical skills will get you the interview, it is your behavioral attributes that will get you the job.  This session facilitated by Bob Dolan will discuss preparation and strategies for a successful interview.  In addition, sample behavioral interview questions will be provided along with tips on how to answer those tough questions. 

Pre-registration is requested on CareerBridge.

Sponsor(s): Global Education and Career Development
Contact: GECD-IAP,

Coaching in Effective Speaking with International Training in Communications members

Ruth Levitsky

Jan/12 Thu 12:00PM-01:30PM E51-149

Enrollment: sign-up to be coached-no sign up required for others
Sign-up by 01/12
Limited to 10 participants

Prepare a short 3 minute talk on any topic (yourself, your hobbies, your research, a toast) - or be assigned an impromptu topic- and receive feedback on your speaking skills: organization, vocal variety and body language. 

Information will also be available for those interested in the ITC club forming on campus (

Send an email to to sign up for coaching. Auditors are welcome!

January 12th: 12-1:30

Contact: Ruth Levitsky, 857-266-3400, LEVITSKY@MIT.EDU

Conflict Resolution: Dissect the conflict from understanding to problem solving

Kitty Huang, Communication Trainer

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/11
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

Conflicts can occur for a number of reasons at work and at home.  Sometimes, people in conflict with each other even have the same goals, yet finding a solution that satisfies both parties seems to be a difficult task. These two interactive workshops demonstrate how the disagreement in a conflict offers an opportunity for us to listen to our own needs and the needs of others.

The first interactive workshop, on Jan. 12th, provides several check points to review our conflicts to identify the real issues, verify the assumptions, determine the best time for discussion, and obtain the mindset required to approach the problems. The second workshop, on Jan. 19th, offers techniques on listening to the needs of both sides, emotional control, and being assertive without being aggressive. Bring your conflicts. Both workshops include case study opportunities. You are welcome to attend one or both independent sessions.

- Jan/12 Thu 6:30pm to 8:00pm (Location: E51-151)

- Jan/19 Thu 6:30pm to 8:00pm (Location: E51-151)

Contact: Kitty Huang, Heart to Heart Talk, at to register.

Sponsor(s): Toastmasters@MIT
Contact: Kitty Huang,

Creating and Measuring the Collective Mind

Peter Gloor

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions
Prereq: none

The Internet is exponentially increasing collective consciousness.  Our capability to instantaneously form global tribes, which share tastes, vocabulary, and mindset, has grown tremendously. Whether it is succeeding in a global organization, promoting a global brand or product, or increasing individual happiness, reading and influencing the collective mind is becoming an essential skill – just look at how far it has brought Donald Trump.

Part I (theory) - Creating the Collective Mind applies social quantum physics to build entanglement through empathy and individual reboot through Heisenberg reflection.  Everybody can become the leader of their own swarm by combining competition and collaboration for the greater cause of the swarm.  It also introduces the concept of Collaborative Innovation Networks (COINs), as well as the Six Honest Signals of Collaboration: central leadership, balanced contribution, rotating leadership, responsiveness, honest sentiment, and shared context.

Part II (lab) - Measuring the Collective Mind is done by analyzing communication archives, e.g. e-mail, skype, Twitter, Wikipedia or Blogs, to build a virtual mirror of individual and organizational communication behavior, and change it for the better. Experiment yourself with the online social media analysis tool Condor.


Sponsor(s): Sloan School of Management
Contact: Peter Gloor, E94-1504D, 617 253-7018, PGLOOR@MIT.EDU

Creating the Collective Mind

Jan/09 Mon 03:00PM-05:00PM E94-1531, bring your laptop

This two-hour intro covers the basic ideas of how everybody can shape and create the collective mind on online social media. Become the leader of your swarm by combining competition and collaboration for the greater cause. Covers Socai Quantum Physics, Collaborative Innovation Networks (COINs)  and the Six Honest Signals of Collaboration. You can also experiment with our online tools GalaxyScope and Wikitimemachine.

Peter Gloor

Measuring the Collective Mind

Jan/10 Tue 02:00PM-05:00PM E94-1531, bring your laptop


Measure what the collective mind thinks about yourself, about companies, products, and topics. Using the powerful social media analysis and monitoring tool Condor, you will visualize and analyze your e-mail, skype or Facebook wall, and Tweets, Wikipedia edits, and Weblinks.

Prior to the course install Condor from (needs Java and MySQL)


Peter Gloor

Cultivating Your Leadership Presence 2017

Abby Berenson, Associate Director, MIT Leadership Center

Jan/23 Mon 09:00AM-05:30PM Residence Inn, Compton Room
Jan/24 Tue 09:00AM-05:30PM Residence Inn, Compton Room
Jan/25 Wed 09:00AM-05:30PM Residence Inn, Compton Room

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/22
Limited to 10 participants
Attendance: Repeating event, participants welcome at any session

You have 30 seconds to capture your audience’s attention, in the boardroom, in an interview, on a stage, or in any situation. It doesn’t matter how “right” you are, if your audience can’t hear you, you will not be effective and therefore will not have influence and impact.

This highly interactive and experiential one-day workshop hones in on your “secret weapons”, establish your “presence points” and practice specific tools to Master Your Message®.  It provides you with experiences that teach flexibility, how to connect deeply with your identity and values, and how to be present in the moment: a foundational platform of Powerful Presence and Communication, which is an essential prerequisite to high level communications including public speaking. It draws upon cutting edge clinical research and practical experience in the fields of neuroscience, sensory integration, systems theory, coaching, speech/language/voice and leadership. Please join us only if you are prepared to be fully engaged in a variety of exercises with other members of the group. 

Sign up here:

Sponsor(s): MIT Leadership Center, Sloan School of Management
Contact: Abby Berenson, E52-250, 617 324-3794, BERENSON@MIT.EDU

Design Lab: You

Jenny Jin, Tracy Cheng, MIT SB 2017, Course 2A

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 12 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions

This IAP 4 day workshop introduces tools of human-centered design thinking and design sprints —employed by Google and IDEO in product development — and applies them to the most important product of our lives: ourselves.  You will quickly learn the methodology of human-centered design - mindsets, needfinding, inspiration, ideation, rapid prototyping, tracking data, and iteration.  You’ll apply the methodology and tools towards designing towards a case study or leadership challenge from your own life.  The opportunity in this product design challenge is that you are designing for a very specific user of one, and you are in the position of knowing that user the best.  Designing for our own lives has never felt or been that straightforward.  Why?  These are the interesting questions that we will be adopting a child's mind towards probing and discussing with a community of fellow students and facilitators.  Preference towards freshmen and sophomores.

 To register for this course, please send an email to both Jenny ( and Tracy ( to reserve your slot.



Sponsor(s): Edgerton Center
Contact: Jenny Jin,

Session One

Jan/09 Mon 01:00PM-03:00PM 4-402
Jan/11 Wed 01:00PM-03:00PM 4-402
Jan/13 Fri 01:00PM-03:00PM 4-402
Jan/18 Wed 01:00PM-03:00PM 4-402

Jenny Jin, Tracy Cheng - MIT SB 2017, Course 2A

Designing Your Life

Gabriella Jordan, David Mindell

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: Short written assignment, before the course begins

This course provides an exciting, eye-opening, and thoroughly useful inquiry into what it takes to live an extraordinary life, on your own terms. This course addresses what it takes to succeed, and to be proud of your life and happy in it. You will tackle career satisfaction, money, your body, vices, your relationship to yourself. Address your own life and how you live it and learn from it. For past participants, look at what you need to take yourself to the next level in wherever you are in your life. An inquisitive nature and willingness to face the truth are required.

Sponsor(s): Science, Technology, and Society
Contact: Paola Andrea Garces,

Designing Your Life

Jan/23 Mon 10:00AM-01:00PM E51-085
Jan/24 Tue 05:30PM-07:00PM E51-061, TA session
Jan/25 Wed 10:00AM-01:00PM E51-085
Jan/26 Thu 05:30PM-07:00PM E51-061, TA session
Jan/27 Fri 10:00AM-01:00PM E51-085

Developing Leadership in Yourself and Others

David Nino, Senior Lecturer, GEL-MIT Engineering Leadership Program

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 60 participants
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions
Prereq: Graduate Status

Are you interested in developing professional skills that can amplify your impact in today’s high technology environments? If so, then consider investing in your future by completing the new Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Graduate Program IAP series on leadership development.

Join us for this inaugural series of workshops designed specifically for MIT graduate students who are interested in making a positive difference in their chosen fields. Grounded in leadership research but experiential and engaging in delivery, these workshops will build practical skills that apply to engineering and technology environments.  

This series is offered through the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program in collaboration with the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education and the Graduate Student Council.

Students are welcome to attend some or all of these workshops. Those who attend the entire series will receive a certificate of completion from the Gordon-MIT Engineering Program.

Additional cosponsor: Graduate Women at MIT.


Sponsor(s): Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Contact: Amy Shea-Slattery,

Leading New Teams

Jan/19 Thu 12:30PM-04:30PM 32-124

Turn a smart group of people into a committed and effective team!  This isn't easy and it won't happen naturally. Equips students with a proven framework for designing and leading new teams in engineering and technology environments.

 Attendees completing the workshop will be able to

Motivating and Developing Others

Jan/24 Tue 12:30PM-04:30PM 32-124

The heart of leadership is the ability to inspire people without relying on authority.  Only one in ten practicing managers are skilled in motivating others.  Learn how to engage and develop people to deliver their best work.

You'll be able to

Mastering Constructive Conflict

Jan/26 Thu 12:30PM-04:30PM 32-124

In a safe group environment, conflict can engender innovation, trust, and learning. This workshop will focus on encouraging constructive conflict.

Attendees will learn to
 Leverage conflict to improve problem solving processes.
 Increase your confidence in having difficult conversations.
 Assess your own preferences for managing conflict.

Discover/Develop Leadership Strengths

Feb/02 Thu 12:30PM-04:30PM 32-124

These workshops assume that anyone can learn to lead. This final session focuses on mapping a pathway to leadership for the good others and oneself.

Attendees will learn to
 Discover strengths grounded in your personality, values, and life story.
 Identify when to develop new capabilities and let go of old ones.
 Invent a future that aligns with your talents and life aspirations.

Effective Presentation Skills - GECD

Jan/12 Thu 01:30PM-03:00PM 4-270

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required

Do you present your work to your lab, at conferences, or to a faculty or industry hiring committee?  If so, this workshop presented by Bob Dolan is designed to provide you with tips and strategies for delivering an effective presentation.  The more prepared you are, the more confident you will be.  Discussions will include room set-up, proper dress, room management, and actual professional delivery to your audience.

Pre-registration is requested on CareerBridge.

Sponsor(s): Global Education and Career Development
Contact: GECD-IAP,

Helping PhDs and Postdocs Identify Skills

Feb/01 Wed 02:00PM-03:30PM E19-202

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required

You will have the opportunity to learn more about the skills you have gained in your PhD and/or postdoc. This session will feature activities to help you identify skills. It will also discuss research that has been done to identify skills you have learned that employers desire in various industries.

Pre-registration is requested on CareerBridge.

Sponsor(s): Global Education and Career Development
Contact: GECD-IAP,

Immunity to Change: Understanding Why Change is So Hard for Individuals and Teams

Abby Berenson, Associate Director, MIT Leadership Center

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/24
Limited to 24 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions

Students will be exposed to the basic ideas, frameworks, and the experiential learning methods of Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey’s highly acclaimed Immunity to Change framework. The workshop is a participant-driven exploration of people’s resistance to change. We will examine our own resistance as well as the resistance of groups to change and will develop actions plans and generate options for coaching and leadership to overcome these resistances.

Methodology: The workshop includes personal work as well peer coaching and small group work. Throughout the exercise, participants will be exposed to a diagnostic process that illuminates persistent and stubborn barriers to change and improvement that endure beyond the workshop. Participants will be given tools to support and coach each other and to make progress on the challenges they face.

Register here:

Sponsor(s): MIT Leadership Center
Contact: Abby Berenson, E52-250, (617) 324-3794,

Jan/26 Thu 09:00AM-05:00PM E62-350

Day 1

Michael Koehler, KONU LLC ( - Visiting Instructor

Jan/27 Fri 09:00AM-05:00PM E62-350

Day 2

Michael Koehler, KONU LLC ( - Visiting Instructor

January Jumpstart - Begin your new year with an HR learning and development workshop for staff.

Scott Rolph, Organizational Development Consultant

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

Active Listening for Managers

January 10, 9 am – 12 pm
NE49-5145 (L-Lab)

Managing Problematic Performance

January 11
9 am – 3 pm
NE49-5145A (T-Lab)


Goal Setting
January 12
10 am – 12 pm
NE49-5145A (T-Lab)


Preparing and Delivering Presentations

January 13
9 am – 4:30 pm
NE49-5145 (L-Lab)



January 17
9 am – 12 pm
NE49-5145 (L-Lab)


Insights into Management

January 18-19
9 am – 3 pm
NE49-5145 (L-Lab)


Performance Development: Employee’s Role

January 18
10 am – 12 pm
NE49-5145A (T-Lab)


Everyday Leadership

January 20

9 am – 12 pm

NE49-5145 (L-Lab)

Exceptional Service

January 24

9 am – 11 am

NE49-5145 (L-Lab)


Tips & Techniques for Time Management

January 25

9 am – 12 pm

NE49-5145 (L-Lab)

Sponsor(s): MIT Human Resources
Contact: Scott Rolph, 617-253-6065,

Leader, Maverick or Impostor?

Abby Berenson, Associate Director

Jan/17 Tue 01:00PM-05:00PM E62-350

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/15
Limited to 25 participants

All of us at the MIT Community are here because we hold ourselves to extremely high standards, we dare to move beyond the mediocre, we push boundaries, we start new things, we grow beyond the merely comfortable. And yet at some point, 70% of us feel caught in doubt or low self-worth that make us fall into self-limiting behaviors like procrastination, risk aversion or overwork.


In order to help you unleash your highest future potential, in this experiential and dynamic workshop, we want to invite you to play and experiment while you:

Examine what mindsets and beliefs lie behind these self-limiting behaviors 

Learn how to let doubt move you into action  

Take home a toolbox with 10 concrete strategies to put into practice in your every day life. 


Please, register here.


Sponsor(s): Sloan School of Management, MIT Leadership Center
Contact: Ingrid Toppelberg,

Leadership Development Workshop

CPT Emily Hannenberg, Asst Professor of Military Science

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/25
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: None

The MIT Department of Military Science (Army ROTC) hosts a leadership development workshop in order to expose aspiring student leaders to leadership theory, techniques, experiences, and skills. Army ROTC specializes in leadership development, preparing students to become successful Army Officers who must be confident, decisive leaders in the midst of chaos and ambiguity. Join us for this leadership development seminar where our subject matter experts expose you to leadership concepts and theories, arm you with effective leadership skills and tools, and immerse you in hands on small group leadership and problem solving. February 1st – February 3rd, 8am – 1pm, meets at W59-192. Target workshop size is 16 students.

Sponsor(s): Military Science/Army ROTC
Contact: CPT Emily Hannenberg, W59-192, 617-253-4471,

Leader Development Workshop Day 1

Feb/01 Wed 08:00AM-01:00PM W59-192, Wear athletic attire

Day 1: Introductions, Ice Breaker, Leadership Concepts, Goal Setting

CPT Emily Hannenberg - Asst Professor of Military Science

Leader Development Workshop Day 2

Feb/02 Thu 08:00AM-01:00PM W59-192, Wear athletic attire

Day 2: Concrete learning activity, Bases of Power, Influencing Tactics, Supportive Communication

CPT Emily Hannenberg - Asst Professor of Military Science

Leader Development Workshop Day 3

Feb/03 Fri 08:00AM-01:00PM W59-192, Wear athletic attire

Day 3: Capstone, Lessons Learned from Capstone + Workshop

CPT Emily Hannenberg - Asst Professor of Military Science

LinkedIn Lab - GECD

Jan/18 Wed 03:00PM-04:00PM E19-202, Bring your laptop.

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required

Bring your laptop to explore the many ways LinkedIn can help you in your career exploration and job or internship search. We will begin with an overview of LinkedIn and some of the key areas of a complete LinkedIn profile. We’ll also cover some ways LinkedIn can be used as job search tool. This will be followed by individual work on your profile, with Career Services staff available to answer your questions.

Pre-registration is requested on CareerBridge.

Sponsor(s): Global Education and Career Development
Contact: GECD-IAP,

Making to Think: Leadership through Art Making

Abby Berenson, Associate Director, MIT Leadership Center

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/09
Limited to 22 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions

This IAP workshop models distilled skillsets, toolkits and visioning from art-making practices for effectively arriving at unanticipated outcomes as well as strategic methods for iteration and disruption that can be integrated into corporate and engineering innovation structures. A sequence from rolling up your sleeves for hands-on exercises anchored in drawing to unpacking art giants from Jackson Pollock to David Hockney and unique touring of an art museum, this session practices techniques for challenging assumptions and rethinking observational strategies that directly apply to leadership across fields arriving at solution-oriented results.



Learn to see through ‘Making to Think’ strategies that provide transformational leadership

Show how ‘Art, the Verb’ is central to leadership practices across enterprises and levels

Demonstrate that creativity is not the gift of an elite few but a practiced skillset

Demonstrate and practice observational dynamics through art-making

Focus on observing one’s self as key to developing both personal leadership and generating disruptive models


Register here: by Monday, January 9th.

Sponsor(s): MIT Leadership Center, Sloan School of Management
Contact: Abby Berenson, E52-254, 617 324-3794, BERENSON@MIT.EDU

Jan/11 Wed 09:00AM-04:00PM Stratton: Mezzanine

Day 1

Aithan Shapira, MFA, PhD - Visiting Faculty, SMFA, Elysa Fenenbock - Designer-in-Residence at Google, Inc

Jan/12 Thu 09:00AM-04:00PM Stratton: Mezzanine

Day 2

Aithan Shapira, MFA, PhD - Visiting Faculty, SMFA, Elysa Fenenbock - Designer-in-Residence at Google, Inc

Jan/13 Fri 09:00AM-12:00PM Stratton: Mezzanine

Day 3 (1/2 day)

Aithan Shapira, MFA, PhD - Visiting Faculty, SMFA, Elysa Fenenbock - Designer-in-Residence at Google, Inc

Mentor the Class of 2021: Become an Orientation Leader and/or Associate Advisor!

Meghan Kenney, Assistant Dean, Leslie Bottari, Staff Associate

Jan/31 Tue 12:00PM-01:00PM 4-153
Feb/02 Thu 04:00PM-05:00PM 4-153

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Repeating event, participants welcome at any session
Prereq: freshmen, sophomores and juniors welcome

The Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming offers two fantastic leadership opportunities for undergraduates—orientation leader (OL) and associate advisor (AA). Both positions play a key role in helping first year students make a successful transition to MIT. Hear from students in these positions speak about their roles and responsibilities, the opportunities to work with faculty and staff, and the leadership skills they gained that will help them in the future. UAAP representatives will be available to give an overview of the application process and important dates. Light refreshments will be served. Bring any and all questions! 

Sponsor(s): Office of Undergrad. Advising/Academic Programming
Contact: Meghan Kenney, 7-103, 617 253-9764, MKENNEY@MIT.EDU

MIT Fuse

Nick Meyer, Entrepreneur In Residence

Sign-up by 12/02
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

MIT fuse (formerly known as StartIAP) is a 3 1/2-week hands-on startup experience designed for students and small teams looking to work, think, and talk like an entrepreneur and start the path towards becoming a company. The program is:

During IAP, the MIT fuse cohort of teams all but takes over the entire Martin Trust Center. You’ll have significant time devoted to mentorship from our Entrepreneurs in Residence and learn from founders who are six to eighteen months “ahead” of you. MIT fuse will focus on:

Sponsor(s): Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
Contact: Greg Wymer, E40-160,

MIT VMS Boot Camp Series - Kent Summers Crash Course in Enterprise B2B Sales

MIT Venture Mentoring Service & Kent Summers

Jan/13 Fri 08:45AM-04:00PM MIT Classroom 4-370

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Prereq: None

Email to enroll

In its 6th year, this popular IAP workshop is consistently received by attendees with enthusiasm. Providing practical knowledge of "how to sell," the Sales Boot Camp is designed to provide entrepreneurs starting a new venture and business school graduates entering a new profession with basic tools for success—how to target enterprise sales opportunities, manage a sales process, acquire customers and generate revenue. 

The workshop is comprised of two 3-hour sessions, combining lecture, interactive exercises, and anecdotal evidence from real-world sales situations. Attendees will trouble-shoot “failed sales” Case Studies and recommend corrective action or behavior. The first session focuses on basic concepts and "tools and mechanics" required for sales focus and efficiency. The second covers more subtle aspects of selling with emphasis on how to navigate an organization, overcome bias, build consensus, negotiate and close deals.

Kent Summers has been offering the Sales Boot Camp in collaboration with VMS since 2008. He regularly presents the Sales Boot Camp at the MIT Sloan School, the Harvard MBA program and the Wharton School of Business. Summers founded and sold three software companies in the Boston area, and since 2002 has served as a trusted mentor to dozens of MIT start-ups. His success with early-stage ventures and enterprise sales is uniquely suited to the needs of start-up ventures.

Sponsor(s): MIT Venture Mentoring Service
Contact: Haley Webb, W31 - 310, 617-258-0720,

Offshore Sailing Shore School

Scott Dynes, Skipper, X-Dimension

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions
Prereq: An interest in sailing

You know that MIT has a fabulous river sailing program, but did you also know that MIT also has an offshore sailing program, where you can sail MIT's 43-foot boat, X-Dimension, in Boston Harbor, to P-town, along the Maine coast, and even to Halifax, Nova Scotia?

The purpose of this IAP course is to show you that sailing a 43-foot boat differs from dinghy sailing only in degree: the boat and sails are bigger, you can stay out longer (days!), and you don’t have to come back to the dock at night. We are offering 8 sessions that will cover the fundamental and practical aspects of large boat sailing, with the goal of making everyone feel equipped with the knowledge to feel comfortable sailing along the coast. The classes will cover keelboats, weather, navigation (including celestial navigation), safety at sea, racing, and chartering a boat in the Caribbean.

No prior knowledge of keelboats or sailing is required (though the latter is very helpful); just an interest in learning about sailing in the salt water.

Contact: Scott Dynes, 37-438N, 781 472-9005, SBCDYNES@MIT.EDU

Introduction to Keelboats

Jan/10 Tue 06:30PM-08:30PM 66-160

Whether you're out for a day sail or crossing the ocean, you'll need to understand the various onboard systems. This session provides basic knowledge of the typical coastal cruising sailboat -- structure, rigging, electrical, engine, navigation, etc. Attendees will learn the nautical terms for things (the galley, not the kitchen) and get a sense for life aboard at sea.

Eric Brown - Skipper, X-Dimension

Chartering a boat

Jan/12 Thu 06:30PM-08:30PM 66-160

If you have some experience sailing, there's a good chance you can charter a boat in the Caribbean and elsewhere. This session discusses the practical aspects of arranging for and sailing a charter in the Caribbean. Topics we will talk about include:

Tim Hall - Skipper, X-Dimension


Jan/17 Tue 06:30PM-08:30PM 66-160

Racing is a very fun and very effective way to learn how to sail well; you are on a boat with expert sailors who are helping you to sail the boat. In this session we will introduce sailboat racing and cover a broad range of topics that will enable you to have fun while racing keelboats.

Adam Traina - Skipper, X-Dimension

Navigation #1

Jan/19 Thu 06:30PM-08:30PM 66-160

Where are you? How will you get to your destination safely? In this course we will cover the basics of coastal navigation, including how to read nautical charts, identification of navigation aids, proper compass use and the rules for safe navigation.

Theodric Young - Skipper, X-Dimension

Safety at Sea

Jan/24 Tue 06:30PM-08:30PM 66-160

This session covers what you need to know to be safe sailing bigger boats offshore. Topics covered will include:


Scott Dynes - Skipper, X-Dimension

Navigation # 2

Jan/26 Thu 06:30PM-08:30PM 66-160

In part two of this introduction to coastal navigation, we will further discuss skills for safe navigation, including understanding of tides and currents, the navigation rules, as well as techniques for using electronic devices such as depth sounders, GPS, and RADAR.

Theodric Young - Skipper, X-Dimension


Jan/31 Tue 06:30PM-08:30PM 66-160

You¿ve probably heard `Red sky at night, sailor¿s delight; red sky in morning, sailors take warning¿, but did you ever wonder why that is so? In this session we will cover many aspects of weather as it related to sailing, including:

Eric Brown - Skipper, X-Dimension

Celestial Navigation

Feb/02 Thu 06:30PM-08:30PM 66-160

Before there was GPS, there were the stars. In this session we will go through the theory and practice of celestial navigation; we hope to have enough sextants to allow for hands-on activities. While you will not walk away from this class knowing how to navigate by the stars, you will know why and how it works, and what to do next if you want to learn celestial navigation in detail.


Adam Traina - Skipper, X-Dimension

Prehealth Students Going Global

Jan/10 Tue 03:00PM-04:00PM 4-145

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required

Come hear about the different international opportunities available to MIT students, and learn how to leverage your abroad experience for your medical applications and interviews. We will discuss how to plan your study abroad journey and highlight MIT prehealth student stories.

Pre-Registration is requested on Careerbridge.

Sponsor(s): Global Education and Career Development
Contact: GECD IAP,

Shadow Magicians: Finding Freedom to Become Yourself

Adam Reynolds, Blue Ocean Faith Chaplain

Jan/10 Tue 02:00PM-04:00PM 36-144
Jan/13 Fri 02:00PM-04:00PM 36-144
Jan/17 Tue 02:00PM-04:00PM 36-144
Jan/20 Fri 02:00PM-04:00PM 36-144
Jan/25 Wed 02:00PM-04:00PM 36-144
Jan/26 Thu 02:00PM-04:00PM 36-144
Feb/01 Wed 02:00PM-04:00PM 36-144
Feb/02 Thu 02:00PM-04:00PM 36-144

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/09
Limited to 10 participants
Attendance: Repeating event, participants welcome at any session
Prereq: None

Whether through bad habits, negative thought patterns, or counterproductive behaviors, we all have a 'shadow' that sabotages us at times.

This unique experiential course will teach key concepts and skills for exploring our shadows through analyzing emotions and addressing the impact of formative experiences on our operating beliefs and behaviors. We will gain a higher level of self-awareness and begin the process of troubleshooting deep-seated obstacles to success and happiness.

Issues that can be explored include:


Concepts and skills taught include:


You must register for the sessions you will attend. We have 10 spots per session. You will be placed on a wait-list if registration for a session is full.

Timeliness: Due to the personal nature of the course, the door will close at 10 minutes past the hour. No one will be admitted to the day’s session after that point, although you are welcome to attend future meetings.

Email with questions.

Sponsor(s): Blue Ocean Faith
Contact: Adam Reynolds, W11-011, 617-359-7457, ADAM1@MIT.EDU

Technology Innovation Accelerator

Dr. Raoul Ouedraogo, Lincoln Laboratory Staff, William Kindred, Lincoln Laboratory Staff, Dr. Crystal Jackson, Lincoln Laboratory Staff, Sara James, Lincoln Laboratory Staff, Dr. Todd Thorsen, Lincoln Laboratory Staff, Dr. Eric Phelps, Lincoln Laboratory Staff, Dr. Chelsea Curran, Lincoln Laboratory Staff, Dr. Kevin Cohen, Lincoln Laboratory Staff

Jan/10 Tue 01:00PM-05:00PM Beaverworks NE45-202
Jan/12 Thu 01:00PM-05:00PM Beaverworks NE45-202
Jan/17 Tue 01:00PM-05:00PM Beaverworks NE45-202
Jan/19 Thu 01:00PM-05:00PM Beaverworks NE45-202

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/06
Limited to 24 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: none

Do your innovative ideas get the attention they deserve? Would you like to refine those ideas and pitch them to a panel of technology experts, “Shark Tank” Style? In this interactive technology innovation accelerator, you will have an opportunity to work with peers and experts to generate hundreds of new ideas to present, evaluate, refine, and ultimately transform into system concepts that solve relevant and challenging problems.

We will discuss techniques and tools for brainstorming and concept development, provide technical presentation skills training, and provide lectures on this year’s technology focus: all things security. Students will be assigned mentors from both industry and government labs. This is the perfect opportunity to practice innovation, to hone your skills for future innovative research and entrepreneurship, and to network. Students may also have opportunities for research funding, internships/full-time positions with participating companies/labs, and startups.

FY17 Technology Focus: Security (Physical & Cyber)

FY17 participating companies & labs:

• MIT Lincoln Laboratory


• SimSpace Corporation

• State Street Corporation

• Swissnex

(Full list by Dec. 15)

*This work is sponsored by the Department of the Air Force under Air Force Contract #FA8721-05-C-0002. Opinions, interpretations, conclusions and recommendations are those of the authors and are not necessarily endorsed by the United States Government. 

Sponsor(s): MIT-SUTD Collaboration, Lincoln Laboratory
Contact: Dr. Raoul Ouedraogo,

The Optimally Dismal Laboratory II: Now Even Worse!

Dr John F. Carrier, Sloan School of Management

Jan/25 Wed 02:00PM-03:00PM 66-110, bring a story and photo from your lab

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up

 Would you like to reduce your lab's output by 10%, 20%, or even as much as 50%?

Then Optimally Dismal Laboratory is a must attend event for you!


In this session, we provide an optimal approach for disrupting productivity, reducing safey, and dampening morale for your laboratory. We will explain the rationale behind these techniques through the systems and psychological studies of several notable MIT faculty, including Jay Forrester, John DC Little, Ed Schein, Douglas McGregor, and Kurt Lewin.  

Finally, we will show some "best practices" from several MIT labs. Also, feel free to submit photos of your lab's best productivity-disrupting activities for inclusion in the talk.

Finally, we'll issue a "playbook" for implementing it in your lab.

Common Questions

Q: I am worried about the impact on my colleagues' productivity.

A: No need to worry. It will reduce their productivity as well.

Q: Could these techniques be used in reverse to improve productivity, safety, and morale?

A: Yes, but that would require a modicum of consideration and self-discipline.

Q: Will I regret not attending?

A: Most likely, but if you don't come, you'll never know.


Help make MIT less un-Great again!





Sponsor(s): Chemical Engineering, Sloan School of Management, Environment, Health and Safety Office
Contact: John Carrier, JFCARRIE@MIT.EDU

Using Improv to Improve Confidence

Jan/20 Fri 02:00PM-03:30PM E25-117

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 20 participants

Participants will engage in improv activities with others. This session will focus on how doing improv can improve one’s confidence, especially regarding communication skills and meeting new people. 

Pre-registration is requested on CareerBridge.

Open to students, alumni and postdocs only.

Sponsor(s): Global Education and Career Development
Contact: GECD-IAP,