gwaMIT Events Calendar

Sign Up to Help Organize the 2021 gwaMIT Leadership Conference
Sign-up link: We are currently accepting sign-ups to help plan our annual Leadership Conference, which will be held virtually from April 5th to April 9th:
* Co-Chairs: Conference Co-Chairs lead the committee members, set the conference theme, and oversee all general planning of the conference.
* Event Leads: Each conference has 4-5 Event Leads who each spearhead a single event (either an invited speaker, a panel, a workshop, etc.).
*Committee Members: attend regular meetings, contribute to theme brainstorming, logistics, publicity, and volunteer during events.Please contact the gwaMIT Executive Board at if you have any questions. We also encourage you to read more about previous conferences and events on our website: We look forward to working with you!

Annual Events

Orientation Lunch (OWWL)

During graduate student orientation, we host a lunch to let incoming graduate womxn know about resources in and around MIT, meet new friends, and eat some delicious free food. Come to learn about all of the offices and departments here at MIT to support you. Children, spouses, and partners welcome.

Recap of gwaMIT’s first virtual Orientation Women’s Welcome Lunch (OWWL) – September 4, 2020:
This past week, gwaMIT hosted OWWL for 2020’s incoming class. Dean Staton and keynote speaker Danielle Wood addressed attendees with inspiring words and hope for the future. If you missed it, stay tuned for the recording (closed captioned), which will be posted here in a week. In the meantime, check out the resources guide and slides from the event

This event is sponsored by OGE and GSC.

2017 OWWL

gwaMIT Mentoring Program

The gwaMIT mentoring program matches graduate womxn with successful womxn professors and alumni who can provide professional and/or personal advice. Each fall, gwaMIT Mentoring hosts a beginning-of-term dinner for mentors and mentees. At this dinner, groups meet for the first time and decide on guidelines for the mentoring relationship. Groups are required to meet once a month for at least a semester. We hold another group dinner at the end of the spring semester. The mentoring program serves over 50 mentoring groups, with over 100 mentees. Interested in being part of the grad student planning committee? We still have positions open for 2019-2020! Read below for details:

Communications Liason – handles the gwaMIT mentoring Gmail to send out information about mentoring groups, events, and answer questions about the program. If interested, please email the GW@MIT Mentoring Committee at gwamitmentoring [AT] gmail [DOT] com.

Leadership Conference

The Leadership Conference, started fall 2010, seeks to provide graduate womxn with the opportunity to gain communication and leadership skills. The organizing committee comprises womxn from across MIT departments and has invited top experts to share advice. We assemble a fresh planning committee for each conference for the following semester.

If interested, contact at gwamit-exec [AT] mit [DOT] edu.

2018 Leadership Conference

Past leadership conferences:

Empowerment Conference

The Empowerment Conference, started spring 2010, seeks to provide resources for and promote discussion of issues relevant to the life choices of graduate womxn. The planning committee comprises womxn from across MIT departments and invites speakers that are role models for graduate womxn and/or experts on how to become those role models. We assemble a fresh planning committee each January for the following semester.

If interested, contact at gwamit-exec [AT] mit [DOT] edu.

2018 Empowerment Conference

Past empowerment conferences: