MIT Sloan Cover Letter and Video for 2019-20
MIT Sloan Cover Letter: MIT Sloan seeks students whose personal characteristics demonstrate that they will make the most of the incredible opportunities at MIT, both academic and non-academic. We are on a quest to find those whose presence will enhance the experience of other students. We seek thoughtful leaders with exceptional intellectual abilities and the drive and determination to put their stamp on the world. We welcome people who are independent, authentic, and fearlessly creative true doers. We want people who can redefine solutions to conventional problems, and strive to preempt unconventional dilemmas with cutting-edge ideas. We demand integrity and respect passion.
Video Statement: Please take a minute to introduce yourself to your future classmates via video. Include a bit on your past experience and why MIT Sloan is the best place for you to pursue your MBA. Videos should be a single take (no editing) lasting no more than one minute and consisting of you speaking directly to the camera. We recommend using an application such as QuickTime or iMovie to record yourself. Upload the video file according to the detailed instructions within the application. We support the following file formats: .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv Should you experience difficulties uploading your file, please ensure that you’re using a modern web browser (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari) on the fastest wired internet connection available. An intermittent or slow internet connection can cause uploads to timeout.
MIT Sloan MBA Winning Sample Essays and Cover Letters – 1
277 E. 7th Street
New York, NY 10009
September 25th, 2018
Assistant Dean of Admissions
MIT Sloan School of Management
50 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02142
Dear Mr. ABC
When I joined my current employer, Zapier, commercialization efforts for our latest enterprise software had only just begun. The timing was fortuitous, and, with the benefit of supportive mentors and a flat organizational structure, I was able to gain cross-functional experience: raising capital, improving our marketing system and finally managing a sales team as the VP of Business Development. While those achievements are mine, the credit belongs to Wade Foster, Zapier’s founder. At a time when I was still recovering from Retinopathy, an eye condition that can cause blindness, Wade believed in me and gave me a chance to prove myself. While Wade is adept at seeing potential in ideas and transforming them into successful companies, I admire him most for his wonderful ability to see and nurture potential in people. While most people focus on extracting the best from others, Wade’s example taught me that true leaders focus on giving the best of themselves to others. I’ve applied that lesson through my leadership and community activities. In the last three years I’ve volunteered as Head of Marketing for the Retinopathy Foundation and Head of Sponsorship at ALCF. I’ve also provided pro bono marketing and business model advice to a number of startups. I’d plan to continue giving the best of myself in my professional endeavors, as I and my colleagues devise practical solutions to the business world’s pressing issues. I would be delighted if you would consider me for a place in the MIT Sloan Class of 2021.
MIT Sloan Essay 2
At twenty-seven, I sometimes think that my long-term goal, to become the CEO of a global manufacturing organization like General Motors, seems like a lofty one, but in those moments I remind (and reassure) myself that good business leaders aren’t born, but rather developed. For me, that development process is a three-fold one and involves cultivating knowledge, experience and good judgment.
I’ve grown in practical experience through steady career progression at COMPANY and progressive responsibility for larger projects, teams and deliverables. I’ve sought out and gleaned knowledge through the mentorship of seasoned professionals a President at COMPANY, who has generously shared lessons and insights from his own career. MIT’s Sloan’s mission to develop leaders who improve the world and advance the practice of management aligns with my own commitment to hone good judgment in my current and future endeavors. In addition, the possibility to grow personally and contribute to the growth of others at MIT Sloan is made possible by the nature of the school’s student body, with a wealth of different industry and functional perspectives and the welcoming and down-to-earth approach I’ve experienced through first-hand interactions.
Working closely with Jane Stilton, one of the Interiors Division’s co-Heads, I’ve been impressed by her ability to successfully lead over 800 people while consistently meeting the division’s performance expectations. The internal strategic issues we face at General Motors are both interesting and challenging and in the short-term I plan to take General Motors up on an offer to return post-MBA and take on a role as a Site Lead in our Interiors Division.
In closing I’d like to thank you for your time in reviewing my application for the MIT Sloan MBA Class of 2021.
MIT Sloan MBA Winning Sample Essays and Cover Letters – 2
The mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled,innovative leaders who improve the world and generate ideas that advance management practice. Discuss how you will contribute toward advancing the mission based on examples of past work and activities. (500 words)
When I was elected as a Labour Party Chairman in Jamaica, we had been in the minority for decades, barely achieving a vote share above 15%. One Saturday morning I led a small, tentative group to the notoriously crime-ridden Tivoli Estate in Kingston, where the opposition parties were strongest. The risk paid off our membership quickly swelled as we recruited volunteers we’d never targeted before, such as low income and single parent families. Even though we didn’t win after increasing our membership, it was more satisfying to realize the difference we could make in these communities.
Within three months I had instilled ten local ‘Ward Chairmen’, whose job was to generate redevelopment ideas such as removing unsightly graffiti and closing drug dens. This new approach ultimately resulted in one of the largest vote gains of any main party in Kingston in the 2012 elections, increasing 51% to over 7,600 votes. My work in social development has made me realize I want to start my own social development fund focused on providing financing to social enterprise start-ups who are working to improve lives, but are unable to raise traditional funding. My work sponsoring BARRINGTON, a start-up that coordinates the distribution of leftover food to the needy across Brazil, highlighted that traditional forms of financing such as bank loans or capital investment are unsuitable for many social enterprises. Discovering this funding gap was a revelation as I recognized how my financial expertise could be used to truly make a difference in the world!
I am well qualified for my goal given my experience building innovative financing solutions totaling over $1.7bn for the Brazilian shipping industry as First Vice President of TEC. Following the global economic collapse, Brazilian ship owners who had invested heavily in building ships in Japan and Vietnam were left with a big funding gap. While brainstorming other sources of capital I discovered the multi-billion dollar Extra Fund Agency (EFA) provided by Japanese and Vietnamese governments to support exports from their shipbuilders. Although the bureaucracy associated with doing business in Asia made my idea to partner with EFAs initially unpopular, I stuck with my conviction and successfully won over CEOs and CFOs by demonstrating how we could structure a TEC-controlled deal to give them comfort. My risk paid off and our partnerships with Chinese and Korean EFAs led to TEC became the leading EFA bank in Brazil.
An MIT Sloan MBA will allow me to gain immediate professional skills in impact investing and measurement, while expanding my knowledge of small enterprises that will allow me to achieve my vision of starting a new social venture to provide alternative forms of funding to companies invested in building a better world. I look forward to sharing my experiences with my classmates in classes such as Designing and Leading the Entrepreneurial Organization (15.394). I will use this experience to propel me toward my goals while building my entrepreneurial competence through action-led projects within Sloan Entrepreneurs for International Development (SEID).
Write a professional letter of recommendation on behalf of yourself. Answer the following questions as if you were your most recent supervisor recommending yourself for admission to the MIT Sloan MBA Program: (750 words or fewer)
• How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?
• How does the applicant stand out from others in a similar capacity?
• Please give an example of the applicant’s impact on a person, group, or organization.
• Please give a representative example of how the applicant interacts with other people.
• Which of the applicant’s personal or professional characteristics would you change?
• Please tell us anything else you think we should know about this applicant.
My name is ABC and I am a general manager at Iluminvest Finance in Mexico City. I am writing on behalf of XYZ who I have known for the past seven years and have been working with closely during the past 9 months.
From taking over all operations at our Costa Rican offices when I had to take a sudden leave of absence, to donating her time and sharing her knowledge to help organ donation organizations in Mexico, XYZ has demonstrated passion and leadership. I’ve seen this personally over the past months during which we worked on the launch of two new business lines: a personal investment site and a sovereign fund administration unit.
Costa Rica’s financial markets are very competitive but we saw an opportunity in small investment accounts. Our goal was to create a webpage allowing people to leverage the low interests on their bank deposits by investing them into ready-made portfolios, maximizing their returns. We created our business model, began programming and were ready for launch when suddenly, disaster struck: due to a change in international banking laws, we were not able to open an account that allowed us to manage third party funds.
We had put the project on hold and were moving towards other possibilities when XYZ came to Costa Rica with a solution to our banking problem. Analyzing regulatory hurdles to find a win-win solution, XYZ discovered that by making our webpage clients beneficiaries of investment trust funds, we would comply with all international laws. However, this new model required additional starting capital because we needed a trust fund license. With this in mind, XYZ approached our principal investor for a meeting.
When our potential investor walked in the room, XYZ greeted him and took the time to clearly describe, our new project, took him through the plans, and explained that we could begin our operations with 600,000 dollars. Walking him through the business model, she convinced him that his return on investment would come by year’s end using a case study and explaining our potential in this fast growing market. Finally, he agreed to our plan: the project would launch by year’s end and has already made significant impact in our firm’s national recognition given its innovative approach.
In this way, XYZ made a significant impact on our organization: this project went from dead in the water to ready to launch under her watch. No other employee proposed such radical ideas, and XYZ stood apart from her peers through her refusal to take no for an answer, her ability to convince stakeholders of her ideas and her outside the box thinking. Whereas the rest of us had given up on this project, XYZ methodically worked towards a solution XYZ loves a challenge: she enjoys developing new projects and reinventing outdated processes. However, she has high expectations of herself and others and believes that everyone should be as fast-paced and passionate as she is. Given this, she’s occasionally frustrated by delays. Recently however, I’ve seen her take potential contingencies into account, modifying her timelines in order to compensate for variables outside of her control.
XYZ has also been a leader outside of work. Since her father received a spleen transplant fourteen years ago, XYZ has been actively involved in helping organ donor organizations. Notably, during her free time, she organizes meetings with the leaders of a children’s heart transplant foundation in Mexico City: Fundación Lussos, one of the first and only organizations working in this area. She has helped them organize awareness campaigns and prepare presentations for the ministry of health, currently all transplants must be done internationally, this efforts, although slow, are working towards training and adapting hospitals to operate in Mexico. I’ve seen firsthand how she believes that organizations should not only work towards profitability and innovation, but also towards improving the lives of people.
For these reasons, I wholeheartedly endorse XYZ’s candidacy to MIT, but I’d also like to share a personal story. In May my son was diagnosed with malaria, and spent one full month in coma, meaning I had to suddenly leave the business for an extended time. With zero notice, Penny took over to handle ongoing issues, met with clients and bank representatives, took charge of the company´s administrative duties and spoke to our lawyers to find the best approach to my absence. This made it possible for me to take care of my son during this difficult time.