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This March, at the MIT Women's unConference, Suzanne Frey MBA '06 told the audience one of the most important things she's learned in her career: the power of saying 'yes.' 

"No is a very very important word. Using it selectively is essential...but no does little to advance innovation, it does little to say I can do this; to be a change maker an impact maker. In fact, no basically almost always gets you no where," says Frey.

The conference brought together hundreds of women in the MIT community, including 350 alumnae and students from 29 states, six countries, and 31 courses, spanning seven decades. At the event, attendees made meaningful connections, shared stories, and heard inspirational talks from fellow alumnae like Frey.

(Read the transcript of the episode.) 

Listen to the podcast to hear three lightening talks given by MIT alumnae at the women’s unConference. In addition to Frey, you'll hear advice from Catherine Crawford '91 on being able to pivot when your industry changes and Bel Pesce '10 about the importance of empathy and getting rid of pre-conceived notions.

To get or give advice, check out the MIT Alumni Advisors Hub—the one-stop-shop for getting advice from MIT alumni about anything from what to do with your major to how to prepare for a job interview. The platform has almost 2,000 alumni registered—all willing to give their time to either students or their fellow alums to give advice on things they wish they knew as students or as they began their careers.

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