A Club For MIT Sloan Students Seeking a Little Joie de Vivre

Members of Sloan's Joie de Vivre club at a glassblowing studio in Boston's Dorchester section Photograph by Divya Agarwal and Bijal Shah

In January 2011, 20 students at MIT Sloan School of Management traveled to Austria to learn about chocolate-making, the waltz, and proper etiquette for greeting a dance partner in the grand tradition of the Viennese ball. (The gentleman bows his head to the lady’s outstretched hand, but stops short of planting his lips.) Those aren’t skills most MBAs have on the top of their to-learn lists. Then again, Sloan’s Joie de Vivre club, which organized the trip, isn’t your typical student organization.

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