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Mission: WEST is a learning community that provides women in the enterprise of science and technology with the inspiration, knowledge, and connections to reach their full potential.

Our diverse membership represents industries ranging from information technology and biopharmaceuticals to cleantech and environmental sciences. WEST is a community and forum, for early, mid-career, executive, and entrepreneurial women in STEM careers. WEST members are committed to developing themselves as leaders through education, mentorship, networking, and information sharing. WEST encourages women to cultivate entrepreneurial thinking and creative risk-taking.

















































May 29 - Using Mindfulness to Stay Sane in a Stressful World (Cambridge)
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June 4 - Train Your Brain to Work FOR Your Goals Instead of AGAINST Them (Cambridge)
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June 11 - Negotiating Pay & Benefits: A Script (Cambridge)
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June 18 - Your Personal Brand The Key to Career Management (Cambridge)
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***Are you a full-time graduate or undergraduate student and a resident of MA? Scholarships are available. Please go to, select our event, and submit a registration form.


APRIL 2014
WEST is offering a discount for students and postdocs to attend all for sessions of the summer series for only $90. Help us spread the word.  Click here for the flyer.

MARCH 2014
You can now support WEST when shopping on Amazon.



We have a new blog called WEST Wisdom- The blog will feature member Q&A, industry news, announcements, and event highlights.

WEST along with Bentley University’s Center for the Integration of Science and Industry and the Center for Women and Business is sponsoring a conversation with Deborah Dunsire, President and CEO Envivo Pharmaceuticals on November 5th. Please see our media advisory and webpage for more information.

JULY 2013
WEST is now on Pinterest. We have boards for our upcoming book club, our events, our mission (knowledge, inspiration, connections), words of wisdom, and helpful info.

JUNE 2013
Ricardo Medina of YuricPHOTOGRAPHY helped WEST create a great new video.
Check it out

MAY 2013
WEST is celebrating notable women in science and technology at our Sixth Annual Leadership Awards. Congratulations to the awardees: Michele Flynn of Hiperos, Naomi Fried of Children's Hospital, Marilyn Matz of Paradigm4, and Lynne Wilson of Dassault Systemes. Please see our media advisory and webpage for more information.

APRIL 2013
Learn why WEST Membership means so much to me! 
Please visit our membership webpage to view the video testimonials and new member benefits WEST has just added. 

WEST is interested in offering an entrepreneurial series in the fall and we would like your feedback regarding your interests in this series. The entrepreneurial series is intended for those interested in starting a business and those interested in applying entrepreneurial thinking skills to their current or future job.

MARCH 2013
The WEST Board is very pleased to announce the affiliation of WEST and WITI (Women in Technology International) as both organizations have a very similar mission of developing women in the enterprise of Science and Technology.

WEST members will be able to attend the fine local programs and events provided by WITI at the WITI member rate (and vice versa).  WEST members should email to get the discount code.

Both organizations are hopeful that through this new partnership we will jointly find ways to encourage more women to enter science and technology professions and also enable our members to advance their careers and reach their full potential.

WEST offers lunch and learn opportunities to groups interested in getting to know the WEST organization.

We would like to hear what events and workshop topics you are most interested in, what time frames and locations work best, and what issues distract you from and/or preoccupy you in terms of developing your STEM career.

WEST is hosting an online silent auction.  Get a great deal and support WEST.
WEST's 2013 Online Winter Silent Auction 

WEST introduced a new webpage featuring WEST's Content Experts and Workshop Leaders.

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announced the launch of the second round of their Fiscal Year 2013 Accelerator Loan Program. Eligible early-stage companies in Massachusetts are encouraged to apply. More Information

Pauline Hill, Robyn Marty-Roix, and Sandra Glucksmann were interviewed on Bonnie Marcus' GPS Your Career.  Listen to the Podcast.

Three WEST members were recognized for their outstanding volunteer efforts for WEST at the recent 5th Annual "Giving Back" Awards Dinner on Dec 4th.

 - Robyn Marty-Roix (Head of Silent Auction for the Signature Event Committee, and Member of Grant Writing and Fundraising Committees)
 - Giulia Fulci (Head of Grant Writing Committee)
 - Unee Washington (Head of Fundraising Committee)

Volunteer for Your WEST Community – Choose from a Variety of New and Expanded Volunteer Activities on our Volunteers Web Page!  Committees include Fundraising and Development, Grant Writing, Marketing and Communications, Membership, Mentoring Program, Programming/Events, Signature Event Silent Auctions, and Social Media.

WEST has welcomed the following new Board Members: Alison (Ali) Farquhar and Bill Hewins.  For brief bios/photos, please click here.

Implemented by WEST to enhance our WEST Community:

 - ‘Personal Pitches’ at WEST events to get to know others more easily and timely – to facilitate connections and not just by chance!
 - ‘Member Spotlight’ - WEST members are highlighted on a rotating basis on our WEST website and newsletter via a brief bio, photo and quote on why they joined WEST!  Please submit anytime to be in the Spotlight by emailing details to
 - View new photos in our Event Photo Gallery

WEST has two new Staff!  Heidi Meisenkothen as Executive Director and Jaime Mayo as Operations Manager.  For brief bio/photo, please click here.

WEST has welcomed the following new Board Members: Kathleen Hagan, Susan Riley Keyes, Deborah Smith, Abi Barrow, and Alice Koehn Benson.  For brief bios/photos, please click here.

We have updated our Advisory Board Members! For brief bios/photos, click here.


WEST's goal of promoting women in science and technology is taken one step further as WEST launches a Ten-Month Leadership Program. Click here for more details.

JUNE 2012
WEST nominates from their board of directors for the E&Y award, and wins the New England Entrepreneurial Award for 2012. Click herefor more details.

Congratulations to Connie Chow, Executive Director of Science Club for Girls, Carol Berry, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Asuragen Pharmacogenomic and CLIA Laboratory Services Division, and to Jeremy Perisho, Senior Partner and National Industry Leader for the Life Sciences & Health Care Practice at Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP for joining WEST's advisory board.

WEST hosts a successful dinner for executive women on June 6, 2012, along with a panel discussing the economic impact of women on board. Click here or here for more details.