WEST NewS

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2016

WEST now has tiered membership pricing. You can learn more at http://www.westorg.org/membership.

 

 

JUNE 2016
Our exposure to great role models and sponsors can substantially influence how our careers grow and develop. WEST is honoring role models on 6/16. Learn more about the Tyco Security Products Awardees in this Business Wire article.  “It is an honor to receive one of the 2016 Woman of the Future Awards from WEST, an organization whose spirit and mission match my own belief in the power of mentorship among women working in science and technology,” said Anita Santos, from Tyco Security Products

 

 

JANUARY 2016 
Thanks to generous donors, WEST is kicking off the new year with a scholarship fund destinated for attending WEST events. Learn more about it at http://www.westorg.org/event-scholarships.

 

 

OCTOBER 2015
Interesting post from Bruce Booth on Getting More C-level Women in Biotech and how WEST is making an impact with programming focusing on career development to help women grow into future roles.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2015
Read the Huffington Post article on The Secret Sauce of Driving Innovation featuring lessons learned from our 5/12 CEO panel discussion.

 

AUGUST 2015
WEST Announces 2015-2016 Theme: Best Practices for Hiring, Developing, and Retaining Women Leaders in Science and Technology. Learn more

 

MARCH 2015
The Boston Globe has announced the return of GRANT (Globe Readers And Non-profits Together), a community initiative that gives subscribers a no-cost way to support their favorite non-profit. If you have a voucher, please consider selecting WEST for your GRANT dollars.
Charity Name: Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technologies, Inc.
City/State: Cambridge, MA

 

JANUARY 2015
As many of our events take place in Cambridge and many of you are used to parking at the meters for WEST event, we want to make sure you know that beginning on January 12, 2015, the hours of operation for metered street parking will expand from 6 PM to 8 PM. Learn more.

 

NOVEMBER 2014
Local companies in STEM nominated the women we will be celebrating for our upcoming Giving Back Awards. We received a large number of applications and will recognize many amazing women. The honorees are role models who balance job and personal responsibilities while making a difference in their community. Join us to congratulate them, be inspired, network, and support the career advancement of women in the enterprise of science and technology! 

 

OCTOBER 2014
WEST is hosting our inaugural Innovation Series with three panel discussions with biotech and technology industry’s most successful entrepreneurs and innovators on how they have created, nurtured, and inspired “Innovation Throughout the Company’s Life Cycle.”  Panelists will discuss their first-hand experience in developing employee careers and advancing more talented women into senior positions.

 

JUNE 2014
WEST is kicking off the first STEP UP Fundraising Campaign to grow and improve vital career advancement programs to support women in science and technology fields. WEST is asking all those interested in stepping up to support STEM women to visit our webpage at http://www.westorg.org/step-up-campaign to learn more and contribute. Thank You!

  

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.  Shop at AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to WEST. 

 

FEBRUARY 2014
We have a new blog called WEST Wisdom- http://www.westorg.org/blog. The blog will feature member Q&A, industry news, announcements, and event highlights.

 

OCTOBER 2013
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. http://pinterest.com/westorg/boards/

 

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.  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YXB9X5R

 

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 info@westorg.org 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.

 

FEBRUARY 2013
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.  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XH7H6FM

 

JANUARY 2013
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

 

DECEMBER 2012
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.
 

NOVEMBER 2012
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 info@westorg.org.
 - View new photos in our Event Photo Gallery

 

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 
WEST has a new staff member!  Jaime Mayo is the Director of Operations.  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.

 

AUGUST 2012
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 here for 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 hosted a successful dinner for executive women on June 6, 2012, along with a panel discussing the economic impact of women on boards: click Here or Here for more details.

 

MAY 2012
WEST's advisory board members are finalists for the New England Region Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award: click Here for more details.

 

WEST's successful career mentoring event for 80 girl scouts: click Here for more details.

WEST and the Leadership awards event in the news see two article by our Media Partner MHT:

http://www.masshightech.com/stories/2012/04/30/daily39-Women-science-and-tech-execs-honored-for-leadership-.html
http://www.masshightech.com/stories/2012/04/30/daily56-Women-break-the-mold-by-being-bold.html

WEST Advisory Board member and Managing Director of Microsoft's New England Research Center (NERC), Jennifer Chayes announced last week That Microsoft will be opening a second Microsoft Research Center in New York City. Jennifer will be the Managing Director of both Microsoft's New York and NERC. For more information: Click Here and Here

APRIL 2012
WEST goes to Italy see newspaper articles from Florence Here and from Naples Here (both articles include translations)

WEST is featured in the current issue of Exhale Magazine. Read the interview with WEST's Executive Director Ilene Fischer Here

MARCH 2012
CONGRATULATIONS TO WEST'S FIFTH ANNUAL LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNERS!

Read WEST's interviews with this year's winners:
Ellen Zane Interview
Cynthia Gilbert Interview
Leanna Caron Interview
Pamela Reeve Interview

 

FEBRUARY 2012
Read "Filling the gender-equality gap
Business groups for women growing" with Victoria Waterman, president of Leading Women of Massachusetts and WEST's Executive Director Ilene Fischer Ilene Fischer Here

JANUARY 2012

CONGRATULATIONS TO WEST ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER AND SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR BARBARA LYNCH
Ms. Lynch spoke recently about defying the odds in an industry where most restaurants fail after the first three years and the overwhelming majority of chef/owners are men. Read her New York Times interview Here.

 

DECEMBER 2011

Read interview with Giving Back awardees Sara Spalding and the Microsoft team Here

OCTOBER 2011

 

WEST LEADERSHIP TEAM EXPANSION 
October 10, 2011 CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – WEST, a non-profit group promoting the advancement of Women in the business of Science and Technology, further expands its leadership team with the addition of an advisory board and  two additional members of the board of directors members, Beth Edwards and Jane Mason. WEST’s new advisory board is comprised of more than a half-dozen Boston-area business leaders. For more information Click Here.

WEST RECEIVES GRANT FROM MASSACHUSETTS LIFE SCIENCES CENTER TO EXPAND PROGRAMS
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announced today that a $30,000 grant has been awarded to WEST, a non-profit group promoting the advancement of Women in the business of Science and Technology, to expand the geographic reach of the organization’s workforce development programming.  The grant will allow for WEST programs to be made available in the Route 128 and Route 495/Worcester regions. For more information Click Here.

 

February 2011

 

WEST APPOINTS ILENE FISCHER AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Ilene Fischer is an expert in helping organizations infuse innovation into an organizational culture while producing extraordinary business results. Her consulting clients have included: NASA Research and Technology, Pfizer Groton R&D Labs, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Duracell R&D, Coca Cola, Lucent Technologies, Unilever, and Novartis.  "With a powerful combination of executive experience in both the science and technology sectors, Ilene is a great addition to the WEST leadership team as we celebrate our 10th anniversary," said Sandra Glucksmann, WEST Board of Directors Chair. For more information Click Here.

 

 

January 2011

  

PATRICIA MCGLOIN JOINS WEST BOARD OF DIRECTORS

WEST announces that Patricia McGloin, a global marketing executive with experience ranging from entrepreneurial leadership to key executive positions at Fortune 100 companies, has been appointed to the WEST Board of Directors. She joins a team of dedicated and oustanding board members. For more information about Pat McGloin and the WEST Board Click Here.

   

September 2010

 

WEST LAUNCHES MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

WEST will hold its first annual membership drive this year from October 14th to November 9th! Join WEST during the membership drive and receive a coupon to bring a friend to an event for free. Sign up at our October or November events in person and receive a free gift! For more information about the benefits of WEST Membership, please Click Here. 

 

JOANNE KAMENS WINS CATALYST AWARD

WEST Board Member Joanne Kamens will receive the 2010 Catalyst Award from the Science Club for Girls for her "dedication to equity in science, engineering and technology." The award will be presented at a ceremony on the evening of Wednesday, November 10 in Cambridge. Joanne has focused her efforts on opening doors for women scientists by creating supportive mentoring networks for over a decade. She founded the Boston chapter of AWIS (the Association for Women in Science) and now serves on the national AWIS Chapters Committee. She helped create and continues to advise MASS AWIS on its Mentoring Circle program. She is the current Director of the Boston HBA (Healthcare Businesswomen's Association) Mentoring Committee and is an active Mentornet.net participant. Dr. Kamens serves on the Board of Directors of WEST (Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology) and is chair of the WEST Membership committee. For more information about the 2010 Catalyst Award, please Click Here.

 

WEST UNVEILS NEW LOGO

WEST has unveiled a new logo to help launch its second decade of successfully encouraging women to develop entreprenurial thinking regarding profitable business management, educated risk taking, creative problem solving, and inspirational, supportive leadership for their teams, organizations, and businesses. WEST is continuing to grow and expand to offer more educational and networking opportunities to the community and its members. The logo was designed by Emerge Design GroupTo find out more about WEST and its upcoming programs, please Click Here.

 

WEST CELEBRATES 10 YEARS

WEST is celebrating 10 successful years as a nonprofit organization supporting women in the science and technology.  WEST advances the careers of women in the sci/tech industries who are striving to become innovative leaders, inspiring them to reach their full potential.  WEST fosters creative thinking, strengthen business skills, and provide a supportive network for sharing expertise and experience for everyone's mutual benefit. More info about WEST's 10th Anniversary Party on September 14 Click Here.

MAY 2010

WEST LAUNCHES AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

WEST launches a new Ambassador Program. Ambassadors serve as liaisons between their companies and WEST, helping build stronger ties between them. Ambassadors can gain valuable leadership experience and networking opportunities, as well as the opportunity to contribute to the success of other women in their industry. More info Click Here.

 

February 2010

 

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

A limited number of scholarships are available to WEST events for university students and postdocs registered in full-time programs at Massachusetts based schools. More info Click Here.

 

JANUARY 2010

 

WEST ANNOUNCES NEW MEMBER DIRECTORY 

WEST will launch a new Member Directory February 1 as an additional member benefit.This technology will enable members to be in contact with each other and stay in touch. For membership information Click Here.

October 2009

SYLVIE AVRILLON JOINS WEST BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

WEST announces that Sylvie Avrillon, Ph.D., Human Resource Executive Director at Novartis, has been appointed to the WEST Board of Directors.  She joins a team of dedicated and outstanding board members. For more information about Sylvie Avrillon and the WEST Board Click Here.


September 2009

NORA GILDEA JOINS WEST BOARD OF DIRECTORS
WEST announces that Nora Gildea, a marketing and public relations executive with more than 20 years of high technology experience, has been appointed to the WEST Board of Directors.  She joins a team of dedicated and outstanding board members. For more information about Nora Gildea and the WEST Board Click Here.

April 2009

JOANNE KAMENS JOINS WEST BOARD OF DIRECTORS
WEST announces that Joanne Kamens, Ph.D., Director of Discovery at RXi Pharmaceuticals, and founder of the current Boston chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), has been appointed to the WEST Board of Directors.  She joins a team of dedicated and outstanding board members. For more information about Joanne Kamens and the WEST Board Click Here.

February 2009

NIKKI BORMAN JOINS WEST BOARD OF DIRECTORS
WEST announces that Nikki Borman, an expert in the management of higher education, intellectual property, and academic medical centers, has joined the WEST Board of Directors.  She joins a team of dedicated and outstanding board members. For more information about Nikki Borman and the WEST Board Click Here.

January 2009

WEST BOARD CHAIR WINS "WOMEN TO WATCH" AWARD
WEST Board of Directors Chairperson Sandra Glucksmann, Ph.D. was chosen by Mass High Tech Newspaper as one of its 2009 top-10 women executives from New England in the annual “Women to Watch” Awards.
More Info

September 2008

WEST INTRODUCES NEW MEMBER-ONLY WEB PAGES
WEST now has a members-only section of the web site that can only be viewed by members when they log on.  The members-only section currently offers discounts to events of interest to WEST members. To become a member and be eligible for discounts to WEST and other events, become a member now.
 WEST Membership Info

May 2008

WEST ANNOUNCES FIRST ANNUAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS
Four talente d Boston women entrepreneurial leaders who personify Massachusetts’ economic strength in science and technology will receive the first annual WEST Leadership Awards.  The awardees  have demonstrated notable achievements in science and technology, either by starting their own companies or successfully applying entrepreneurial thinking within larger organizations.  They have taken initiative and risks in business and led their companies and colleagues to new levels of accomplishment. Information on June 4th ceremony
Click Here.

 

APRIL 2008


WEST PRESIDENT GWEN ACTON PROFILED IN MASS HIGH TECH
WEST president Gwen Acton was profiled in Mass High Tech. Acton expresses enthusiasm about the future of WEST, and is quoted as saying:
"I hope to tap into the amazing potential of the women in science and technology".  For the complete article Click Here.

February 2008

BETH ARNOLD JOINS WEST BOARD OF DIRECTORS
WEST announces that Beth Arnold, a partner in the intellectual property practice at Foley Hoag LLP, has joined the WEST Board of Directors.  She joins a team of dedicated and outstanding board members.
Click Here for more info about Beth Arnold and the WEST board.

January 2008

NEW WEB SITE
WEST unveils its new web site.  Still under construction, the new site provides enhanced capabilities to enable the organization to offer more services to its members. It also provides an integrated membership database, registration system, and member-only web site capabilities.
 

NEW PRESIDENT OF WEST
WEST announces the appointment of Gwen Acton, Ph.D. as the new President of WEST.  Dr. Acton has been active with WEST for many years, and will bring strong operations and leadership capabilities to the organization.
 More Info

September 2007

NEW WEST BOARD CHAIR
WEST announces the appointment of Sandra Glucksmann, Ph.D. as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees.