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2017-2018 Annual Theme: Career, Life, You

Your career needs to be managed strategically and proactively - it does not just happen. Even though good luck, the right network and wicked smarts help, YOU are the only one who can set the direction. Our WEST programming theme this year has been specifically designed to help women in science and techcnology think about your career advancement strategically and develop your own plan for execution.

Oct 25 Leading with Mindfulness: Strategies for Stress Resilience in Business Environment
October 25, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

This hands on, interactive session led by Sarah Stuart, CEO and top mindfulness instructor at Really Mindful Group, is equally appropriate for beginners to mindfulness-based resilience strategies and for experienced practitioners. Participants will come away with a clear understanding of what mindfulness is, the breadth of scientific research supporting it and how various techniques can be used to help navigate and lead through change and stress. The workshop will include several short, guided mindfulness practices and interactive exercises that can be used at work and in everyday life. Participants will leave the session with simple, clear take aways that they can start to experiment with in the laboratory of their lives the moment they leave the session.

The workshop will be followed by a panel discussion with senior leaders sharing how they put mindfulness skills into practice.

Location: bluebird bio, 60 Binney Street, 10th Floor, Aviary Room, Cambridge, MA 02142

Cost: $20 for members, $50 for non-members

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Oct 26 Breakfast with Rockstars
October 26, 2017, 7:30 - 9:00 AM

Are you looking for an opportunity to network and hobnob with local senior women leaders? If so, this is THE event for you. Enjoy a light breakfast accompanied by lots of conversation with Yvonne Greenstreet and Laurie Keating. They will share learnings from women in the C-suite and serving on Boards.

Location: Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Cambridge, 300 Third Street, Bella A, Cambridge, MA 02142

Cost: $10 for members, $20 for non-members

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Oct 28 unConference – The Economics of Being Female
October 28, 2017, 10:00 - 3:30 PM

Imagine going to a conference designed completely to meet your needs. That’s what an unConference is. This unConference will feature keynote speakers to get you thinking about the economics of being female and how looking at the challenge from an economic view can positively impact your career. In true unConference fashion, it has no agenda until the participants create it. You will decide what topics will be discussed by pitching solutions to the crowd for further discussions in breakout groups. You will share ideas, problem solve, hear multiple perspectives, and challenge the status quo with creative solutions. There is great diversity and experience in the Boston area and this is wonderful opportunity for you to share expertise and exchange innovative ideas in a supportive environment. This is self-directed learning at its best. The content is relevant and exciting because the agenda is created for you, and by you, in the moment. Keynote speakers include Katie Donovan, Founder, Equal Pay Negotiations LLC and Dr. Elizabeth O'Day, CEO and Founder, Olaris Therapeutics.

Location: Suffolk University, 120 Tremont Street, 5th floor, The Commons, Boston, MA

Cost: $15 for members, $25 for non-members

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Nov 8 Developing Presence
November 8, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Today's leaders need more than a great resume, they need Presence - the ability to connect, inspire and influence others at all levels.  In this 90-minute workshop, we'll describe three elements of Presence that apply to everyone, regardless of your role, that can easily be learned and refined.  You'll leave with some tips and techniques for creating a positive first impression, enhancing your verbal presence, and being intentional about connecting with others. Learn to make a memorable connection without self-promoting. 

Location: Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, 250 Massachusetts Avenue, Auditorium, Cambridge, MA 02139

Cost: $20 for members, $50 for non-members

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Nov 14 Facilitated Networking Night
November 14, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

WEST and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals are partnering to offer a great opportunity to meet and mingle with like-minded STEM professionals. Participate in facilitated networking activities designed to engage you with the local science and technology community. 

Location: Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Cambridge, 300 Third Street, Bella A, Cambridge, MA 02142

Cost: $10 for members, $20 for non-members

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Nov 16 Operational Excellence and digital collaboration: How digital business collaboration supports individual, team and organizational excellence
November 16, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

In this workshop, you will explore how an operational excellence framework is easier to implement when you have the ability to use digital business collaboration tools. They help monitor, report and control the information needed for improved collaboration and communication at work making visible what needs to be done to align all involved in the pursuit of operational excellence. We will explore the pros and cons of 7 digital collaboration IT tools that can contribute to help your team in the pursuit of operational excellence.

Location: Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Cambridge, 300 Third Street, Bella A, Cambridge, MA 02142

Cost: $20 for members, $50 for non-members

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DEC 4 Take Charge of Your View
December 4, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

In today’s working world, where job ladders are a thing of the past, people need to take charge and strategically manage their career path. But self-directing your own career development can feel overwhelming. Do you want to deploy more of your professional passion in your current organization but can’t quite overcome barriers? Are you feeling stuck in your life or job? How can you take advantage of today’s uncertainty and ambiguity to jumpstart your own career changes?
 
In this interactive and inspiring session with author Lisa Prior, founder of Prior Consulting and author of Take Charge of Your VIEW: Career Advice You Won’t Get From Your Boss, you’ll learn the secrets to creating win-win growth opportunities for yourself and your organization. Through a fireside chat and guided experiences you will leave with one idea and one concrete practice, something you can do often, to take charge of your career and create work that you love.

Location: Cambridge, MA

Cost: $20 for members, $30 for non-members

Dec 12 Strategies for Juggling the Complex Role of Manager
December 12, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Consider this; managing the work, managing and developing your people, firefighting, subject matter expert, key communicator, and improving process are just some of the roles that you play in your job as a manager. Does it sometimes feel overwhelming? In this workshop we will explore the complexities of these demands and strategies for more effectively flexing from one arena to the next. Using an experiential exercise as a platform, we will cover managing up, down and across, effective delegation, streamlining communications, and time and energy management structures and tips - all in the interest of giving you more core hour work time to do your most value add work!

Location: Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Monadnock Room, Cambridge, MA 02142

Cost: $20 for members, $50 for non-members

Jan 10 Leading Highly Productive, Engaged Remote Teams
January 10, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Leading people has its challenges under the best of circumstances. When you lead dispersed teams, the challenges are magnified ten-fold. Geographic distance is just one of the many hurdles to overcome. Traditional leadership methods don’t work in this new workplace. Building trust among team members, creating respectful relationships that transcend distance and allowing for higher levels of personal autonomy are critical. Leaders must change their approach and developing innovative skills to successfully lead. In this session, participants will learn practical techniques for building effective team cohesion, engagement, cooperation and resilience. Participants will practice remote work techniques for establishing trusted relationships; creating and communicating a shared team vision; developing clear communication protocols and building team autonomy that incorporates individual accountability. 

Location: Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Monadnock Room, Cambridge, MA 02142

Cost: $35 for members, $55 for non-members

Jan 16 Tools for Leading Ourselves -- In Life & In Our Career
January 16, 2018, 6:00 – 8:30 PM

There are many principles and tools to help us lead ourselves better. Scott Stolze will cover his 12 principles we can use to become better leaders of ourselves. Those principles involve learning, emotional Intelligence, authenticity, not living up or down to others, persistence, thinking for yourself, choosing courage over confidence, life ‘systems’ over goals, being accountable, mental strength, gratitude over expectations, and living in a growth mindset vs. fixed mindset. The workshop will cover all of these topics and really dive into emotional intelligence and developing your skills in self awareness, self regulation, empathy, and social skills along with not living up, not living down, not comparing, not envy, and not put yourself down.

Location: Moderna Therapeutics, 200 Tech Square, 3rd Floor, Cambridge, MA

Cost: $35 for members, $55 for non-members

JAN 25 10th Annual Giving Back Awards
January 25, 2018

Meet the extraordinary and inspiring women being honored and hear the stories of how they have made a profound impact on society. 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!

Location: PfizerCambridge, MA

Cost: $55 for members, $75 for non-members

FEB 7 Negotiation and Wealth Management 
February 7, 2018

Unfortunately, research has shown that women are far less likely to negotiate for higher pay, which may be contributing to the gender pay gap. Get an overview of the current compensation landscape within the life sciences industry, along with key considerations before changing jobs. Among the topics to be discussed:

  • How knowing the value of your current pay and benefits can help you negotiate compensation with a potential new employer
  • Understanding the value of your current stock options and the financial impact if you leave your current employer
  • The rules that govern equity compensation, including vesting and taxes
  • Deciding what to do with your current retirement plan benefits if you switch to a new employer

Location: Cambridge, MA

Cost: $35 for members, $55 for non-members

FEb 15 Zoom Leadership: Change Your Focus. Change Your Insights
February 15, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Your boss rushes in and says, “I need this issue solved by tomorrow.” What happens? Often we freeze, trying to decide what to do with all the other requests that are due. Stress reduces creative problem solving. Or, if you can relax enough to plan next steps, you might even have too many possible ways you address the issue. 

Decisions decisions. They are a part of every day. Wouldn’t it be great to have a tool that could open up new ideas and also narrow them down? Janet Britcher, author of Zoom Leadership: Change Your Focus, Change Your Insights, will be presenting techniques that can help when evaluating decisions, such as promotion opportunities. 

Location: Merck, Cambridge, MA

Cost: $20 for members, $30 for non-members

MAR 29

One or the Other: How Balancing Polarities Improves Work for Individuals, Teams, and Organizations
March 29, 2018

Every day, all of us as individuals, teams, and organizations are faced with managing and reconciling between a series of polarities—two seemingly opposing values. Examples include work/life, activity/rest, intuition/facts, stability/change, mission/profit, team needs/individual needs, centralized/decentralized. Polarities can complement each other when approached in a balanced way, but too often we fall into the trap of thinking about them as either/or instead of both/and. We go to extremes like working 20 hours a day for weeks on end, or looking only to data to determine a decision while ignoring intuition or other less concrete factors. In this workshop, we’ll explore a model for balancing polarities. Using real examples from your own work, you’ll learn how to identify the “early warning signs” that you are leaning too far to one side, as well as action steps that can enable you and your team to optimize and balance your thinking and your work.

Location: Cambridge, MA

Cost: $35 for members, $55 for non-members

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