Upcoming WEST Events

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2016-2017 Annual Theme: Crafting the Path to Success in Science and Technology

In response the WEST feedback, we have put together an exciting list of programs. Each quarter, we will focus on a specific theme.  If you sign up for the quarterly series, you save on the cost of those workshops.  

Fall = Successful Leadership
Winter = Successful Transitions

Spring = Keys to a Successful Career
Summer - Successful Communication


The 3 Keys to Achieving Your Unique Definition of Success for More Prosperity, Joy, and Ease
March 8, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

Are you a leader, expert, educator, consultant, or other creative professional who delivers services based on your knowledge and know-how? Can you remember the last time you didn’t feel overwhelmed, exhausted or depleted? Can you recall a recent time when you were not multi-tasking? How often do you wish you could clone yourself or find another hour in the day?

You have a mere 168 hours to live each week. You always have more to do than time available. So you spend your precious energy doing, doing, and doing even more, trying to be a responsible parent, friend and community member, while also succeeding at work.

Despite all this doing you feel powerless to stop the crushing deluge of obligations and responsibilities. You often feel drained, frustrated, loathe to admit you can’t do it all, and resentful for feeling like you have to.

If this description resonates with you, you are not alone. Many talented women are underperforming as a result of their valiant attempts to outperform. Debra gives you the 3 keys you must have to change all this. With her proven formula, you can prosper with joy and ease.

Throughout this talk, Debra Woog teaches you to strengthen your communications (both intrapersonal and interpersonal) and celebrate your enoughness rather than chase accomplishments that feel less than profoundly meaningful. You learn to achieve the goals aligned with your unique definition of success and support others to achieve theirs.

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

Cost: $35 for members or $90 for the series, $55 for non-members

Registration: http://www.westorg.org/2017-03-08-success


Career Possibilities and Speed Networking Night
March 20, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM  

Do you want to define your value proposition, explore career possibilities, and be inspired by people who have used their science and technical training to advance their careers in different directions? Join us for WEST’s Annual Career Possibilities Event. The evening will start with facilitated networking, so you can meet the other attendees and panelists. This will be followed by a panel discussion to learn more about each panelist and their key lessons learned. Then you will have the opportunity to break into small groups and talk with the different panelists.  

Location: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, 35 Gatehouse Drive, Waltham, MA 02451

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

Registration: http://www.westorg.org/2016-03-20-career-possibilities


Negotiating Your Compensation Package: Financial Strategies for Professional Transitions
March 23, 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Are you planning a career change? Thinking of jumping to a competitor? Has a recruiter contacted you about a new job opportunity? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will need to have a strategy in place to negotiate the best possible compensation package for yourself.

Unfortunately, research has shown that women are far less likely to negotiate for higher pay, which may be contributing to the gender pay gap. In this program, financial advisor Beata Dragovics provides 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: Commonwealth Restaurant, 11 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge, MA, 02142

Cost: $25 for members, $45 for non-members

Registration: http://www.westorg.org/2017-03-23-wealth-management


Lunch, Laugh, and Bust the Bad Moms Myth
March 30, 2017, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Women have been told for so long what a “good mom” is that many of us believe it, on some level, deep down, even though we know there are multiple ways to be an effective parent. We live with lingering guilt for not being that "traditional mom" and sometimes make decisions based on those beliefs and biases, rather than reason. Come join us to learn from, collaborate with, be inspired by, support, and be enlightened by the “Bad Moms.”

Jodi Detjen, co-author of The Orange Line: A Woman’s Guide to Integrating Career, Life and Family, will present the findings of her research on work-life balance. Jodi is a professor of management at Suffolk University since 1999. She conducts workshops, talks and consults on the principles from the book in her firm Orange Grove Consulting. Jodi has been helping organizations develop their leaders for over 25 years. She teaches, consults and writes in areas of leadership development, systemic and organization change management, and how women can realize their power.

After Jodi’s interactive presentation, we will open up to a roundtable discussion where we share our stories of how we broke the mold and effectively parented despite being “Bad Moms,” in a judgment-free zone.

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

Cost: $35 for members or $90 for the series, $55 for non-members

Registration: http://www.westorg.org/2017-03-30-bad-mom-myth


Overcoming the Two Biggest Impediments for Successfully Working Globally
April 4, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

The fact of globalization affects all of us, daily. This is especially true for men and women working in science and technology, two of the economic engines of the 21st century economy. Companies operate globally, drawing on the talent and innovative thinking particular to a country or region. If there ever was an ‘age of ideas’, we’re living it!

Progress, however, is often stalled, or, worse, halted, because the human element of technological advances hasn’t as yet caught up. Collaborating with colleagues who have experienced the world differently as they grew up or whose professional lenses see a problem differently than us often causes conflict. When we work virtually, as we often do in global project teams, as one example, we find it difficult to establish trust with our co-workers. Social distance is increased as there are no opportunities to ‘chat around the watercooler’ or have lunch together in the canteen. 

How do we cope with difference and learn to respond, with cultural and emotional intelligence, rather than ‘react’ to what we perceive are threats?

This interactive workshop with Marion Estienne, Ph.D. focuses on two such impediments to successful collaboration: functional and cultural differences. We will explore function by considering thinking preferences and how they determine different styles of decision-making, communication, and leadership. We will then look at some cultural components which directly impair trust between and among people from different countries. Finally, once we understand the origins of the potential for conflict, we will look at some tools and techniques which can help us be more successful when dealing with difference. 

Location: HubSpot, 2 Canal Park, Cambridge, MA

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

Registration: http://www.westorg.org/2017-04-04-working-globally


The Choice is Yours: Tools for Transforming Your Career and Life
April 12, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

  • Have you ever felt like you held yourself back at work out of fear of "looking bad" or "failing" or even sounding "too entitled" for something?
  • Did you ever choose not to speak up at a meeting with an interesting thought for fear that you might sound 'stupid'?
  • Did you ever choose to pass on applying for an internal job opportunity for fear that others didn't see you as qualified for the role?

All of these are examples of not living fully in your power. 

Kimberly Napier, Certified Life and Executive Coach, will reveal how the power of choice can be transformative in creating an empowered life and career – a life based on your terms.

Through real-life examples, up to date research, mindful techniques and practical exercises, you will begin to recognize and bypass what holds you back. You will begin the process of trusting yourself and your own knowledge to make choices that serve YOU– no more waiting for permission or seeking approval from others.

  • Learn how you can unconsciously give your power away and fall victim to your circumstances and self-doubt.
  • Discover the three things that hold you back the most from having what you really want.
  • Become more resilient and rise above emotional triggers to reclaim control in any situation.
  • Walk away empowered with pragmatic tools that enable you to own your contributions and successes.

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

Cost: $35 for members or $90 for the series, $55 for non-members

Registration: http://www.westorg.org/2017-04-12-choice


Building Reciprocal Relationships To Propel Your Career
May 10, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

This workshop is designed to help you shift the way you think about networking. We reframe networking into building reciprocal relationships. We will look at how you understand your value, how your translate that value to others and how you work with others - both internally and externally - to give and receive help and widen your connections. You will leave the workshop with actions that you can implement the following day at work. This workshop will be led by Jodi Detjen.

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

Cost: $35 for members or $90 for the series, $55 for non-members

Registration: http://www.westorg.org/2017-05-10-relationships


Tips for Maximizing the Value of Your Compensation and Benefits Package
May 18, 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 PM 

In today’s competitive market for talent, many employers are offering attractive compensation and benefits packages. In addition to salary, bonus, and equity compensation, “softer” benefits like expanded maternity leave, flexible schedules, and wellness programs are becoming more common.

In this program, financial advisor Beata Dragovics provides tips to help ensure you take full advantage of your employee compensation and benefits. This includes:

  • Maximizing contributions to your retirement savings plan, which may include a company matching contribution
  • Allocating assets within your retirement plan to deliver the right mix of growth potential and risk management
  • Taking full advantage of equity compensation benefits, such as stock options, restricted stock units, employee stock purchase plans, and deferred compensation.
  • Choosing the right health insurance plan or health savings account for your particular circumstances
  • Ensuring that your compensation, retirement plans, and other benefits all work together as part of a cohesive financial plan

Location: Commonwealth Restaurant, 11 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge, MA, 02142

Cost: $25 for members, $45 for non-members

Registration: http://www.westorg.org/2017-05-18-wealth-management



To Learn more about any workshop leaders listed, please visit http://www.westorg.org/content-experts-and-workshop-leaders