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



Successful Communication -  How to Build Your Skill in Handling Challenging Conversations
June 27, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

Do you notice a sense of discomfort or even dread when you know you have a difficult conversation that needs to happen? Do you leave these conversations feeling less than resolved or understood, or question whether anything will change as a result? In this workshop you will bring your own challenging conversation and work with it using a model, specific steps, and practice in effectively preparing for and engaging in your conversation. We will talk about the ladder of inference and the power of assumptions and then use a 5 step process to prepare for any challenging conversation. Come join Sue Williamson and build skill and confidence in your abilities to be successful communicators in often emotional scenarios.

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

Cost: $35 for members, $55 for non-members, Registration for the summer workshop series (6/6, 6/20, & 6/27) for members: $90

Registration: http://www.westorg.org/2017-06-27-challenging-conversations


Women of the Future: Awards and Panel Discussion
June 28, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Our exposure to great role models and sponsors can substantially influence how our careers grow and develop. Please join us for an evening to honor three inspirational established women leaders who have made their mark, and to recognize and celebrate outstanding women from the next generation. Be inspired, network, and support the career advancement of women in science and technology!

Location: Goodwin Procter LLP, 100 Northern Ave, Boston, MA

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

Registration: http://www.westorg.org/2017-06-28-women-of-the-future


Annual Networking Night
July 12, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

WEST’s Annual Networking Night is great opportunity to meet and mingle with like-minded STEM professionals. Participate in facilitated networking activities designed to engage you with the wonderful women in the WEST community. 

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

Cost: $0 for members, $25 for non-members

Registration: http://www.westorg.org/2017-07-12-networking-night


Book Club
May - November 2017

WEST is offering a book club for WEST members focusing on women's career advancement. We will have a meeting with a new book every other month. We would like participants to commit to four sessions to create a supportive community.  

We will have a facilitator for each discussion group who will have read the book, so those who do not finish the whole book should still feel comfortable attending and joining in the conversation. We understand people get busy at certain times of the year and may not get to finish every book. We have selected the books based on member suggestions. 

Books include The Orange Line: A Woman's Guide to Integrating Career, Family and Life, Grit, Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, and Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most

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

Cost: $50 for members

Registration: http://www.westorg.org/2017-west-book-club


Breakfast with Rockstars
July 25, 2017, 8:00 - 9:00 AM

Are you looking for an opportunity to network and hobnob with local senior leaders? If so, this is THE event for you. Enjoy a light breakfast accompanied by lots of conversation with Emily Reichert, CEO of Greentown Labs and Chesley Chen, CEO of Safety Partners, Inc. Registration is for WEST MEMBERS ONLY and will be limited to a maximum of 20 participants to ensure an intimate experience. 

Location: Greentown Labs, 28 Dane Street, Foley Hoag Conference Room, Somerville

Cost: $10 for members

Registration: http://www.westorg.org/2017-07-25-breakfast



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