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


A Roadmap for Women Leaders to Be Bold: Strategies and Techniques to Rise Off The Sticky Floor
May 23, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Rebecca Shambaugh will present a roadmap for achieving greater gender equality that includes action items for the organization, the leadership, and for women. She will also share her companies research and compelling stories of how she and her organization have coached hundreds of women off the sticky floors which are self-limiting beliefs, assumptions, and behaviors that unknowingly sabotage women’s confidence and ability to achieve their career goals and aspirations. Some of these sticky floors include, perfectionism, not having strategic and supportive relationships, shying away from having difficult conversations, failure to speak up and gain the credibility they deserve, or not asking for what they want. Attendees will walk away with a greater awareness of their sticky floors along with a practical toolkit for exploring new avenues that will open up doors and create pathways for bolstering their confidence and reaching their greatest potential.

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

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

Registration: http://www.westorg.org/2017-05-23-women-leaders


Entrepreneurship: Building teams and bridging the gap between technology, finance, and marketing
May 31, 2017, 12:10 - 2:00 PM

Come join us for a combined WEST/Ellevate panel event, “Entrepreneurship: building teams and bridging the gap between technology, finance, and marketing.” This talented and experienced panel of women will discuss their perspectives and experiences as it relates to starting a new company or leveraging their skills to assist others with an entrepreneurial endeavor. Come hear the stories of this experienced panel and engage in discussion to learn how they got involved in start-up companies and how you might explore this world. 

Panel members:

 - Jill Balis, Chief Marketing Officer, The Grommet
 - Monica Gauba, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, EventHues
 - Felicia Jadczak and Rachel Murray, Co-founders, She Geeks Out
 - Erica Zahka, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Own The Boardroom 

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

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

Registration: http://www.westorg.org/2017-05-31-entrepreneurship


Everyone Communicates, Few Connect – Communicating and Leading for Results
June 6, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

When we have an idea, the first thing we do is communicate it. When we need help from others, the first thing we do is ask. There is a step between our idea and desires and communicating them. That missing link is connection. Ever wonder why some people seem to move forward in their careers while others seem stuck? Why no one seems to think your great idea will work? Why your team members don't seem to be paying attention? Why your team is not inspired and engaged? It is because people aren't connecting when they communicate and lead. Everyone talks, but talk is cheap and only yields limited results. Communication goes beyond techniques, body language, tone of voice and other mechanical methods. Learn the strategies from Kemi Sorinmade to grow into a leader that can connect with others so that you can communicate in a way that gets your message across, inspires action from others and helps you achieve better results.

Session Objectives

  • Gain a new perspective on communication and leadership, and develop a fresh approach to communicating with others.

  • Learn the strategies to grow into a leader that can communicate in an authentic way that inspires action and yields results

  • Develop the skills necessary to lead others from a position of influence and gain results such as getting buy-in from above and below, completing projects successfully and on time, and leading teams successfully.

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/2017-06-06-communication


Presentation Coaching
June 13, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

“You can improve your value by 50 percent just by learning communication skills--public speaking:” – Warren Buffett

Every business leader agrees on the importance of communications. Improve yours.

Join us to develop your communications skills. Learn all the important aspects of developing, practicing, delivering, and self-evaluating your presentations. Too many call their slides “The Presentation”. Many even build slide decks, filling in various details and data before focusing on the audience, what you want the audience to do, and what you want them to remember. The solution is easy; it will save you time, and raise your stature, but it’s not for the faint of heart because you can’t read your PowerPoint slides. It will give you the opportunity to have your audience leave the room thinking, if not saying, “Wow, that was good”.Tom Kennedy will cover

 - Preparation
      - Audience, Result, Message
           - It’s about them, not you.
           - You have to know what you want them to do.
           - Know your message in a sentence or two.
      - Introduction/Conclusion the bookends of your presentation.
      - Main themes, no more than three.
 - Rehearsal
      - Yes you have to, and the more important the talk the more important the rehearsal.

      - Evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses, we all have them.
      - How to use video.
 - Delivery
      - Dealing with adrenalin and nervousness.
      - Q&A and other audience involvement.
      - Evaluation for future improvement.

Participants will be video taped giving a short presentation, which they will receive feedback on.

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

Cost: $40 for members, $60 for non-members, Registration for the summer workshop series (6/6, 6/20, & 6/27) for members: $90

Registration: http://www.westorg.org/2017-06-13-presentation-skills


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 - 8:45 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