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


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 - 1:00 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: $15 for members, $25 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


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

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

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


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, 6/13, 6/20, & 6/27) for members: $120

Registration: http://www.westorg.org/2017-06-06-communication


Presentation Coaching
June 20, 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, Monadnock Room, Cambridge, MA 02142

Cost: $40 for members, $60 for non-members, Registration for the summer workshop series (6/6, 6/13, 6/20, & 6/27) for members: $120

Registration: http://www.westorg.org/2017-06-20-presentation-skills



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