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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 11 Navigating Your Career Goals when Your Boss Works Elsewhere
October 11, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Technology and globalization have changed how teams work together. Gone are the days when everyone sits in the same location within sight of each other. Remote work, virtual teams and flexible work arrangements have enable teams from different geographies to come together in new and innovative ways. As an ambitious professional, this provides challenges when your boss and/or colleagues are situated elsewhere. How do you advance your career path? How do you make decision-makers aware of your professional value so you can advance in your organization? How do you navigate difficult conversations when misunderstandings occur? How do you create a visible, influential presence when you aren’t in the room? This session is designed to provide the participants with practical proven skills for positively elevating their professional visibility for career advancement. During the session participants will practice remote work techniques for effectively communicating their professional value; establishing a strong professional reputation and developing/maintaining critical stakeholder relationships over distance. In addition, participants will learn techniques for setting appropriate boundaries with key stakeholders for greater personal/professional health and satisfaction.

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

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

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2017-10-11 18:00:00 2017-10-11 20:30:00 America/New_York WEST: Navigating Your Career Goals when Your Boss Works Elsewhere Technology and globalization have changed how teams work together. Gone are the days when everyone sits in the same location within sight of each other. Remote work, virtual teams and flexible work arrangements have enable teams from different geographies to come together in new and innovative ways. As an ambitious professional, this provides challenges when your boss and/or colleagues are situated elsewhere. How do you advance your career path? How do you make decision-makers aware of your professional value so you can advance in your organization? How do you navigate difficult conversations when misunderstandings occur? How do you create a visible, influential presence when you aren’t in the room? This session is designed to provide the participants with practical proven skills for positively elevating their professional visibility for career advancement. During the session participants will practice remote work techniques for effectively communicating their professional value; establishing a strong professional reputation and developing/maintaining critical stakeholder relationships over distance. In addition, participants will learn techniques for setting appropriate boundaries with key stakeholders for greater personal/professional health and satisfaction. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Monadnock Room, Cambridge, MA 02142 WEST info@westorg.org

Oct 18 Career Paths and Working in Industry
October 18, 2017 8:30 - 11:00 AM

Biogen's WIN group is offering roundtable discussions with women from various areas of Biogen. They will be talking to female grad students/post-docs about their career paths and decision to work in industry. This event will be limited to the first 30 to register.

Location: Biogen Building 1 (Phillip A. Sharp), 225 Binney St, Cambridge, MA

Cost: $10 covers the cost of snacks

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2017-10-18 08:30:00 2017-10-18 11:00:00 America/New_York WEST: Career Paths Biogen's WIN group is offering roundtable discussions with women from various areas of Biogen. They will be talking to female grad students/post-docs about their career paths and decision to work in industry. Biogen Building 1 (Phillip A. Sharp), 225 Binney Street, Cambridge, MA WEST info@westorg.org

Oct 19 Towards Operational Excellence: Selecting the areas that will deliver the biggest payouts and motivate your team
October 19, 2017 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Sometimes implementing an operational excellence framework clash with people's resistance to change behaviors. A good strategy to support behavioral changes in your team is to start small, i.e. choosing a visible but smaller challenge where positive results will serve to showcase the benefits of implementing an operational excellence framework. In this workshop, you will learn a step by step methodology to carve out of a complex situation the real project that will deliver visible results and help your team embrace an operational excellence framework.

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

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

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2017-10-19 18:00:00 2017-10-19 20:30:00 America/New_York WEST: Towards Operational Excellence Sometimes implementing an operational excellence framework clash with people's resistance to change behaviors. A good strategy to support behavioral changes in your team is to start small, i.e. choosing a visible but smaller challenge where positive results will serve to showcase the benefits of implementing an operational excellence framework. In this workshop, you will learn a step by step methodology to carve out of a complex situation the real project that will deliver visible results and help your team embrace an operational excellence framework. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Cambridge, 300 Third Street, Bella A, Cambridge, MA 02142 WEST info@westorg.org

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 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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2017-10-28 10:00:00 2017-10-28 15:30:00 America/New_York WEST: unConference 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. Suffolk University, 120 Tremont Street, 5th floor, The Commons, Boston, MA WEST info@westorg.org

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 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: $30 for members, $50 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: $30 for members, $50 for non-members

Jan 10th Annual Giving Back Awards
January 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!

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