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WEST's Ten-Month Leadership Development Program
The intention of the program is to develop women in their STEM careers as leaders so that they consistently make a difference in the organizations they serve and in the world.
Core to the program is that each participant collaboratively creates a ten-month impossible project that makes either a societal or organizational impact. The design, development, and implementation of an impossible project serves as a laboratory for learning leadership development.
The structure of the program:
The cohorts will be made up of early and mid- career women. Click on their names below to read their Bios:
Additionally, each of the ten members of the cohort will mentor college students majoring in STEM fields, so that the participants learn how to mentor. Participants will also be sharing their impossible projects with their mentees, inspiring them to take on projects for impact that may seem impossible.
Each cohorts and their ten mentees (22) will meet twice during the ten months to build deeper relationships and share what they are learning about:
The impossible project that each participant takes on can be one that they are already engaged with at work, or one that they will launch at work, every work related project would be designed to make an organizational impact. Alternatively the participants can engage with a project outside of work that will make a societal impact.
Criteria for the impossible project:
Women STEM professionals will be developed as leaders. This will be accomplished through the development of designing and implementing their impossible project, what they are learning from their project, the monthly leadership development circle meetings, and by mentoring other women.
Each Participant will:
Outline for the 10 sessions:
Prework: My Default Brand: Ask for 4 words describing you from one person from each of these parts of your life: peer, family, supervisor, colleague from volunteering or community activity. Review your lists prior to the orientation program. What was surprising? What was missing?
Homework: Identify topic for your impossible project
Session 2 - Innovative Project Methodology
Create/ formulate your impossible project by learning an Innovative Project methodology and process
Session 3 - Change Management & Mentoring
Assess any barrier to project implementation. Dealing with promises and breakdowns. Mentoring – What and how to
Homework: Connect with your Mentee
Session 4 - Strategic Thinking
Utilize Systems Thinking for seeing the big picture and unintended consequences of the project. Begin to identify impact of the project.
Session 5 - Progress Meeting
The entire circle of 22 (cohort and mentees) gather to ask, What are we learning? What is the gap? What do we need to learn? How has the Prototype changed? Share the project with your mentee.
Session 6 - Working Session
Tap your peers' expertise re your project.
Session 7 - Navigating Your Organization & Influencing Without Authority
How do you get things done when you're not in charge? How do you build and tap your internal network to gather support for your project?
Session 8 - The Pitch
How to pitch your project? Network to gain buy-in and visibility for the project.
Session 9 - Working Session
What is missing to make the project a WOW? How has the prototype changed? What results will be produced?
Session 10 - What's Happened?
All cohorts and mentees complete a self-assessment. What did you set out to accomplish? What got accomplished? What did you learn about leadership? Share projects, the results, and its impact. Mentees: What value have you gained by participating
STEM women professionals will meet with their cohorts monthly and with the women they are mentoring monthly as well.
The program builds a network of mentoring, personal and leadership development.
This program is only open to WEST members.
You must be able to attend one of the two orientation dates to be part of the program.
Date, Time, and Location:
MAP 175 Wyman Street Waltham, MA 02451
MAP Whitehead Institute
WEST would like to thank the sponsors for their generous support of this event!
If you are a student looking for financial assistance to attend this event, please visit www.stayinma.com.