WEST's 6th Annual "Giving Back" Awards Ceremony


Please join WEST for our 6th Annual "Giving Back" Awards Ceremony, as we honor an extraordinary woman that has made a profound societal impact.  Click here to download the event invitation.

Paula S. ApsellSenior Executive Producer, NOVA and NOVA SCIENCENOW, and Director, WGBH Science Unit 

Paula S. Apsell got her start in broadcasting at WGBH Boston, where she was hired fresh out of Brandeis University to type the public broadcaster's daily television program logs-a job that Apsell notes is now, mercifully, automated. Within a year, she found her way to WGBH Radio, where she developed the award-winning children's drama series, "The Spider's Web," and later became a radio news producer. In 1975, she joined WGBH's NOVA, a science documentary series that has set the standard for science programming on television, producing documentaries on subjects as varied as artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, and aviation safety. Her NOVA "Death of a Disease" was the first long-form documentary on the worldwide eradication of smallpox.  Click here for full bio.

We will also honor WEST volunteers whose dedication and outreach efforts have helped WEST reach our strategic goals.

Join us to congratulate, inspire, learn, network, and support the Advancement of Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology (‘STEM’) Careers! 

Appetizers, wine, dessert, and coffee will be served.

Whether shopping for your family, friends, home, or office, there is something for everyone at this year's Silent Auction Fundraiser – a plethora of wonderful and interesting items and services for sale from generous donors around the region! Proceeds from the auction will benefit our WEST mission, programs and operations – to provide high quality and affordable educational content and development opportunities (workshops/events) for all women in STEM careers.

Date and Time:

January 8, 2014
6:00 - 9:00 PM

Evening’s Schedule

6:00-7:00  Registration, Networking, Appetizers, Wine, Silent Auction

7:00-7:20  Welcome, Acknowledgement of Sponsors, Overview of the Evening

7:20-7:40  Award Presentation: Paula Apsell             

7:40-8:00  WEST’s 2013 Accomplishments and Plans for 2014

8:00-8:30  Awards Presentation for Volunteers, Coffee, and Dessert

8:30          Silent Auction Closed 

8:30-9:00  Networking and Auction Winners Displayed

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
7 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142

Map and Parking Info

We appreciate The Broad Institute donating the use of their event space. 


$55 for Members, $80 for non-members

Member package - $140 for admission and membership renewal

Cancellation Policy:
All programs are non-refundable.

To Register

Become a sponsor and contribute to a great cause.  For more information, email [email protected], or call 617-682-3702.   


Thank You to Our Diamond Level Sponsor

Thank You to Our Gold Level Sponsors

Thank You to Our Silver Level Sponsor


Thank You to Our Bronze Level Sponsor

Louis Myers and Rita Murray



We invite you to patronize those businesses who have so graciously donated to our event.

  • Art in Giving - Two canvas paintings  = 30" x 30"  = 19.5" x 25.5" Framed
  • Bakers' Best Catering - $100 gift certificate
  • Berkshire Institute - 90 minute executive coaching session
  • Boston Duck Tours - Two tour tickets valid April-May or September-November
  • Boston Organics - Two deliveries of an organic produce box
  • Bradford Renaissance Portraits - Family Portrait by world renowned Bradford with Stay at the 5 Diamond, 5 Star Eau Hotel & Resort (Formerly the Ritz-Carlton) in Palm Beach

  • Community Boating - 60-day membership
  • GTL Coaching & Consulting - One hour leadership development coaching session at a mutually convenient location
  • Huntington Theatre Company - A pair of tickets for The Seagull
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - Four admission passes
  • J.P. Licks - Certificate for a sundae party for ten people
  • John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum - Two admission passes
  • Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health - Certificate for a 2 night Signature R&R retreat for one including accommodations, meals, daily classes, and use of sauna, whirlpool, fitness room, and walking trails
  • Ku De Ta - $25 gift card
  • Landmark Theatres - Four admission passes
  • New England Aquarium - Two admission passes
  • O2 Yoga - Two 5 class cards
  • Propel Careers - Resume review, critique, and revision service
  • Pure Barre in Wellesley - 5 class pack
  • Soaring Adventures of America - Hot air balloon rides (for one, two, & four people) 
  • SophiaThink - 90 minute personal career coaching session that includes strategic ways to use digital tools
  • Taza Chocolate - Bag of assorted chocolates and 2 passes to the Taza Chocolate Factory Tour
  • The Fireplace - Certificate for a Fireside Chat for two 
  • The Kennedy Group - Two in person executive communications, presentation, & public speaking coaching sessions
  • The Similans - Two $20 gift certificates
  • Zipcar - One $100 gift certificate
  • Zoo New England - Family four pack of tickets
  • Zulu Nyala Group - Six days/Six nights in South Africa (meals and lodging included)



If you are a student looking for financial assistance to attend this event, please visit www.stayinma.com.