Fireside Chat Author Series - Betsy Myers

Join us for a Fireside Chat with Betsy Myers about her book Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You. The evening will start with networking and continue on with a conversation with the author followed by a question and answer session. The discussion will be moderated by Kathie Johnson, Vice President, Global Advertising, Equity and Strategy at Dassault Systèmes.

About the Book

Why is it that some people challenge and motivate us, while others drain our spirit? What is that magical quality certain people have that makes others engage fully?

In her hugely inspirational and practical book, Betsy Myers—senior adviser to two US presidents and former executive director of Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership— demonstrates that you do not need to be in a boardroom, on a battlefield, or on a ballot to have a profound impact on everyone around you. Good leadership is not about having the most knowledge or power but about how you make others feel. Drawing on her experiences from the Oval Office to the playground, Myers reveals seven core principles that will help you:

• Set the right priorities for yourself

• Uncover problems while they are still easy to fix

• Connect with others on a deeper level

• Collaborate with those whose viewpoints differ from yours

• Push through your fears

True leadership is not just all around us—it’s within us.

About the Author

In May 2011, Betsy was appointed Founding Director of the Center for Women & Business at Bentley University. The Center focuses on educating students about their leadership potential while conducting research about how and why companies should promote and retain women. Betsy works to build relationships with corporations and share information about putting these practices into place. 

With deep experience in the corporate, political and higher education arena, Betsy served as a senior adviser to Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign. She joined the campaign in January 2007 as the Chief Operating Officer tasked with the challenge of building a $100,000,000 organization and established the campaign with a business operational model and customer service mentality.  Click here for her full bio.


Date and Time:  
April 3, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 PM


Dassault Systèmes, 175 Wyman Street, Executive Briefing Center, Water Building, Waltham, MA 02451


We appreciate Dassault Systèmes donating the use of their event space.

Members: $30; Non-Members: $45, Workshop and Annual Membership: $115
You can also order a copy of the book for $12 and pick it up at the event.
A light dinner will be served.

To Register

Due to security policies at Dassault Systèmes, you must register by 5:30pm on 4/2 if you plan to attend.

WEST's Fireside Chat Author Series has different authors presenting. Another events in this series are a Fireside Chat with Jodi Detjen on February 11, 2014 in Waltham, MA and a Fireside Chat with John Butman on April 10, 2014 in Cambridge, MA.





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