Influence Without Authority Workshop & Panel Discussion 


Do you need others to get things done, but they don’t report to you? The truth is that even when you do have “power”, you are often better off using influence first. The most effective individual contributors, managers, and executives use influence skills to achieve results, regardless of their positional power within the organization.

Attending this interactive workshop will provide you with key insights into how to get things done whether or not you are in charge. Influence skills can improve your ability to manage “up”, get agreement from peers, and motivate others. It will enable you to work more effectively in project and cross-functional teams, collaborations, and matrixed organizations.


Learning Objectives

  • Gain insight into why people do (or don’t do) things you want them to do
  • Develop skills to recognize and align with the personal goals and motivations of others
  • Improve capacity to build and strengthen long-term relationships  
  • Increase ability to get things done even without the title or position in a company


Program Leader Bio:

Gwen Acton, PhD is an expert on strategic leadership at the intersection of science and business. She is CEO of Vivo Group, a firm that improves the leadership skills of technical experts so they can be more productive and innovative in industry. Prior to this, she served as Director of Scientific Development at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, where she ran the operations of the Functional Genomics Program, a $40 million, 50-person academic-industry collaborative research program.  Dr. Acton has a doctorate in biology from M.I.T., and served as a faculty member at Harvard University in the department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. She is the author of the book "The Bluffer’s Guide to Genetics," a humorous guide to DNA published by Oval Books, and the former president of Women Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology (WEST). Dr. Acton is a popular speaker, workshop presenter, and facilitator.


Panelist include:

Georgianna Harris, VP Regulatory Affairs at Alkermes

Mary Ann O'Loughlin, Regional Director, Executive Education at Harvard Business School

Christina Willwerth, Sr. Vice President, Program Management at Flexion Therapeutics


Date and Time:  
September 21, 2016
5:15 - 8:15 PM

5:15-5:35pm: Registration in the lobby and light dinner in the cafe
5:35-6:00pm: Facilitated networking in the cafe
6:00-6:05pm: Introductions
6:05-7:05pm: Training/workshop in the cafe
7:05-7:15pm: Break and transition to the auditorium
7:15-8:00pm: Senior panel discussion in the auditorium
8:00-8:15pm: Optional networking


AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, 35 Gatehouse Drive, Waltham, MA 02451


We appreciate AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals' NOW - Network of Women Employee Resource Group for sponsoring this event.



Members: $30; Non-Members: $50

A light dinner will be served. 



Note that due to security policies at the venue, registration will close at 5pm on 9/20 and onsite registrations will not be allowed.  



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