Coaching Circles


Coaching circles adapt the principles and methods of individual coaching and apply them to small, intentional groups. They set the stage for peer to peer coaching facilitated by trained and qualified professional coaches offering women a supportive and motivating environment to connect through meaningful conversations. Participants develop a set of peer coaching skills in addition to benefiting from professional coaching, and are often preferred by people who learn well in small groups. Join us to establish new relationships, enhance leadership skills and talents, and develop in an area that is a current challenge. We will do three 30 minute sessions. Some of the table topics will be preset and some will be based on ideas submitted when people register to attend. The preset topics will include the following.

Coaching Topics and Coaches

  • Advancing in Your Career - Carly Goldsmith
    • Not getting the meaningful feedback you need to grow? Afraid of being turned down? Struggling to decide who's career takes precedent if you're a dual-career couple?​ Whatever the reason, we need to be honest; no one can get ahead without support from others. What support do you need? What help can you ask for? What mindsets can you shift to open up possibilities?
  • Communication/Building Better Relationships - Angie O'Donnell
    • Focus on 3 skills that great communicators practice in all of life's scenarios: Listening, Inquiry and Empathy. These underscore all positive and productive relationships, and raise the quality of interactions. They are critical for influencing others and getting buy-in to both you and your ideas. How do you listen as if you know nothing? How do you inquire in ways that do not make others defensive? And how do you express your empathy, not just feel it?
  • Confidence - Deb Busser
    • Almost everyone struggles with a lack of confidence, at times. The women who appear to have limitless self-confidence have likely been cultivating it for years. What are some deliberate actions you can take to build your confidence? What helps you remain unshakable in turbulent times? How can you enlist your inner critic to help you instead of hinder you? 
  • Driving Your Career Forward – Managing Your Network - Mary Ann O'Loughlin
    • Cultivation of your network (not to be confused with networking) is of paramount importance as you trace the arc of your career. The people in your network include colleagues, ex- colleagues, peers, bosses, people in your company, people in your industry, members of your community, clients, suppliers, alumni.... and we can think of many more. Let's analyze your network to explore the opportunities, identify the gaps, and create an action plan together.  
  • Leadership Development - Lisa Kleitz 
    • Aspiring and experienced leaders--bring your curiosity and wisdom! Possible topics:  What are the characteristics of great leaders? What are some common development challenges for leaders? How do you develop as a leader? How do you get feedback about your leadership? What are the most important leadership lessons you’ve learned?
  • Making Career Changes - Etta Jacobs
    • Are you feeling trapped in a job you no longer love? Are there no opportunities for advancement? Maybe you're successful in your career, you you're starting to feel restless and want to explore more energizing, creativem and challenging options aligned with your personal values. Or, is it that you've been dreaming of becoming a manager, you've finally been promoted: Now what? What are the steps you can take now to becoming happier and more fulfilled in your career?
  • Personal Branding - Rita B. Allen
    • Identifying, creating and articulating our “personal brand" empowers us to 'own our career', and seize opportunities we aspire to achieve. Personal branding and the ability to market ourselves is an essential ingredient to successfully manage our careers. How do you differentiate yourself and leverage and showcase your talents and present your value internally and externally?
  • Strengths/Values - Carol Salloway
    • The research is in. Playing to your strengths and values are the keys to effectiveness and fulfillment. What does that mean for you? How do you know your strengths and your values? How can you leverage them to have the most influence and impact in your life and work? What are some tools and practices to support you?


Date and Time:  
June 20, 2018
6:00 - 8:30 PM


6:00-6:15pm: Registration, mingling, and light dinner
6:15-6:20pm: WEST shares general session format and peer coaching tips
6:20-6:25pm: Move to first table, settle, and introductions
6:25-6:55pm: Session 1
6:55-7:00pm: Move to second table, settle, and introductions
7:00-7:30pm: Session 2
7:30-7:35pm: Move to third table, settle, and introductions
7:35-8:05pm: Session 3
8:05-8:30pm: Optional Networking


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

Map and Parking Info

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



Members: $20; Non-Members: $40
Summer Series (6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27) for Members: $75

Given our mission is to promote women's development in STEM we would like to offer a one-time free spot in our workshops to those in transition between jobs. Please contact [email protected] if you qualify.

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