No Title? No Problem! Influencing Without Authority

Are you leading a project or team without formal authority? Do you have some great ideas but you need others’ support to successfully execute? Do you want to influence important decisions outside of your immediate responsibility? Do you want to want to persuade your boss but you aren't sure how to position yourself?

In this age of heightened business complexity, to get things done often requires the support of many others both inside and outside your own organization, department or team. Many change initiatives involve multiple functions within and even between organizations, requiring managers to exercise influence over people without formal authority.

In this interactive workshop, we'll explore the key factors for becoming more influential; ways to build credibility, strengthen relationships, and enhance your communication style... all to increase your ability to influence those critical to your success.



Ank Stuyfzand LLM, MAOL, PCC
Ank is a professional certified leadership coach and consultant. She works with leaders and their teams to create healthy and productive workplace dynamics. Ank helps clients to navigate work, life and career with skill, resilience and integrity. Ank believes that effective leadership is driven through the connection to personal values that define who you are, what’s important to you and what you want to accomplish and leave behind. She is passionate about women leadership and inspired by professional women who try to balance it all and who show equanimity under duress. Over the years Ank worked with leaders, managers, CEOs, business professionals and small business owners across a wide range of industries. Her clients vary from financial services, healthcare, utilities, marketing, retail, professional services, nonprofit and academia, both in the US and Europe. Her areas of expertise include management and leadership development, change management and organizational communications. As a professor at Suffolk University in Boston, Ank teaches classes in Leadership and Organizational Change. Ank holds a master degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University in Irvine, and a master degree in Law from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. She is accredited by the International Coach Federation and, holds certifications in Organizational Development and Organizational Communication and Organization & Relationship System Coaching (ORSC).


Date and Time:  
September 13, 2018
6:00 - 8:30 PM


5:50-6:10pm: Registration, mingling, and light dinner
6:10-6:30pm: Facilitated networking
6:30-8:00pm: Workshop
8:00-8:30pm: Optional networking


bluebird bio, 60 Binney Street, 10th Floor, Aviary Room, Cambridge, MA 02142

Members: $15; Non-Members: $40

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.




Thanks our event sponsor, bluebird bio!