WEST Dynamic Pod Mentoring



Kick start your development with a 1:1 goal setting session, training, and mentor stories. Then, each of the following two-hour virtual sessions features core pods, flex pods, and networking.

  • Each Core Pod has a general topic for the whole program that is set from the beginning based on preferences ranked in the interest survey. The same group with around 2 mentors and 5 mentees will meet for 30 minutes each session building towards your goal and driving accountability. 
  • Flex Pods allow you to further individualize the program by selecting topics most important to you and working with a broader range of mentors. In the flex pod, mentors will address a topic with 1-3 mentees who choose that topic. The mentor and fellow mentees will change each session.
  • Short structured networking activities are designed to help you connect to your peers.
  • Mentor stories allow you to hear the career journeys and hard won wisdom from each of the mentors.

WEST Mentors are from all areas of the biopharma and tech industry, with a wealth of experience and expertise across academia, start-ups, biotech, and multi-national pharmaceutical companies including CEOs, heads of functions, leaders, and coaches. They have the lived experience and diverse perspectives to help you with your goals.

During the application process, mentees will rate their interest in key career and personal development topics that will be used for matching their core pod. Mentees will also have the opportunity to explore the other topics offered and/or mentors for their flex pod time each session.

The dates of the program are 9/12, 9/26, 10/17, 11/7, 11/21, and 12/12. All session will be via Zoom 6-8pm ET. There will be an optional networking gathering on 9/19. The cost of participation for mentees for the program is $100, currently open to WEST members only. If you need a scholarship to cover the majority of the cost of a spot in this mentoring program and/or a membership, please email [email protected] to apply.  

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