WEST past events


2020

 

 

Walking the Tightrope: Mastering the Balance between Likability and Respect 
August 12, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT

As women in traditional workplaces, we are often confronted with a double bind – show up as likable and be seen as less competent or worthy of leadership, or show up as competent and risk being seen as less likable. This often leaves us feeling as though we have a very fine line, or tightrope, to walk. In this session, presented by Kim Meninger, you’ll learn strategies to challenge the double bind and develop your own authentic leadership style.

 

Building Meaningful Relationships for Your Career

August 4, 2020, 6:00 - 7:00 PM EDT

Did you ever ask yourself:
  • “Why does she know so many people?”
  • “How does he always come up with someone who can help?”
  • “Is there a way to build a powerful network to boost my career?"
  • “Can I get to Kevin Bacon in 6 steps or less?”
Come to the WEST workshop “Building Meaningful Relationships for Your Career” to find out! Chesley Chen, WEST Co-Chair and CEO of g.Root Biomedical, will share the why’s and how’s from a practitioner’s viewpoint. Ches has been building his network of connections starting with kindergarten (no kidding!) to this very day. This WEST virtual workshop will mix theory with practice. You are guaranteed to walk out with more connections than you walked in with.

Mindset Mastery: How to Gain Clarity and Create the Career You Want 

July 28, 2020 12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT

According to the work of Napoleon Hill, we all possess faculties that the most successful leaders and entrepreneurs throughout history have used to create their results. When you apply this principle to gain clarity on your personal vision and apply them to your life, you will find new ways to determine the best path forward for your career, your challenges become smaller, you will have more drive and energy to achieve your goals with greater impact. This will enable you to get unstuck, or quickly pivot to a new direction while building upon the foundation you already have. Guided by Ngan Nguyen, in this session, you will have an opportunity to define and design the results you would love to create – and learn proven tools & strategies that will enable you to move forward quickly.

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2020-07-28-career-mindset-webinar


Annual Networking Night

July 22, 2020 6:00 - 7:30 PM EDT

WEST’s Annual Networking Night is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with like-minded STEM professionals. Participate in facilitated networking activities designed to engage you with the wonderful women in the WEST community. We will also announce our 2020-2021 annual theme.

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2020-07-22-networking-night


How to Advocate for Yourself 
July 21, 2020 12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT

We negotiate every day. At work we negotiate not just our jobs and salaries, but research priorities, budgets, staffing, deliverables and time tables. At home some of us negotiate child care pick up and drop off, who is making dinner and who stays home when the kids are sick. While men and women are equally skilled negotiators, women face some additional challenges. Not only were many of us not raised to advocate for our own interests, but we sometimes pay a social cost when we assert our needs and interests. In this session, guided by Amy Rebecca Gay, we’ll dive into what we negotiate, our beliefs around advocating for ourselves, how to mitigate others’ negative perceptions when we assert our interests and two tools for increasing our effectiveness. You will leave with a better understanding of what is getting in your way and what to do about it.

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2020-07-21-negotiate-advocate-webinar


 

Building Relationships and Your Influence to Thrive in Your Organization
July 16, 2020 4:00 - 5:30 PM EDT

How do you get the support, engagement, and commitment you need from others? This is a constant challenge, particularly in pressure-driven environments where resources are limited and project schedules are tight. What you need is the ability to effectively influence without authority. This requires critical skills and strategies to engage cross-functional colleagues, stakeholders, and even external resources. In this seminar conducted by Kim Meninger, you will learn how to expand your influence and more confidently achieve your goals with an emphasis on:

  • building trusted relationships and diversifying your network effectively
  • navigating office politics and leveraging your resources
  • maximizing your communication skills 
  • honing your ability to read people and situations understanding yourself, your value, your strengths & weaknesses, & how others perceive you

More informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2020-07-16-influence-webinar


How to be Unafraid to Shine in Your Spotlight 

July 15, 2020, 12:00 - 1:15 PM EDT

Have you ever been plagued with the voice “Who do you think you are?” when you’ve been presented with huge opportunities? There is a scientific reason why you can sometimes feel like a fraud (Impostor Syndrome) despite having designer diplomas and big accomplishments – you have parts of you that are unconsciously afraid of your greatness. In order to overcome Impostor Syndrome, you need to befriend your fears so that they can work with you – instead of against you – and transform into positive allies on your “inner team” to help you unleash true greatness and cross the finish line of your ambitious goals. During this interactive workshop, using one of the deepest evidence-based tools of accelerated self-awareness, personal growth and lasting transformation – Internal Family Systems – you will:

  • Understand the origins of Impostor Syndrome and how to overcome it for good.   
  • Begin the process of uncovering blind spots that could be unconsciously holding you back from fearless self-expression and boldly shining in your spotlight.  

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2020-07-15-impostor-syndrome-webinar


Rockstar Breakfast and Networking 

July 14, 2020, 8:00 - 9:00 AM EDT

Are you looking for an opportunity to network with local senior women leaders? If so, this is THE event for you. Enjoy a light breakfast accompanied by lots of conversation with Michal Preminger, Head, Johnson & Johnson Innovation Boston and Sandra Glucksmann, President and CEO, Cedilla Therapeutics. Registration is for WEST MEMBERS ONLY and will be limited to a maximum of 20 participants to ensure an intimate experience.

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2020-07-14-networking-breakfast


Learning the Basics of Creating Your Portfolio

June 30, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT

Investing can be complicated and overwhelming. Understanding the fundamentals of investing can help you make sense of the risks and opportunities associated with investing so you can make more informed – and more confident – decisions about your portfolio. In this informative seminar, presented by Alicia Andre and Lindsay Pazdan, we will explore:

 

  • The major asset classes
  • The basic tenets of investing
  • The importance of asset allocation and diversification
  • How to bring it all together in a portfolio that helps you achieve your financial goals

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2020-06-30-investing-financial-portfolio


Securing Public Speaking Opportunities

June 23, 2020, 4:00 - 5:00 PM EDT 

 What does it take to become a thought leader? To be seen as the expert or the authority in your field? What will it take to get that next promotion? Or a new job? Or a board seat? Often, nothing more than the willingness to speak up and share your thoughts and experiences in public. Employers have always valued the employee who speaks well. Public speaking is, and always will be, an important skill, and well worth developing. Founders, company owners and consultants know it is important to get onstage in order to promote their products and services. This presentation led by Bobbie Carlton focuses on:  

  • Why you need to get yourself on stage either as an employee or a business leader.
  • What opportunities exist.
  • How you will find and secure speaking engagements.

 We'll give you an action plan to help you move forward in your career or business through public speaking.

 

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2020-06-23-public-speaking-webinar


Using Self-Promotion Strategies to Raise Your Visibility, Increase Your Influence and Advance Your Career

June 22, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT

 

Many women are reluctant to actively promote their value because it feels self-serving or inauthentic. Rather than promote themselves, they prefer to believe that their work will speak for itself. Unfortunately, without the confidence and commitment to share your value with others, you may lose out on important opportunities to raise your visibility, make a bigger impact and advance within your organization. In this webinar, conducted by Kim Meninger, you’ll learn:  

  • What it means (and does not mean) to engage in strategic self-promotion
  • Why self-promotion is challenging for so many women
  • Key benefits to yourself and others when you actively promote your value
  • Practical, actionable strategies to help you authentically promote your value across your organization

Presentation Skills for Brainiacs

June 17, 2020, 1:00 - 2:30 PM 

It can be tough for STEM professionals to create easy-to-understand presentations that inspire people to take action. If you’re having difficulty communicating your complex subject matter and connecting with your audience, this workshop is for you. The Presentation Skills for Brainiacs workshop was developed to help you improve the way you create and deliver presentations. Not only will more people understand what you’re talking about, they’ll know what you want them to do with that information. You’ll learn the 6 Tips for Great Presentations, discover the Analyze and Synthesize method for redesigning slides, and see everything come together with Slide Makeovers! Even if you have no design or marketing background, you will leave this workshop with skills you can use to become a better presenter. This interactive workshop led by Laura Foley will make you rethink what a presentation can be!

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2020-06-17-presentation-skills-webinar


Cultivating Your Network for Success Panel Discussion
June 16, 2020, 4:00 - 5:30 PM 

Your networks, both internal and external, formal and informal, underpin a successful career strategy. Much as we might not like to admit “it’s not what you know, but who you know”, the truth is everyone needs a strong and diverse network to broaden perspectives and overcome fears. Networking is not only about the mutual exchange of ideas and experience, but also an opportunity to elevate your presence and showcase your talent. How do you create those important relationships that will serve your career in the short and long term? Come and learn together with your peers in an interactive and engaging discussion with our experienced panel. Explore your network beyond networking. Enjoy the small group discussions. Discover the different ways you can build your network and learn tips for your next steps.

Panelists include:

 - Katherine Andersen, Head of U.S. Life Science & Healthcare Relationship Banking, Silicon Valley Bank
 - Abigail Bracha, Vice President Corporate Development and Strategy, Rubius Therapeutics
 - Lesley Chan, Senior Scientist, bluebird bio
 - Etta Jacobs, Founder, Principal, Power in the Middle
 - Mary Ann O'Loughlin, Principal, Cambridge Consulting and Coaching (moderator)
 - Elissa Hobert, Scientist, Flagship Pioneering (host)


Fearlessness as a Daily Practice
Jun 4, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM 

Relying on willpower alone to move forward in a fear-driven state is exhausting. While "feel the fear and do it anyway" is an oft-quoted mantra, anyone who's done this in practice finds that it takes quite a lot of energy to sustain. What if instead of "pushing" and "fighting" you were able to approach the challenges of business and life with ease? The practice of fearlessness allows you to instead use that energy to create forward action. Together, we will examine the role of fear in your life and explore the practices that will allow you to move toward being truly fearless.

More Information: https://www.westorg.org/2020-06-04-fearlessness-webinar


Bypass Your Inner Critic in Public Speaking: How to speak up without feeling like an imposter

May 28, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM 

Despite popular belief, people’s top fear is NOT public speaking. That is a myth. For many people, especially women, the top fear is public JUDGMENT. As a woman leader or emerging leader, how do you OWN what you’re saying without feeling like a fraud? Whether you’re speaking up in an online virtual conference, a board meeting or giving a presentation, you need to be able to speak with confidence to influence your listeners. Key Takeaways from this virtual workshop led by Mary Cheyne:

  • Learn how to stop overthinking & be present when you speak.
  • How to speak powerfully & authentically under pressure.
  • How to bypass the number one saboteur in public speaking, your inner critic

More informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2020-05-28-public-speaking-webinar


How to Advocate for Yourself
May 20, 2020, 4:00 - 5:00 PM 

We negotiate every day. At work we negotiate not just our jobs and salaries, but research priorities, budgets, staffing, deliverables and time tables. At home some of us negotiate child care pick up and drop off, who is making dinner and who stays home when the kids are sick. While men and women are equally skilled negotiators, women face some additional challenges. Not only were many of us not raised to advocate for our own interests, but we sometimes pay a social cost when we assert our needs and interests. We’ll dive into what we negotiate, our beliefs around advocating for ourselves, how to mitigate others’ negative perceptions when we assert our interests and two tools for increasing our effectiveness. You will leave with a better understanding of what is getting in your way and what to do about it. This virtual event will be led by Amy Rebecca Gay.

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2020-05-20-negotiate-advocate-workshop


Virtual Author Fireside Chat with Best-Selling Author Kimberly Napier
May 15, 2020, 1:00 - 2:15 PM 

Drawing on her experience as a certified life coach who has helped hundreds of women achieve personal and professional success. Kimberly found her path, and calling, as a life coach after a tragic wake-up call that propelled her to design a new life for herself and her girls. Kimberly Napier invites you to discover what you truly want from life now in Know What You Want Next: Break Free of the ‘I Don’t Know’ Trap and Love Your Life Again. In our time together, Kimberly will share her step-by-step proprietary process to help you get grounded and create a life and work you love. Her DAREchangeTM Process will help you: - Get clear on what you want - Figure out your life’s true purpose - Identify the roadblocks that prevent you from moving forward - Make choices that take your life in the right direction - Love your work and life again For those joining, you will receive a free online copy of the book. You can check out her book here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YN8ZLXC and learn more about Kimberly and her work at: https://kimberlynapier.com.

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2020-05-15-author-webinar


Virtual Gathering & COVID-19 Panel Discussion

May 13, 2020, 4:00 - 5:30 PM 

We are planning to start with two small group breakout sessions to share and get to know each other. Breakout groups will have the option to share their thoughts with the whole meeting after each breakout session. Next, panelists will discuss the measures that companies have established to support employees working from home and how they are building community virtually. They will share tools or tips to help you cope and be more productive in your work. They will also explore how this unique period will affect the culture of companies in the future and which are the best changes that we should keep.

 

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2020-05-13-virtual-gathering-panel-covid


A Clash of Personalities: Improve Communication and Leadership by Understanding Personality Styles
May 7, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

This fun, engaging and enlightening webinar uncovers the reasons why we struggle to communicate effectively with others due to different personality styles and perspectives. Using the DISC (Dominance, Influencing, Steady, Compliance) framework, we will dive into different personality styles and their characteristics and discuss ways we can communicate more effectively and work better together to achieve lasting results. Each participant will come away enlightened and armed with tools to improve their communication and increase their influence with others. After this session led by Kemi Sorinmade you will:

  • Discover you own personality and communication style
  • Learn the steps to understand others and their personality styles
  • Learn the specific strategies to help you communicate and engage with others more effectively.

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2020-05-07-webinar-personality-styles


Parenting Power Hour

May 6, 2020, 8:00 - 9:00 AM 

Calling all working parents! We know that managing a career and being a parent isn't easy! Are there days you wonder how other working parents seem to get it all done? Are you looking to expand your parenting toolbox and try new strategies for making life easier? Come join us for WEST's first Parenting Power Hour. Parenting Power Hours are fun, interactive forums that allow you to share ideas and receive take-a-ways that you can implement to help with a variety of work and family life challenges. You’ll engage in short, topic-based conversations that are designed to help you make connections with other parents, explore parenting questions, and gain tips and tricks to help you navigate the ins and outs of being a working parent. Hosted by working parent experts from Soutiens, this dynamic event will give you a variety of new ideas, hacks, and tips to try out!

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2020-05-06-parenting-power-hour


How to Make Your Ideas Irresistible Webinar - SOLD OUT
April 29, 2020, 9:00 - 10:15 AM 

At the heart of communications lies one seemingly elusive goal: how can we actually get people to love our ideas as much as we do? Thankfully, there’s a surprisingly simple answer, and it lies in how we come up with our ideas in the first place. Tamsen Webster spent 20 years making messages to move minds and markets and four years turning ideas into action as the Executive Producer of one of the largest TEDx events in the world. During this interactive session the audience will learn:

  • The three most common mistakes we make when communicating our ideas and what to do instead
  • The fastest way to overcome people’s natural resistance to change and how to use it in any format
  • The simple formula for making ideas irresistible 

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2020-04-29-communication-ideas-workshop


Building Success with Optimism, Resilience, and Grit Webinar - SOLD OUT

April 27, 2020, 6:00 - 7:30 PM 

This interactive workshop led by Sarah Scala focuses on the next level of leadership and people development - keeping one's self strong in mind through optimism, resilience, and grit. Through group and partner discussions, we will explore ways to strengthen or teach others optimism, resilience, and grit. You will learn how to strengthen and develop Optimism. We will also explore ways to build Resilience as a competency to overcome change and challenges. The workshop will end with ways to strengthen GRIT as a competency that differentiates exceptional performers from good performers, which impacts business results.

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2020-04-27-optimism-resilience-grit-workshop


Fight COVID-19 with WEST - A Fundraiser benefiting Life Sciences Cares COVID-19 Response Fund

April 22, 2020, 6:00 - 7:30 PM 

As COVID-19 continues to spread in Massachusetts and the Country, we are reminded of how interconnected we are. These are challenging times for us all, and WEST hopes to play a small role to help those in need! WEST is pleased to organize a special virtual panel discussion with the WEST Board and Advisory Board members. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Life Sciences Cares COVID-19 Response Fund providing flexible grants to organizations working to meet the emerging and shifting needs caused by this unprecedented outbreak. Panelists will share their career paths, highlighting the challenges they faced along the way. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions and seek advice about your career journey. We'll also set aside time for you to network in small breakout rooms of 4-5 people. Thank you for being part of the WEST community. Without you, this is not possible.

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2020-04-22-virtual-covid19-fundraiser


3 Lifestyle Habits that are Wrecking Your Sleep (So You Can Start Doing Things Differently)
April 21, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM 

Getting 4-6 hours of sleep at night is often celebrated in our culture, but more people are starting to wake up to the professional benefits of refreshing, high-quality sleep. Not only does sleep deprivation negatively impact our short-term performance (e.g. focus, decision-making, etc.), it also has severe ramifications for our long-term health (e.g. heart disease, obesity, anxiety & depression). If you’re a professional looking to get the next promotion, help shatter the glass ceiling, or otherwise kick ass at work (while keeping things at home running smoothly), refreshing sleep is a REQUIREMENT for your success and good health. At least 1 in 3 adults struggle with sleep challenges, and at least half are women. We're women who read articles and blogs, listen to podcasts, buy weighted blankets, and download sleep apps to track and help us sleep. We know what temperature our bedrooms should be, we try to exercise and eat right, we take supplements. Yet many of us STILL have concerns about their nightly sleep & daily energy. It's time for a different perspective: one that helps us understand and address root causes of our sleeplessness. Learn from Kali Patrick:

✔ Why natural sleep remedies can actually make things worse
✔ A reason for daytime fatigue that has little to do with your sleep
✔ Why bedtime rituals and "sleep hygiene" techniques often fail to work
✔ Why being "good" with your food all day could be backfiring
✔ How to be "done" with your sleep & energy challenges


Leading from Home with Mindfulness: Strategies for Stress Resilience in an Online Workplace

April 15, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

This hands on session led by Sarah Stuart, CEO and top mindfulness instructor at Really Mindful Group, is equally appropriate for beginners to mindfulness-based strategies and for experienced practitioners. Participants will come away with a clear understanding of what mindfulness is, the breadth of scientific research supporting it and how various techniques can be used to help navigate and lead through stress. The workshop will include several short, guided mindfulness practices that can be used at work and in everyday life. Participants will leave the session with simple, clear take aways that they can start to experiment with in the laboratory of their lives the moment they leave the session.

More Information: https://www.westorg.org/2020-04-15-webinar-mindfulness


Maximize Your Seat at the Table Webinar
April 1, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM 
 

The literal and proverbial “seat at the table” represents your ability to have a voice in your organization and successfully influence others. Some women struggle to get to the table. Others experience challenges maximizing their seat when they get there. To expand your influence, make a bigger impact and more effectively achieve your professional goals, you need to make your voice heard. As women, however, many of us struggle to find our voices in the workplace. With increased confidence, communication skills and political savvy, you can maximize your seat at the table. In this session, you’ll learn from Kim Meninger how to get a seat, effectively use your seat and maintain your seat for the long-term. 

More Information: https://www.westorg.org/2020-04-01-Webinar-Influence-Communication


WEST Virtual Gathering: Finding community in the midst of social distancing

March 25, 2020, 6:00 - 7:15 PM

Are you feeling cooped up by working from home every day, and longing for some social interaction, now that most public events are cancelled? Then come join us for our first ever Virtual Community Gathering. We're planning this free, virtual event for March 25th, as a replacement for one of our rescheduled in-person events. We'll be gathering, via Zoom, for an hour or so of small-group breakout sessions as well as full-group discussions led by members of the WEST Board of Directors and Advisory Board. You'll have the chance to network with members of our community in virtual Zoom breakout rooms, and to share your career advice and experiences of coping with COVID-19. Come brainstorm with us, both during the Zoom gathering, and perhaps afterwards, on ways we can stay connected, support each other, and stay focused on the things we can control in our work and in our lives.

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2020-03-25-virtual-gathering


Giving and Receiving Feedback
March 3, 2020, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

Almost everyone struggles with giving and receiving feedback. Yet everyone struggles for different reasons: 

  • For some people, resistance to receiving feedback is tied to a fear of being judged, making mistakes, or failing. 
  • For others, offering feedback is associated with criticism. 
  • There are also cultural differences that impact how comfortable you are in giving or receiving feedback. 
  • Maybe for you, it’s simply that you haven’t learned the skills to make the process less stressful. 

All of this means that learning how to give meaningful feedback, is not one-size-fits-all. We’ll explore ways you can become more comfortable giving and asking for feedback. You’ll learn several simple, yet powerful, techniques to take the sting and awkwardness out of the feedback conversation. You’ll discover how to ask for and receive feedback in a way that feels natural to you. For managers, you’ll learn questions you can ask your team, to help YOU become a better manager. For all participants, you’ll learn ways to offer feedback to your peers and even your boss! Participants will learn 4 basic steps to give meaningful feedback in a way that feels safe for both the giver and receiver. You'll be able to apply these steps immediately, in your personal life, and in your career.

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2020-03-03-giving-receiving-feedback


How to Advocate for Yourself
February 26, 2020, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

We negotiate every day. At work, we negotiate not just our jobs and salaries, but research priorities, budgets, staffing, deliverables, and time tables. At home, some of us negotiate child care pick up and drop off, who is making dinner and who stays home when the kids are sick. While men and women are equally skilled negotiators, women face some additional challenges. Not only were many of us not raised to advocate for our own interests, but we sometimes pay a social cost when we assert our needs and interests. We’ll dive into what we negotiate, our beliefs around advocating for ourselves, how to mitigate others’ negative perceptions when we assert our interests and two tools for increasing our effectiveness. You will leave with a better understanding of what is getting in your way and what to do about it. This workshop will be led by Amy Rebecca Gay.

More Information: https://www.westorg.org/2020-02-18-networking-breakfast


Rockstar Breakfast and Networking
February 18, 2020, 8:00 - 9:00 AM 

Are you looking for an opportunity to network with local senior leaders? If so, this is THE event for you. Enjoy a light breakfast accompanied by lots of conversation with Gary Conboy, Vice President, Oncology Development Operations; Head, Innovation Group - Oncology SBU at Bayer and Jon Giebel, Program Lead at Bayer LifeHub. Patrice Torcivia Prusko, Associate Director at Harvard Graduate School of Education will moderate the discussion. Registration is for WEST MEMBERS ONLY and will be limited to a maximum of 20 participants to ensure an intimate experience.

More Information: https://www.westorg.org/2020-02-18-networking-breakfast


Using Self-Promotion Strategies to Raise Your Visibility, Increase Your Influence and Advance Your Career
January 23, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM 

Many women are reluctant to actively promote their value because it feels self-serving or inauthentic. Rather than promote themselves, they prefer to believe that their work will speak for itself. Unfortunately, without the confidence and commitment to share your value with others, you may lose out on important opportunities to raise your visibility, make a bigger impact and advance within your organization.

In this webinar led by Kim Meninger, you’ll learn:

  • What it means (and does not mean) to engage in strategic self-promotion
  • Why self-promotion is challenging for so many women
  • Key benefits to yourself and others when you actively promote your value
  • Practical, actionable strategies to help you authentically promote your value across your organization

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2020-01-23-self-promotion-webinar


 Women and Wine Wednesday 

January 8, 2020, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

MIT Sloan Boston Alumni Association and WEST are partnering to offer a Women and Wine Wednesday reception. Join us and meet awesome women or connect with familiar faces.

 

More Information: https://www.westorg.org/2020-01-08-Networking 


Navigating the Art and Science of Negotiation

January 13, 2020, 8:00 - 9:30 AM 

In our ever-changing, competitive world, it can be challenging to stay ahead of the curve and influence outcomes that set you (and your business) up for success. Negotiation is part of our everyday lives and shows up everywhere. In business, it’s a critical component to success. While negotiation strategies seem simple, it’s not unusual for people to get caught up in the emotion of the moment and lose sight of the plan. In this session, Treena Diebolt, will teach you the principles of negotiation and show you how to effectively prepare for negotiation discussions, build a strategy and leverage win-win solutions, navigate the landscape of emotions, and close the deal.

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2020-01-13-negotiation-workshop


 

2019

 

Holiday Cocktail Party and Networking
December 12, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

WEST and Cooley invite you to a Holiday Cocktail Party for an evening of networking and festive food and drinks. Please join us to celebrate the holidays, connect with members, exchange ideas, learn about job openings and more. This event is free for members thanks to Cooley’s generous sponsorship.

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2019-12-12-boston-networking-holiday-party


Career Possibilities: Business Development, Alliance Management, Innovation, Licensing

December 5, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

In the world of business, careers are no longer linear or predictable. What was once a clearly sign-posted path as you progressed through milestones, a career road map is now circuitous presenting new challenges and opportunities at every bend. Life-long careers in one sector or one company are becoming a rarity as new technologies and shifting social norms disrupt traditional careers. Both employers and employees are seeking more diversity of experience, lifestyle flexibility and alternative paths. This panel is designed to help you think about your career path and the different options that are open to you. The panel will have an informational interview type feel with panelists sharing their career paths, a look at what their job entails, transferrable skills for those looking to make a change, tips for uncovering opportunities, advice for others, and how to make brave leaps. Then you will get some small group time with the panelists during a few speed networking rounds. The panel portion will be moderated by Yelena Wetherill, Associate Director, Alliance Management, Business Development & Licensing at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Inc.

Panelists Include

  • Aimee Cardwell, Vice President of Consumer Product Development, American Express
  • Chesley M. Chen, entrepreneur, Chief Executive Officer, and Board Member
  • Tatiana Demidova-Rice, Manager, Research Contracts and Collaborations, Vertex Pharmaceuticals 
  • Cecilia Fernandez, Senior Director, Platform Strategy and Operations at Editas Medicine
  • Jessica Goodman, Senior Director, Alliance Management, Dicerna Pharmaceuticals
  • Anne-Laure Grillot, Senior Director, External Innovation, Business Development at Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Bahar Hila, Director of Research, Radius Health, Inc. 
  • Deborah Palestrant, Partner, Head of 4:59 at 5AM Ventures

More Information: https://www.westorg.org/2019-12-05-Career-Possibilities-Business-Networking


Navigating the Art and Science of Negotiation

December 3, 2019, 8:00 - 9:30 AM 

This event will be rescheduled due to the extreme weather.

In our ever-changing, competitive world, it can be challenging to stay ahead of the curve and influence outcomes that set you (and your business) up for success. Negotiation is part of our everyday lives and shows up everywhere. In business, it’s a critical component to success.  

While negotiation strategies seem simple, it’s not unusual for people to get caught up in the emotion of the moment and lose sight of the plan. This session will teach you the principles of negotiation and show you how to:
  • Effectively prepare for negotiation discussions
  • Build a strategy and leverage win-win solutions
  • Navigate the landscape of emotions
  • Close the deal

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2019-12-03-negotiation-workshop


Wait. What? Or How to Get Curious When Someone is Clearly Wrong

November 19, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

Our most difficult conversations are characterized by our near certainty that we are right and they are wrong. This would be OK if the only opinion that mattered was our own. The challenge is that when we need to lead and collaborate, their opinions and perspectives matter, too. However, it is nearly impossible to get curious about what they are thinking if we are stuck in our own certainty. In this workshop led by Amy Rebecca Gay, you will learn a simple and time-tested tool to step out of our certainty and into a stance of curiosity where questions flow more easily, shifting the conversation into constructive and collaborative dialogue

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2019-11-19-difficult-conversations-curious


Career Possibilities: R&D/Application - AI, Digital Health, Devices
November 7, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

In the world of business, careers are no longer linear or predictable. What was once a clearly sign-posted path as you progressed through milestones, a career road map is now circuitous presenting new challenges and opportunities at every bend. Life-long careers in one sector or one company are becoming a rarity as new technologies and shifting social norms disrupt traditional careers. Both employers and employees are seeking more diversity of experience, lifestyle flexibility and alternative paths. This panel is designed to help you think about your career path and the different options that are open to you. The panel will have an informational interview type feel with panelists sharing their career paths, a look at what their job entails, transferrable skills for those looking to make a change, tips for uncovering opportunities, advice for others, and how to make brave leaps. Then you will get some small group time with the panelists during a few speed networking rounds. The panel portion will be moderated by Mary Ann O'Loughlin, Principal, Cambridge Consulting and Coaching.

Panelists Include

  • Anna Barnacka, Ph.D., CEO/Founder of MindMics
  • Annabella Jucius, Founder and President, Massachusetts Medical Consulting
  • Krista McGee, Head of Insights and Analytics, Takeda Data Sciences Institute
  • Virginia Parks, Director, Data Sciences Institute, Takeda
  • Alex Wiltschko, Senior Research Scientist at Google

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2019-11-07-Career-Possibilities-Devices-Networking 


How to Make Your Ideas Irresistible - SOLD OUT
October 30, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

At the heart of communications lies one seemingly elusive goal: how can we actually get people to love our ideas as much as we do? Thankfully, there’s a surprisingly simple answer, and it lies in how we come up with our ideas in the first place. Tamsen Webster spent 20 years making messages to move minds and markets and four years turning ideas into action as the Executive Producer of one of the largest TEDx events in the world. During this interactive session the audience will learn:

  • The three most common mistakes we make when communicating our ideas and what to do instead
  • The fastest way to overcome people’s natural resistance to change and how to use it in any format
  • The simple formula for making ideas irresistible  

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2019-10-30-communication-ideas-workshop


Interrupting Bias

October 24, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

Despite strides towards inclusion and equity in our society, messages abound about what it means to be of certain identities. We are socialized with these stereotypes all around us and these messages are so pervasive that despite our best intentions, we sometimes fall into biased behaviors and thinking, often unconsciously. In this workshop led by Chris Haigh, we will define bias, understand where it comes from, reflect on our own biases, and examine strategies for interrupting bias in ourselves and others. Come prepared to engage in self-reflection and in dialogue with your colleagues about an issue that truly affects us all.

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2019-10-24-hidden-bias-workshop


Break Free from Imposter Syndrome: Embrace Your Competent, Capable Self - SOLD OUT 
October 17, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

Why do so many individuals fear being exposed as a fraud? Why the self-doubt and self-devaluation? In this seminar led by Michelle Greer Galloway, you will learn: 

  • What neuroscience and psychology tell us about the prevalence of “imposter syndrome” and why it is more prevalent in high achievers
  • The costs of imposter syndrome on individuals and organizations
  • The relationship between competence and confidence and why both are needed to achieve full potential
  • Practical strategies that organizations and individuals can use to break out of “imposter syndrome”

More Information: https://www.westorg.org/2019-10-17-Imposter-Syndrome-Workshop


Career Possibilities - Research & Development - Biotech, Pharma, Medical
October 8, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

In the world of business, careers are no longer linear or predictable. What was once a clearly sign-posted path as you progressed through milestones, a career road map is now circuitous presenting new challenges and opportunities at every bend. Life-long careers in one sector or one company are becoming a rarity as new technologies and shifting social norms disrupt traditional careers. Both employers and employees are seeking more diversity of experience, lifestyle flexibility and alternative paths. This panel is designed to help you think about your career path and the different options that are open to you. The panel will have an informational interview type feel with panelists sharing their career paths, a look at what their job entails, transferrable skills for those looking to make a change, tips for uncovering opportunities, advice for others, and how to make brave leaps. Then you will get some small group time with the panelists during a few speed networking rounds. The panel portion will be moderated by Jo Viney, Co-Founder, President and CSO at Pandion Therapeutics.

Panelists include
Eleanor Howe, Founder and CEO at Diamond Age Data Science
Alicja Januszewicz, Head of People & Culture at Allena Pharmaceuticals

Audrey Molina, Consulting Safety Officer, Safety Partners
Jacqueline Schumacher, Vice President, Regulatory/Quality Assurance at Lyndra

Gloria Vigliani, Principal at Vigliani Consulting, LLC

More Information: https://www.westorg.org/2019-10-08-Career-Possibilities-Biotech-Networking


Your Career is Your Business. Own It!    SOLD OUT
September 5, 2019, 8:00 - 9:30 AM 
 

In our fast-paced, overstimulated world, it’s difficult to be purposeful and intentional about how we manage our careers. When we are not intentional, however, we rely on others to guide our careers, which may not align with our own values and goals. We may also have unrealistic expectations of the support others will provide.

While supportive managers and mentors are valuable resources, to maximize our success, we must empower ourselves to drive our own careers. In this interactive workshop led by Kim Meninger, you will learn how to:

  • Clarify your strengths, values and career direction
  • Leverage your strengths and expertise to lead from where you are
  • Develop a clear and actionable career plan
  • Build influential relationships that can help you achieve your goals
  • Advocate for yourself in preparation for new opportunities

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2019-09-05-strengths-career-path-workshop


The Two Most Powerful Skills to Becoming a Great Manager

Learn How to Delegate and Empower Your Team
August 21, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 PM 

Why is it so hard to delegate? What’s stopping you from letting go? Do you know the most frequent complaint people make about their managers? They’re micromanagers? Are you one? Are you struggling with a boss who is micromanaging you? Wouldn’t you like to change the situation? In this one-hour, interactive webinar you’ll:

  • Learn simple ways to test if you're micro-managing, and how to delegate more effectively and with less stress.
  • Explore the reasons people don’t delegate as much as they could.
  • Discuss misconceptions around delegating, such as “It’s easier and faster to do it myself”.
  • Brainstorm ways to make it easier to let go and trust your team.
  • Find ways to help a boss who is micromanaging you.
  • Discover the benefits to your career if you become a master delegator.
  • Learn how to empower and inspire your team.

You’ll emerge knowing how to delegate in a way that is aligned with your working style, and how to decrease your stress and increase your influence. 

More Information: https://www.westorg.org/2019-08-21-manager-delegate-webinar


You've Been Promoted to Manager: Where Do You Start?
Learn How to Manage Your Stress, and Navigate Your New Responsibilities
August 7, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 PM  

Have you recently been promoted to a managerial role and don’t know where to begin? Or, have you been in your role for a while, but frustrated that even though you’re working harder and longer, you’re still overwhelmed? We’ll take a look at some of the challenges all managers face. We’ll discuss ways you can harness your existing skills, to help you decrease your stress, and become more effective and happier in your job. You’ll discover ways you can begin today, to feel more confident in your role. In this one-hour interactive workshop led by Etta Jacobs, you’ll have the chance to ask questions, learn new skills, and  brainstorm solutions for some of the challenges you face. You’ll also:

  • Walk away with new ideas for managing your stress.
  • Learn a simple, effective way of resolving a conflict.
  • Discover how to focus on what you can control, as one way to decrease your stress.
  • Learn an easy technique to quiet your inner critic.
  • Gain tips to boost your resilience.
  • Explore ways to embrace the unknown, rather than fighting it.
  • Consider ways to manage your “mistakes”.
  • Discover that you have more influence and power than you think! 

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2019-08-07-manager-promotion-webinar


Emotional Intelligence as a Leadership Predictor

July 31, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM  

We are all familiar with IQ but what about the role of EQ, Emotional Intelligence, as a measure of potential leadership success and ultimately organizational performance? Emotional Intelligence requires effective communication between the rational and emotional centers of the brain – it represents the path between feeling and reason. There are 4 skills that together make up Emotional Intelligence; self awareness, self management, social awareness and relationship management. Studies have found:

 - EQ is a required competency for effective leaders
 - EQ is the #1 predictor of professional success & personal excellence
 - EQ affects organizational profitability and performance

This interactive session led by Rita Balian Allen will provide an overview of EQ and the role it can play in building a powerful leadership team and improving operational efficiency. It will include introduction of the brain science behind the theory of emotional intelligence, tips and strategies for developing required competencies, and the importance of building the business case for growing emotionally intelligent leaders.

More Information: https://www.westorg.org/2019-07-31-leadership-workshop


Annual Networking Night
July 24, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM  

WEST’s Annual Networking Night is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with like-minded STEM professionals. Participate in facilitated networking activities designed to engage you with the wonderful women in the WEST community. 

More Information: https://www.westorg.org/2019-07-24-networking-night


Women in Venture Panel Discussion - SOLD OUT 

July 16, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

Venture Capital is a critical component of the life science ecosystem. Yet, the challenge of accessing VC investment or building a career in venture for women remains a common topic in the industry. Boston is fortunate to have a growing number of women in venture across all stages of investments, investment areas and seniority. Please join us in a panel discussion with leading women investors as they discuss their own career paths and what it’s like to be an investor in the life sciences. 

Panelists Include:
 - Laura Brass, Managing Director, Novartis Venture Fund

 - Ann DeWitt, General Partner, The Engine
 - Karen Hong, Partner, Novo Ventures
 - Tiffany Yu, Senior Associate, Equality Asset Management

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2019-07-16-venture-capital-panel


Rockstar Breakfast and Networking - SOLD OUT
June 26, 2019, 8:00 - 9:00 AM 

Are you looking for an opportunity to network with senior women leaders? If so, this is THE event for you. Enjoy a light breakfast accompanied by lots of conversation with Charlotte Allerton, Senior Vice President and Head of Medicine Design at Pfizer and Joanne Kotz, Cofounder, President and CEO of Jnana Therapeutics. Registration is for WEST MEMBERS ONLY and will be limited to a maximum of 20 participants to ensure an intimate experience.

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2019-06-26-networking-breakfast


Building Your Company Culture and Developing Your People

June 20, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

Corporate Culture is a hot topic these days especially in our ever-changing world. As an employee, manager, or executive, have you ever asked yourself:

 Is my company’s culture something I can design or is it something that just happens?
 How I do ingrain learning and development into my culture?
 Is there a “right” culture for my company?
 Does my company's culture attract really great people to join?
 What should my role be in defining and influencing my corporate culture? Does my role as I progress into management?
 How can I influence and encourage diversity and inclusion at my company?
 Who “owns” corporate culture in my company?


There are many questions and maybe even more answers. To learn more and engage in the dialog, please join us for a provocative and lively panel discussion about "Building Your Company Culture and Developing Your People” moderated by Jo Viney, Co-Founder and CSO of Pandion Therapeutics. 

Panelists include:
 - Chesley M. Chen, g.Root Biomedical and Air Systems Technologies

 - Erin Deemer, Brimstone Consulting 
 - Theo Proukou, Rubius Therapeutics
 - Carol Yamartino, The Yamartino Group LLC 

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2019-06-20-company-culture-panel


How to Inspire, Advocate and Grow During Change
June 12, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

Change. It can be unexpected, feel pushed on us, or have consequences we wish were different. Yet, change presents an opportunity to thrive: To build your advocacy muscles, hone your strategic thinking, and stand up for what's right. During this interactive workshop led by Claudette Rowley, you'll learn a three-phase system for assessing, designing, and implementing your best responses to change. You'll leave with tools, strategies, and an initial plan for handling the next unexpected change you encounter. 

This workshop will be followed by a panel discussion with panelists sharing how they manage change. The panel will be moderated by Mary Ann O'Loughlin, Principal, Cambridge Coaching and Consulting. 

Panelists include:
 - Jennifer Cashton, Takeda Pharmaceuticals

 - Andrea Itano, Evelo
 - Mercedes Lobera, GlaxoSmithKline
 - Suzi Melotti, bluebird bio
 - Sarah Sheikh, Celgene

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2019-06-12-change-management-workshop


Finding your Voice Among all the Chatter

May 15, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

We all have an inner dialogue that can sabotage the best of intentions.  Just because we want to say something, doesn’t mean that we are able to. Sometimes our body does something different! Have you ever gone into a meeting determined to speak your mind or prepared to take a stand and when you have the chance, you feel like you can’t? We all have that internal chatter that speaks so loudly it takes over our voice sometimes. Oftentimes, that voice is the voice of other people from our past. Our mind can be very good at recalling instances when we were shut down or shamed paving the path for our body to repeat those patterns.

In this workshop, Andrea will share practices and strategies for you to take that step to speak your voice.  We will explore the historical and habitual patterns we have adopted that have shaped who we are and have the opportunity to reflect on our experience with fellow learners.

More Information: https://www.westorg.org/2019-05-15-finding-your-voice-workshop 


Career Book Club

May 22, July 17, September 18, November 20, 2019, and January 15, 2020, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

WEST is offering a book club for WEST members focusing on women's career advancement. We will have a meeting with a new book every other month. We would like participants to commit to four sessions to create a supportive community. We will have a facilitator for each discussion group who will have read the book, so even if you don't finish the whole book you should still attend and enjoy the conversation. We understand people get busy at certain times of the year and may not get to finish every book. The books were selected based on surveying the WEST community and include You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero, Being Strategic: Plan for Success; Out-think Your Competitors; Stay Ahead of Change by Erika Andersen, Grit by Angela Duckworth, Ditch Your Inner Critic At Work: Evidence-Based Strategies To Thrive In Your Career by Susan Peppercorn, and How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life by Joanna Barsh.

More Information: https://www.westorg.org/2019-west-career-book-club


Equity Compensation

April 24, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

Do you have any stock options? Do you know what restricted stock units are all about? Do you understand the tax implications of options, RSU’s, and vested stock? Do you want to understand how your equity compensation might (or might not!) help you build wealth? Equity compensation can be a confusing topic. To unravel some of the mysteries, please join Judi Reed, Financial Advisor, and Robert Peretti, Equity Compensation Specialist, of Morgan Stanley, for a workshop to discuss the basics and the nuances that could impact you financially. To understand equity compensation in a broader context, they will also discuss the importance of having a financial plan to help you achieve your personal goals as well as build wealth through your 401k plan and other investment vehicles.

More Information: https://www.westorg.org/2019-04-24-equity-compensation


Rockstar Breakfast
April 12, 2019, 8:00 - 9:00 AM 

Are you looking for an opportunity to network with senior women leaders? If so, this is THE event for you. Enjoy a light breakfast accompanied by lots of conversation with Sonia Israel, Founder of Aifred Health and Rosana Kapeller, Entrepreneur in Residence at GV. Registration is for WEST MEMBERS ONLY and will be limited to a maximum of 25 participants to ensure an intimate experience. 

More Information: https://www.westorg.org/2019-04-12-Networking-Breakfast


Managing Up

April 10, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

How can you effectively negotiate the relationship that has the most impact on your career, and still be yourself? How can you have power with your manager, being cooperative and expressive? Managing up is not about manipulation or capitulation. Rather it’s learning to influence with respect, and broaden your horizons to speculate about the pressures and demands which may be outside of your view. It’s about influencing diplomatically yet authentically. Being intentional about challenging a plan. How can you get what you need at the same time you’re focusing on what your manager needs? Led by Janet Britcher and Michèle Barnett Berg.

More Information: https://www.westorg.org/2019-04-10-managing-up-workshop


"Own It" Senior Panel Discussion
April 3, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

Join us for this flagship event to learn from seasoned senior leaders as they tell us about their inspiring journeys to success in the fast-paced world of science and technology. The topic will be our annual theme, "Own It! Empowering Your Career & Your Life." Hear advice they have for owning your career and taking charge of your future by exploiting your strengths with confidence and fine-tuning your skills to ask for what you want and need. Network with movers and shakers in the science and technology community and support career advancement of the next generation of women leaders in STEM!

More Information: https://www.westorg.org/2019-04-03-own-it-panel-cambridge


Both Sides of Negotiating Equal Pay

March 13, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

Sometimes you are the employee negotiating a new job, raise, or end of year bonus. Other times, you are the manager negotiating those same things on behalf of your employer. Regardless of your role, your actions impact the equality of the ultimate compensation decision. Both Sides of Negotiating Equal Pay with Katie Donovan teaches you how some of the best practices in hiring, promotion, and review processes prevent achieving pay equity, ironically by assuming equality already exists. More importantly this workshop will share what you can do in both roles to close gender and other pay gaps.

More Information: https://www.westorg.org/2019-03-13-negotiate-equal-pay-workshop


Seven Habits of Effective Networkers
March 11, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

WEST and The Society of Professional Consultants are partnering to bring you this engaging workshop. When you hear the word 'networking' do you think of an overly-aggressive person pitching you for a deal? You're not alone! Everyone knows that we get more done when we help others and have them help us. But how do you build that network with a sense of authenticity? In this talk, Diane Darling shares her go-to strategies that help everyone learn how to master the art of networking. You’ll gain a better sense of confidence on what events to attend, how to reconnect with someone you've lost touch with, and ways to stay top of mind. 

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2019-03-11-effective-networking-workshop


Get on Board: Inside the Board of Directors

February 7, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

If you would like to serve on a board, are already on a board, or work with a board, join us for Get on Board! The panelists are directors of both for-profit and nonprofit organization boards, and will address issues relating to service as directors, including the combinations of skills and experiences that boards are seeking, how to best position yourself for nonprofit or for-profit board candidacy, resources available to help you identify and take advantage of both paid and volunteer board opportunities, what it’s like to serve as a director on a board, and issues particular to women on boards.

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2019-02-07-board-of-directors-panel


How to Advocate for Yourself
January 30, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

We negotiate every day. At work we negotiate not just our jobs and salaries, but research priorities, budgets, staffing, deliverables and time tables. At home some of us negotiate child care pick up and drop off, who is making dinner and who stays home when the kids are sick. While men and women are equally skilled negotiators, women face some additional challenges. Not only were many of us not raised to advocate for our own interests, but we sometimes pay a social cost when we assert our needs and interests. With Amy Rebecca Gay, we’ll dive into what we negotiate, our beliefs around advocating for ourselves, how to mitigate others’ negative perceptions when we assert our interests and two tools for increasing our effectiveness. You will leave with a better understanding of what is getting in your way and what to do about it. 

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2019-01-30-negotiate-advocate-workshop


Own It: WEST Annual Awards and Networking Night
January 23, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

On January 23rd, WEST will host our annual Awards and Networking Night. This marquee event provides WEST an opportunity to look back on 2018 and look ahead to 2019. It also gives us a chance to thank and recognize the community that has contributed to making 2018 one of our most successful years ever. This year, we will honor members and sponsors of the WEST community who exemplify the spirit of WEST and our 2018-2019 theme: “Own It: Empowering Your Career & Your Life.” Many of our sponsors helped us to select awardees - individuals from their companies who advance women leaders, serve as exemplary leaders or role models, or those who give back to the community in meaningful ways. 

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2019-01-23-annual-awards-networking-cambridge


2018

 

Holiday Cocktail Party
December 11, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM 

WEST and Cooley invite you to a Holiday Cocktail Party for an evening of networking and festive food and drinks. Please join us to celebrate the holidays, connect with members, exchange ideas, learn about job openings and more. This event is free thanks to the generous sponsorship of Cooley.  

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2018-12-11-boston-networking-holiday-party


Redefining Success - Bring Your Values Alive at Work: Discover What Success Means to You!
December 5, 2018, 8:00 - 9:30 AM 

What does it mean to have it all? Whose definition of success is driving your career? Are you struggling to define what “Success means to me”? In this interactive workshop, we will use the principles of Appreciative Inquiry—a model of organizational change that focuses on your strengths and your values—to gain insights into what matters most to you in your career, and in your day-to-day experience.

You will gain clarity about what excites and energizes you. If you are not fully engaged in your current role, it may be because you are not tapping into all your strengths. We will explore ways to incorporate your strengths and your values more intentionally in your role. You will discover if your role is fully aligned with your values—and what shifts you can make—to reprioritize your goals to align with your values, and find deeper satisfaction and success in your career. 

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2018-12-05-strengths-success-values-career


Building a Team You Can Trust

November 15, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Do you struggle to get the results you want from your team? You hand over work, but you’re never sure it will be done the way you want it. You don’t want to micromanage, but you also don’t want work that’s not up to par. So, you end up taking it back and doing it yourself, until you are overworked and overwhelmed. Imagine how different your work life would be if you were part of a team you could trust — with your direct reports and your peers — where people were committed and productive, crushing deadlines and delivering promotion-worthy results. Imagine how much could be accomplished... In the workshop you'll learn: The 3 most important things you can do to build trust and reduce conflict on any team, why trying to do too much yourself is one of the WORST things you can do for your career, and what you can do instead, and how to easily increase your influence and authority without coming across as pushy or hyper-competitive. Focusing on the work where you add the most value can have an enormous impact on your career, and on your day-to-day satisfaction. In order to do that, you need a team you can trust.

More Information: https://www.westorg.org/2018-11-15-trust-team-workshop


To MBA or Not to MBA
November 13, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

At some point in your career, many people ask themselves: I’m succeeding in my STEM career but what’s next? Do I need an MBA to get to the next level? Could leveraging my STEM background by combining it with the in-demand skills of leadership and business be a game changer for my career? Decide for yourself by listening to the experiences of our four esteemed panelists – Some who have an MBA and others who do not – and learn which factors you should consider in this decision. 

More Information: https://www.westorg.org/2018-11-13-mba-or-not-boston


Interrupting Bias
October 23, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Despite strides towards inclusion and equity in our society, messages abound about what it means to be of certain identities. We are socialized with these stereotypes all around us and these messages are so pervasive that despite our best intentions, we sometimes fall into biased behaviors and thinking, often unconsciously. In this workshop led by Chris Haigh, we will define bias, understand where it comes from, reflect on our own biases, and examine strategies for interrupting bias in ourselves and others. Come prepared to engage in self-reflection and in dialogue with your colleagues about an issue that truly affects us all.

More Information: https://www.westorg.org/2018-10-23-hidden-bias-workshop


Career Paths and Working in Industry
October 16, 2018, 8:30 - 11:00 AM 

Biogen's WIN group is offering roundtable discussions with women from various areas of Biogen. They will be talking to female grad students and post-docs about their career paths and decision to work in industry. This event will be limited to the first 30 to register and sells out every year. 

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2018-10-16-career-paths


Networking Night
October 11, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM 

Bristol-Myers Squibb will soon be opening its new R&D site in Cambridge. They are inviting the WEST community to join them for a casual networking event to meet their leaders, learn more about the site, and learn about some of the skills and backgrounds they are looking for as they seek to build their Cambridge team.  

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2018-10-11-biotech-pharma-networking


How to Advocate for Yourself
October 3, 2018, 5:00 - 8:00 PM

We negotiate every day. At work we negotiate not just our jobs and salaries, but research priorities, budgets, staffing, deliverables and time tables. At home some of us negotiate child care pick up and drop off, who is making dinner and who stays home when the kids are sick. While men and women are equally skilled negotiators, women face some additional challenges. Not only were many of us not raised to advocate for our own interests, but we sometimes pay a social cost when we assert our needs and interests. With Amy Gay, we’ll dive into what we negotiate, our beliefs around advocating for ourselves, how to mitigate others’ negative perceptions when we assert our interests and two tools for increasing our effectiveness. You will leave with a better understanding of what is getting in your way and what to do about it. 

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2018-10-03-negotiate-advocate-workshop


Successful Communication: How to Build Your Skill in Handling Challenging Conversations
October 2, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Do you notice a sense of discomfort or even dread when you know you have a difficult conversation that needs to happen? Do you leave these conversations feeling less than resolved or understood, or question whether anything will change as a result? In this workshop led by Sue Williamson, you will bring your own challenging conversation and work with it using a model, specific steps, and practice in effectively preparing for and engaging in your conversation. We will talk about the ladder of inference and the power of assumptions and then use a 5 step process to prepare for any challenging conversation. Come join us and build skill and confidence in your abilities to be successful communicators in often emotional scenarios. 

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2018-10-02-difficult-conversations-workshop


Improving the Quality and Impact of our Conversations through Conversational Intelligence™

September 20, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

We have long thought of communication as a soft skill and given it little attention. Yet it, more than anything else, is the cause of problems and the source of solutions in our businesses and in our lives. Everything happens through conversations. Conversational Intelligence (C-IQ) provides frameworks and tools, based on neuroscience, that elevate the quality of our conversations and our results by creating the conditions for increased trust, creativity and collaboration. In this interactive session led by Cindy Loughran, participants will gain a basic understanding of Conversational Intelligence. They will become familiar with neuroscientific research on conversations and why it matters, identify two core human needs that impact the effectiveness of our conversations, and gain specific tools that increase the impact of conversations in order to build trust and encourage greater creativity and collaboration.

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2018-09-20-conversational-intelligence-workshop


No Title? No Problem! Influencing Without Authority
September 13, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

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 led by Ank Stuyfzand, 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. 

More Information: https://www.westorg.org/2018-09-13-influence-without-authority-workshop


Developing Presence

August 1, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 P

Today's leaders need more than a great resume, they need Presence - the ability to connect, inspire and influence others at all levels. In this 90-minute workshop led by Angie O'Donnell, we'll describe three elements of Presence that apply to everyone, regardless of your role, that can easily be learned and refined. You'll leave with some tips and techniques for creating a positive first impression, enhancing your verbal presence, and being intentional about connecting with others. Learn to make a memorable connection without self-promoting.  

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2018-08-01-developing-presence 


Annual Networking Night 
July 31, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM 

WEST’s Annual Networking Night is great opportunity to meet and mingle with like-minded STEM professionals. Participate in facilitated networking activities designed to engage you with the wonderful women in the WEST community. 

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2018-07-31-networking-night 


Leadership Strategies to Advance Your Career 
July 25, 2018, 8:00 - 9:30 AM

Sandra Glucksmann, President & CEO at Cedilla Therapeutics, will share stories of her career challenges and successes. She will discuss how to best apply your scientific and analytical abilities to develop influence and negotiation skills. Sandra will share her learning experiences as she transitioned from bench scientist to manager, and from manager to executive in both small and large company settings. 

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2018-07-25-leadership-strategies-advance-stem-career


LinkedIn & Networking: Your Reputation Precedes You
June 27, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

With increasing recruitment and professional networking activity online, we are often not aware when we make our first impression on someone new. For this reason, it is critical to be engaged and well-connected - to optimize our online presence and to make the most of the tools available. In this workshop led by Ryan Higginson-Scott, we will focus on effective utilization of LinkedIn, as well as review how marketing principles like search engine optimization (SEO) and brand differentiation apply to job seekers, influencers, and even passive industry professionals. Discussion topics will include tips for creating a strong online presence & LinkedIn profile, as well as your Google results, and the strategy around consistency in networking - both online and in-person.

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2018-06-27-linkedin-networking-boston-workshop


Career Coaching Circles
June 20, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

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.

More Informationhttps://www.westorg.org/2018-06-20-peer-coaching-groups


Career Management for Today's Work Environment
June 13, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

The world of work is dramatically changing; the impacts of globalization and technology, for example, have led to a shift in the paradigm defining our careers. Effective career management accounts for this reality and requires an understanding of your own interests, values, skills as well as your options. While organizations can lend support and resources, it is largely up to each of us to own and be intentional about the development of our careers. This workshop will give you the opportunity to take stock of your career preferences, motives, drivers and interests through an online assessment you will take prior to the workshop. During our time together you will receive your individual assessment results and explore the implications for your career with a supportive group of peers. You will leave with energy, ideas to implement and a roadmap for next steps in managing your career.

More Informationhttp://www.westorg.org/2018-06-13-Career-Workshop-Women-Cambridge 


Leadership and Women of the Future Awards and Panel Discussion

Jun 12, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

Our exposure to great role models and sponsors can substantially influence how our careers grow and develop. Please join us for an evening to honor inspirational established women leaders who have made their mark. Hear these established leaders describe the secrets to their own success, and learn more about the attributes that they are seeing exemplified in outstanding women from the next generation. Be inspired, network, get good tips, and celebrate the career advancement of all levels women in STEM! 

More Informationhttp://www.westorg.org/2018-06-12-leadership-women-awards


Career Possibilities and Speed Networking Night
June 6, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

Do you want to define your value proposition, explore career possibilities, and be inspired by people who have used their science and technical training to advance their careers in different directions? Join us for WEST’s Annual Career Possibilities Event. The evening will start with facilitated networking, so you can meet the other attendees and panelists. This will be followed by a panel discussion to learn more about each panelist and their key lessons learned. Then you will have the opportunity to break into small groups and talk with the different panelists.  

More Informationhttp://www.westorg.org/2018-06-06-stem-career-possibilities-networking


Providing Impactful Feedback Up, Down, and Across
May 23, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Join Executive Communication Coach and Trainer, Tori Hollingworth, for a highly interactive session designed to provide participants with tools and techniques to increase credibility, improve interpersonal effectiveness and strengthen messaging when interacting in a performance review, delivering feedback to senior management, initiating behavior change and providing updates to direct reports, colleagues and/or organizational leaders. The goal of this session is to increase each participant’s comfort and effectiveness when delivering feedback within all levels of their organization. The skills learned will be relevant in a variety of settings whether face-to- face, virtually or in small groups. This coaching experience will help speakers identify their areas of communication need, strengthen their feedback communication through practice, establish building trust and maintaining relationships, and refine their interpersonal style. There will be multiple opportunities for practice with feedback from both the participants and the coach.

More Informationhttp://www.westorg.org/2018-05-23-impactful-feedback-workshop


Book Club
July 18, September 19, and November 14, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

WEST is offering a book club for WEST members focusing on women's career advancement. We will have a meeting with a new book every other month. We would like participants to commit to four sessions to create a supportive community. We will have a facilitator for each discussion group who will have read the book, so those who do not finish the whole book should still feel comfortable attending and joining in the conversation. We understand people get busy at certain times of the year and may not get to finish every book. We have selected the books based on member suggestions. 

More Information: https://www.westorg.org/2018-west-career-book-club 


Patent and Trademark Considerations for Start-Ups 

May 14, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

This workshop will include presentations by Elizabeth Spar and Lisa Tittemore, partners at the Intellectual Property firm of Sunstein, Kann, Murphy and Timbers, LLP. The workshop will address strategies for using patents and trademarks for competitive advantage, including building and managing a valuable patent portfolio, aligning patent strategy to deal with competitors, and the importance of searching and protecting trademarks, with attention on specific considerations for start-up companies.

More Informationhttp://www.westorg.org/2018-05-14-Patent-Trademark-Start-Up-Workshop


Rockstar Breakfast 

May 8, 2018, 8:00 - 9:00 AM 

Are you looking for an opportunity to network with local senior tech leaders? If so, this is THE event for you. Enjoy a light breakfast accompanied by lots of conversation with Larry Friedman, Tim Mugherini, and Sabine Schilg. Registration is for WEST MEMBERS ONLY and will be limited to a maximum of 20 participants to ensure an intimate experience. 

More Informationhttp://www.westorg.org/2018-05-08-networking-breakfast  


How to Present Technical Information so People Will Understand, Care, and Remember
April 26, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

How well can you explain complex science and technology concepts to people outside your field of expertise? If you work in biotech, pharma, or engineering, you’ve learned your presentations need more than snazzy slides and polished prose to keep your audience engaged. If you want to capture and keep an audience’s attention, you need to explain your technical topic in an uncomplicated way. In this session, you’ll learn a proven process to structure your technical talk so your audience understands, cares, and remembers. You'll also get access to a planning worksheet you can use to make your presentations memorable and understandable.

More Informationhttp://www.westorg.org/2018-04-26-Communicating-Technical-Information 


How Does a Start-Up Embrace Open Innovation with a Large Corporation
April 23, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Senior STEM leaders from organizations ranging from incubator to startup to large corporations will share their perspectives on the topic of open innovation and how they help their company embrace it. Key discussion points will include methods for encouraging entrepreneurial concepts, approaches for launching new companies, and how a start-up can adopt open innovation including when/how they start working with larger corporations. Learn what works well and what pitfalls to avoid. Take advantage of this event to meet and network with the movers and shakers in the local STEM ecosystem. 

Panelists

 - Ena Cratsenburg, Chief Business Officer at Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc.
 - Monika Lessl, Vice President, Head of Corporate Innovation and R&D at Bayer AG
 - Dr. Elizabeth O'Day, CEO and Founder of Olaris Therapeutics
 - Maggie O’Toole, Vice President, Operations, LabCentral, Inc.
 - Steven Robinette, Principal at Atlas Venture

More Information: http://www.westorg.org/2018-04-23-Startup-Open-Innovation


Innovation and Entrepreneurship Senior Panel Discussion - SOLD OUT
April 11, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

Join us for this flagship event to learn from seasoned senior leaders as they tell us about their inspiring journeys to success in the fast-paced world of science and technology. Hear what it takes to be truly innovative and entrepreneurial in a variety of highly competitive environments where collaboration and teamwork is essential. Network with movers and shakers in the science and technology community and support career advancement of the next generation of women leaders in STEM! The discussion will be moderated by Jo Viney, Co-Founder and CSO of Pandion Therapeutics. Panelists include: Adelene Perkins, Chair, President, and CEO, Infinity Pharmaceuticals; Ros Deegan, President and CBO, Bicycle Therapeutics, Inc.; Alan Crane, Entrepreneur Partner, Polaris Partners; Meredith Fisher, Partner, Partners Innovation Fund; Danielle Lauzon, Partner, Goodwin Law LLP; and Kristina Allikmets, VP, Head of R&D Patient Outreach & PD, Takeda 

More Informationhttp://www.westorg.org/2018-04-11-Innovation-Entrepreneurship-Panel


Rockstar Breakfast 
April 5, 2018, 8:00 - 9:00 AM

Are you looking for an opportunity to network with senior women leaders? If so, this is THE event for you. Enjoy a light breakfast accompanied by lots of conversation with Sheila Rowan, Katie, and Mariana Nacht. Registration is for WEST MEMBERS ONLY and will be limited to a maximum of 25 participants to ensure an intimate experience. 

More Informationhttp://www.westorg.org/2018-04-05-Networking-Breakfast


One or the Other: How Balancing Polarities Improves Work for Individuals, Teams, and Organizations
March 29, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Every day, all of us as individuals, teams, and organizations are faced with managing and reconciling between a series of polarities—two seemingly opposing values. Examples include work/life, activity/rest, intuition/facts, stability/change, mission/profit, team needs/individual needs, centralized/decentralized. Polarities can complement each other when approached in a balanced way, but too often we fall into the trap of thinking about them as either/or instead of both/and. We go to extremes like working 20 hours a day for weeks on end, or looking only to data to determine a decision while ignoring intuition or other less concrete factors. In this workshop with Etta Jacobs and Beth Shapiro, we’ll explore a model for balancing polarities. Using real examples from your own work, you’ll learn how to identify the “early warning signs” that you are leaning too far to one side, as well as action steps that can enable you and your team to optimize and balance your thinking and your work.

More Informationhttp://www.westorg.org/2018-03-29-work-life-balance-workshop-for-women-in-stem 


Intersection of Computing and Biotech Panel Discussion - SOLD OUT
March 22, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Listen to the inspiring journeys of successful women and men leaders in science as they talk about their pathways to success. Highlights will include details on their career paths, obstacles they overcame, things that helped them along the way, and tips and strategies that can also work for you. This is a great opportunity for you to meet and network with the movers and shakers in the local science ecosystem.

More Information: http://www.westorg.org/2018-03-22-computing-biotech-panel


Coaching Circles
March 6, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

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 Advancing in Your Career, Influence Without Authority/ Conflict Resolution, Communication/ Building Better Relationships, Personal Branding, Confidence, and Work/Life Balance.

More Informationhttp://www.westorg.org/2018-03-06-peer-coaching-groups


Zoom Leadership: Change Your Focus. Change Your Insights
February 15, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Your boss rushes in and says, “I need this issue solved by tomorrow.” What happens? Often we freeze, trying to decide what to do with all the other requests that are due. Stress reduces creative problem solving. Or, if you can relax enough to plan next steps, you might even have too many possible ways you address the issue. 

Decisions decisions. They are a part of every day. Wouldn’t it be great to have a tool that could open up new ideas and also narrow them down? Janet Britcher, author of Zoom Leadership: Change Your Focus, Change Your Insights, will be presenting techniques that can help when evaluating decisions, such as promotion opportunities. 

More Information: http://www.westorg.org/2018-02-15-tools-for-decision-making-workshop


Negotiating Your Compensation Package: Financial Strategies for Professional Transitions 
February 7, 2018

Are you planning a career change? Thinking of jumping to a competitor? Has a recruiter contacted you about a new job opportunity? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will need to have a strategy in place to negotiate the best possible compensation package for yourself. Unfortunately, research has shown that women are far less likely to negotiate for higher pay, which may be contributing to the gender pay gap. In this program, financial advisor Beata Dragovics provides an overview of the current compensation landscape within the life sciences industry, along with key considerations before changing jobs. Among the topics to be discussed:

  • How knowing the value of your current pay and benefits can help you negotiate compensation with a potential new employer
  • Understanding the value of your current stock options and the financial impact if you leave your current employer
  • The rules that govern equity compensation, including vesting and taxes
  • Deciding what to do with your current retirement plan benefits if you switch to a new employer

More Information: http://www.westorg.org/2018-02-07-wealth-management-negotiation-workshop


10th Annual Giving Back Awards - SOLD OUT
January 25, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Meet the extraordinary and inspiring women being honored and hear the stories of how they have made a profound impact on society. The honorees are role models who balance job and personal responsibilities while making a difference in their community. Join us to congratulate them, be inspired, network, and support the career advancement of women in the enterprise of science and technology! 

More Information: http://www.westorg.org/2018-01-25-10th-annual-giving-back-awards


Rockstar Breakfast with Cissy Young - SOLD OUT
January 24, 2018, 7:30 - 9:00 AM

Headed toward senior leadership in your career trajectory? Thinking about joining a Board? This is a great breakfast for you. Cissy Young of Russell Reynolds will share her leadership learnings and experience. She will speak about talent selection for executive positions and for Board positions. Registration is for WEST MEMBERS ONLY and will be limited to a maximum of 30 participants to ensure an intimate experience. 

More Information: http://www.westorg.org/2018-01-24-networking-breakfast


Tools for Leading Ourselves -- In Life & In Our Career
January 16, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

There are many principles and tools to help us lead ourselves better. Scott Stolze will cover his 12 principles we can use to become better leaders of ourselves. Those principles involve learning, emotional Intelligence, authenticity, not living up or down to others, persistence, thinking for yourself, choosing courage over confidence, life ‘systems’ over goals, being accountable, mental strength, gratitude over expectations, and living in a growth mindset vs. fixed mindset. The workshop will cover all of these topics and really dive into emotional intelligence and developing your skills in self awareness, self regulation, empathy, and social skills along with not living up, not living down, not comparing, not envy, and not put yourself down. 

More Information: http://www.westorg.org/2018-01-16-leading-yourself-workshop


Leading Highly Productive, Engaged Remote Teams
January 10, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Leading people has its challenges under the best of circumstances. When you lead dispersed teams, the challenges are magnified ten-fold. Geographic distance is just one of the many hurdles to overcome. Traditional leadership methods don’t work in this new workplace. Building trust among team members, creating respectful relationships that transcend distance and allowing for higher levels of personal autonomy are critical. Leaders must change their approach and developing innovative skills to successfully lead. In this session, participants will learn practical techniques for building effective team cohesion, engagement, cooperation and resilience from Mari Anne Snow. Participants will practice remote work techniques for establishing trusted relationships; creating and communicating a shared team vision; developing clear communication protocols and building team autonomy that incorporates individual accountability.  

More Informationhttp://www.westorg.org/2018-01-10-leading-remote-teams-workshop


 2017

  

Strategies for Juggling the Complex Role of Manager
December 12, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

Consider this; managing the work, managing and developing your people, firefighting, subject matter expert, key communicator, and improving process are just some of the roles that you play in your job as a manager. Does it sometimes feel overwhelming? In this workshop with Sue Williamson, we will explore the complexities of these demands and strategies for more effectively flexing from one arena to the next. Using an experiential exercise as a platform, we will cover managing up, down and across, effective delegation, streamlining communications, and time and energy management structures and tips - all in the interest of giving you more core hour work time to do your most value add work!

More Infohttp://www.westorg.org/2017-12-12-management-skills-workshop


Career Advice You Won't Get From Your Boss
December 4, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

In today’s working world, where job ladders are a thing of the past, people need to take charge and strategically manage their career path. But self-directing your own career development can feel overwhelming. Do you want to deploy more of your professional passion in your current organization but can’t quite overcome barriers? Are you feeling stuck in your life or job? How can you take advantage of today’s uncertainty and ambiguity to jumpstart your own career changes? 

In this interactive and inspiring session with author Lisa Prior, founder of Prior Consulting and author of Take Charge of Your VIEW: Career Advice You Won’t Get From Your Boss, you’ll learn the secrets to creating win-win growth opportunities for yourself and your organization. Through a fireside chat and guided experiences you will leave with one idea and one concrete practice, something you can do often, to take charge of your career and create work that you love.

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2017-12-04-take-charge-of-your-view


Operational Excellence and digital collaboration: How digital business collaboration supports individual, team and organizational excellence
November 16, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

In this workshop with Iris Stammberger, you will explore how an operational excellence framework is easier to implement when you have the ability to use digital business collaboration tools. They help monitor, report and control the information needed for improved collaboration and communication at work making visible what needs to be done to align all involved in the pursuit of operational excellence. We will explore the pros and cons of 7 digital collaboration IT tools that can contribute to help your team in the pursuit of operational excellence.

More Infohttp://www.westorg.org/2017-11-16-operational-excellence-3


Facilitated Networking Night

November 14, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

WEST and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals are partnering to offer a great opportunity to meet and mingle with like-minded STEM professionals. Participate in facilitated networking activities designed to engage you with the local science and technology community. 

More Infohttp://www.westorg.org/2017-11-14-networking


Developing Presence

November 8, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Today's leaders need more than a great resume, they need Presence - the ability to connect, inspire and influence others at all levels. In this 90-minute workshop, Angie O'Donnell will describe three elements of Presence that apply to everyone, regardless of your role, that can easily be learned and refined. You'll leave with some tips and techniques for creating a positive first impression, enhancing your verbal presence, and being intentional about connecting with others. Learn to make a memorable connection without self-promoting.  

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2017-11-08-developing-presence


Breakfast with Rockstars
October 26, 2017, 7:30 - 9:00 AM

Are you looking for an opportunity to network and hobnob with local senior women leaders? If so, this is THE event for you. Enjoy a light breakfast accompanied by lots of conversation with Yvonne Greenstreet and Laurie Keating. They will share learnings from women in the C-suite and serving on Boards.

More Infohttp://www.westorg.org/2017-10-26-breakfast


Leading with Mindfulness: Strategies for Stress Resilience in Business Environment
October 25, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

This hands on, interactive session led by Sarah Stuart, CEO and top mindfulness instructor at Really Mindful Group, is equally appropriate for beginners to mindfulness-based resilience strategies and for experienced practitioners. Participants will come away with a clear understanding of what mindfulness is, the breadth of scientific research supporting it and how various techniques can be used to help navigate and lead through change and stress. The workshop will include several short, guided mindfulness practices and interactive exercises that can be used at work and in everyday life. Participants will leave the session with simple, clear take aways that they can start to experiment with in the laboratory of their lives the moment they leave the session.

The workshop will be followed by a panel discussion with senior leaders sharing how they put mindfulness skills into practice.

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2017-10-25-mindfulness


Towards Operational Excellence: Selecting the areas that will deliver the biggest payouts and motivate your team.
October 19, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Is your team operating at its best? Do you have a systematic way of evaluating progress towards goals and removing the various impediments your team faces? Is your team delivering the best service or product quality at the right cost? The concept of operational excellence is a guiding philosophy which requires teams and organizations strive to achieve excellence in all aspects of its operations, adding value at every step. It offers a series of tools and methods that can help efficiency, effectiveness, and adaptability. It makes visible key performance indicators and what needs to be done to support performance.

Sometimes implementing an operational excellence framework clash with people's resistance to change behaviors. A good strategy to support behavioral changes in your team is to start small, i.e. choosing a visible but smaller challenge where positive results will serve to showcase the benefits of implementing an operational excellence framework. In this workshop, you will learn a step by step methodology to carve out of a complex situation the real project that will deliver visible results and help your team embrace an operational excellence framework.

More Infohttp://www.westorg.org/2017-10-19-operational-excellence-2


Career Paths and Working in Industry
October 18, 2017, 8:30 - 11:00 AM

This event has reached capacity and we will no longer be taking registrations.

Biogen's WIN group is offering roundtable discussions with women from various areas of Biogen.  They will be talking to female grad students and post-docs about their career paths and decision to work in industry.  This event will be limited to the first 30 to register.

More Infohttp://www.westorg.org/2017-10-18-career-paths


The Financial Highs and Lows of Entrepreneurship for Women Panel Discussion
October 17, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

In May, WEST & Ellevate joined together with a handful of female entrepreneurs to share perspectives and experiences starting a new company and leveraging skills (i.e. finance, technology & marketing) to assist others with an entrepreneurial endeavor.  Now, the two networking organizations are partnering for a follow-up conversation in which entrepreneurs will share insights into the financial successes and challenges of starting and scaling a business. 

Topics to include:

  • Preparing yourself to take the financial risk to start a business

  • Resources available to fund or support the start-up of a business

  • Resources available to grow and scale your business 

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2017-10-17-entrepreneurship-panel


Navigating Your Career Goals when Your Boss Works Elsewhere
October 11, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Technology and globalization have changed how teams work together. Gone are the days when everyone sits in the same location within sight of each other. Remote work, virtual teams and flexible work arrangements have enable teams from different geographies to come together in new and innovative ways. As an ambitious professional, this provides challenges when your boss and/or colleagues are situated elsewhere. How do you advance your career path? How do you make decision-makers aware of your professional value so you can advance in your organization? How do you navigate difficult conversations when misunderstandings occur? How do you create a visible, influential presence when you aren’t in the room? This session is designed to provide the participants with practical proven skills for positively elevating their professional visibility for career advancement. During the session participants will practice remote work techniques for effectively communicating their professional value; establishing a strong professional reputation and developing/maintaining critical stakeholder relationships over distance. In addition, participants will learn techniques for setting appropriate boundaries with key stakeholders for greater personal/professional health and satisfaction.


Operational Excellence for Team Performance: The tools and methods of operational excellence
September 14, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Is your team operating at its best? Do you have a systematic way of evaluating progress towards goals and removing the various impediments your team faces? Is your team delivering the best service or product quality at the right cost? The concept of operational excellence is a guiding philosophy which requires teams and organizations strive to achieve excellence in all aspects of its operations, adding value at every step. It offers a series of tools and methods that can help efficiency, effectiveness, and adaptability. It makes visible key performance indicators and what needs to be done to support performance. You will learn about various operational excellence frameworks and how you can create and implement your own using proven techniques and methods. Specifically, you will leave with 10 tools to make your team more effective that you can start using immediately after this workshop led by Iris Stammberger. 

More Infohttp://www.westorg.org/2017-09-14-operational-excellence-1


Breakfast with Rockstars
September 13, 2017, 8:00 - 9:00 AM 

Are you looking for an opportunity to network and hobnob with local senior women leaders? If so, this is THE event for you. Enjoy a light breakfast accompanied by lots of conversation with Deb Vernon and Sandra Glucksmann. Registration is for WEST MEMBERS ONLY and will be limited to a maximum of 20 participants to ensure an intimate experience. 

More Infohttp://www.westorg.org/2017-09-13-breakfast


Expand the Lean-In Conversation with Jill Ebstein
August 9, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Have you ever sat around with your friends and colleagues and discussed "Lean in"? Do you feel the conversation needs to be expanded to include those who aren't going on the autobahn full speed ahead?  If so, then you will enjoy an evening with Jill Ebstein, author of At My Pace: Ordinary Women Tell Their Extraordinary Stories. Jill spoke with 36 women, ranging from their 30s to their 80s, who were going at a different pace.  The stories these women share are short and packed with punch.  Just like cover indicates, the goal is blue sky and open roads. This book helps us understand how women went from discovering their way to celebrating their choices, what they learned along the way and the new 3 Rs that can help guide us.

More Infohttp://www.westorg.org/2017-08-09-at-my-pace


Breakfast with Rockstars
July 27, 2017, 8:00 - 9:00 AM

Are you looking for an opportunity to network and hobnob with local senior leaders? If so, this is THE event for you. Enjoy a light breakfast accompanied by lots of conversation with Emily Reichert, CEO of Greentown Labs and Chesley Chen, CEO of Safety Partners, Inc. Registration is for WEST MEMBERS ONLY and will be limited to a maximum of 20 participants to ensure an intimate experience. 

More Infohttp://www.westorg.org/2017-07-27-breakfast


Annual Networking Night
July 12, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

WEST’s Annual Networking Night is great opportunity to meet and mingle with like-minded STEM professionals. Participate in facilitated networking activities designed to engage you with the wonderful women in the WEST community. 

More Infohttp://www.westorg.org/2017-07-12-networking-night


Annual Leadership and Women of the Future Awards
June 28, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Our exposure to great role models and sponsors can substantially influence how our careers grow and develop. Please join us for an evening to honor three inspirational established women leaders who have made their mark, and to recognize and celebrate outstanding women from the next generation. Be inspired, network, and support the career advancement of women in science and technology!

Leadership Awardees

Karen Anderson, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
Rosana Kapeller, CSO at Nimbus Therapeutics
Sabine Schilg, VP Customer Success & Renewals at Carbonite, Inc
Kazumi Shiosaki, Managing Director at MPM Capital

More Infohttp://www.westorg.org/2017-06-28-women-of-the-future


Successful Communication - How to Build Your Skill in Handling Challenging Conversations

June 27, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

Do you notice a sense of discomfort or even dread when you know you have a difficult conversation that needs to happen? Do you leave these conversations feeling less than resolved or understood, or question whether anything will change as a result? In this workshop you will bring your own challenging conversation and work with it using a model, specific steps, and practice in effectively preparing for and engaging in your conversation. We will talk about the ladder of inference and the power of assumptions and then use a 5 step process to prepare for any challenging conversation. Come join Sue Williamson and build skill and confidence in your abilities to be successful communicators in often emotional scenarios.

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2017-06-27-challenging-conversations


Advanced Communication Coaching - Networking to Business & Public Presentations
June 13, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

“You can improve your value by 50 percent just by learning communication skills--public speaking:” – Warren Buffett

Every business leader agrees on the importance of communications. Improve yours.

Join us to develop your communications skills. Learn all the important aspects of developing, practicing, delivering, and self-evaluating your presentations. Too many call their slides “The Presentation”. Many even build slide decks, filling in various details and data before focusing on the audience, what you want the audience to do, and what you want them to remember. The solution is easy; it will save you time, and raise your stature, but it’s not for the faint of heart because you can’t read your PowerPoint slides. It will give you the opportunity to have your audience leave the room thinking, if not saying, “Wow, that was good”.Tom Kennedy will cover

 - Preparation
      - Audience, Result, Message
           - It’s about them, not you.
           - You have to know what you want them to do.
           - Know your message in a sentence or two.
      - Introduction/Conclusion the bookends of your presentation.
      - Main themes, no more than three.
 - Rehearsal
      - Yes you have to, and the more important the talk the more important the rehearsal.

      - Evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses, we all have them.
      - How to use video.
 - Delivery
      - Dealing with adrenalin and nervousness.
      - Q&A and other audience involvement.
      - Evaluation for future improvement.

Participants will be video taped giving a short presentation, which they will receive feedback on.

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2017-06-13-presentation-skills


Everyone Communicates, Few Connect – Communicating and Leading for Results
June 6, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

When we have an idea, the first thing we do is communicate it. When we need help from others, the first thing we do is ask. There is a step between our idea and desires and communicating them. That missing link is connection. Ever wonder why some people seem to move forward in their careers while others seem stuck? Why no one seems to think your great idea will work? Why your team members don't seem to be paying attention? Why your team is not inspired and engaged? It is because people aren't connecting when they communicate and lead. Everyone talks, but talk is cheap and only yields limited results. Communication goes beyond techniques, body language, tone of voice and other mechanical methods. Learn the strategies from Kemi Sorinmade to grow into a leader that can connect with others so that you can communicate in a way that gets your message across, inspires action from others and helps you achieve better results.

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2017-06-06-communication


Entrepreneurship: Building teams and bridging the gap between technology, finance, and marketing
May 31, 2017, 12:10 - 2:00 PM

Come join us for a combined WEST/Ellevate panel event, “Entrepreneurship: building teams and bridging the gap between technology, finance, and marketing.” This talented and experienced panel of women will discuss their perspectives and experiences as it relates to starting a new company or leveraging their skills to assist others with an entrepreneurial endeavor. Come hear the stories of this experienced panel and engage in discussion to learn how they got involved in start-up companies and how you might explore this world. 

Panel members:

 - Jill Balis, Chief Marketing Officer, The Grommet
 - Monica Gauba, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, EventHues
 - Felicia Jadczak and Rachel Murray, Co-founders, She Geeks Out
 - Erica Zahka, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Own The Boardroom 

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2017-05-31-entrepreneurship


A Roadmap for Women Leaders to Be Bold: Strategies and Techniques to Rise Off The Sticky Floor
May 23, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Leadership expert, Rebecca Shambaugh will present a roadmap for achieving greater gender equality that includes action items for the organization, the leadership, and for women. She will share her perspective and experiences on what are the institutional and personal implications of today’s gender transformations, and what can we learn from their ongoing successes and failures. Rebecca will also present her compelling vision that reinforces why this is the time for women to take the lead – to bring about the change that is needed. She will inspire women to be bold and tap into their natural strengths, style, and thinking to help organizations grow and maintain their competitive advantage in the years ahead. Rebecca will provide her company’s research and relevant stories of how she and her organization have coached hundreds of women off the ‘sticky floors’ of organizational resistance.  Sticky floors are self-limiting beliefs, assumptions, and behaviors that unknowingly sabotage women’s confidence and ability to achieve their career goals and aspirations. Some of these sticky floors include, perfectionism, not having strategic and supportive relationships, shying away from having difficult conversations, failure to speak up and gain the credibility they deserve, or not asking for what they want. Attendees will walk away with a greater awareness of their sticky floors along with a practical toolkit for exploring new avenues that will open up doors and create pathways for bolstering their confidence and reaching their greatest potential.

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2017-05-23-women-leaders


Tips for Maximizing the Value of Your Compensation and Benefits Package
May 18, 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 PM 

In today’s competitive market for talent, many employers are offering attractive compensation and benefits packages. In addition to salary, bonus, and equity compensation, “softer” benefits like expanded maternity leave, flexible schedules, and wellness programs are becoming more common.

In this program, financial advisor Beata Dragovics provides tips to help ensure you take full advantage of your employee compensation and benefits. This includes:

  • Maximizing contributions to your retirement savings plan, which may include a company matching contribution
  • Allocating assets within your retirement plan to deliver the right mix of growth potential and risk management
  • Taking full advantage of equity compensation benefits, such as stock options, restricted stock units, employee stock purchase plans, and deferred compensation.
  • Choosing the right health insurance plan or health savings account for your particular circumstances
  • Ensuring that your compensation, retirement plans, and other benefits all work together as part of a cohesive financial plan

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2017-05-18-wealth-management


Key Leadership Skills for Success in the Technological World
May 17, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Listen to the inspiring journeys of successful senior women and men in science and technology as they talk about their pathways to success. Highlights will include details on their paths, obstacles they overcame, things that helped them along the way, and tips and strategies that can also work for you. This is a great opportunity for you to network with the movers and shakers in the science and technology community and support the career advancement of women in STEM! 

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2017-05-17-Success-Panel


Breakfast with Rockstars
May 4, 2017, 8:00 - 9:00 AM

Are you looking for an opportunity to network and hobnob with local senior women leaders? If so, this is THE event for you. Enjoy a light breakfast accompanied by lots of conversation with Meredith Fisher, Partner at the Partners Innovation Fund and Jo Viney, Co-founder and CSO at a new startup biotech company. Registration is for WEST MEMBERS ONLY and will be limited to a maximum of 20 participants to ensure an intimate experience. 

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2017-05-04-breakfast


The Choice is Yours: Tools for Transforming Your Career and Life
April 12, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

  • Have you ever felt like you held yourself back at work out of fear of "looking bad" or "failing" or even sounding "too entitled" for something?
  • Did you ever choose not to speak up at a meeting with an interesting thought for fear that you might sound 'stupid'?
  • Did you ever choose to pass on applying for an internal job opportunity for fear that others didn't see you as qualified for the role?

All of these are examples of not living fully in your power. 

Kimberly Napier, Certified Life and Executive Coach, will reveal how the power of choice can be transformative in creating an empowered life and career – a life based on your terms.

Through real-life examples, up to date research, mindful techniques and practical exercises, you will begin to recognize and bypass what holds you back. You will begin the process of trusting yourself and your own knowledge to make choices that serve YOU– no more waiting for permission or seeking approval from others.

  • Learn how you can unconsciously give your power away and fall victim to your circumstances and self-doubt.
  • Discover the three things that hold you back the most from having what you really want.
  • Become more resilient and rise above emotional triggers to reclaim control in any situation.
  • Walk away empowered with pragmatic tools that enable you to own your contributions and successes.

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2017-04-12-choice


Overcoming the Two Biggest Impediments for Successfully Working Globally
April 4, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

The fact of globalization affects all of us, daily. This is especially true for men and women working in science and technology, two of the economic engines of the 21st century economy. Companies operate globally, drawing on the talent and innovative thinking particular to a country or region. If there ever was an ‘age of ideas’, we’re living it!

Progress, however, is often stalled, or, worse, halted, because the human element of technological advances hasn’t as yet caught up. Collaborating with colleagues who have experienced the world differently as they grew up or whose professional lenses see a problem differently than us often causes conflict. When we work virtually, as we often do in global project teams, as one example, we find it difficult to establish trust with our co-workers. Social distance is increased as there are no opportunities to ‘chat around the watercooler’ or have lunch together in the canteen. 

How do we cope with difference and learn to respond, with cultural and emotional intelligence, rather than ‘react’ to what we perceive are threats?

This interactive workshop with Marion Estienne, Ph.D. focuses on two such impediments to successful collaboration: functional and cultural differences. We will explore function by considering thinking preferences and how they determine different styles of decision-making, communication, and leadership. We will then look at some cultural components which directly impair trust between and among people from different countries. Finally, once we understand the origins of the potential for conflict, we will look at some tools and techniques which can help us be more successful when dealing with difference. 

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2017-04-04-working-globally


Lunch, Laugh, and Bust the Bad Moms Myth
March 30, 2017, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Women have been told for so long what a “good mom” is that many of us believe it, on some level, deep down, even though we know there are multiple ways to be an effective parent. We live with lingering guilt for not being that "traditional mom" and sometimes make decisions based on those beliefs and biases, rather than reason. Come join us to learn from, collaborate with, be inspired by, support, and be enlightened by the “Bad Moms.”

Jodi Detjen, co-author of The Orange Line: A Woman’s Guide to Integrating Career, Life and Family, will present the findings of her research on work-life balance. Jodi is a professor of management at Suffolk University since 1999. She conducts workshops, talks and consults on the principles from the book in her firm Orange Grove Consulting. Jodi has been helping organizations develop their leaders for over 25 years. She teaches, consults and writes in areas of leadership development, systemic and organization change management, and how women can realize their power.

After Jodi’s interactive presentation, we will open up to a roundtable discussion where we share our stories of how we broke the mold and effectively parented despite being “Bad Moms,” in a judgment-free zone.

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2017-03-30-bad-mom-myth


Negotiating Your Compensation Package: Financial Strategies for Professional Transitions
March 23, 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 PM
 

Are you planning a career change? Thinking of jumping to a competitor? Has a recruiter contacted you about a new job opportunity? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will need to have a strategy in place to negotiate the best possible compensation package for yourself. 

Unfortunately, research has shown that women are far less likely to negotiate for higher pay, which may be contributing to the gender pay gap. In this program, financial advisor Beata Dragovics provides an overview of the current compensation landscape within the life sciences industry, along with key considerations before changing jobs. Among the topics to be discussed:

  • How knowing the value of your current pay and benefits can help you negotiate compensation with a potential new employer
  • Understanding the value of your current stock options and the financial impact if you leave your current employer
  • The rules that govern equity compensation, including vesting and taxes
  • Deciding what to do with your current retirement plan benefits if you switch to a new employer

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2017-03-23-wealth-management


Career Possibilities and Speed Networking Night
March 20, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM  

Do you want to define your value proposition, explore career possibilities, and be inspired by people who have used their science and technical training to advance their careers in different directions? Join us for WEST’s Annual Career Possibilities Event. The evening will start with facilitated networking, so you can meet the other attendees and panelists. This will be followed by a panel discussion to learn more about each panelist and their key lessons learned. Then you will have the opportunity to break into small groups and talk with the different panelists.  

The 3 Keys to Achieving Your Unique Definition of Success for More Prosperity, Joy, and Ease
March 8, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

Are you a leader, expert, educator, consultant, or other creative professional who delivers services based on your knowledge and know-how? Can you remember the last time you didn’t feel overwhelmed, exhausted or depleted? Can you recall a recent time when you were not multi-tasking? How often do you wish you could clone yourself or find another hour in the day?

You have a mere 168 hours to live each week. You always have more to do than time available. So you spend your precious energy doing, doing, and doing even more, trying to be a responsible parent, friend and community member, while also succeeding at work.

Despite all this doing you feel powerless to stop the crushing deluge of obligations and responsibilities. You often feel drained, frustrated, loathe to admit you can’t do it all, and resentful for feeling like you have to.

If this description resonates with you, you are not alone. Many talented women are underperforming as a result of their valiant attempts to outperform. Debra gives you the 3 keys you must have to change all this. With her proven formula, you can prosper with joy and ease.

Throughout this talk, Debra Woog teaches you to strengthen your communications (both intrapersonal and interpersonal) and celebrate your enoughness rather than chase accomplishments that feel less than profoundly meaningful. You learn to achieve the goals aligned with your unique definition of success and support others to achieve theirs.

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2017-03-08-success


Learning How to be an Effective Negotiator
February 8, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM  

Negotiation skills are required of all professionals. In fact, you use these skills in many phases of both your work and personal life. This session will focus on negotiation strategies to help you achieve better outcomes. We will discuss how to effectively prepare for a negotiation, think on your feet and deal with conflict. This session will be an interactive discussion with Lisa Haddad and exercises to hone your negotiation skills. 

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2017-02-08-negotiation


9th Annual Giving Back Awards

January 25, 2017, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Meet the extraordinary and inspiring women being honored and hear the stories of how they have made a profound impact on society. The honorees are role models who balance job and personal responsibilities while making a difference in their community. Join us to congratulate them, be inspired, network, and support the career advancement of women in the enterprise of science and technology! 

Local companies in STEM nominated the women we will be celebrating this year. We received a large number of applications and will recognize many amazing women. We will also honor WEST volunteers and supporters whose dedication and outreach efforts have helped us reach our strategic goals.

Appetizers, wine, and dessert will be served.

Whether shopping for your family, friends, home, or office, there is something for everyone at this year's Silent Auction Fundraiser – a plethora of wonderful and interesting items and services for sale from generous donors around the region! Proceeds will benefit our WEST mission, programs, and operations – to provide high quality and affordable educational content and development opportunities (workshops/events) for all women in STEM careers.

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2017-01-25-9th-annual-giving-back-awards


Tips for Incorporating Equity Compensation into Your Overall Financial Plan
January 19, 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Today, more women are advancing to senior positions within the life sciences industry. Along with added responsibilities, senior executives usually receive stock options or other forms of equity compensation as part of their compensation packages.

In this program, financial advisor Beata Dragovics provides an overview of the various forms of equity compensation, along with current compensation trends within the life sciences industry. Attendees will learn how to optimize their equity compensation packages, with a particular focus on managing concentrated wealth. Other topics include the tax ramifications of exercising stock options, along with tactics for treating equity compensation as a vital piece of your overall financial plan.

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2017-01-19-wealth-management


Swipe right.. into your DREAM Career!!

January 11, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

If your resume was a dating profile, would you hire yourself compared to all the others? Developing your resume and interview skills are crucial to your future career success. An interview is a blind date where you only get one chance to show why you are a perfect match. Are you putting enough time and effort into preparing for the big interview date? This presentation and workshop will focus on these two key factors and incorporating how to be yourself and exactly what the hiring company needs. Areas of focus will include: formatting your resume, addressing career transitions, applying for the right position, connecting with your interviewer, and confidently navigating the interview process.

You will not land an epic job without epic preparation. Eva Quinn has reviewed over 3000 resumes this year and looks forward to sharing 10 years of hiring management experience with you. 

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2017-01-11-resume-interview


 

 

2016

 

Career Possibilities and Speed Networking Night
December 7, 2016, 6:00 - 8:30 PM  

Do you want to define your value proposition, explore career possibilities, and be inspired by people who have used their science and technical training to advance their careers in different directions? Join us for WEST’s Annual Career Possibilities Event. The evening will start with facilitated networking, so you can meet the other attendees and panelists. This will be followed by a panel discussion to learn more about each panelist and their key lessons learned. Then you will have the opportunity to break into small groups and talk with the different panelists.   

Panelists include:
 - Matt Casey, Associate Director of Career Management, Suffolk University

 - Stephanie Liva, Ph.D., J.D., Senior Director, Legal Affairs, VL40
 - Jennifer Reilly, Vice President, Operations, Safety Partners
 - Gregory Sieczkiewicz, Ph.D., J.D., Chief IP Counsel, MPM Capita

 - Pam Stetkiewicz, Ph.D., Vice President of Project and Alliance Management, Editas Medicine
 - Karen Stein, Founder and CEO of Marketing Matters
 - Valerie Sullivan, Former President, inVentiv Patient Access Solutions
 - Amanda Yarnell, Editorial Director, Chemistry and Engineering News

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2016-12-07-career-possibilities


Pathways to Leadership Success: Working Towards Gender Balance
November 14, 2016, 6:00 - 8:45 PM  

Join us for an exciting evening of discussion between senior men and women from diverse sectors of science and technology. These eminent leaders will describe their personal journey to success, and will share their thoughts on progress to closing the gender gap. 

This event, cohosted by WEST, Xconomy, and Biogen, promises to be a great opportunity to network with movers and shakers in the science and technology communities whilst supporting career advancement for women.

Panelists: 
 - Sangeeta Bhatia, Professor, MIT
 - Bruce Booth, Partner, Atlas Venture
 - Sophie Vandebroek, CTO, Xerox

Moderators:
 - Bob Buderi, CEO, Xconomy
 - Jo Viney, SVP, Biogen

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2016-11-14-Panel

 

Team Leadership - Developing, Mentoring and Coaching Your Team
November 10, 2016, 6:00 - 8:30 PM  

Leadership skills and competencies are required of most professionals at all levels in today's competitive marketplace. The ability to bring out talent in others and unleash their utmost potential is what great leaders do. The focus of this discussion will include practices, principles and behaviors that result in effective team leadership creating an environment of trust and ultimately collaboration. This will be an interactive dialogue where participants will be introduced to methodologies that are valuable aspects of team leadership including developmental coaching, mentoring and action planning. This workshop will be lead by Rita Balian Allen.

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2016-11-10-leadership

 

Making Financial Decision with a Purpose: How to make smart, value based decisions with your money
October 26, 2016, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Please come and join us for this financial planning presentation with a twist. We will have an interactive session about how to align your personal values with your financial goals. For those who desire to be the best they can be in the various roles they have in life, living in alignment is critical. Living in alignment is about aligning one’s “real" behaviors with one’s “ideal" values. It is both as simple and as difficult as that! By recognizing what values are truly most important to us we can determine the role they may or may not be playing in decision making regarding our finances. When you begin with this step, you can make all your financial decisions “with a purpose.” Adopting this approach, your comprehensive financial plan will be based on desired long-term goals and will not be affected by short term noise.Once our session is complete you will have detailed information needed to make informed decisions and to create a financial planning checklist that can help you stay on track with your finances. This workshop will be led by Beata Dragovics.

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2016-10-26-financial-planning

 

Power in the Middle: How to Make the Most of being a Middle Manager
October 13, 2016, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Life in the middle isn't easy. It's pressure from above and stress from below. It's doing the job while also making sure other people do the job. It's managing without management training, leading without executive coaching, and successfully implementing strategy without enough information about the bigger picture. Yet more than anyone else, the middle manager is responsible for getting the organization's day-to-day work done. In American organizations, middle managers directly supervise nearly 80% of the workforce. They are the ones who engage, motivate, and direct all the programmers, engineers, bench scientists, customer service reps, equipment operators, administrative staff, paralegals, clerks, designers, tech support people, analysts, line workers, line supervisors--everyone who is responsible for carrying out strategy on the ground. If all these people are going to be consistently high performers, their managers have to know how to help them get there.

In this interactive workshop with Beth Shapiro and Etta Jacobs, we’ll explore how to lead from the middle: communication skills, relationship building strategies, and behaviors that help you have influence. You’ll come away with specific tools you can put to use right away to be more effective and impactful at work. 

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2016-10-13-management

 

Making Work Visible: How to Turn Great Strategy into Great Performance
October 6, 2016, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Improve your team's and organizational capabilities to deliver on targets by increasing transparency, accountability and commitment to change! At the “Making Work Visible”, seminar you will learn proven workable tools to give visibility to processes and interdependencies, the knowledge to adjust them to serve your teams' unique needs, and a step-by-step research-based strategy execution methodology. This is a highly interactive experience focused on helping organizations deliver on targets by tailoring their own set of proven visual artifacts. Using examples from different industries (healthcare, manufacturing, military operations, business decision-making, etc.) you will learn about the principles that make them effective. Then you will discuss how to tailor some of these visual artifacts to your unique needs. You will leave with action items that will improve your organization.

Making work visible through the use of visual aids has demonstrated to help improve organizational performance and support the implementation of new initiatives. Well designed business performance dashboards, checklists, tasks boards, decision-logs, and other visual aids or artifacts, suggest what to do, increase the likelihood of insights, and minimize the possibility of faulty decision- making. They are precise and prescriptive because they organize information, communication, thinking and action. They minimize the impact of faulty memory, unread emails, misunderstood conversations, cluttered memos, personal quirks, parallel agendas, and attention overload. When integrated as part of a comprehensive methodology for decision-making in complex work, they help increase efficiency, effectiveness, and adaptability. They are a powerful tool for strategy execution that executive teams can use and then scale to the rest of the organization.  This workshop will be led by Iris Stammberger.

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2016-10-06-making-work-visible

 

Pathway to Success Senior Panel Discussion
September 22, 2016, 6:00 - 8:45 PM

Listen to the inspiring journeys of successful senior women and men in science and technology as they talk about their pathways to success. Highlights will include details on their paths, obstacles they overcame, things that helped them along the way, and tips and strategies that can also work for you. This is a great opportunity for you to network with the movers and shakers in the science and technology community and support the career advancement of women in STEM!

Panelists include:
- Ketki Karanam, Co-founder & Head of Science at The Sync Project; Senior Associate at PureTech Ventures
- Joseph Lehar, Head, Computational Biology, verily (formerly Google Life Sciences)

- Laurence Reid, Chief Executive Officer, Warp Drive Bio, LLC
- Danielle Sheer, Vice President and General Counsel, Carbonite
- Paula Soteropoulos, President & CEO, Akcea Therapeutics

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2016-09-22-pathway-to-success

 

Influence Without Authority Workshop & Panel Discussion 
September 21, 2016, 5:15 - 8:15 PM

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. This workshop will be led by Gwen Acton.

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

 

Leadership Strategies to Advance Your Career
September 7, 2016, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Sandra Glucksmann, WEST Board Chair and COO at Editas Medicine, will share stories of her career challenges and success. She will discuss how to best apply your scientific and analytical abilities to develop influence and negotiation skills. Sandra will share her learning experiences as she transitioned from bench scientist to manager, and from manager to executive in both small and large company settings.  

She will touch on the following topics:

- Understanding the difference between leadership and management
- Leadership Abilities and Competencies
- Leadership Styles
- Female Leadership Styles
- Practical Tools for Leadership (communication, negotiation, leading effective teams, influence)

- Leading Technical Individuals
- Reaching Your Full Potential as a Leader

More Info: http://www.westorg.org/2016-09-07-leadership

 

ANNUAL NETWORKING NIGHT WITH CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION AND UNDERSTANDING
July 21, 2016, 6:00-8:30 PM

WEST’s Annual Networking Night is great opportunity to meet and mingle with like-minded STEM professionals. Participate in facilitated networking activities designed to engage you with the wonderful women in the WEST community. Members of WEST come from a wide variety of countries and cultures. Come and celebrate our rich diversity, learn more about cross-cultural communication, and enjoy facilitated networking under the guidance of Principal of GTL Coaching & Consulting and WEST Board Member, Ali Farquhar.

ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS: ENGAGING THEM WITH DATA AND YOUR LISTENING SKILLS
July 13, 2016

From your first interviews to leading an organization your communication skills are a, if not the, key to your success. One of the most popular WEST workshops - Tom Kennedy and Beth Masterman will cover all the important aspects of developing, practicing, delivering, and self-evaluating, your most important communications, from meetings to large conferences and video. Additionally, the level 1-3 listening skills which will enable you to stay focused, especially on your audience, or key audiences, to insure success. 

You will learn message focus, dealing with your nervousness, how to prepare for interviews, how to present “up” in your organization, and how to turn down the noise and really understand what the other person or audience is saying. 

Listening is a skill and only half of the communication equation. In conversations both parties speak and both parties listen. How you listen, what you say, how you say it, and when you say it impact whether your message hits its target and whether you get the results you seek. It all starts with listening.

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