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2019-2020 Annual Theme: Be Fearless, Be Brave

Be Fearless! Be Brave! WEST's 2019-2020 annual theme empowers you to own and advance your career with confidence and professionalism. To enable this, WEST is committed to creating learning opportunities through a multitude of panel discussions, workshops and more, as well as by facilitating networking with fearless and bold leaders in STEM. WEST's events are designed to encourage you to take charge and be brave as you embrace change, expand and leverage your network, set challenging goals, and advocate for yourself.

Oct 17

Break Free from Imposter Syndrome: Embrace Your Competent, Capable Self
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”

LocationCooley, 500 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
Cost: $5 for members; $15 for non-members

Register  Add to Calendar 10/17/2019 05:45 PM 10/17/2019 8:00 PM America/New_York Break Free from Imposter Syndrome: Embrace Your Competent, Capable Self Why do so many individuals fear being exposed as a fraud? Why the self-doubt and self-devaluation? In this seminar, 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” Cooley, 500 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Oct 24

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.

Locationbluebird bio, 60 Binney Street, 10th Floor, Aviary Room, Cambridge, MA 02142
Cost: $15 for members; $40 for non-members

Register  Add to Calendar 10/24/2019 06:00 PM 10/24/2019 8:30 PM America/New_York Interrupting Bias 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. bluebird bio, 60 Binney Street, 10th Floor, Aviary Room, Cambridge, MA 02142

Oct 30

How to Make Your Ideas Irresistible
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  

Location: Vertex, 50 Northern Avenue, 9th Floor, Boston, MA
Cost: $15 for members; $40 for non-members

Register  Add to Calendar 10/30/2019 06:00 PM 10/30/2019 8:30 PM America/New_York How to Make Your Ideas Irresistible 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 Vertex, 50 Northern Avenue, 9th Floor, Boston, MA

nov 19

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, 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.

LocationBroad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142
Cost: $15 for members; $40 for non-members

Register  Add to Calendar 11/19/2019 06:00 PM 11/19/2019 8:30 PM America/New_York Wait. What? Or How to Get Curious When Someone is Clearly Wrong 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, 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. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

Apr 9

Save the Date: Annual Awards Night
April 9, 2020, 6:00 - 8:30 PM