Upcoming Events

2023-2024 Annual Theme: Empower, Amplify, Advance

In a world where the interpretations of the rights and opportunities of many demographic groups, particularly women, are constantly up for debate and are ever-changing, we can and must work for consistent progress. The only way that women will see consistent progress in their opportunity to excel in previously male dominated professions, like the STEM industries, is if we make the constant effort to amplify the voices of women and their allies. These strong voices push for the empowerment of women to fulfill their full potential in any and all fields of study and work. These voices shout from the rooftops that women deserve a seat at the table, every table. Only when women are given the opportunity to excel in anything they are passionate about, will true advancement be possible. WEST’s 2023-2024 Annual Theme speaks to the necessity of amplifying the voices that will support the empowerment of women and the advancement of women’s STEM careers around the world.

 

july12

Women in Leadership Bootcamp
July 12, 2024, 11:00 AM-4:45 PM ET 

Nucleate and WEST are hosting a virtual Women in Leadership Bootcamp. This event include several hours of workshops and talks from leaders in the life sciences on the topics of leadership styles, building confidence, and effective team dynamics and management. Attendance is limited.

Location: Zoom

CostMembers: $20; Priority registration currently open to WEST members only

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july16

Piloting Your Way Through Chaos: How to Achieve Career Success Amidst Organizational Turbulence
July 16, 2024, 6:00-7:30 PM ET 

Managing your career (and your sanity) is a challenge in the best of times, and messy workplace dynamics only make it more difficult. Join us for an engaging panel discussion featuring seasoned leaders who endured workplace challenges and emerged professionally and personally stronger. From navigating bankruptcies to succeeding amidst acquisitions and reorganizations, our panelists have steered their careers through challenging times. Their insights and advice will help you safeguard your career trajectory and preserve your sanity during times of uncertainty. Reserve your spot today and embark on the path to career resilience and success.

Location: LabCentral, 700 Main Street, North, Cambridge, MA 02139

CostMembers: $15; Non-Members: $30 - light dinner included

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july18

The Mirrored Door: Break Through the Hidden Barrier That Locks Successful Women in Place- Session 1
July 18, 2024, 6:00-7:30 PM ET 

In this book club series, we will meet during four (virtual) sessions to navigate and discuss the three sections of Taaffe’s book and conclude the series with a session with the author herself. While it is advisable to read each section of the book prior to the sessions, you will benefit from participating even if you have not read the full section we are discussing. This is a no-judgment book club! Come, learn, and share what you know from your own experience.

Facilitated by WEST Advisory Board members, and executive coaches Etta Jacobs and Tammy Gooler Loeb, each session will be highly interactive and friendly! Optional exercises and activities to do in between sessions to support your goals and interests will be offered.

Session 1 - Break Open: How We See Ourselves

We will identify the well-intentioned norms we learned earlier and unpack the socialization that supposedly prepared us for our careers, yet may have also created expectations that did not align well with the workplace cultures we landed in. Some of these experiences may have seeded doubts and held us back professionally or left us feeling unsure how to move forward. We will explore and discuss ways to untangle our expectations to see the strategies for moving our goals forward.

Location: Zoom

Cost: Members: $5; Non-Members: $15

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jul30

Career Possibilities Panel & Speed Networking: Drug Discovery
July 30, 2024, 6:00-7:30 PM ET 

In the world of science, 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. This panel will include subject matter experts in drug discovery teams including experts in: biology/pharmacology, chemistry, drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, translational development, and toxicology. The panel discussion will be moderated by Siennah Greenfield, Scientist II- Drug Metabolism, Pharmacokinetics and Modeling at Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

Location: Zoom

CostFree to all
Thanks to our series sponsor:

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aug1

The Mirrored Door: Break Through the Hidden Barrier That Locks Successful Women in Place- Session 2
August 1, 2024, 6:00-7:30 PM ET 

In this book club series, we will meet during four (virtual) sessions to navigate and discuss the three sections of Taaffe’s book and conclude the series with a session with the author herself. While it is advisable to read each section of the book prior to the sessions, you will benefit from participating even if you have not read the full section we are discussing. This is a no-judgment book club! Come, learn, and share what you know from your own experience.

Facilitated by WEST Advisory Board members, and executive coaches Etta Jacobs and Tammy Gooler Loeb, each session will be highly interactive and friendly! Optional exercises and activities to do in between sessions to support your goals and interests will be offered.

Session 2 - Break Away: Relearning Success Strategies

We will focus on five strategies for success that can, at times, unintentionally sideline us. Our discussion will explore the ways in which we can use these strategies to work for us vs. against us. Ellen Taaffe calls these the five perils of success:

  • Preparing to perfection
  • Eagerly pleasing
  • Fitting the mold
  • Working pedal to the metal
  • Performing patiently

We will examine how these strategies might have served us earlier in our careers, and how they can become limiting behaviors as we advance. Then we will explore different skills and new approaches that can serve our goals to grow as leaders.

Location: Zoom

CostMembers: $5; Non-Members: $15

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Aug8

Networking for Introverts: How to Effectively Connect
August 8, 2024, 6:00-8:00 PM ET 

Networking and connecting effectively are pivotal for professional growth. While some find it intuitive, it can be daunting for introverts who feel drained from vs energized by social interactions. Attempting to adopt extroverted strategies often exacerbates discomfort and even causes some people to dread the idea of networking. To support their networking endeavors, WEST is offering this event tailored to  introverts with practical tools and strategies, fostering authentic and confident connections.

All are welcome to attend 'Networking for Introverts: How to Connect Effectively' to explore a refreshing approach to networking. In addition to insights from our panelists, introverts who've navigated networking hurdles, attendees will engage in interactive games, facilitated discussions, and open networking sessions. Our goal is to provide a supportive environment where introverts can thrive and connect with authenticity and confidence.

Panelists include

  • Jahna Soomer James, Senior Associate Scientist, Mersana Therapeutics
  • Rashmi Korke-Kshirsagar, Senior Vice President, Technical Development and CMC Strategy, Be Biopharma
  • Pallavi Srivastava, CEO, The Wellbeing Ways LLC and an Executive Coach
  • Jo Viney, Ph.D., Co-founder and CEO, Seismic Therapeutic
  • Leah Cole, Director, Immunology, Sanofi Pasteur, Moderator
LocationBe Biopharma, Inc., One Kendall Sq, Bldg 200, 3rd Floor, Be Bio Café, Cambridge, MA 02139

CostMembers: $15; Non-Members: $30 - light dinner provided by WEST

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Aug22

The Mirrored Door: Break Through the Hidden Barrier That Locks Successful Women in Place- Session 3
August 22, 2024, 6:00-7:30 PM ET 

In this book club series, we will meet during four (virtual) sessions to navigate and discuss the three sections of Taaffe’s book and conclude the series with a session with the author herself. While it is advisable to read each section of the book prior to the sessions, you will benefit from participating even if you have not read the full section we are discussing. This is a no-judgment book club! Come, learn, and share what you know from your own experience.

Facilitated by WEST Advisory Board members, and executive coaches Etta Jacobs and Tammy Gooler Loeb, each session will be highly interactive and friendly! Optional exercises and activities to do in between sessions to support your goals and interests will be offered.

Session 3 - Break Through: To the Gifts Across the Threshold

We will step through the mirrored door into our growth with grit and gravitas. As we develop the awareness of our fears, and challenges, we will step forward to apply the strategies we learned, with greater courage and confidence. Most of all, we will have strengthened our sense of community and common language throughout this series, to support one another as we each take steps to carry ourselves in ways that align with our interests, values, and goals.

Location: Zoom

Cost: Members: $5; Non-Members: $15

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sept12

WEST Mentoring Program
September - December 2024

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

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

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

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

LocationZoom

Cost$100; Open to WEST Members Only

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sept25

Career Possibilities Panel & Speed Networking: AI & Computational Science
September 25, 2024, 6:00-7:30 PM ET 

In the world of science, 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. 

Location: Zoom

CostFree to all
Thanks to our series sponsor:

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oct9

WoW - WEST on Wednesdays Networking
October 9, 2024, 5:30-7:30 PM ET 

The WoW - WEST on Wednesdays Networking series has become one of our most popular! These events are great opportunities to network with other STEM professionals while enjoying drinks and appetizers. 

LocationFoley & Lardner LLP, 111 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02199

CostMembers: $0; Non-Members: $10

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Oct16

Building Relationship Capital
October 16, 2024, 6:00-7:30 PM ET 

Building a professional network is more than just asking people to connect on LinkedIn or trading business cards at an event. It is about building relationships over time that lead to mutual benefit. Learn how to build your “relationship capital” through a variety of active and passive strategies that ensure your name stays top of mind so opportunities flow your way. This workshop will be lead by Ingrid Goldbloom Bloch.

  • Learn 10 tips for building relationship capital at every stage of your career
  • Learn how to stay "top of mind" within your network so opportunities flow your way
    Learn “give to get” strategies to strengthen any professional relationship
  • Learn how to priorities your networking activities for maximum return 
Location: Zoom

CostMembers: $5; Non-Members: $15

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Oct24

Rockstar Breakfast
October 24, 2024, 9:00-10:00 AM ET 

If you would love to learn about industry achievements and experiences first-hand from some of the most respected leaders in their fields, you won't want to miss this event WEST's Rockstar Breakfast. Join us for an intimate event where the panel of leading women in venture capital will share their roles, career journey, professional achievements, lessons learned, inspirations, advice, and more. The panel will feature Sarah Gheuens, Chief Medical Officer & Head of R&D at Agios Pharmaceuticals. Registration for this event is limited to maintain an intimate, engaging environment.

Location: Agios Pharmaceuticals, 64 Sidney St., Heliopolis Conference Room, Cambridge, MA 02139

CostMembers: $5; This event is open to members only.

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nov4

LinkedIn For Personal Branding: How to Stand Out in a Crowded Market
November 4, 2024, 6:00-7:30 PM ET 

In today's technology-driven age, your LinkedIn presence holds immense power as the primary digital impression you make on potential clients, hiring managers, partners, and colleagues. LinkedIn offers the opportunity to craft a powerful profile, foster meaningful engagement within your network, and harness the potential of an amazing content platform to enhance your visibility and credibility. Discover how to navigate the impact of artificial intelligence while staying true to your personal authenticity. 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Join author Sandra Long in this enlightening presentation as she guides you through the art of leveraging LinkedIn authentically to elevate your personal brand and forge a path to success in your career or business. 

Learn and be inspired to:
• Elevate your brand presence and strategic network.
• Position yourself for referrals and new career and business opportunities.
• Demonstrate your expertise and authenticity using LinkedIn’s newest profile and content sharing
capabilities.

Location: Lab Central, 700 Main St., Lobby, Cambridge, MA 02139

CostMembers: $15; Non-Members: $25 - light dinner included

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