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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

Jun 4

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.

Cost: $5 for members, $15 for non-members


Jun 16

Virtual Gathering & Managing Your Network Panel Discussion
June 16, 2020, 4:00 - 5:30 PM 

Underpinning Your Career Platform with A Robust, Reliable Network.

Your networks, both internal and external, formal and informal, are important foundations to create 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 we need a strong network to support us with comfort, advice, information, mentorship and connections. How do you create those important relationships that will serve you in the short and long term.

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)

Location: Zoom
Cost: $5 for members, $10 for non-members


Jun 17

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!

Cost: $5 for members, $15 for non-members


Jun 23

Securing Public Speaking Opportunities
June 23, 2020, 4:00 - 5:00 PM 

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.

Cost: $5 for members, $15 for non-members


Jul 14

Rockstar Breakfast and Networking - SOLD OUT
July 14, 2020, 8:00 - 9:00 AM 

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 25 participants to ensure an intimate experience.

Cost: $5 for members


Jul 15

How to be Unafraid to Shine in Your Spotlight -
July 15, 2020, 12:00 - 1:15 PM 

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.  

Cost: $5 for members, $15 for non-members


jul 21

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

Location: Zoom
Cost: $5 for members, $15 for non-members


jul 28

Mindset Mastery: How to Gain Clarity and Create the Career You Want
July 28, 2020 12:00 - 1:00 PM 

Based on 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 learn this in order 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. 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.

Location: Zoom
Cost: $5 for members, $15 for non-members


sep 24

Women and Wealth: Setting Your Course to a Strong Financial Future
September 24, 2020, 6:00 - 7:00 PM 

Women are a powerful economic force, controlling nearly 40%--or $11.2 trillion—of all investable assets in the U.S. as primary decision-makers. They also represent almost half of the entire U.S. professional workforce. However, women face unique financial challenges and the many roles they play—business owner, scientist, technologist, mother, sister—influence the many financial obligations they have for themselves and their families. But true wealth is about more than just a woman’s money. It’s about a woman’s life and the things she values most as well as the relationships, interests and goals that bring her joy. Putting all these elements at the heart of a woman’s long-term wealth management strategy helps ensure that she will achieve the financial future that she envisions. Please join us for an informative seminar designed to help you identify and prioritize your objectives, and then begin to build a personalized plan that helps maximize your probability of achieving the goals you have for yourself and your loved ones, however life unfolds.

Presenters included:

  • Alicia Andre, CFA, Senior Vice President, Family Wealth Director and Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, NMLS #1489623     
  • Lindsay Pazdan, CFP, Associate Vice President and Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, NMLS #1498369

Location: Zoom
Cost: $0 for members; $5 for non-members


To learn more about any workshop leaders listed, please visit http://www.westorg.org/content-experts-and-workshop-leaders