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2022-2023 Annual Theme: Strong Women, Strong Science, Strong World

In a world that has been shaken, paused, and isolated over the past two years, WEST’s annual theme of “Strong Women, Strong Science, Strong World,” is a tribute to the inspirational people, stories, and accomplishments that have inspired and sustained us during these challenging times. We look to the strong voices of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields to foster a thriving global STEM community. We also applaud the support of our allies in this community whose voices rise above conflict to strengthen the shaken communities around the world. We want to shine a light on the development, engineering, and production of medications, vaccines, and technologies that have allowed our world to emerge from a global pandemic stronger than before. WEST is here to amplify women’s voices, encourage, inspire, and connect them to harness their power and foster a thriving global STEM community that will strengthen the world we live in.

SeP13

Making the Most of Your Next Transition
September 13, 2022, 6:15-7:15 PM ET 

Are you ready to make a move? Is there something more you would like to explore? Join author and seasoned business executive Linda Rossetti for an interactive discussion about making the most of your next transition. Linda has spent the last decade researching how adults make personal and professional changes. She will share highlights from her research on the key success factors for making meaningful changes in our lives. She will also lead us through a series of exercises designed to help you clarify your next moves. Don't miss it! 

Location: Zoom
Cost: Members: $5; Non-Members: $15

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sept22

Speak Up & Be Heard: How to Speak Up at Work Without Fear of Being Judged
September 22, 2022 12:00-1:00 PM ET 

When you join Mary Cheyne in the virtual workshop, you will receive methods that I’ve shared in training over 20,000 career professionals in 30 cities internationally, to speak up & be heard so that you can receive the visibility that you deserve.

In this virtual workshop, you will learn:

  • How to bypass your inner critic & speak up without judging yourself so that you can freely express your ideas & be heard.
  • How to speak with confidence, even when under pressure, so that you can share your talents & be recognized for them.
  • How to stop sabotaging your voice, so that you can advocate for what you want in your career, especially when it counts the most.

Location: Zoom
Cost: Members: $0; Non-Members: $10

Thank You to Our Sponsor: 

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sept28

WoW - WEST on Wednesdays Networking
September 28, 2022 5:30-7:30 PM ET 

Ready to get back to in-person networking? Join us for appetizers, drinks, and some fun networking. Moderna is limiting attendance to 50 attendees. COVID testing is required. Moderna will providing self-tests to use once you reach the building. 

Location: Moderna, 1 Hampshire, Cambridge, MA 02139
Cost: Members: $0; Non-Members: $10

Thank You to Our Sponsor: 

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Oct5

The Power of Inclusive Conversations
October 5, 2022 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM ET 

Inclusive conversations are one of the most powerful tools individuals and organizations can leverage to create cultures of psychological safety and inclusion. The goal of this interactive program is to equip attendees with the necessary understanding and experience to successfully engage in this kind of dialogue. Using a framework, attendees learn how to assess when inclusive conversations are needed and how to approach them. Participants explore the factors that influence the success or failure of inclusive conversations, including culture, power dynamics and conflict styles. They also observe and critique conversation demonstrations, and they have time to practice their own conversations with real-life scenarios.

While this topic can seem daunting, Trish Foster's empathetic, human approach diminishes fear and increases comfort in approaching inclusive conversations.

Attendees leave the workshop with 1) a framework for inclusive conversation and 2) the confidence to initiate and receive such conversations to nurture trust, inclusion, and psychological safety.

Location: Zoom
Cost: Members: $0; Non-Members: $10

Thank You to Our Sponsor: 

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OCT13

Overcoming Overwhelm: A 3-Step Model for Bouncing Back
October 13, 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET 

With so much going on in our lives and in the world around us, it can be a challenge to know how to respond when everything seems too much. Decades of research on stress and resilience reveal simple approaches that have been repeatedly proven to improve coping, wellbeing and overall life satisfaction. These tactics can help us move from high emotion to thoughtful action more quickly and make space for us to “reflect, reimagine, and emerge stronger.”

In this session led by Allessandria Polizzi, we will provide a short primer on what happens when we feel overwhelmed and teach participants our 3-step resiliency model for bouncing back, including

1.       The science behind stress reactions
2.       Common causes of workplace overwhelm
3.       How to recognize when you are in overwhelm
4.       3-steps to take that will help you move forward 

As a result, you will have new tools you can turn to quickly no matter what challenges you face.

Location: Zoom
Cost: Members: $5; Non-Members: $15

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OCT18

Career Possibilities and Speed Networking - Legal
October 18, 2022, 6:00-7:30 PM ET 

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. 

LocationZoom

Cost: Free

Thanks to our series sponsor!

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NOV10

Critical Conversations on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
November 10, 2022 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM ET 

In this very interactive session, attendees will look at Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and apply what they learn to work together in a cohesive environment using proven communication and connection strategies. Throughout the session, attendees participate in role-playing using real-life examples to help us recognize our own unconscious bias and how it impacts the organization. These examples will help us consider "How that situation made us feel?", "what you thought about while the situation was happening," and "what did you learn about yourself and others?". We will talk about microaggressions and macroaggressions and their impacts on the work environment. You will gain best practices to remove misconceptions and stereotypes and engage in dialogue that will be the catalyst for change and acceptance in this high-octane social unrest environment. You will receive practical tips that will help you handle situations positively and productively.

Learning Points:

  • Create an inviting DEI culture for your organization.
  • Recognize your unconscious bias and how to prevent it within your organization.
  • Recognize microaggression and macroaggresion and apply effective best practices to eliminate them from your organization and your team.
  • Interactive practical examples that the audience can role play and participate in the learning experience.
  • Answer open-ended questions to help you take an introspective look at how you are the catalyst for change!

Location: Zoom
Cost: Members: $5; Non-Members: $15

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NOV17

Leadership Strategies to Advance Your Career In Science
November 17, 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET 

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. 

She will touch on the following topics:

  • Understanding the difference between leadership and management
  • Leadership Abilities and Competencies
  • Leadership Styles
  • Practical Tools for Leadership (communication, negotiation, leading effective teams, and leadership without authority)
  • Leading Technical Individuals
  • Reaching Your Full Potential as a Leader

Location:
Pfizer, 1 Portland Street 
Cambridge, MA 02139

Cost:   
Members: $0; Non-Members: $10

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Dec6

Career Possibilities and Speed Networking - Facilities
December 6, 2022, 6:00-7:30 PM ET 

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. 

LocationZoom

Cost: Free

Thanks to our series sponsor!

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Dec14

Transforming Limiting Beliefs Into Empowering Discomfort
December 14, 2022, 12:00-1:15 PM ET 

By the age of seven, our belief system is formed. As adults, we are often unaware of how these childhood beliefs influence our behaviors and decisions. To reshape beliefs that no longer serve us, limit us, we must act and seek out new experiences and embrace empowering discomfort. 

By the end of the session, you will understand how to: 

  • get comfortable with being uncomfortable so you can smash through self-limiting beliefs and ignite empowering ones. 
  • spark your discovery of what to continue, start, and stop doing. 
  • surround yourself with game-changing people who really listen to you and get excited by untested ideas. 
LocationZoom

CostMembers: $5; Non-Members: $15

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Feb16

Career Possibilities and Speed Networking - Communications
February 16, 2023, 6:00-7:30 PM ET 

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. 

LocationZoom

Cost: Free

Thanks to our series sponsor!

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