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2018-2019 Annual Theme: Own It! Empowering Your Career & Your Life

Take charge of your future by exploiting your strengths with confidence and fine-tuning your skills to ask for what you want and need. Our theme this year brings you curated events and workshops in the Boston area to learn from, and network with, other leaders (especially women) in science and technology. These events will encourage you to discover your real-self and will help you crystallize future plans by focusing on how to strategically position and promote yourself with the right people at the right times.

Apr 3

"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!

LocationLifeHub Boston, 610 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
Cost: $15 for members, $40 for non-members

Register   Add to Calendar 04/03/2019 06:00 PM 04/03/2019 8:30 PM America/New_York Own It Senior Panel Discussion LifeHub Boston, 610 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Apr 10

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?

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

Register  Add to Calendar 04/10/2019 06:00 PM 04/10/2019 8:30 PM America/New_York Managing Up 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? bluebird bio, 60 Binney Street, 10th Floor, Aviary Room, Cambridge, MA 02142

APR 12

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. 

LocationQuébec Government Office, One Boston Place, 201 Washington Street, Suite 3850, Boston, MA 02108
Cost: $5 for members

Register  Add to Calendar 04/12/2019 08:00 AM 04/12/2019 9:00 AM America/New_York Rockstar Breakfast Québec Government Office, One Boston Place, 201 Washington Street, Suite 3850, Boston, MA 02108

Apr 24

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.

LocationAlnylam Pharmaceuticals Cambridge, 300 Third Street, Bella A, Cambridge, MA 02142
Cost: $0 for members, $5 for non-members

Register  Add to Calendar 04/24/2019 06:00 PM 04/24/2019 8:00 PM America/New_York Equity Compensation 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. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Cambridge, 300 Third Street, Bella A, Cambridge, MA 02142

May 15

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.

LocationAlnylam Pharmaceuticals Cambridge, 300 Third Street, Bella A, Cambridge, MA 02142
Cost: $15 for members, $40 for non-members

Register  Add to Calendar 05/15/2019 06:00 PM 05/15/2019 8:30 PM America/New_York Finding your Voice Among all the Chatter 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.Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Cambridge, 300 Third Street, Bella A, Cambridge, MA 02142

May 22

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.

LocationThe Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, 1st Floor, Olympus Room, Cambridge, MA 02142
Cost: $15 for members, $40 for non-members

Register  Add to Calendar 05/22/2019 06:00 PM 05/22/2019 8:30 PM America/New_York Book Club Book clubThe Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, 1st Floor, Olympus Room, Cambridge, MA 02142