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.

 

mar8

International Women's Day Networking, Panel Discussions, & Concert
March 8, 2024, 5:30-9:00 PM ET 

Join Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology (WEST) and Kendall Square Orchestra (K²O) to celebrate the trailblazers of music and science this International Women's Day! The evening will start with networking and appetizers hosted by WEST followed by a panel featuring leaders from both the life science and classical music fields. The panel will focus on the theme for International Women's Day 2024 - Inspire Inclusion - and will explore the similarities and differences between the sciences and the arts on topics relating to career development, representation, and what has inspired them on their career journeys. Finally, enjoy K²O's concert and witness the world premiere of Francine Trester's 'In Her Element,' a musical tribute to pioneering women scientists, alongside powerful performances of Grazyna Bacewicz's 'Overture' and Amy Beach's 'Gaelic' Symphony. This special concert honors the innovative contributions of women, past and present. Don't miss this inspiring journey of resilience, innovation, and groundbreaking discoveries!

Panelists Include:

  • Gretchen Cook-Anderson, Executive Director, Ignite, Lab Central
  • Elena Spencer, President, WEST Board of Directors and Co-founder, President & CEO, Kendall Square Orchestra
  • Meena Subramanyam, Vice President, Global Program Leader and and Portfolio Lead, Immune Cell Engagers, Takeda
  • Francine Trester, Professor, Berklee College of Music
  • Jo Viney, CEO, President, Cofounder, Seismic Therapeutic
  • Kelly Clark, Vice President, Head of R&D Strategic Planning & Operations, Dewpoint Therapeutics and Co-founder, CFO & pianist, Kendall Square Orchestra, Moderator
LocationSanders Theater, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138

CostMembers: $30; Non-Members: $45

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mar12

GPS Your Career: Kicking It Into Gear
March 12, 2024, 6:00-7:30 PM ET 

Are you curious about how to map out your career? Wondering how best to put some great dreams and aspirations into a gameplan for the future? Maybe you’re looking at what you need to grow into the next great role? Have we got the event for you! This is the first session in a 3-part series, focused solely on Career Mapping and Planning. For session 1, we look at how to evaluate your current strengths, skills, experience and development areas, and how to connect that with where you want to go, providing some tools and tricks to consider when “GPS-ing” your career.

Location: Bayer, 238 Main St., 6th Floor, Cambridge, MA

CostMembers: $15; Non-Members: $30

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Mar20

Conquer Imposter Syndrome to Achieve Your Goals
March 20, 2024, 6:00-7:30 PM ET 

Do you hesitate to speak up because you worry that you’ll sound foolish? Do you question whether you have what it takes to successfully perform your role? Do you worry that the people around you are so much better qualified than you are? If so, you likely struggle with Impostor Syndrome, a term for the feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy many professionals face, particularly as they reach higher levels of success. Here you'll gain a deeper understanding of Impostor Syndrome and its effects on high-achieving professionals. You’ll also identify common triggers of impostor syndrome and key strategies for overcoming feelings of self-doubt. This session will be led by Kim Meninger.

Location: Zoom

CostMembers: $5; Non-Members: $15

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apr3

WoW - WEST on Wednesdays Networking
April 3, 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

Thanks to our sponsor!

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apr4

GPS Your Career: Know Your Why
April 4, 2024, 6:00-7:30 PM ET 

Location: Zoom

CostMembers: $5; Non-Members: $15

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apr10

Accelerate Your Career Through Personal Branding & Marketing Yourself
April 10, 2024, 6:00-7:00 PM ET 

Do you know your story and are you prepared to share it with passion and purpose? Are you comfortable marketing your talents, accomplishments, and value, both live and virtually? Learn the 3 Ps marketing technique and empower yourself to identify, build, and enhance your personal brand. Lead your journey and own your career. In this session, you will learn how to: apply the 3 Ps marketing technique for personal and staff career development; use a proven framework with tools and resources; and gain on-going self-assessment and exploration processes to use well beyond the session. This session will be led by Rita B. Allen.

Location: Zoom

CostMembers: $5; Non-Members: $15

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may2

Open House for Getting to Know WEST & Membership
May 2, 2024, 5:30-7:30 PM ET 

Join us for a special open house event for those interested in learning more about membership opportunities with WEST. You can network with WEST Board Members. We will talk about the benefits of becoming part of the WEST community and going to WEST events, how our programming can be a resource, and much more.

LocationBayer, 238 Main St., Cambridge, MA

CostFree

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may8

WoW - WEST on Wednesdays Networking
May 8, 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. 

Location: Beam Therapeutics, 238 Main St., 6th floor, Cambridge, MA

CostMembers: $0; Non-Members: $5

Thanks to our sponsor!

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may23

Breaking Boundaries: Stories From Asian and Pacific Islander Trailblazers in Science & Technology
May 23, 2024, 5:30-7:30 PM ET 

Join WEST to promote and engage talent diversity in the biotech industry. This event is focused on enhancing the representation of Asian & Pacific Islander groups in science and technology, breaking barriers, navigating challenges, and building relationships with the community and peers. There will be a panel discussion and networking.

LocationBayer, 238 Main St., 6th Floor, Cambridge, MA

CostMembers: $5; Non-Members: $15

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