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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.

 

JAN 23

Own It: WEST Annual Awards and Networking Night - SOLD OUT
January 23, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

On January 23rd, WEST will host our annual Awards and Networking Night. This marquee event provides WEST an opportunity to look back on 2018 and look ahead to 2019. It also gives us a chance to thank and recognize the community that has contributed to making 2018 one of our most successful years ever. This year, we will honor members and sponsors of the WEST community who exemplify the spirit of WEST and our 2018-2019 theme: “Own It: Empowering Your Career & Your Life.” Many of our sponsors helped us to select awardees - individuals from their companies who advance women leaders, serve as exemplary leaders or role models, or those who give back to the community in meaningful ways. 

Location: Takeda, 35 Landsdowne Street, 35 café, Cambridge, MA 02139
Cost: $10 for members, $20 for non-members
Sponsors: Takeda, Johnson and Johnson Innovation, Safety Partners

Register  Add to Calendar 01/23/2019 06:00 PM 01/23/2019 8:30 PM America/New_York WEST Annual Awards and Networking On January 23rd, WEST will host our annual Awards and Networking Night. This marquee event provides WEST an opportunity to look back on 2018 and look ahead to 2019. It also gives us a chance to thank and recognize the community that has contributed to making 2018 one of our most successful years ever. This year, we will honor members and sponsors of the WEST community who exemplify the spirit of WEST and our 2018-2019 theme: “Own It: Empowering Your Career & Your Life.” Many of our sponsors will be helping us to select awardees - individuals from their companies who advance women leaders, serve as exemplary leaders or role models, or those who give back to the community in meaningful ways. We will also honor WEST volunteers and supporters whose dedication and outreach efforts have helped us reach our strategic goals. Takeda, 35 Landsdowne Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

JAn 30

How to Advocate for Yourself
January 30, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 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: Lyndra, 65 Grove Street, Suite 301 (Third floor), Watertown, MA 02472
Cost: $15 for members, $40 for non-members

Register  Add to Calendar 01/30/2019 06:00 PM 01/30/2019 8:30 PM America/New_York How to Advocate for Yourself 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. Lyndra, 65 Grove Street, Suite 301 (Third floor), Watertown, MA 02472

Feb 7

Get on Board: Inside the Board of Directors
February 7, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

If you would like to serve on a board, are already on a board, or work with a board, join us for Get on Board! The panelists are directors of both for-profit and nonprofit organization boards, and will address issues relating to service as directors, including the combinations of skills and experiences that boards are seeking, how to best position yourself for nonprofit or for-profit board candidacy, resources available to help you identify and take advantage of both paid and volunteer board opportunities, what it’s like to serve as a director on a board, and issues particular to women on boards.

LocationBroad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142
Cost: $15 for members, $40 for non-members

Register  Add to Calendar 02/07/2019 06:00 PM 02/07/2019 8:30 PM America/New_York Get on Board: Inside the Board of Directors If you would like to serve on a board, are already on a board, or work with a board, join us for Get on Board! The panelists are directors of both for-profit and nonprofit organization boards, and will address issues relating to service as directors, including the combinations of skills and experiences that boards are seeking, how to best position yourself for nonprofit or for-profit board candidacy, resources available to help you identify and take advantage of both paid and volunteer board opportunities, what it’s like to serve as a director on a board, and issues particular to women on boards. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

MAR 11

Seven Habits of Effective Networkers
March 11, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

WEST and The Society of Professional Consultants are partnering to bring you this engaging workshop. When you hear the word 'networking' do you think of an overly-aggressive person pitching you for a deal? You're not alone! Everyone knows that we get more done when we help others and have them help us. But how do you build that network with a sense of authenticity? In this talk, Diane shares her go-to strategies that help everyone learn how to master the art of networking. You’ll gain a better sense of confidence on what events to attend, how to reconnect with someone you've lost touch with, and ways to stay top of mind.

Attend this seminar to learn how to:

  • Understand why networking is misunderstood and how you can be good at it - even if you don't love it
  • Identify your PBA (personal board of advisors) who help you succeed both at events and one-on-one
  • Master the art of exiting a conversation without being a jerk
  • Discover how to prepare for a networking opportunity and why it's helpful to do so
  • Know the action steps to take when you mess up (and everyone does)

LocationConstant Contact, 1601 Trapelo Rd, Third Floor, Great Room, Waltham, MA 02451
Cost: $35 for members, $55 for non-members

Register  Add to Calendar 03/11/2019 06:00 PM 03/11/2019 8:30 PM America/New_York Seven Habits of Effective Networkers When you hear the word 'networking' do you think of an overly-aggressive person pitching you for a deal? You're not alone! Everyone knows that we get more done when we help others and have them help us. But how do you build that network with a sense of authenticity? In this talk, Diane shares her go-to strategies that help everyone learn how to master the art of networking. You’ll gain a better sense of confidence on what events to attend, how to reconnect with someone you've lost touch with, and ways to stay top of mind. Constant Contact, 1601 Trapelo Rd, Third Floor, Great Room, Waltham, MA 02451

MAR 13

Both Sides of Negotiating Equal Pay
March 13, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 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. 

LocationSanofi Genzyme, 50 Binney St Cambridge, MA 02142
Cost: $15 for members, $40 for non-members

Register  Add to Calendar 03/13/2019 06:00 PM 03/13/2019 8:30 PM America/New_York Both Sides of Negotiating Equal Pay Sometimes you are the employee negotiating a new job, raise, or end of year bonus. Other times, you are the manager negotiating those same things on behalf of your employer. Regardless of your role, your actions impact the equality of the ultimate compensation decision. Both Sides of Negotiating Equal Pay teaches you how some of the best practices in hiring, promotion, and review processes prevent achieving pay equity, ironically by assuming equality already exists. More importantly this workshop will share what you can do in both roles to close gender and other pay gaps. Sanofi Genzyme, 50 Binney St Cambridge, MA 02142