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Upcoming Events

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2021-2022 Annual Theme: Reflect, Reimagine, and Emerge Stronger

WEST’s annual theme of “Reflect, Reimagine, and Emerge Stronger” represents
we have gained and have lost over the past year. As we enter another year
of challenges and opportunities, our goal is to connect a network of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) professionals by supporting their personal growth and career development through virtual networking events and engaging workshops and discussions. For the 21st year in a row, WEST is here to empower women in the workplace to reflect on their achievements, reimagine their goals, and emerge as leaders. 



Speak Up & Be Heard: How to Speak Up at Work Without Fear of Being Judged
September 28, 2021 12:00-1:00 PM EST 

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

CostMembers: $5; Non-Members: $15



Leadership Secret Weapon: Put Your Oxygen Mask on First
September 30, 2021 4:00-5:00 PM EST 

As leaders and business professionals, you are committed to leading your organizations and teams. Despite all the stress and anxiety you may be experiencing in your job and your industry, your team never sees it. You juggle many responsibilities with precision and composure. Along the way you may be forgetting about the one person without whom, you can’t succeed – yourself. Join Mari Ryan as participants share what works for them and where they experience challenges of prioritizing self-care.

Participants will learn:

  • The dynamics of energy management
  • How to build rituals for sustained energy
  • Approaches to building resilience
  • Techniques to avoid exhaustion, overload, and burnout
  • Ways to hold yourself accountable to being present to your own well-being.
    Session duration: 50 minutes, 10 minutes Q&A 
Location: Zoom

CostMembers: $0; Ironwood Employees: $0; Non-Members: $10



How to be Inclusive when Differences are Less Visible
October 5, 2021 12:00-1:00 PM EST 

Diversity and inclusion strengthen organizations by bringing a variety of perspectives that reflect individual strengths to collectively generate better ideas. Join WEST and Ipsen for a panel discussion on advancing inclusion when differences are less visible. Panelists will share insights about various less visible dimensions including and not limited to physical, sensory and chronic health conditions, mental health, thinking stylesvalues, gender identity, and more. The discussion will deepen your interest in and raise awareness of the less-visible or invisible (but no less widespread) aspects of diversity. The panelists will share experiences and suggestions for what organizations can do to be inclusive of these kinds of differences including ensuring psychological safety and an inclusive company culture. 

Panelists include:
 - Stacey Brewer, Senior Clinical Nurse Educator, Ipsen
 - Paula Cobb, CBO, Affinia Therapeutics
 - Paul Mola, President & CEO, Roswell Biotechnologies Inc.
 - Cristina Almansa, Head of Clinical Development and Medical Scientific Affairs, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals (moderator)

Location: Zoom

CostMembers: $0; Non-Members $5



Navigating a Hybrid Team Dynamic
October 13, 2021 12:00-1:00 PM EST 

For over a year, employees have been working - remotely, in person, or through a combination of the two - the hybrid team. Some companies are opening their physical doors for more employees to return to face-to-face work, while other organizations are embracing the hybrid model which allows for a mix between in person and virtual collaboration across teams. How does one navigate this dynamic successfully? 

In this workshop, Laurie Bohn will discuss

  • The cultural implications of hybrid teams
  • Effective methods of communication to build stronger connections
  • Empathy and trust building in a dispersed team
Location: Zoom

CostMembers: $5; Non-Members $15



Rockstar Breakfast (Sold Out)
October 20, 2021 9:30-10:30 AM EST 

Are you looking for an opportunity to network with local senior leaders? If so, this is THE event for you. Join Meredith Fisher and Gregory Verdine for an engaging conversation. Registration is for WEST MEMBERS ONLY and will be limited to a maximum of 25 participants to ensure an intimate experience. 

Location: Zoom

CostMembers: $5


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