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.

 

june4

Empowering YOU: How to Be a Great Coach or Mentor
June 4, 2024, 6:00-7:30 PM ET 

Embark on a journey to uncover the key points of coaching & mentoring in the workplace. Explore the nuances (differences and similarities) between the two powerful approaches while digging into the foundational elements of the coaching relationship. Discover how to create an intentional coaching alliance setting the stage for success for you and your team. Dive into practical, hands-on exercises (on active listening and powerful questioning) to immediately kickstart and get the most out of your coaching and mentoring journey.  Plus, learn invaluable techniques for giving and receiving feedback from all stakeholders. Join us for an engaging and interactive workshop where learning meets action!

Location: Monte Rosa Therapeutics, 321 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118

CostMembers: $0; Non-Members: $10 - heavy appetizers included

Thanks to Monte Rosa for providing the venue and food.

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june6

Invest in Your Finances: Personal Finance Strategies
June 6, 2024, 6:00-7:15 PM ET 

6 Money Questions Women should be asking about their Finances Seminar is a high-level overview to help women become comfortable with and understand the importance of investing. The aim is to create awareness around the importance of getting started early and staying on track to achieve desired financial success.

Simplify Your Spending and Saving Strategies Seminar is an educational program designed to help clients and prospective clients sharpen their spending and saving strategy. Participants will learn about:

  • Setting personal financial goals
  • Balancing saving, spending, and borrowing to achieve goals.
  • Strategies for controlling debt and improving credit scores.
  • Practical savings options for now through retirement
Location: Zoom

CostMembers: $5; Non-Members: $15

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june7

Mapping Your Career: How to Find the Way to Your Ideal Position
June 7, 2024, 11:45 AM-1:00 PM ET 

Embark on a journey to uncover the key points of coaching & mentoring in the workplace. Explore the nuances (differences and similarities) between the two powerful approaches while digging into the foundational elements of the coaching relationship. Discover how to create an intentional coaching alliance setting the stage for success for you and your team. Dive into practical, hands-on exercises (on active listening and powerful questioning) to immediately kickstart and get the most out of your coaching and mentoring journey. Plus, learn invaluable techniques for giving and receiving feedback from all stakeholders. Join us for an engaging and interactive workshop where learning meets action!

Location: Pfizer, 610 Main St., Cambridge, MA 02139

CostMembers: $5; Non-Members: $15 - pizza included

Thanks to our sponsor:

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june17

GPS Your Career: Navigating Unique Career Paths
June 17, 2024, 6:00-7:30 PM ET 

Join us for an engaging panel discussion featuring local seasoned experts sharing their career transformation stories. Whether you're considering a career change or simply want to explore your options, this session offers valuable insights into navigating transitions. Discover firsthand how these professionals successfully made the leap from one function, industry, or career landscape to another. This session is a more intimate forum for learning from the experts why they changed, how they changed – and the impact this has had on their career journey. Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable lessons and discover new possibilities in your own career journey.

Location: Seismic Therapeutic, 250 Arsenal Place, Suite 210, Watertown, MA 02472

CostMembers: $15; Non-Members: $30

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june26

GPS Your Career: Navigating Unique Career Paths
June 26, 2024, 5:30-7:30 PM ET 

Join Massachusetts Women of Color Coalition (MAWOCC) and Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology (WEST) for an inspiring evening celebrating the achievements and contributions of women of color in STEM. This dynamic event will feature a panel of accomplished professionals sharing their personal stories, career journeys, and insights on overcoming challenges in the field. 

Engage in a thought-provoking panel discussion on topics such as: 

  • Navigating the STEM landscape as a woman of color
  • Building resilience and overcoming bias
  • Mentorship and sponsorship opportunities
  • Promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  • Professional advancement strategies and resources
  • Career opportunities in STEM

There will be plenty of networking time to connect with fellow attendees, panelists, and industry leaders in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. This is a unique opportunity to build meaningful relationships, exchange ideas, and expand your professional network.

Location: Foley & Lardner LLP, 111 Huntington Ave., Suite #2500, Boston, MA 02199

CostMembers: $10; Non-Members: $15

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july12

Women in Leadership Bootcamp
July 12, 2024, 11:00 AM-4:45 PM ET 

Nucleate and WEST are hosting a virtual Women in Leadership Bootcamp. This event include several hours of workshops and talks from leaders in the life sciences on the topics of leadership styles, building confidence, and effective team dynamics and management. Attendance is limited.

Location: Zoom

CostMembers: $20; Priority registration currently open to WEST members only

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july16

Piloting Your Way Through Chaos: How to Achieve Career Success Amidst Organizational Turbulence
July 16, 2024, 6:00-7:30 PM ET 

Managing your career (and your sanity) is a challenge in the best of times, and messy workplace dynamics only make it more difficult. Join us for an engaging panel discussion featuring seasoned leaders who endured workplace challenges and emerged professionally and personally stronger. From navigating bankruptcies to succeeding amidst acquisitions and reorganizations, our panelists have steered their careers through challenging times. Their insights and advice will help you safeguard your career trajectory and preserve your sanity during times of uncertainty. Reserve your spot today and embark on the path to career resilience and success.

Location: LabCentral, 700 Main Street, North, Cambridge, MA 02139

CostMembers: $15; Non-Members: $30 - light dinner included

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jul30

Career Possibilities Panel & Speed Networking: Drug Discovery
July 30, 2024, 6:00-7:30 PM ET 

In the world of science, 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. This panel will include subject matter experts in drug discovery teams including experts in: biology/pharmacology, chemistry, drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, translational development, and toxicology. The panel discussion will be moderated by Siennah Greenfield, Scientist II- Drug Metabolism, Pharmacokinetics and Modeling at Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

Location: Zoom

CostFree to all
Thanks to our series sponsor:

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Aug8

Networking for Introverts: How to Effectively Connect
August 8, 2024, 6:00-8:00 PM ET 

Networking and connecting effectively are pivotal for professional growth. While some find it intuitive, especially extroverts, it can be daunting for introverts. Attempting to adopt extroverted strategies often exacerbates discomfort and even causes some people to dread the idea of networking. To support their networking endeavors, WEST is offering this event tailored to  introverts with practical tools and strategies, fostering authentic and confident connections.

All are welcome to attend 'Networking for Introverts: How to Connect Effectively' to explore a refreshing approach to networking. In addition to insights from our panelists, introverts who've navigated networking hurdles, attendees will engage in interactive games, facilitated discussions, and open networking sessions. Our goal is to provide a supportive environment where introverts can thrive and connect with authenticity and confidence.

LocationBe Biopharma, Inc., One Kendall Sq, Bldg 200, 3rd Floor, Be Bio Café, Cambridge, MA 02139

CostMembers: $15; Non-Members: $30 - light dinner provided by WEST

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sept12

WEST Mentoring Program
September - December 2024

Kick start your development with a 1:1 goal setting session, training, and mentor stories. Then, each of the following two-hour virtual sessions features core pods, flex pods, and networking. 

WEST Mentors are from all areas of the biopharma and tech industry, with a wealth of experience and expertise across academia, start-ups, biotech, and multi-national pharmaceutical companies including CEOs, heads of functions, leaders, and coaches. They have the lived experience and diverse perspectives to help you with your goals.

During the application process, mentees will rate their interest in key career and personal development topics that will be used for matching their core pod. Mentees will also have the opportunity to explore the other topics offered and/or mentors for their flex pod time each session.

The dates of the program are 9/12, 9/26, 10/17, 11/7, 11/21, and 12/12. All session will be via Zoom 6-8pm ET. There will be an optional networking gathering on 9/19. The cost of participation for mentees for the program is $100, currently open to WEST members only. If you need a scholarship to cover the majority of the cost of a spot in this mentoring program and/or a membership, please email [email protected] to apply.  

LocationZoom

Cost$100; Open to WEST Members Only

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oct9

WoW - WEST on Wednesdays Networking
October 9, 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

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Oct24

Rockstar Breakfast
October 24, 2024, 9:00-10:00 AM ET 

If you would love to learn about industry achievements and experiences first-hand from some of the most respected leaders in their fields, you won't want to miss this event WEST's Rockstar Breakfast. Join us for an intimate event where the panel of leading women in venture capital will share their roles, career journey, professional achievements, lessons learned, inspirations, advice, and more. The panel will feature Sarah Gheuens, Chief Medical Officer & Head of R&D at Agios Pharmaceuticals. Registration for this event is limited to maintain an intimate, engaging environment.

Location: Agios Pharmaceuticals, 64 Sidney St., Heliopolis Conference Room, Cambridge, MA 02139

CostMembers: $5; This event is open to members only.

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