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Upcoming Events

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2019-2020 Annual Theme: Be Fearless, Be Brave

Be Fearless! Be Brave! WEST's 2019-2020 annual theme empowers you to own and advance your career with confidence and professionalism. To enable this, WEST is committed to creating learning opportunities through a multitude of panel discussions, workshops and more, as well as by facilitating networking with fearless and bold leaders in STEM. WEST's events are designed to encourage you to take charge and be brave as you embrace change, expand and leverage your network, set challenging goals, and advocate for yourself


Rockstar Breakfast and Networking 
July 14, 2020, 8:00 - 9:00 AM EDT

Are you looking for an opportunity to network with local senior women leaders? If so, this is THE event for you. Enjoy a light breakfast accompanied by lots of conversation with Michal Preminger, Head, Johnson & Johnson Innovation Boston and Sandra Glucksmann, President and CEO, Cedilla Therapeutics. Registration is for WEST MEMBERS ONLY and will be limited to a maximum of 20 participants to ensure an intimate experience.

Location: Zoom
Cost: $5 for members



How to be Unafraid to Shine in Your Spotlight 
July 15, 2020, 12:00 - 1:15 PM EDT

Have you ever been plagued with the voice “Who do you think you are?” when you’ve been presented with huge opportunities? There is a scientific reason why you can sometimes feel like a fraud (Impostor Syndrome) despite having designer diplomas and big accomplishments – you have parts of you that are unconsciously afraid of your greatness. In order to overcome Impostor Syndrome, you need to befriend your fears so that they can work with you – instead of against you – and transform into positive allies on your “inner team” to help you unleash true greatness and cross the finish line of your ambitious goals. During this interactive workshop, using one of the deepest evidence-based tools of accelerated self-awareness, personal growth and lasting transformation – Internal Family Systems – you will:

  • Understand the origins of Impostor Syndrome and how to overcome it for good.   
  • Begin the process of uncovering blind spots that could be unconsciously holding you back from fearless self-expression and boldly shining in your spotlight.  

Location: Zoom
Cost: $5 for members, $15 for non-members



Building Relationships and Your Influence to Thrive in Your Organization
July 16, 2020 4:00 - 5:30 PM EDT

How do you get the support, engagement, and commitment you need from others? This is a constant challenge, particularly in pressure-driven environments where resources are limited and project schedules are tight. What you need is the ability to effectively influence without authority. This requires critical skills and strategies to engage cross-functional colleagues, stakeholders, and even external resources. In this seminar conducted by Kim Meninger, you will learn how to expand your influence and more confidently achieve your goals with an emphasis on:

  • building trusted relationships and diversifying your network effectively
  • navigating office politics and leveraging your resources
  • maximizing your communication skills 
  • honing your ability to read people and situations understanding yourself, your value, your strengths & weaknesses, & how others perceive you

Location: Zoom
Cost: $5 for members; $10 for non members; bluebird bio employees



How to Advocate for Yourself
July 21, 2020 12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT

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. In this session, guided by Amy Rebecca Gay, 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: Zoom
Cost: $5 for members, $15 for non-members



Annual Networking Night
July 22, 2020 6:00 - 7:30 PM EDT

WEST’s Annual Networking Night is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with like-minded STEM professionals. Participate in facilitated networking activities designed to engage you with the wonderful women in the WEST community. We will also announce our 2020-2021 annual theme.

Location: Zoom
Cost: Members: Free; Non-Members: $5



Mindset Mastery: How to Gain Clarity and Create the Career You Want
July 28, 2020 12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT

According to the work of Napoleon Hill, we all possess faculties that the most successful leaders and entrepreneurs throughout history have used to create their results. When you apply this principle to gain clarity on your personal vision and apply them to your life, you will find new ways to determine the best path forward for your career, your challenges become smaller, you will have more drive and energy to achieve your goals with greater impact. This will enable you to get unstuck, or quickly pivot to a new direction while building upon the foundation you already have. Guided by Ngan Nguyen, in this session, you will have an opportunity to define and design the results you would love to create – and learn proven tools & strategies that will enable you to move forward quickly.

Location: Zoom
Cost: $5 for members, $15 for non-members



Building Meaningful Relationships for Your Career
August 4, 2020, 6:00 - 7:00 PM EDT

Did you ever ask yourself:
  • “Why does she know so many people?”
  • “How does he always come up with someone who can help?”
  • “Is there a way to build a powerful network to boost my career?"
  • “Can I get to Kevin Bacon in 6 steps or less?”
Come to the WEST workshop “Building Meaningful Relationships for Your Career” to find out! Chesley Chen, WEST Co-Chair and CEO of g.Root Biomedical, will share the why’s and how’s from a practitioner’s viewpoint. Ches has been building his network of connections starting with kindergarten (no kidding!) to this very day. This WEST virtual workshop will mix theory with practice. You are guaranteed to walk out with more connections than you walked in with.

Location: Zoom

Cost: $5 for members; $15 for non-members



Walking the Tightrope: Mastering the Balance between Likability and Respect
August 12, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT

As women in traditional workplaces, we are often confronted with a double bind – show up as likable and be seen as less competent or worthy of leadership, or show up as competent and risk being seen as less likable. This often leaves us feeling as though we have a very fine line, or tightrope, to walk. In this session, presented by Kim Meninger, you’ll learn strategies to challenge the double bind and develop your own authentic leadership style.

Location: Zoom
Cost: $5 for members; $15 for non-members



Women and Wealth: Setting Your Course to a Strong Financial Future
September 24, 2020, 6:00 - 7:00 PM EDT

Women are a powerful economic force, controlling nearly 40%--or $11.2 trillion—of all investable assets in the U.S. as primary decision-makers. They also represent almost half of the entire U.S. professional workforce. However, women face unique financial challenges and the many roles they play—business owner, scientist, technologist, mother, sister—influence the many financial obligations they have for themselves and their families. But true wealth is about more than just a woman’s money. It’s about a woman’s life and the things she values most as well as the relationships, interests and goals that bring her joy. Putting all these elements at the heart of a woman’s long-term wealth management strategy helps ensure that she will achieve the financial future that she envisions. Please join Alicia Andre & Lindsay Pazdan for an informative seminar designed to help you identify and prioritize your objectives, and then begin to build a personalized plan that helps maximize your probability of achieving the goals you have for yourself and your loved ones, however life unfolds.

Location: Zoom
Cost: $0 for members; $5 for non-members


To learn more about any workshop leaders listed, please visit http://www.westorg.org/content-experts-and-workshop-leaders