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2022-2023 Annual Theme: Strong Women, Strong Science, Strong World

In a world that has been shaken, paused, and isolated over the past two years, WEST’s annual theme of “Strong Women, Strong Science, Strong World,” is a tribute to the inspirational people, stories, and accomplishments that have inspired and sustained us during these challenging times. We look to the strong voices of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields to foster a thriving global STEM community. We also applaud the support of our allies in this community whose voices rise above conflict to strengthen the shaken communities around the world. We want to shine a light on the development, engineering, and production of medications, vaccines, and technologies that have allowed our world to emerge from a global pandemic. WEST is here to amplify women’s voices, encourage, inspire, and connect them to harness their power and foster a thriving global STEM community that will strengthen the world we live in.

Feb8

Nurturing Confidence: The Path Through Courage & Authenticity
February 8, 2023, 6:00-7:15 PM ET

“I wish I had more confidence to share my ideas freely at the workplace”, “I want my colleagues to see me as someone capable and confident”, “I don’t want to take up the next promotion because I don’t feel confident to be in the limelight”, “Everyone is such an expert in their field that I always feel like I know so little”, Do some of these statements sound familiar to you? If yes, you are not alone in this. Despite having stellar achievements and success (in personal and professional life), many people find confidence hard to come by. Confidence is a quality that everyone aspires to, and few exuberate. Often, we assume confidence is something that people just have naturally, or they don’t. That assumption is not true. Sure, some people are naturally more confident than others, just like some people are naturally more athletic, resilient, etc. than others.  However, confidence is an ability that can be nurtured and grown, irrespective of your natural/current propensity to it.

While there are tons of articles, videos and books on confidence, the process of how to nurture and grow one’s confidence feels vague. In this coaching style workshop, our goal is to bring more clarity to this process so that you can take clear action towards it. In this hands-on workshop, you will have time to explore and reflect on confidence through the lens of courage and authenticity. You will experience first-hand how you can tap into these aspects to nurture and grow your confidence. You will also have the opportunity to practice and apply what you learn through interactive exercises and group work. This Workshop will be lead by The Wellbeing Ways LLC Founder, Pallavi Srivastava.

Location: Virtual

CostMembers: $5; Non-Members: $15

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FEB15

WoW - WEST on Wednesday Networking with Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center & Deal Make(hers)
February 15, 2023, 5:30-7:30 PM ET

Ready to get back to in-person networking? Join us for appetizers, drinks, and some fun networking with your fellow STEM professionals. This WoW event will feature women leaders from Johnson & Johnson sharing their career journeys and a couple facilitated networking activities. This networking event is hosted by J&J in honor of the 10th year anniversary of Boston Innovation Center and expanded J&J footprint in Boston/Cambridge.

Location: Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center, 255 Main St., 7th floor, Cambridge, MA

CostMembers: $0; Non-Members: $10

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Feb16

Career Possibilities and Speed Networking - Communications
February 16, 2023, 6:00-7:30 PM ET 

In the world of business, 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. The panel will be moderated by Clive Patience, Executive Vice President at Agios Pharmaceuticals and WEST Board Member. Panelists include Colleen Beauregard, Head, R&D Communications, Learning, Partnerships and Policy (CLPP), Takeda; Maude Tessier, Chief Business Officer, Seismic Therapeutic; and Eilidh Williamson, Freelance Medical Writer, Caledonia Biotech Consulting, LLC.

LocationZoom

Cost: Free

Thanks to our series sponsor!

Mar14

Accelerate Your Career Through Personal Branding and Marketing Yourself
March 14, 2023, 12:00-1:00 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.

About the Speaker
Rita Balian Allen is the president of Rita B. Allen Associates, a national career management firm specializing in executive coaching, leadership development, management training and career development.  She is a lecturer at Northeastern University, a sought-after speaker and presenter, the author of numerous articles, blogs and the book, "Personal Branding and Marketing Yourself:  The Three Ps Marketing Technique as a Guide to Career Empowerment".  She has been a regular contributor for the Chief Learning Officer, Huffington Post, ATD (Association of Talent Development), Leadership & Management Books as well as a variety of other publications. Rita was voted one of the top ten executive coaches by the Boston Women's Business Journal.

Location: Zoom

CostWEST Members & BMS Employees: $0; Non-Members: $10

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apr26

Career Possibilities and Speed Networking - Research & Development, Discovery
April 26, 2023, 6:00-7:30 PM ET 

In the world of business, 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. 

LocationZoom

Cost: Free

Thanks to our series sponsor!

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