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2017-2018 Annual Theme: Career, Life, You

Your career needs to be managed strategically and proactively - it does not just happen. Even though good luck, the right network and wicked smarts help, YOU are the only one who can set the direction. Our WEST programming theme this year has been specifically designed to help women in science and technology think about your career advancement strategically and develop your own plan for execution.


FEB 7 Negotiating Your Compensation Package: Financial Strategies for Professional Transitions 
February 7, 2018

Are you planning a career change? Thinking of jumping to a competitor? Has a recruiter contacted you about a new job opportunity? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will need to have a strategy in place to negotiate the best possible compensation package for yourself. Unfortunately, research has shown that women are far less likely to negotiate for higher pay, which may be contributing to the gender pay gap. In this program, financial advisor Beata Dragovics provides an overview of the current compensation landscape within the life sciences industry, along with key considerations before changing jobs. Among the topics to be discussed:

  • How knowing the value of your current pay and benefits can help you negotiate compensation with a potential new employer
  • Understanding the value of your current stock options and the financial impact if you leave your current employer
  • The rules that govern equity compensation, including vesting and taxes
  • Deciding what to do with your current retirement plan benefits if you switch to a new employer

Location: Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Monadnock Room, Cambridge, MA 02142

Cost: $30 for members, $50 for non-members


FEb 15 Zoom Leadership: Change Your Focus. Change Your Insights
February 15, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Your boss rushes in and says, “I need this issue solved by tomorrow.” What happens? Often we freeze, trying to decide what to do with all the other requests that are due. Stress reduces creative problem solving. Or, if you can relax enough to plan next steps, you might even have too many possible ways you address the issue. 

Decisions decisions. They are a part of every day. Wouldn’t it be great to have a tool that could open up new ideas and also narrow them down? Janet Britcher, author of Zoom Leadership: Change Your Focus, Change Your Insights, will be presenting techniques that can help when evaluating decisions, such as promotion opportunities. 

Location: Merck Exploratory Science Center, 320 Bent Street, 4th Floor, Cafeteria, Room 429, Cambridge, MA 02141

Cost: $20 for members, $30 for non-members


MAR 6 Coaching Circles
March 6, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Coaching circles adapt the principles and methods of individual coaching and apply them to small, intentional groups. They set the stage for peer to peer coaching facilitated by trained and qualified professional coaches offering women a supportive and motivating environment to connect through meaningful conversations. Participants develop a set of peer coaching skills in addition to benefiting from professional coaching, and are often preferred by people who learn well in small groups. Join us to establish new relationships, enhance leadership skills and talents, and develop in an area that is a current challenge. We will do three 25-30 minute sessions. Some of the table topics will be preset and some will be based on ideas submitted when people register to attend. The preset topics will include Work/Life Balance, Advancing in Your Career, Influence Without Authority/ Conflict Resolution, and Communication/Building Better Relationships.

Location: Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Monadnock Room, Cambridge, MA 02142

Cost: $20 for members, $40 for non-members


MAR 22 Intersection of Computing and Biotech Panel Discussion
March 22, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Listen to the inspiring journeys of successful women and men leaders in science as they talk about their pathways to success. Highlights will include details on their career paths, obstacles they overcame, things that helped them along the way, and tips and strategies that can also work for you. This is a great opportunity for you to meet and network with the movers and shakers in the local science ecosystem.

Location: Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Cambridge, 300 Third Street, Bella A, Cambridge, MA 02142

Cost: $0


MAR 29

One or the Other: How Balancing Polarities Improves Work for Individuals, Teams, and Organizations
March 29, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Every day, all of us as individuals, teams, and organizations are faced with managing and reconciling between a series of polarities—two seemingly opposing values. Examples include work/life, activity/rest, intuition/facts, stability/change, mission/profit, team needs/individual needs, centralized/decentralized. Polarities can complement each other when approached in a balanced way, but too often we fall into the trap of thinking about them as either/or instead of both/and. We go to extremes like working 20 hours a day for weeks on end, or looking only to data to determine a decision while ignoring intuition or other less concrete factors. In this workshop with Etta Jacobs and Beth Shapiro, we’ll explore a model for balancing polarities. Using real examples from your own work, you’ll learn how to identify the “early warning signs” that you are leaning too far to one side, as well as action steps that can enable you and your team to optimize and balance your thinking and your work.

Location: Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Monadnock Room, Cambridge, MA 02142

Cost: $30 for members, $50 for non-members


Apr 26

How to Present Technical Information so People Will Understand, Care, and Remember
April 26, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

How well can you explain complex science and technology concepts to people outside your field of expertise? If you work in biotech, pharma, or engineering, you’ve learned your presentations need more than snazzy slides and polished prose to keep your audience engaged. If you want to capture and keep an audience’s attention, you need to explain your technical topic in an uncomplicated way. In this session, you’ll learn a proven process to structure your technical talk so your audience understands, cares, and remembers. You'll also get access to a planning worksheet you can use to make your presentations memorable and understandable.

Location: Constant Contact, 1601 Trapelo Rd, Waltham, MA 02451

Cost: $35 for members, $55 for non-members


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