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2018-2019 Annual Theme: Own It! Empowering Your Career & Your Life

Take charge of your future by exploiting your strengths with confidence and fine-tuning your skills to ask for what you want and need. Our theme this year brings you curated events and workshops in the Boston area to learn from, and network with, other leaders (especially women) in science and technology. These events will encourage you to discover your real-self and will help you crystallize future plans by focusing on how to strategically position and promote yourself with the right people at the right times.

MAR 11

Seven Habits of Effective Networkers
March 11, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

WEST and The Society of Professional Consultants are partnering to bring you this engaging workshop. When you hear the word 'networking' do you think of an overly-aggressive person pitching you for a deal? You're not alone! Everyone knows that we get more done when we help others and have them help us. But how do you build that network with a sense of authenticity? In this talk, Diane shares her go-to strategies that help everyone learn how to master the art of networking. You’ll gain a better sense of confidence on what events to attend, how to reconnect with someone you've lost touch with, and ways to stay top of mind.

Attend this seminar to learn how to:

  • Understand why networking is misunderstood and how you can be good at it - even if you don't love it
  • Identify your PBA (personal board of advisors) who help you succeed both at events and one-on-one
  • Master the art of exiting a conversation without being a jerk
  • Discover how to prepare for a networking opportunity and why it's helpful to do so
  • Know the action steps to take when you mess up (and everyone does)

LocationConstant Contact, 1601 Trapelo Rd, Third Floor, Great Room, Waltham, MA 02451
Cost: $35 for members, $55 for non-members

Register  Add to Calendar 03/11/2019 06:00 PM 03/11/2019 8:30 PM America/New_York Seven Habits of Effective Networkers When you hear the word 'networking' do you think of an overly-aggressive person pitching you for a deal? You're not alone! Everyone knows that we get more done when we help others and have them help us. But how do you build that network with a sense of authenticity? In this talk, Diane shares her go-to strategies that help everyone learn how to master the art of networking. You’ll gain a better sense of confidence on what events to attend, how to reconnect with someone you've lost touch with, and ways to stay top of mind. Constant Contact, 1601 Trapelo Rd, Third Floor, Great Room, Waltham, MA 02451

MAR 13

Both Sides of Negotiating Equal Pay
March 13, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

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. 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. 

LocationSanofi Genzyme, 50 Binney St Cambridge, MA 02142
Cost: $15 for members, $40 for non-members

Register  Add to Calendar 03/13/2019 06:00 PM 03/13/2019 8:30 PM America/New_York Both Sides of Negotiating Equal Pay Sometimes you are the employee negotiating a new job, raise, or end of year bonus. Other times, you are the manager negotiating those same things on behalf of your employer. Regardless of your role, your actions impact the equality of the ultimate compensation decision. Both Sides of Negotiating Equal Pay teaches you how some of the best practices in hiring, promotion, and review processes prevent achieving pay equity, ironically by assuming equality already exists. More importantly this workshop will share what you can do in both roles to close gender and other pay gaps. Sanofi Genzyme, 50 Binney St Cambridge, MA 02142

Apr 10

Managing Up
April 10, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

How can you effectively negotiate the relationship that has the most impact on your career, and still be yourself? How can you have power with your manager, being cooperative and expressive? Managing up is not about manipulation or capitulation. Rather it’s learning to influence with respect, and broaden your horizons to speculate about the pressures and demands which may be outside of your view. It’s about influencing diplomatically yet authentically. Being intentional about challenging a plan. How can you get what you need at the same time you’re focusing on what your manager needs?

Locationbluebird bio, 60 Binney Street, 10th Floor, Aviary Room, Cambridge, MA 02142
Cost: $15 for members, $40 for non-members

Register  Add to Calendar 04/10/2019 06:00 PM 04/10/2019 8:30 PM America/New_York Managing Up How can you effectively negotiate the relationship that has the most impact on your career, and still be yourself? How can you have power with your manager, being cooperative and expressive? Managing up is not about manipulation or capitulation. Rather it’s learning to influence with respect, and broaden your horizons to speculate about the pressures and demands which may be outside of your view. It’s about influencing diplomatically yet authentically. Being intentional about challenging a plan. How can you get what you need at the same time you’re focusing on what your manager needs? bluebird bio, 60 Binney Street, 10th Floor, Aviary Room, Cambridge, MA 02142