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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.

Oct 17

Break Free from Imposter Syndrome: Embrace Your Competent, Capable Self
October 17, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM  SOLD OUT

Why do so many individuals fear being exposed as a fraud? Why the self-doubt and self-devaluation? In this seminar led by Michelle Greer Galloway, you will learn: 

  • What neuroscience and psychology tell us about the prevalence of “imposter syndrome” and why it is more prevalent in high achievers
  • The costs of imposter syndrome on individuals and organizations
  • The relationship between competence and confidence and why both are needed to achieve full potential
  • Practical strategies that organizations and individuals can use to break out of “imposter syndrome”

LocationCooley, 500 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
Cost: $5 for members; $15 for non-members

Register  Add to Calendar 10/17/2019 05:45 PM 10/17/2019 8:00 PM America/New_York Break Free from Imposter Syndrome: Embrace Your Competent, Capable Self Why do so many individuals fear being exposed as a fraud? Why the self-doubt and self-devaluation? In this seminar, you will learn what neuroscience and psychology tell us about the prevalence of “imposter syndrome” and why it is more prevalent in high achievers; the costs of imposter syndrome on individuals and organizations; the relationship between competence and confidence and why both are needed to achieve full potential; practical strategies that organizations and individuals can use to break out of “imposter syndrome” Cooley, 500 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Oct 24

Interrupting Bias
October 24, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

Despite strides towards inclusion and equity in our society, messages abound about what it means to be of certain identities. We are socialized with these stereotypes all around us and these messages are so pervasive that despite our best intentions, we sometimes fall into biased behaviors and thinking, often unconsciously. In this workshop led by Chris Haigh, we will define bias, understand where it comes from, reflect on our own biases, and examine strategies for interrupting bias in ourselves and others. Come prepared to engage in self-reflection and in dialogue with your colleagues about an issue that truly affects us all.

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

Register  Add to Calendar 10/24/2019 06:00 PM 10/24/2019 8:30 PM America/New_York Interrupting Bias Despite strides towards inclusion and equity in our society, messages abound about what it means to be of certain identities. We are socialized with these stereotypes all around us and these messages are so pervasive that despite our best intentions, we sometimes fall into biased behaviors and thinking, often unconsciously. In this workshop led by Chris Haigh, we will define bias, understand where it comes from, reflect on our own biases, and examine strategies for interrupting bias in ourselves and others. Come prepared to engage in self-reflection and in dialogue with your colleagues about an issue that truly affects us all. bluebird bio, 60 Binney Street, 10th Floor, Aviary Room, Cambridge, MA 02142

Oct 30

How to Make Your Ideas Irresistible
October 30, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

At the heart of communications lies one seemingly elusive goal: how can we actually get people to love our ideas as much as we do? Thankfully, there’s a surprisingly simple answer, and it lies in how we come up with our ideas in the first place. Tamsen Webster spent 20 years making messages to move minds and markets and four years turning ideas into action as the Executive Producer of one of the largest TEDx events in the world. During this interactive session the audience will learn:

  • The three most common mistakes we make when communicating our ideas and what to do instead
  • The fastest way to overcome people’s natural resistance to change and how to use it in any format
  • The simple formula for making ideas irresistible  

Location: Vertex, 50 Northern Avenue, 9th Floor, Boston, MA
Cost: $15 for members; $40 for non-members

Register  Add to Calendar 10/30/2019 06:00 PM 10/30/2019 8:30 PM America/New_York How to Make Your Ideas Irresistible At the heart of communications lies one seemingly elusive goal: how can we actually get people to love our ideas as much as we do? Thankfully, there’s a surprisingly simple answer, and it lies in how we come up with our ideas in the first place. Tamsen Webster spent 20 years making messages to move minds and markets and four years turning ideas into action as the Executive Producer of one of the largest TEDx events in the world Vertex, 50 Northern Avenue, 9th Floor, Boston, MA

Nov 7

Career Possibilities: R&D/Application - AI, Digital Health, Devices
November 7, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

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. Then you will get some small group time with the panelists during a few speed networking rounds. The panel portion will be moderated by Mary Ann O'Loughlin, Principal, Cambridge Consulting and Coaching.

Panelists Include
Annabella Jucius, Founder and President, Massachusetts Medical Consulting
Krista McGee, Head of Insights and Analytics, Takeda Data Sciences Institute
Virginia Parks, Director, Data Sciences Institute, Takeda
Birgit Schoeberl, Global Head Modeling and Simulation, PK Sciences at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR)
Alex Wiltschko, Senior Research Scientist at Google

LocationAlnylam Pharmaceuticals Cambridge, 300 Third Street, Bella A, Cambridge, MA 02142
Cost: $15 for members; $40 for non-members

Register  Add to Calendar 11/07/2019 06:00 PM 11/07/2019 8:30 PM America/New_York Career Possibilities: R&D/Application: AI, Digital Health, Devices 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. Then you will get some small group time with the panelists during a few speed networking rounds. The panel portion will be moderated by Mary Ann O'Loughlin, Principal, Cambridge Consulting and Coaching. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Cambridge, 300 Third Street, Bella A, Cambridge, MA 02142

nov 19

Wait. What? Or How to Get Curious When Someone is Clearly Wrong
November 19, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

Our most difficult conversations are characterized by our near certainty that we are right and they are wrong. This would be OK if the only opinion that mattered was our own. The challenge is that when we need to lead and collaborate, their opinions and perspectives matter, too. However, it is nearly impossible to get curious about what they are thinking if we are stuck in our own certainty. In this workshop, you will learn a simple and time-tested tool to step out of our certainty and into a stance of curiosity where questions flow more easily, shifting the conversation into constructive and collaborative dialogue.

LocationBroad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142
Cost: $15 for members; $40 for non-members

Register  Add to Calendar 11/19/2019 06:00 PM 11/19/2019 8:30 PM America/New_York Wait. What? Or How to Get Curious When Someone is Clearly Wrong Our most difficult conversations are characterized by our near certainty that we are right and they are wrong. This would be OK if the only opinion that mattered was our own. The challenge is that when we need to lead and collaborate, their opinions and perspectives matter, too. However, it is nearly impossible to get curious about what they are thinking if we are stuck in our own certainty. In this workshop, you will learn a simple and time-tested tool to step out of our certainty and into a stance of curiosity where questions flow more easily, shifting the conversation into constructive and collaborative dialogue. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

dec 5

Career Possibilities: Business Development, Alliance Management/Innovation/Licensing
December 5, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

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. Then you will get some small group time with the panelists during a few speed networking rounds. The panel portion will be moderated by Yelena Wetherill, Associate Director, Alliance Management, Business Development & Licensing at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Inc.

Panelists Include
Aimee Cardwell, Vice President of Consumer Product Development, American Express
Chesley M. Chen, entrepreneur, Chief Executive Officer, and Board Member
Tatiana Demidova-Rice, Manager, Research Contracts and Collaborations, Vertex Pharmaceuticals 
Cecilia Fernandez, Senior Director, Platform Strategy and Operations at Editas Medicine
Jessica Goodman, Senior Director, Alliance Management, Dicerna Pharmaceuticals
Anne-Laure Grillot, Senior Director, External Innovation, Business Development at Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Bahar Hila, Director of Research, Radius Health, Inc. 
Deborah Palestrant, Partner, Head of 4:59 at 5AM Ventures

LocationAlnylam Pharmaceuticals Cambridge, 300 Third Street, Bella A, Cambridge, MA 02142
Cost: $15 for members; $40 for non-members

Register  Add to Calendar 12/05/2019 06:00 PM 12/05/2019 8:30 PM America/New_York Career Possibilities: Business Development, Alliance Management/Innovation/Licensing 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. Then you will get some small group time with the panelists during a few speed networking rounds. The panel portion will be moderated by Yelena Wetherill, Associate Director, Alliance Management, Business Development & Licensing at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Inc. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Cambridge, 300 Third Street, Bella A, Cambridge, MA 02142

Apr 9

Save the Date: Annual Awards Night
April 9, 2020, 6:00 - 8:30 PM