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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.

Aug 21

The Two Most Powerful Skills to Becoming a Great Manager
Learn How to Delegate and Empower Your Team
August 21, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 PM 

Why is it so hard to delegate? What’s stopping you from letting go?

Do you know the most frequent complaint people make about their managers? They’re micromanagers? Are you one? Are you struggling with a boss who is micromanaging you? Wouldn’t you like to change the situation?

In this one-hour, interactive webinar you’ll:

  • Learn simple ways to test if you're micro-managing, and how to delegate more effectively and with less stress.
  • Explore the reasons people don’t delegate as much as they could.
  • Discuss misconceptions around delegating, such as “It’s easier and faster to do it myself”.
  • Brainstorm ways to make it easier to let go and trust your team.
  • Find ways to help a boss who is micromanaging you.
  • Discover the benefits to your career if you become a master delegator.
  • Learn how to empower and inspire your team.

You’ll emerge knowing how to delegate in a way that is aligned with your working style, and how to decrease your stress and increase your influence.

Location: Webinar - Zoom
Cost
: $10 for members; $20 for non-members

Register Add to Calendar 08/21/2019 12:00 PM 08/21/2019 1:00 PM America/New_York The Two Most Powerful Skills to Becoming a Great Manager Webinar You’ll emerge knowing how to delegate in a way that is aligned with your working style, and how to decrease your stress and increase your influence. Zoom

sep 5

Your Career is Your Business. Own It!
September 5, 2019, 8:00 - 9:30 AM 

In our fast-paced, overstimulated world, it’s difficult to be purposeful and intentional about how we manage our careers. When we are not intentional, however, we rely on others to guide our careers, which may not align with our own values and goals. We may also have unrealistic expectations of the support others will provide.

While supportive managers and mentors are valuable resources, to maximize our success, we must empower ourselves to drive our own careers. In this interactive workshop led by Kim Meninger, you will learn how to:

  • Clarify your strengths, values and career direction
  • Leverage your strengths and expertise to lead from where you are
  • Develop a clear and actionable career plan
  • Build influential relationships that can help you achieve your goals
  • Advocate for yourself in preparation for new opportunities

Locationbluebird bio, 60 Binney Street, 10th Floor, Aviary Room, Cambridge, MA 02142
Cost: $10 for members; $25 for non-members

Register  Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 08:00 AM 09/05/2019 9:30 AM America/New_York Your Career is Your Business In our fast-paced, overstimulated world, it’s difficult to be purposeful and intentional about how we manage our careers. When we are not intentional, however, we rely on others to guide our careers, which may not align with our own values and goals. We may also have unrealistic expectations of the support others will provide. bluebird bio, 60 Binney Street, 10th Floor, Aviary Room, Cambridge, MA 02142

Oct 17

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

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 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