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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.

Jan 23

Using Self-Promotion Strategies to Raise Your Visibility, Increase Your Influence and Advance Your Career
January 23, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM 

Many women are reluctant to actively promote their value because it feels self-serving or inauthentic. Rather than promote themselves, they prefer to believe that their work will speak for itself. Unfortunately, without the confidence and commitment to share your value with others, you may lose out on important opportunities to raise your visibility, make a bigger impact and advance within your organization.

In this webinar led by Kim Meninger, you’ll learn:

  • What it means (and does not mean) to engage in strategic self-promotion
  • Why self-promotion is challenging for so many women
  • Key benefits to yourself and others when you actively promote your value
  • Practical, actionable strategies to help you authentically promote your value across your organization

LocationZoom
Cost: $10 for members, $20 for non-members

Register  Add to Calendar 01/23/2020 12:00 PM 01/23/2020 1:00 PM America/New_York Self-Promotion Webinar Many women are reluctant to actively promote their value because it feels self-serving or inauthentic. Rather than promote themselves, they prefer to believe that their work will speak for itself. Unfortunately, without the confidence and commitment to share your value with others, you may lose out on important opportunities to raise your visibility, make a bigger impact and advance within your organization. Zoom

Feb 26

How to Advocate for Yourself
February 26, 2020, 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. This workshop will be led by Amy Rebecca Gay.

LocationCIC, 245 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Mosaic Room, Cambridge, MA
Cost: $15 for members; $40 for non-members

Register  Add to Calendar 02/26/2020 6:00 PM 02/26/2020 8:30 PM America/New_York How to Advocate for Yourself 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. CIC, 245 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Mosaic Room, Cambridge, MA

MAr 3

Giving and Receiving Feedback
March 3, 2020, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

Almost everyone struggles with giving and receiving feedback. Yet everyone struggles for different reasons: 

  • For some people, resistance to receiving feedback is tied to a fear of being judged, making mistakes, or failing. 
  • For others, offering feedback is associated with criticism. 
  • There are also cultural differences that impact how comfortable you are in giving or receiving feedback. 
  • Maybe for you, it’s simply that you haven’t learned the skills to make the process less stressful. 

All of this means that learning how to give meaningful feedback, is not one-size-fits-all. 

We’ll explore ways you can become more comfortable giving and asking for feedback. You’ll learn several simple, yet powerful, techniques to take the sting and awkwardness out of the feedback conversation. You’ll discover how to ask for and receive feedback in a way that feels natural to you. 

For managers, you’ll learn questions you can ask your team, to help YOU become a better manager. For all participants, you’ll learn ways to offer feedback to your peers, and even your boss!

Participants will learn 4 basic steps to giving meaningful feedback in a way that feels safe for both the giver and receiver. You'll be able to apply these steps immediately, in your personal life, and in your career.

LocationGinkgo Bioworks, 27 Drydock Avenue, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02210
Cost: $15 for members; $40 for non-members

Register  Add to Calendar 03/03/2020 06:00 PM 03/03/2019 8:30 PM America/New_York Giving and Receiving Feedback Almost everyone struggles with giving and receiving feedback. Yet everyone struggles for different reasons: For some people, resistance to receiving feedback is tied to a fear of being judged, making mistakes, or failing. For others, offering feedback is associated with criticism. There are also cultural differences that impact how comfortable you are in giving or receiving feedback. Maybe for you, it’s simply that you haven’t learned the skills to make the process less stressful. All of this means that learning how to give meaningful feedback, is not one-size-fits-all. We’ll explore ways you can become more comfortable giving and asking for feedback. You’ll learn several simple, yet powerful, techniques to take the sting and awkwardness out of the feedback conversation. You’ll discover how to ask for and receive feedback in a way that feels natural to you. For managers, you’ll learn questions you can ask your team, to help YOU become a better manager. For all participants, you’ll learn ways to offer feedback to your peers, and even your boss! Participants will learn 4 basic steps to giving meaningful feedback in a way that feels safe for both the giver and receiver. You'll be able to apply these steps immediately, in your personal life, and in your career. Ginkgo Bioworks, 27 Drydock Avenue, 8th floor, Boston, MA 02210

MAr 25

Women and Wealth: Setting Your Course to a Strong Financial Future
March 25, 2020, 6:00 - 8:00 PM 

Women are a powerful economic force, controlling nearly 40%--or $11.2 trillion—of all investable assets in the U.S. as primary decision-makers. They also represent almost half of the entire U.S. professional workforce. However, women face unique financial challenges and the many roles they play—business owner, scientist, technologist, mother, sister—influence the many financial obligations they have for themselves and their families.

But true wealth is about more than just a woman’s money. It’s about a woman’s life and the things she values most as well as the relationships, interests and goals that bring her joy. Putting all these elements at the heart of a woman’s long-term wealth management strategy helps ensure that she will achieve the financial future that she envisions.

Please join us for an informative seminar designed to help you identify and prioritize your objectives, and then begin to build a personalized plan that helps maximize your probability of achieving the goals you have for yourself and your loved ones, however life unfolds.

Presenters included:

  • Alicia Andre, CFA, Senior Vice President, Family Wealth Director and Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, NMLS #1489623     
  • Lindsay Pazdan, CFP, Associate Vice President and Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, NMLS #1498369
  • Kristin Polito, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, NMLS #1868574

LocationBroad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142
Cost: $0 for members; $5 for non-members

Register  Add to Calendar 03/25/2020 06:00 PM 03/25/2019 8:00 PM America/New_York Women and Wealth: Setting Your Course to a Strong Financial Future Women are a powerful economic force, controlling nearly 40%--or $11.2 trillion—of all investable assets in the U.S. as primary decision-makers. They also represent almost half of the entire U.S. professional workforce. However, women face unique financial challenges and the many roles they play—business owner, scientist, technologist, mother, sister—influence the many financial obligations they have for themselves and their families. But true wealth is about more than just a woman’s money. It’s about a woman’s life and the things she values most as well as the relationships, interests and goals that bring her joy. Putting all these elements at the heart of a woman’s long-term wealth management strategy helps ensure that she will achieve the financial future that she envisions. Please join us for an informative seminar designed to help you identify and prioritize your objectives, and then begin to build a personalized plan that helps maximize your probability of achieving the goals you have for yourself and your loved ones, however life unfolds.. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

Apr 2

Save the Date: Annual Awards Night
April 2, 2020, 6:00 - 8:30 PM 

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