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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.


MAR 22 Intersection of Computing and Biotech Panel Discussion - SOLD OUT
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 5

Rockstar Breakfast 
April 5, 2018, 8:00 - 9:00 AM

Are you looking for an opportunity to network with senior women leaders? If so, this is THE event for you. Enjoy a light breakfast accompanied by lots of conversation with Sheila Rowan, Katie, and Mariana Nacht. Registration is for WEST MEMBERS ONLY and will be limited to a maximum of 30 participants to ensure an intimate experience. 

Location: British Consulate-General, Boston, 1 Broadway Street, Cambridge MA

Cost: $5 for members


Apr 11

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Senior Panel Discussion 
April 11, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Join us for this flagship event to learn from seasoned senior leaders as they tell us about their inspiring journeys to success in the fast-paced world of science and technology. Hear what it takes to be truly innovative and entrepreneurial in a variety of highly competitive environments where collaboration and teamwork is essential. Network with movers and shakers in the science and technology community and support career advancement of the next generation of women leaders in STEM! The discussion will be moderated by Jo Viney, Co-Founder and CSO of Pandion Therapeutics. Panelists include: Adelene Perkins, Chair, President, and CEO, Infinity Pharmaceuticals; Ros Deegan, President and CBO, Bicycle Therapeutics, Inc.; Alan Crane, Entrepreneur Partner, Polaris Partners; Meredith Fisher, Partner, Partners Innovation Fund; Danielle Lauzon, Partner, Goodwin Law LLP; and Kristina Allikmets, VP, Head of R&D Patient Outreach & PD, Takeda

Location: Lab Central, 700 Main Street, North, Cambridge, MA 02139

Cost: $20 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


MAy 14

Patent and Trademark Considerations for Start-Ups 
May 14, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

This workshop will include presentations by Elizabeth Spar and Lisa Tittemore, partners at the Intellectual Property firm of Sunstein, Kann, Murphy and Timbers, LLP. The workshop will address strategies for using patents and trademarks for competitive advantage, including building and managing a valuable patent portfolio, aligning patent strategy to deal with competitors, and the importance of searching and protecting trademarks, with attention on specific considerations for start-up companies.

Location: Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP, 125 Summer St, Boston, MA 02110

Cost: $10 for members, $25 for non-members


May 16

Book Club
May 16, July 18, September 19, and November 14, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

WEST is offering a book club for WEST members focusing on women's career advancement. We will have a meeting with a new book every other month. We would like participants to commit to four sessions to create a supportive community.  We will have a facilitator for each discussion group who will have read the book, so those who do not finish the whole book should still feel comfortable attending and joining in the conversation. We understand people get busy at certain times of the year and may not get to finish every book. We have selected the books based on member suggestions. 

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

Cost: $50 for members


may 23

Providing Impactful Feedback Up, Down, and Across
May 23, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Join Executive Communication Coach and Trainer, Tori Hollingworth, for a highly interactive session designed to provide participants with tools and techniques to increase credibility, improve interpersonal effectiveness and strengthen messaging when interacting in a performance review, delivering feedback to senior management, initiating behavior change and providing updates to direct reports, colleagues and/or organizational leaders. The goal of this session is to increase each participant’s comfort and effectiveness when delivering feedback within all levels of their organization. The skills learned will be relevant in a variety of settings whether face-to- face, virtually or in small groups. This coaching experience will help speakers identify their areas of communication need, strengthen their feedback communication through practice, establish building trust and maintaining relationships, and refine their interpersonal style. There will be multiple opportunities for practice with feedback from both the participants and the coach.

Location: bluebird bio, 60 Binney Street, 10th Floor, Aviary Room, Cambridge, MA 02142

Cost: $15 for members, $40 for non-members



Career Possibilities and Speed Networking Night
June 6, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Do you want to define your value proposition, explore career possibilities, and be inspired by people who have used their science and technical training to advance their careers in different directions? Join us for WEST’s Annual Career Possibilities Event. The evening will start with facilitated networking, so you can meet the other attendees and panelists. This will be followed by a panel discussion to learn more about each panelist and their key lessons learned. Then you will have the opportunity to break into small groups and talk with the different panelists. 

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

Cost: $30 for members, $50 for non-members; Summer Series (6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27) for Members: $100


AUG 14

Developing Presence
August 14, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Today's leaders need more than a great resume, they need Presence - the ability to connect, inspire and influence others at all levels. In this 90-minute workshop, we'll describe three elements of Presence that apply to everyone, regardless of your role, that can easily be learned and refined. You'll leave with some tips and techniques for creating a positive first impression, enhancing your verbal presence, and being intentional about connecting with others. Learn to make a memorable connection without self-promoting. 

Location: bluebird bio, 60 Binney Street, 10th Floor, Aviary Room, Cambridge, MA 02142

Cost: $15 for members, $40 for non-members


Save the Dates:

June 13, 2018: Career Planning
June 20, 2018: Career Coaching Circles
June 27, 2018: LinkedIn & Networking
July 25, 2018: Leadership Strategies for Advancing Your Career

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