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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.

Jul 18

Book Club
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


Jul 25

Leadership Strategies to Advance Your Career 
July 25, 2018, 8:00 - 9:30 AM

Sandra Glucksmann, President & CEO at Cedilla Therapeutics, will share stories of her career challenges and successes. She will discuss how to best apply your scientific and analytical abilities to develop influence and negotiation skills. Sandra will share her learning experiences as she transitioned from bench scientist to manager, and from manager to executive in both small and large company settings. 

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

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


Jul 31

Annual Networking Night 
July 31, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

WEST’s Annual Networking Night is great opportunity to meet and mingle with like-minded STEM professionals. Participate in facilitated networking activities designed to engage you with the wonderful women in the WEST community. 

LocationCedilla Therapeutics, 38 Sidney Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Cost: Free for members, $20 for non-members



Developing Presence
August 1, 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


SEP 13

No Title? No Problem! Influencing Without Authority
September 13, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Are you leading a project or team without formal authority? Do you have some great ideas but you need others’ support to successfully execute? Do you want to influence important decisions outside of your immediate responsibility? Do you want to want to persuade your boss but you aren't sure how to position yourself? In this age of heightened business complexity, to get things done often requires the support of many others both inside and outside your own organization, department or team. Many change initiatives involve multiple functions within and even between organizations, requiring managers to exercise influence over people without formal authority. In this interactive workshop led by Ank Stuyfzand, we'll explore the key factors for becoming more influential; ways to build credibility, strengthen relationships, and enhance your communication style... all to increase your ability to influence those critical to your success.

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

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


Sep 20

Improving the Quality and Impact of our Conversations through Conversational Intelligence™
September 20, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

We have long thought of communication as a soft skill and given it little attention. Yet it, more than anything else, is the cause of problems and the source of solutions in our businesses and in our lives. Everything happens through conversations. Conversational Intelligence (C-IQ) provides frameworks and tools, based on neuroscience, that elevate the quality of our conversations and our results by creating the conditions for increased trust, creativity and collaboration. In this interactive session led by Cindy Loughran, participants will gain a basic understanding of Conversational Intelligence. They will become familiar with neuroscientific research on conversations and why it matters, identify two core human needs that impact the effectiveness of our conversations, and gain specific tools that increase the impact of conversations in order to build trust and encourage greater creativity and collaboration.

Location: Takeda, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139

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


Sep 27

Could You be the Reason Your Employee Isn't Performing
September 27, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

One of the most common laments I hear from my coaching clients sounds something like this: "No matter how much I work with Karl, his performance doesn't improve. I guess he's just not cut out for this role." When I probe, I usually find that my client is unknowingly contributing to the poor performance of her employee. This program will identify the four most common ways managers contribute to their employees' underperformance and what to do about them. I call them the Four Cs of Performance Management:
  • Clear expectations
  • Consistent feedback
  • Coaching
  • Consequences and rewards

What I've found in my coaching work is that most managers think they are doing these things -- and they may be. But, they're often doing them ineffectively. This program will provide participants with examples of each of the Four Cs done well and done poorly; a simple framework for doing them well; and experience applying the framework to real performance management scenarios taken from Sharon Grady's coaching practice.

LocationNovartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, 250 Massachusetts Avenue, Auditorium, 
Cambridge, MA 02139

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



Successful Communication: How to Build Your Skill in Handling Challenging Conversations
October 2, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Do you notice a sense of discomfort or even dread when you know you have a difficult conversation that needs to happen? Do you leave these conversations feeling less than resolved or understood, or question whether anything will change as a result? In this workshop led by Sue Williamson, you will bring your own challenging conversation and work with it using a model, specific steps, and practice in effectively preparing for and engaging in your conversation. We will talk about the ladder of inference and the power of assumptions and then use a 5 step process to prepare for any challenging conversation. Come join us and build skill and confidence in your abilities to be successful communicators in often emotional scenarios. 

Location: Biogen, 255 Binney Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

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


OCT 11

Networking Night
October 11, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Looking for an opportunity to meet and mingle with like-minded STEM professionals? Join WEST and BMS for networking night.

LocationThe Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

Cost: Free


OCT 23

Interrupting Bias
October 23, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

When you think if a leader, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Most people, whether consciously or not, picture a man. And more specifically, a white man. Despite strides towards equity, we are still socialized about what it means to be of a certain identity in our society. These messages are so pervasive that despite our best intentions, we sometimes fall into biased behaviors. 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.

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

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


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