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Improving the Quality and Impact of Our Conversations

Posted by WEST Board Member on Sep 14, 2018 8:30:00 AM

The way in which we communicate – whether at work, at home or in school – has changed dramatically over the years with the accessibility of email, texting, and the use of social media applications.  Communications among colleagues and friends are often reduced to fragmented collections of written phrases and responses, fired off moments after receipt of an inbound message. The on-demand, always accessible manner of communicating has certainly brought significant conveniences, but it has reduced the opportunities for conversations among us. As a result, we may be missing out on the chance to connect, engage, and collaborate in a more meaningful way.

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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Upcoming Events, Networking, Women in STEM, Connect, Career, Career Development, Science, Tech, Developing Your Skills, Communication, Interactive, Biotech, Own It, Relationships, Trust, Collaboration, Impact

WEST is hiring a part-time Program Manager

Posted by Jaime Luna on Sep 7, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Are you passionate about women in STEM and community building? Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology (WEST) is a non-profit Boston-based organization establishing a learning community to provide women with inspiration, knowledge, and connections to advance their careers in the STEM fields. And we are growing! Currently we are seeking to expand our team to include an External Relations & Program Manager. The Program Manager role will focus on managing and growing relationships with our member base and other key stakeholders. The qualified candidate will be responsible for providing support to the marketing and programmatic activities of WEST across multiple platforms (social media, newsletter, blog, calendar, etc.) and be a local point of contact for members, sponsors, and the WEST Board of Directors. The candidate will be a public face for the organization by representing WEST at our Boston area events and coordinating our amazing group of volunteers. This position reports to the Director of Operations and will require attendance at occasional morning events and 2-3 evening events per month. This position offers the opportunity to hone your marketing and web-analytics skills, while allowing for creativity in reaching a broader community, increasing networking opportunities, and bringing efficiencies to the organization. 

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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Networking, Career Development, Developing Your Skills, Communication, Professional, Marketing, Job, Outreach

No Title? No Problem! Learn to Influence Without Authority

Posted by Jaime Luna on Sep 4, 2018 3:23:53 PM

Influencing without authority is one of the most valuable skills you can learn and there are many useful forms of influence that you could be taking greater advantage of. Six sources of influence are positional, expertise, resources, informational, direct, and relationships.

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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Upcoming Events, Networking, Women in STEM, Connect, Career, Career Development, Science, Tech, Developing Your Skills, Communication, Interactive, Biotech, Professional, Own It, Influence Without Authority, Influence, Support, Relationships, Success

Senior Leader Interview with Career Insights from Sandra Glucksmann

Posted by WEST Volunteer on Aug 21, 2018 12:42:13 PM

Sandra Glucksmann, CEO of Cedilla Therapeutics and a founding board member of WEST, sat down with us to share her experience and lessons learned over her 25-year career in biotech. Sandra holds a PhD in molecular genetics and cell biology from the University of Chicago and carried out her post-doctorate work at MIT.

Sandra’s career path spanned both science and business. She attributes her success to being open to new opportunities that were not necessarily in her wheel house and to cultivating a strong network. After working as a bench scientist for eleven years at Millennium, she made a mid-career shift into the business side of biotech. She believes that staying deeply connected with her science background gave her a leg-up when developing her corporate presence in biotech. 

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Topics: Women, Community, Women in STEM, Career, Career Development, Biotech, Science, PhD, Business, Success, New Opportunities, Network, Presence, Leadership, Leader, Influence Without Authority, Inspire, Developing Your Skills, Change, Mentor, Sponsor, Advice, Ask, Risk, Learn, Strengths, Giving Back, Connect

Uncertain to Unstoppable: How to Conquer Your Next Networking Event

Posted by WEST Volunteer on Aug 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Networking events are often a daunting necessity for many professionals. You don’t want to go, but you know you have to. Attending networking events is crucial in today’s professional world. Here are a few things to keep in mind when networking:

  • Have a Goal
  • Do Your Homework
  • Dress to Impress
  • Bring Copies of Your Resume and Business Cards
  • Listen First, Absorb, and Then Contribute
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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Upcoming Events, Networking, Women in STEM, Connect, Career, Career Development, Science, Tech, Developing Your Skills, Transitions, Communication, Engage, Interactive, Biotech, Professional, Own It, Confidence, Listen

Develop Presence to Better Connect, Inspire, and Influence Others at All Levels

Posted by WEST Board Member on Jul 27, 2018 2:32:46 PM

In today’s increasingly competitive workplace and market, it’s no longer sufficient to get by with a strong resume and cover letter. In order to succeed in your field, you must act on your strengths, diligently build connections/community, and seek recognition in order to set yourself apart.

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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Upcoming Events, Networking, Women in STEM, Connect, Cambridge, Career, Career Development, Science, Tech, Developing Your Skills, Transitions, Communication, Engage, Interactive, Resources, Biotech, Professional, You, Life, Own It, Empowerment, Presence, Inspire, Influence

It Takes a Village to Build a Career

Posted by WEST Board Member on Jul 25, 2018 2:02:24 PM

Have you ever heard the old adage, “It takes a village to raise a child?” Well it doesn’t stop there. It also takes a “village” to build a career. Your career.

There is a Chinese term, Guan Xi, which translates to “the Chinese form of networking that is built up from family, village and clan kinship. In Chinese business and life in general, the maintenance of face and cordial Guan Xi are prerequisites in ensuring that networks operate smoothly and reliably.”

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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Upcoming Events, Networking, Women in STEM, Connect, Cambridge, Career, Career Development, Science, Tech, Developing Your Skills, Transitions, Communication, Speed Networking, Engage, Career Path, Interactive, Resources, Biotech, Professional, Annual Theme, You, Life, Own It, Empowerment

Get Leadership Strategies to Advance Your Career

Posted by Jaime Luna on Jul 19, 2018 2:17:31 PM

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. 

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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Upcoming Events, Networking, Women in STEM, Connect, Discussion, Workshop, Cambridge, Career, Career Development, Science, Tech, Developing Your Skills, Leadership, Challenges, Success, Influence, negotiation, Transitions, Management, Communication, Influence Without Authority, Leader

Lessons Learned from April-June 2018 WEST Events

Posted by Jaime Luna on Jun 28, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Learn more about past events listed below

6/12: Leadership and Women of the Future Awards and Panel Discussion
5/23: Providing Impactful Feedback Up, Down, and Across
4/26: How to Present Technical Information so People Will Understand, Care, and Remember
4/23: How Does a Start-up Embrace Open Innovation with a Large Corporation
4/11: Innovation and Entrepreneurship Senior Panel Discussion

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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Upcoming Events, Career, Networking, Women in STEM, Tech, Communication, Connect, Discussion, Boston, Network, Leadership, Awards, Impact, Feedback, Start-Up, Open Innovation, Innovation, Entrepreneurship

LinkedIn & Networking: Your Reputation Precedes You

Posted by WEST Board Member on Jun 19, 2018 2:13:10 PM

Once upon a time, there was a social network. The social network was rich with relationships. People were connected to their family, friends, and other people in their village. But technology didn’t stand still. Eventually they could connect to distant relationships by mail, then Pony Express, then telegraph, then the wireless, then the telephone, and then by email. Life was good. You could reach out to almost everyone you needed to.

Then, in late 2002 a colleague at work, Yvonne, sent an odd-looking invitation to me through this thing called LinkedIn.

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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Upcoming Events, Networking, Women in STEM, Connect, Discussion, Workshop, Cambridge, Career, Career Development, Science, Tech, Developing Your Skills, Relationships

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