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20 Years, 20 Stories - Week 2

Posted by Jaime Luna on Sep 19, 2020 5:19:45 PM

Celebrating WEST's 20th Anniversary with 20 stories of impact. This week's stories are from Anne Cheung, Elissa Hobert, Reina Improgo, Mariana Nacht, Juliana Soto, and Anne Thessen.

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Topics: Events, Leadership, Women, Transitions, Career, Work Life Balance, Resilience, Network, Giving, negotiation, Leader, Women in STEM, Networking, Upcoming Events, Professional, Connect, Balance, Inspiration, Role Models, Developing Your Skills, Confidence, Impact, New Opportunities, Mentor, Inclusion, #WESTevent, #WESTorg, 20th Anniversary

WEST's 20th Anniversary / 12th Annual Awards

Posted by Rosie Torcivia on Sep 9, 2020 9:15:00 AM

WESTs 20th Anniversary photo  12th Awards

WEST’s 20th Anniversary / 12th Annual Awards

While celebrating 20 years of WEST, it is important to reflect on the progress women have made in STEM, and what still needs to be done to get more women representation in science, technology, engineering, and math. Women remain underrepresented in educational pathways to STEM, and we lose women in STEM at every step of the way. This is a reason WEST focuses so heavily on supporting early and mid-career women. WEST strives to have a positive impact on the persistence and success of women by providing critical tools such as a support system, mentoring, and professional development opportunities to help them overcome Imposter Syndrome, understand how they can effectively ‘take up space’, and lead without worrying about how people will react to them.

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Topics: Leadership, Women, Career, Awards, Women in STEM, Upcoming Events, Balance, #WESTevent, #WESTorg, Webinar, 20th Anniversary

Walking the Tightrope

Posted by Rosie Torcivia on Aug 7, 2020 4:30:15 PM

What is “Walking the Tightrope?”

Societal expectations have created a world where women are typically seen as either likable or respected, but not both. Many of the stereotypical traits of women align with being caretakers, while for men they are associated with being strong leaders. When women come off as confident and strong, people might associate them with being unlikable.

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Topics: Leadership, Women, Career, Women in STEM, Upcoming Events, Balance, #WESTevent, #WESTorg, Webinar

Balancing the Balance

Posted by WEST Board Member on Mar 19, 2018 10:00:00 AM
As a new mom of two and taking on a brand new role at my company, I've been asking myself these questions a lot. There are days when I feel like I've figured out a great balance, followed by others that are a complete and utter disaster where I'm dropping the ball on both work and life. Often times work and life are considered polarities, you choose or the other, but not both. 
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Topics: Events, STEM, Women, Career, Community, Work Life Balance, Cambridge, Women in STEM, Networking, Upcoming Events, Balance, Polarities

Real-life Super Heroes

Posted by WEST Board Member on Jan 11, 2018 9:44:00 AM
Meet some “Wonder Women” and “Super Men” at the WEST 10th Annual Giving Back Awards!
 
For most of us, working all day and managing to get dinner on the table is heroic. For others, like Sara Nochur, working all day is a prelude to fundraising that enables young children in rural India to stay in school by providing them with homes, food, and shelter. Or for Elizabeth O’Day, it’s starting a non-profit organization that recycles electronics and uses the resale profits to build computer centers in orphanages around the world. If these sound like incredible feats, it’s because they are. And yet amazing people working in our local STEM community are doing those extraordinary things, and much more. 
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Topics: Events, STEM, Women, Tech, Science, Career, Awards, Community, Giving Back, Life, Cambridge, Success, Women in STEM, Networking, Upcoming Events, Female, Balance, Making a Difference, Inspiration, Role Models, Volunteer

Last Week to Nominate Someone for a WEST Giving Back Award

Posted by Jaime Luna on Nov 27, 2017 8:00:00 AM
January 25th is WEST's 10th Annual Giving Back Awards honoring role models who balance job and personal responsibilities while making a difference in their community. Do you know someone providing direct service to the community, giving outside of the core responsibilities of his or her job, who has a day job in science or technology, and is willing to have his or her story printed in the event program? Nominate him or her during the month of November at http:// bit.ly /2zhweRa.
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Topics: Events, STEM, Women, Nominate, Awards, Community, Giving Back, Cambridge, Giving, Women in STEM, Networking, Upcoming Events, Balance, Making a Difference, Inspiration, Role Models

Nominate Someone Deserving of a Giving Back Award Today

Posted by Jaime Luna on Nov 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM
January 25th is WEST's 10th Annual Giving Back Awards honoring role models who balance job and personal responsibilities while making a difference in their community. Do you know someone providing direct service to the community, giving outside of the core responsibilities of his or her job, who has a day job in science or technology, and is willing to have his or her story printed in the event program? Nominate him or her during the month of November at http:// bit.ly /2zhweRa.
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Topics: Events, STEM, Women, Nominate, Awards, Community, Giving Back, Cambridge, Giving, Women in STEM, Networking, Upcoming Events, Balance, Making a Difference, Inspiration, Role Models

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