WEST Wisdom Blog

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‚Äôs 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

Achieving Operational Excellence through Collaboration in a Digital World

Posted by WEST Board Member on Nov 10, 2017 4:52:13 PM
In today's business world, it's rare that a team is physically located in the same space. Remote work is becoming increasingly popular and easier with advancements in technology. Business are also more global than ever before as it's easier to expand abroad. As it becomes easier for businesses to physically expand, it also becomes more difficult to collaborate and communicate. Between different time zones, cultural communication styles and varying priorities it's hard to stay aligned as a business. This creates challenges as we try and execute on a strategy. It's important that we double down on visibility into collaborative work and leverage tools that help us stay aligned. 
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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Upcoming Events, Career, Networking, Women in STEM, Cambridge, STEM, Operational, Excellence, Digital, Business, Collaboration, Communication, IT, Tools

Small Wins for Big Change

Posted by WEST Board Member on Oct 11, 2017 9:36:00 AM

Motivating your team to achieve top results can be hard when it's not clear as to how you'll get there. Teams need a framework and tools for achieving greatness, but often times teams can be skeptical of those frameworks and tools. Changing behavior for how things are done is hard. In order to create momentum with a new behavioral change, you want to find small wins with your new frameworks and tools so teams buy into them. Once the team sees a "win" with a new framework, it will be easier to get buy in moving forward and roll out for bigger initiatives on your path to success.

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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Upcoming Events, Discussion, Entrepreneurship, Financial, Resources, Business, Tech, Panel

The Financial Highs and Lows of Entrepreneurship for Women Panel Discussion

Posted by Jaime Luna on Oct 9, 2017 4:33:56 PM

WEST & Ellevate are partnering with WE-BOS to provide a FREE panel discussion where entrepreneurs will share insights into the financial successes and challenges of starting and scaling a business. 

Topics to include:

  • Preparing yourself to take the financial risk to start a business
  • Resources available to fund or support the start-up of a business
  • Resources available to grow and scale your business 
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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Upcoming Events, Discussion, Entrepreneurship, Financial, Resources, Business, Tech, Panel

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