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Women in STEM exploring new careers: leveraging your science and tech background to pivot into new roles

Posted by WEST Board Member on May 23, 2018 8:44:00 AM

Over our lifetimes we evolve and grow and our career needs and desires change. As your personal life brings new opportunities and joys your professional preferences change.

You may find yourself dreaming of a very different work environment from the one you have today; a new challenge where you can stretch your wings and explore new roles and leadership responsibilities.

You are probably in the science/technology field because you were good at STEM subjects at school. But you are also good at other things that may want to use and develop in your career.

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Topics: Events, Women, Tech, Science, Career, Community, Panel, Cambridge, Women in STEM, Workshop, Networking, Upcoming Events, Discussion, Lessons Learned, Connect, Values, Support, Career Development, Career Possibilities, Speed Networking

Career Management for Today’s Work Environment

Posted by WEST Board Member on May 21, 2018 8:22:00 AM

Want to be proactive and understand what drives your career interests and motives and use this understanding to better guide the development of your career? Pre-register for this workshop “Career Management for Today’s Work Environment” by May 31st and you will have the unique opportunity to take an online assessment of your personal interests, values and skills. You’ll receive the results of your assessment during the workshop and participate in an interactive session to explore how you can generate a roadmap and take action to effectively advance your career.  As always, this WEST event will provide the chance to meet and network with other women and men in the enterprise of science and technology.

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Topics: Events, Women, Career, Community, Cambridge, Women in STEM, Workshop, Networking, Upcoming Events, Discussion, Connect, Values, Support, Impact, Career Development, Assessment, Roadmap

Tips for Providing Impactful Feedback Up, Down and Across

Posted by Jaime Luna on May 18, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Join WEST and Executive Communication Coach and Trainer, Tori Hollingworth on 5/23, 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. 

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Topics: Events, Women, Communication, Community, Cambridge, Women in STEM, Workshop, Networking, Upcoming Events, Relationships, Discussion, Connect, Feedback, Impact

What you need to know to obtain and strategically use IP in a startup business

Posted by WEST Board Member on May 7, 2018 1:20:48 PM
"You ain't no kind of man if you ain't got land" - Delmar O'Donnell (played by Tim Blake Nelson), O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000 Coen Brothers Film)
 
Strong property rights have been and continue to be a bedrock of American enterprise. Intellectual property is no exception - Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the United States Constitution grants Congress the power "To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries."
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Topics: Events, Women, Boston, Community, Women in STEM, Workshop, Networking, Upcoming Events, Discussion, Connect, Start-Up, Trademarks, Patents, IP

Lessons Learned from April-June 2018 WEST Events

Posted by Jaime Luna on May 3, 2018 12:00:00 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, Boston, Tech, Career, Communication, Community, Network, Women in STEM, Networking, Upcoming Events, Discussion, Rockstars, Breakfast, Connect

5/8 Tech Rockstar Breakfast with Local Senior Leaders

Posted by Jaime Luna on Apr 25, 2018 3:33:34 PM

Are you looking for an opportunity to network with local senior tech leaders? If so, this is THE event for you. Enjoy a light breakfast accompanied by lots of conversation with Larry Friedman, Tim Mugherini, and Sabine Schilg. Registration is for WEST MEMBERS ONLY and will be limited to a maximum of 20 participants to ensure an intimate experience. 

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Topics: Events, Women, Boston, Tech, Career, Communication, Community, Network, Women in STEM, Networking, Upcoming Events, Discussion, Rockstars, Breakfast, Connect

4/23 Free Panel Discussion on How a Start-up can Embrace Open Innovation with a Large Corporation

Posted by Jaime Luna on Apr 16, 2018 2:52:28 PM

Senior STEM leaders from organizations ranging from incubator to startup to large corporations will share their perspectives on the topic of open innovation and how they help their company embrace it. Key discussion points will include methods for encouraging entrepreneurial concepts, approaches for launching new companies, and how a start-up can adopt open innovation including when/how they start working with larger corporations. Learn what works well and what pitfalls to avoid. Take advantage of this event to meet and network with the movers and shakers in the local STEM ecosystem. 

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Topics: Events, Women, Tech, Science, Career, Communication, Community, Entrepreneurship, Panel, Cambridge, Women in STEM, Networking, Upcoming Events, Innovation, Biotech, Discussion, Connect, Open Innovation, Start-Up

Women's Career Advancement Book Club

Posted by Jaime Luna on Apr 6, 2018 4:27:11 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. 
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Topics: Events, Women, Career, Community, Cambridge, Success, Women in STEM, Networking, Upcoming Events, Discussion, Support, Leaders, Book Club

Innovation and Entrepreneurship – two words synonymous with the Boston biotech scene.

Posted by WEST Board Member on Apr 2, 2018 3:37:27 PM

By Jo Viney, Co-founder and CSO, Pandion Therapeutics

Last summer, one of our local radio stations, WBUR, ran a feature entitled “How Boston Became 'The Best Place In The World' To Launch A Biotech Company” (WBUR, June 19th 2017). The article described the evolution of our unique infrastructure – physical, cultural and sociological – that resulted in Boston being THE place where ideas are catalyzed and made into reality. But what does it really take to be an innovator? And what characteristics are essential to becoming a successful entrepreneur?

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Topics: Events, STEM, Women, Boston, Team, Science, Career, Community, Entrepreneurship, Panel, Cambridge, Success, Women in STEM, Networking, Upcoming Events, Innovation, Biotech, Discussion, Lessons Learned, Inspiration, Support, Challenges, Leaders

How to Elicit Powerful and Positive First Impressions that Last

Posted by WEST Board Member on Nov 1, 2017 9:22:00 AM

Ever wished you could be the type of person that people take notice of when you walk into a meeting? You know the scenario…. the room hushes, heads turn expectantly towards the door, and there is an electric aura of expectation for what will come next. Or maybe you would like to be the person whose ideas are still being talked about long after the meeting has ended. Well, guess what…. it IS possible to become THAT person. Learn how to be the influencer, rather than the influenced!

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Topics: Events, Women, Career, Community, Cambridge, Women in STEM, Networking, Upcoming Events, Presence, Discussion, Connect, Influence

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