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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

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

Picking your feet up off the sticky floor

Posted by WEST Board Member on May 18, 2017 10:10:00 AM

We know that gender inequality at senior levels is a real and important limitation for women in most careers, including STEM. But, have we fully acknowledged the self-limitations we women impose on our own careers? As women in science and technology (and probably most fields), we are often our own worst enemies. Rather than hitting our heads on the glass ceiling, we find ourselves sticking to a floor, where we have poured the molasses.

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Topics: Events, Women, Leadership, Gender Balance, Success, Inspire, Cambridge

What’s hot for WOMEN IN TECH?

Posted by WEST Board Member on May 8, 2017 3:54:21 PM

Climbing the career ladder is challenging in any business, but climbing the career ladder when you work in a male dominated field like technology is especially challenging. Finding a balance between “acting the part” vs “being your authentic self” can feel like walking a tight rope –not only is it time consuming, it can be exhausting too. So, what is the best way to navigate the system? where should you focus your efforts? how should you present yourself? and with whom should you spend time networking?

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Topics: Events, Tech, Leadership, Success, Inspire, Network, Community, Women

Come Lunch, Laugh, and Bust the Bad Moms Myth

Posted by WEST Board Member on Mar 24, 2017 11:33:38 AM

Wishing you could handle the work-life balance with this much finesse?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ojvk-4IcOE

Wearing yourself out with perfect execution of your job and both the second (often simultaneous) shift at home?  Wearing yourself out even trying?  Feeling like you can't succeed in your career and be a "good mom and partner"?  

Come join us at lunch time (you have to take time to eat anyway!) to learn some tips and tricks for your work-life balance and hear and share some good stories while doing it!  You will walk away with at least 1 idea you can implement immediately.

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Topics: Events, Work Life Balance, Mom, Inspire, Women, Career

Wondering about alternative careers in STEM? Interested in speed networking with expert panelists?

Posted by WEST Board Member on Mar 9, 2017 10:10:00 AM

Then mark your calendar for March 20th when WEST will co-host a combined speed networking and panel event with the Society of Professional Consultants. Six senior panelists who started out in STEM will describe their path to success in STEM or STEM-related careers. Experience a combination of facilitated networking and small breakout sessions with the panelists to hear about alternative career trajectories, learn how to tell your personal story in a compelling way, and gain confidence in your own skills and abilities.

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Topics: Events, Career, Transitions, Network, Inspire, Science, Tech

WEST’s Women in Science and Technology Awards Event was SOLD OUT!

Posted by WEST Board Member on Jan 31, 2017 11:37:44 AM

Last week, more than 130 men and women gathered in Cambridge to recognize the honorees in WEST’s Annual “Giving Back Awards” ceremony. EACH YEAR for the past 9 years, WEST has brought the biotech and tech community together to honor incredible women from the science, technology and engineering fields who go above and beyond and selflessly give back to society. This year, in addition to recognizing women, WEST added a new accolade designed to recognize men who have demonstrated commitment to supporting and advancing talented women in STEM careers.

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Topics: Events, Awards, Science, Tech, Women, Giving Back, Giving, Inspire, Network

WEST's 9th Annual Giving Back Awards and Silent Auction

Posted by WEST Board Member on Jan 17, 2017 10:10:00 AM

Join WEST for an enchanting evening of celebration in Cambridge on Wednesday January 25th at our “Giving Back Awards” event where we will be recognizing remarkable individuals who contribute to the greater good.


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Topics: Events, Giving Back, Giving, Inspire, Community, Network, STEM, Women, Awards

Save the Date 1/25 for WEST's Giving Back Awards

Posted by Jaime Luna on Jan 9, 2017 8:40:00 AM

Meet the extraordinary and inspiring women and men being honored and hear the stories of how they have made a profound impact on society. The honorees are role models who balance job and personal responsibilities while making a difference in their community. Join us to congratulate them, be inspired, network, and support the career advancement of women in the enterprise of science and technology! 

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Topics: Events, Giving Back, Awards, Inspire, STEM, Community, Network

Giving Back Award Nominations

Posted by Jaime Luna on Dec 8, 2016 3:17:37 PM

WEST is accepting nominations through December 15th for our 9th Annual Giving Back Awards. You can nominate a deserving contender for one of the awards listed below. All nominees should be providing direct service to the community, be giving outside of the core responsibilities of his or her job, have a day job in science or technology, and be willing to have his or her story printed in the event program. The nominations should include name, title, company, giving back award category, and 1-3 paragraphs about their giving back. Please send nominations to Jaime Luna, WEST’s Director of Operations, at jluna@westorg.org

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Topics: Events, Nominate, Awards, Community, Giving Back, Women, Science, Tech, Inspire, Network

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