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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

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, Women, Community, Upcoming Events, Career, Networking, Women in STEM, Cambridge, STEM, Life, Volunteer, Giving Back, Balance, Making a Difference, Role Models, Inspiration, Female, Awards, Success, Science, Tech

Courage – the key to leading yourself with confidence

Posted by WEST Board Member on Jan 10, 2018 9:20:00 AM
Fear of failure and the unknown can sabotage your life’s journey and prevent you from reaching your full potential. Through heightened self awareness and knowledge of your strengths you can take the personal responsibility of owning your life and courageously step forward out of your comfort zone.  
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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Upcoming Events, Career, Networking, Women in STEM, Cambridge, STEM, Leadership, Resilience, Lead, Leading Ourselves, Life, Emotional Intelligence, Developing Your Skills, Self-Awareness, Empathy

Vote for WEST's 10th Annual Giving Back Awardees

Posted by Jaime Luna on Dec 7, 2017 3:02:00 PM

January 25th is WEST's 10th Annual Giving Back Awards. It is an opportunity to honor those who have made an impact in the community. The honorees are role models who balance job and personal responsibilities while making a difference in their community.  

This year, we are encouraging the community to vote on who they think should receive awards
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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Women in STEM, Awards, Vote, Giving Back, Making a Difference, Inspiration, Life, Role Models, Rockstars, Network

unConference: The Economics of Being Female

Posted by Jaime Luna on Oct 23, 2017 9:30:00 AM
Imagine going to a conference designed completely to meet your needs. That’s what an unConference is. This unConference will feature keynote speakers to get you thinking  about the economics of being female and how looking at the challenge from an economic view can positively impact your career. I n true unConference fashion, it has no agenda until the participants create it. You will decide what topics will be discussed by pitching solutions to the crowd for further discussions in breakout groups. You will share ideas, problem solve, hear multiple perspectives, and challenge the status quo with creative solutions. There is great diversity and experience in the Boston area and this is wonderful opportunity for you to share expertise and exchange innovative ideas in a supportive environment. This is self-directed learning at its best. The content is relevant and exciting because the agenda is created for you, and by you, in the moment.
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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Upcoming Events, Discussion, unConference, Boston, Career, Change, Economics, Equal Pay, Female, Financial, Gender Balance, Gender Balance, STEM, Interactive, Life, Networking, Women in STEM, Work Life Balance

Price Reduction for Fall WEST Workshops

Posted by Jaime Luna on Aug 29, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Now through December only! Huge member discount for WEST workshops. 

Thanks to a very generous donor we are able to offer our members a special discounted rate for workshops through December - workshops will cost only $20 for members, a savings of $30 per event off the non-member rate. Join now and you will quickly cover your annual membership costs while opening the door to our exclusive member-only events.

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Topics: Events, Women, Leadership, Science, Tech, Community, Networking, Career, Life, You, Discount, Membership, Upcoming Events

Career, Life, You

Posted by WEST Board Member on Aug 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Your career needs to be managed strategically and proactively - it does not just happen. Even though good luck, the right network and wicked smarts help, YOU are the only one who can set the direction. WEST’s programming theme this year has been specifically designed to help women in science and technology think about your career advancement strategically and develop your own plan for execution.

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Topics: Events, Women, Leadership, Science, Tech, Cambridge, Community, Networking, Career, Life, You, Annual Theme, Work Life Balance

The Choice is Yours: Tools for Transforming Your Career and Life

Posted by WEST Board Member on Apr 6, 2017 12:38:19 PM

Feeling stuck or passed over, yet knowing that you can achieve more? Feeling powerless or without choices, yet you are doing it all “right”?  Is fear and doubt holding you back even as you try to rise above?

Kimberly Napier will share her own personal, powerful wake-up experience while a leader in corporate America. Now coach to powerhouse women in Boston as well as around the globe, she is passionate about helping women rise above negative inner dialogue, become their own biggest advocate, and find resilience and happiness. Learn from Kimberly’s interactions with hundreds of women as a professional coach.

Come join the WEST community for an exercise-filled evening and walk away with new techniques and tools to achieve who you want to be.

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Topics: Events, Career, Life, Choice, Resilience, Success, Women

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