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2019-Q1 Post Event Tips: Advocating for Yourself at Work

Posted by Veronica Huang on Feb 11, 2019 7:30:00 AM

Do you think you deserve a higher salary in the job offer? Are you aiming to score that promotion this year? Frustrated by the growing workload and the dwindling resources? Couldn’t get to agreement with your team about project deliverables and timelines? Regardless of your role, we negotiate everyday. And these difficult conversations always wrack our nerves. WEST’s first workshop in 2019 by Amy Rebecca Gay provided a framework and practical tools to help us navigate self-advocacy and increase effectiveness in negotiation.

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Topics: negotiation, Empowerment, Compensation, Developing Your Skills, Tools, Relationships, Network, Gender Balance, Networking, Workshop

Diversity on the Board of the Directors

Posted by Diana Anderson on Jan 30, 2019 12:35:43 PM

Innovation and all the benefits that stem from it, are correlated to board diversity. Regardless of whether you’re planning to join a board, you should be aware of where organizations that impact your life sit on the spectrum of board diversity. 

Check out some of the best infographics in the Missing Pieces Report: The 2018 Board Diversity Census of Women and Minorities on Fortune 500 Boards. Download the complete report, a multiyear collaboration by the Alliance for Board Diversity and Deloitte here.

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Topics: Women, Community, Networking, Women in STEM, Connect, Career, Science, Biotech, Leaders, Events, Network, Own It, Impact, Professional, Upcoming Events, Cambridge, Board of Directors, Innovation, Panel, Diversity

2019 #WESTawards: Own It #WESTorg

Posted by Diana Anderson on Jan 14, 2019 8:15:00 AM

Join WESTorg at Takeda on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, for the #WESTawards to honor individuals in the Boston science and technology community that embody WEST’s 2018-2019 theme, ‘Own It: Empowering Your Career & Your Life’. 

WEST is a learning community that provides women in the enterprise of science and technology with the inspiration, knowledge and connections to reach their full potential. Please join #WESTorg and our sponsors, Takeda, Johnson & Johnson and Safety Partners at Takeda’s Cambridge offices for the 2019 #WESTawards and Networking Night to honor individuals in Boston’s STEM community who embody WEST’s mission and our ‘Own It’ theme in their service of inclusivity and empowerment in STEM and STEM initiatives that benefit the community at large.

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Topics: Women, Community, Networking, Women in STEM, Connect, Career, Science, Biotech, Interview, Leaders, Advocate, Compensation, Events, Network, Awards, Sponsor, Own It, Impact, Support, Strengths, Volunteer, Making a Difference, Role Models, Inspiration, Rockstars, Professional, Upcoming Events, Inspire, Giving Back, Success, Cambridge

Free Networking Night with Bristol-Myers Squibb

Posted by WEST Board Member on Oct 1, 2018 8:30:00 AM

WEST is excited to host a networking night with leaders from Bristol-Myers Squibb on October 11th at the Broad Institute in Kendall Square.  BMS will open their new R&D site in Cambridge this November where they plan to grow their team in key areas such as Oncology and Translational Medicine and Discovery Technologies. This location will be a flagship R&D site for the company with up to approximately 300 employees. Through their Bristol-Myers Squibb Network of Women (B-NOW) which advises on the hiring, compensation, and advancement of women in BMS to their 50.3% female workforce, BMS has demonstrated a strong commitment to an inclusive and diverse workforce.

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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Upcoming Events, Networking, Women in STEM, Connect, Career, Science, Biotech, Own It, Cambridge, Network, New Opportunities, Talent, Professional

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

Lessons Learned from April-June 2018 WEST Events

Posted by Jaime Luna on Jun 28, 2018 8:30:00 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, Community, Upcoming Events, Career, Networking, Women in STEM, Tech, Communication, Connect, Discussion, Boston, Network, Leadership, Awards, Impact, Feedback, Start-Up, Open Innovation, Innovation, Entrepreneurship

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

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

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

7-27 Breakfast with Local CEOs

Posted by Jaime Luna on Jul 25, 2017 4:47:59 PM

Are you looking for an opportunity to network and hobnob with local senior leaders? If so, this is THE event for you. Enjoy a light breakfast accompanied by lots of conversation with Emily Reichert, CEO of Greentown Labs and Chesley Chen, CEO of Safety Partners, Inc. Registration will be limited to a maximum of 20 participants to ensure an intimate experience. 

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Topics: Events, Women, Leadership, Science, Tech, Cambridge, Community, CEO, Network, Networking, Career

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