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Improving the Quality and Impact of Our Conversations

Posted by WEST Board Member on Sep 14, 2018 8:30:00 AM

The way in which we communicate – whether at work, at home or in school – has changed dramatically over the years with the accessibility of email, texting, and the use of social media applications.  Communications among colleagues and friends are often reduced to fragmented collections of written phrases and responses, fired off moments after receipt of an inbound message. The on-demand, always accessible manner of communicating has certainly brought significant conveniences, but it has reduced the opportunities for conversations among us. As a result, we may be missing out on the chance to connect, engage, and collaborate in a more meaningful way.

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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Upcoming Events, Networking, Women in STEM, Connect, Career, Career Development, Science, Tech, Developing Your Skills, Communication, Interactive, Biotech, Own It, Relationships, Trust, Collaboration, Impact

No Title? No Problem! Learn to Influence Without Authority

Posted by Jaime Luna on Sep 4, 2018 3:23:53 PM

Influencing without authority is one of the most valuable skills you can learn and there are many useful forms of influence that you could be taking greater advantage of. Six sources of influence are positional, expertise, resources, informational, direct, and relationships.

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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Upcoming Events, Networking, Women in STEM, Connect, Career, Career Development, Science, Tech, Developing Your Skills, Communication, Interactive, Biotech, Professional, Own It, Influence Without Authority, Influence, Support, Relationships, Success

LinkedIn & Networking: Your Reputation Precedes You

Posted by WEST Board Member on Jun 19, 2018 2:13:10 PM

Once upon a time, there was a social network. The social network was rich with relationships. People were connected to their family, friends, and other people in their village. But technology didn’t stand still. Eventually they could connect to distant relationships by mail, then Pony Express, then telegraph, then the wireless, then the telephone, and then by email. Life was good. You could reach out to almost everyone you needed to.

Then, in late 2002 a colleague at work, Yvonne, sent an odd-looking invitation to me through this thing called LinkedIn.

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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Upcoming Events, Networking, Women in STEM, Connect, Discussion, Workshop, Cambridge, Career, Career Development, Science, Tech, Developing Your Skills, Relationships

Benefits of Coaching Circles

Posted by Jaime Luna on Jun 12, 2018 1:53:52 PM

Coaching circles adapt the principles and methods of individual coaching and apply them to small, intentional groups. They set the stage for peer to peer coaching facilitated by trained and qualified professional coaches offering women a supportive and motivating environment to connect through meaningful conversations. Participants develop a set of peer coaching skills in addition to benefiting from professional coaching, and are often preferred by people who learn well in small groups. Join us to establish new relationships, enhance leadership skills and talents, and develop in an area that is a current challenge. We will do three 30 minute sessions. Some of the table topics will be preset and some will be based on ideas submitted when people register to attend. The preset topics will include the following. 

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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Upcoming Events, Networking, Women in STEM, Connect, Discussion, Workshop, Cambridge, Career, Career Development, Science, Tech, Leadership, Developing Your Skills, Coaching, Relationships, Talent, Challenges, Communication, Confidence, Change, Personal Branding, Strengths, Values

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

Coaching Circles - Connect and grow through meaningful conversations

Posted by Peng Meng Kou on Feb 28, 2018 9:35:00 AM

It is almost March, are you keeping up with your New Year's resolutions? Are you stressed at work and don't have enough free time?  Perhaps you are on track with your goals but are hoping to find better ways to advance your career?  You may just want to break out of your own circle and expand your personal and professional network.  Have you considered working with a professional coach to accelerate your growth?

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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Upcoming Events, Career, Networking, Women in STEM, Cambridge, STEM, Insight, Confidence, Coaching, Change, Communication, Relationships, Influence, Conflict Resolution, Personal Branding, Strengths, Values, Support, Work Life Balance

Distance does not make the heart grow fonder: managing and motivating remote teams

Posted by WEST Board Member on Jan 3, 2018 1:27:12 PM
You are probably managing or working in a team with members scattered in different offices, different cities and different parts of the world. We can all underestimate, and especially if we are the ones at cozy HQ, how lonely, disconnected and inefficient this can feel. Misunderstandings and toxic office politics can swell with distance as team motivation and the sense of agency diminishes.
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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Upcoming Events, Career, Networking, Women in STEM, Cambridge, STEM, Management, Communication, Trust, Relationships, Leadership, Resilience, Vision

Career Paths and Working in Industry

Posted by Jaime Luna on Oct 2, 2017 4:29:35 PM
Biogen's WIN group is offering roundtable discussions with women from various areas of Biogen including R&D, Strategy, Asset Management, Clinical Safety Operations, Medical Research, and New Product Commercialization. They will be talking to female grad students and post-docs about their career paths and decision to work in industry. This event will be limited to the first 30 to register and at only $10, it is a great opportunity to network and learn.
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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Networking, Upcoming Events, Career, Relationships, Biotech, Science, Discussion, Industry

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