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Uncertain to Unstoppable: How to Conquer Your Next Networking Event

Posted by WEST Volunteer on Aug 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Networking events are often a daunting necessity for many professionals. You don’t want to go, but you know you have to. Attending networking events is crucial in today’s professional world. Here are a few things to keep in mind when networking:

  • Have a Goal
  • Do Your Homework
  • Dress to Impress
  • Bring Copies of Your Resume and Business Cards
  • Listen First, Absorb, and Then Contribute
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Topics: Events, Women, Community, Upcoming Events, Networking, Women in STEM, Connect, Career, Career Development, Science, Tech, Developing Your Skills, Transitions, Communication, Engage, Interactive, Biotech, Professional, Own It, Confidence, Listen

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

Get Leadership Strategies to Advance Your Career

Posted by Jaime Luna on Jul 19, 2018 2:17:31 PM

Sandra Glucksmann, President & CEO at Cedilla Therapeutics, will share stories of her career challenges and successes. She will discuss how to best apply your scientific and analytical abilities to develop influence and negotiation skills. Sandra will share her learning experiences as she transitioned from bench scientist to manager, and from manager to executive in both small and large company settings. 

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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, Leadership, Challenges, Success, Influence, negotiation, Transitions, Management, Communication, Influence Without Authority, Leader

Negotiating Your Compensation Package: Financial Strategies for Professional Transitions

Posted by Jaime Luna on Mar 21, 2017 8:50:00 AM

Are you planning a career change? Thinking of jumping to a competitor? Has a recruiter contacted you about a new job opportunity? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will need to have a strategy in place to negotiate the best possible compensation package for yourself.

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Topics: Events, negotiation, Financial Planning, Wealth Management, Transitions, Career, Women

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

2/8: Learn to be an Effective Negotiator

Posted by WEST Board Member on Feb 7, 2017 9:20:00 AM

Negotiation skills are required of all professionals. In fact, you use these skills in many phases of both your work and personal life.

According to a recent study in the Journal of Organizational Behavior, failing to negotiate on an initial job offer could mean missing out on over $600,000 in salary during a typical career. 

This session will focus on negotiation strategies to help you achieve better outcomes. We will discuss how to effectively prepare for a negotiation, think on your feet and deal with conflict. This session will be an interactive discussion with exercises to hone your negotiation skills. 

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Topics: Events, negotiation, Women, Career, Transitions

Communicating Your Strengths on Paper & in Person to Land that Perfect Job

Posted by WEST Board Member on Jan 2, 2017 10:00:00 AM

How you portray yourself on a resume and in person during an interview are essential elements on the path to an epic career. It also requires putting in the effort to be completely prepared, and reflect to others why you are the only person for that position. Come join us for an interactive evening and be inspired to take a step back and evaluate how you can effectively communicate your strengths and career path, on paper and in person.  

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Topics: Events, Career, Transitions, Job, Resume, Interview, Success

Career Possibilities and Networking Event

Posted by WEST Board Member on Dec 1, 2016 10:00:00 AM

A STEM degree is one of the most flexible degrees available, but when pursuing one it can be difficult to engage with scientists who’ve moved away from the bench for their career path and see why that is true.  Who has the time to tear themselves away from lab or that coding project??  Worse still, even the most supportive mentors reinforce the notion that a job in the world outside is a sell-out and suggests failure in some sense.

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Topics: Events, Career, Transitions, Network

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