WEST: Advancing Women in Science and Technology

WEST’s Ten-Month Leadership Development Program: Leading for Impact: A Journey of Self-Discovery, Career Success and Community Contribution

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 6, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Out of its commitment to help women, WEST: Advancing Women in Science and Technology is launching a ten-month leadership program to develop women in their STEM careers as leaders so that they consistently make a difference in the organizations they serve and in the world.

The core to the program is that each participant collaboratively creates a ten-month impossible project that makes either a societal or organizational impact. The design, development and implementation of an impossible project serves as a laboratory for learning leadership development.

The structure of the program will have two women leaders advise a cohort of ten women STEM professionals seeking to develop their leadership skills over ten-months. The cohorts of twelve will meet every month.

The cohorts will be made up of early and mid-career women.

Additionally, each of the ten members of the cohort will mentor college students majoring in STEM fields, so that the participants learn how to mentor. Participants will also be sharing their impossible projects with their mentees, inspiring them to take on projects for impact that may seem impossible.

Each cohort and their ten mentees will meet twice during the ten months to build deeper relationships and share what they are learning about. Lessons to be learned include: implementing their impossible projects, being a mentor, and being mentored.

Women STEM professionals will be developed as leaders. This will be accomplished through the development of designing and implementing their impossible project, what they are learning from their project, the monthly leadership development circle meetings, and by mentoring other women.

Each participant will assess their leadership strengths and gaps, establish a baseline of leadership skills and abilities, design a roadmap to bridge the gap in their leadership skills and abilities. Aside from personal success, each participant will create measurable results for the ten-month program. Such results include what each participate will be accomplish in their jobs as a result of developing their leadership skills and abilities as well as the impact they will have mentoring women junior to them. Most importantly, participants will learn to develop and engage others in the development of a vision for their project and learn successfully to mentor one another.

In the course of the program, participants will learn how to influence others without authority along with learning how to navigate the landscape of their organization to ensure success. Participants will also learn how to network so that they can engage others and get support for their projects. Additionally, participants will learn how to market and make their projects visible.

This impactful leadership development program will start in September of 2012 and end in July of 2013.

STEM women professionals will meet with their cohorts monthly and with the women they are mentoring monthly as well.

The program builds a network of mentoring, personal and leadership development.

This program is only open to WEST members.

For more information, visit http://www.westorg.org/ .

About WEST:
WEST: Advancing Women in Science and Technology is a 501(c)3 Massachusetts based non-profit. WEST’s mission is to promote, advance, and develop women in Science, Engineering, and Technology as leaders, advocates, C-level executives and thought leaders that make a profound difference in the communities they serve.

WEST is a community and a forum, for early, mid-career, executive and entrepreneurial women. Through participation our members become inspirational leaders and role models for their teams, organizations and businesses.

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WEST Ensures Visibility for Board Members: CEO Kip Hollister is the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Award winner in New England

BOSTON, Mass., June 27, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — WEST, Advancing Women in the Business of Science and Technology, continues its mission to bring visibility to woman leaders by nominating Kip Hollister as Entrepreneur of the Year in Service and Kip was awarded the honor. WEST demonstrated its key success factor of Visibility by nominating two advisory board members: Kip Hollister, CEO Hollister, a leading staffing firm, and Barbara Lynch, James Beard Award Winning Chef and serial restaurateur; to the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year.

Both Kip and Barbara were chosen as finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2012 Award. During a special gala honoring all of the finalists, Kip was selected by an independent panel of judges and the award was presented at a special gala on Thursday, June 21, 2012.

The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

“It was a very exciting night for WEST having two advisory board members as finalists for the Ernst & Young New England Entrepreneur of the Year – and having Kip win the New England award in service,” said Ilene Fischer, said Ilene Fischer Executive Director of WEST. “It was a demonstration of WEST’s commitment to ensuring visibility for its entrepreneurial women.”

“I am humbled by this award and am always seeking to improve as a leader and entrepreneur,” said Kip Hollister. “It is my staff I have to thank who are always up for the challenges I put in front of them when it comes to leadership development, and excellence in service delivery.” Kip is committed to creating a workplace based on values, and building a corporate culture to last. She is also dedicated to the community and workforce development initiatives, which led to developing a training division within Hollister to deliver Leadership and Communication programs.

WEST, Advancing Women in the Business of Science & Technology’s focus on key success factors in STEM to be successful in their career, as researched through studies by Catalyst, Harvard Business School and the Anita Borg Institute: They are Performance, Visibility, Leadership experience and Sponsorship.

Both finalists were honored at the evening gala with a video created to highlight their work. WEST plans to nominate Barbara Lynch again to continue to support her extraordinary work in nutrition, and in hospitality.

Barbara said, “I was so honored to be with so many entrepreneurs, and I am a thrilled WEST will nominate me next year, now I am in it to win it.”

Now in its 26th year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, Michael Dell of Dell Inc., Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines, Fred Smith of FedEx, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, Richard Schulze of Best Buy, Andrew Mason of Groupon, Mindy Grossman of HSN, Inc., Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, and many more.

As a New England regional award winner, Kip is now eligible for consideration for the National Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Award. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 17, 2012. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum(R), the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

More information: http://www.westorg.org/

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WEST Hosts Executive Dinner on The Economic impact of Women on Boards

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 11, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Out of its commitment to having women on Boards, WEST: Advancing Women in Science and Technology hosted an executive dinner on June 6, 2012 at the Hotel Marlowe Cambridge. The topic of this program was a panel discussion on “The Economic Impact of Women on Boards.”

WEST Executive Director, Ilene Fischer honored and acknowledged 26 Massachusetts companies that have 20 percent or more women on their board.

The companies with the most percentage of women on board are as followed: Cambridge Bancorp with 41 percent women on their board and Hologic with 38 percent. It also includes American Tower Corporation, Avid Technology, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Commonwealth Financial Network, Talbots, The TJX Companies which all have 33 percent women on their board. Cubist Pharmaceuticals, along with Boston Private Financial Holdings have 30 percent. Other companies that were acknowledged were: Eaton Vance Corporation with 29 percent, Akamai Technologies and Boston Scientific Corporation with 27 percent, Biogen Idec and Staples with 25 percent of women on their board, Century Bancorp and Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company with 23 percent, Abt Associates, Boston Properties, Courier Corporation, Water Corporation, and ZipCar with 22 percent, Alkermes, Charles River Pharmaceuticals, and Five Star Quality Care with 20 percent women on their boards.

After Executive Director of WEST, Ilene Fischer acknowledged those Massachusetts companies with 20 percent or more women on boards, a lively discussion about the Economic Impact of Women on Boards ensued with the following panelists: Steven Grossman, Massachusetts State Treasurer; Stephanie Sonnabend, founder of Women on Boards 2020 and President Sonesta Hotels; Linda Whitlock, lead director of Cambridge Trust, and Pat Flynn, trustee and professor of Economics at Bentley University.

The discussion was moderated by Kim Zeoli, who is the senior partner of Deloitte and Touche LLP’s National Business Risk Advisory Practice.

A majority of the women who attended the Executive Women’s Dinner participate on non-profit boards, while only a dozen stated they participated on corporate boards.

The key question of the evening was – “Why is gender equality important on corporate boards?”

According to Linda Whitlock, the lead director of Cambridge Trust, gender equality is important on corporate boards because “the company sees more profitability and a higher return on investment where there are more women on boards.” In addition, Whitlock also says, “diversity on boards encourages better decisions because there are multiple perspectives in play.”

Steven Grossman, Massachusetts State Treasurer also believes that gender equality on board is important. In response, Grossman says, “We are not only maximizing our interests but also our values.” Referring to the extraordinary performance of those companies with three or more women on their board, treasurer Grossman said “Words are words, promises are promises, but only performance is reality.” To impact getting more women on boards Grossman reminded the audience “You can effectuate change by standing on the table and being an equity partner.”

Stephanie Sonnabend, founder of Women on Boards 2020 is also another strong activist for gender equality on board. She says, “Women tend to think more long-term rather than short-term. They think more holistically, and socially. Women also tend to evaluate risk in comparison to men. It makes good business sense.”

The evening was extremely successful. The attendees realize that the lack of women on boards is a pressing issue.

To solve this issue, Sonnabend says, “We need to stick together and advocate for each other.”

At the end of the evening Grossman reflects, “The fact that there is an inadequate pool of women who are qualified to be on boards is absolutely ludicrous.”

A slide show of pictures from this event can be viewed at:
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About WEST:
WEST: Advancing Women in Science and Technology is a 501(c)3 Massachusetts based non-profit. WEST’s mission is to promote, advance, and develop women in Science, Engineering, and Technology as leaders, advocates, C-level executives and thought leaders that make a profound difference in the communities they serve.

WEST is a community and a forum, for early, mid-career, executive and entrepreneurial women. Through participation our members become inspirational leaders and role models for their teams, organizations and businesses. More information: http://www.westorg.org.

Image credit: © Keith Spiro Photography.

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Two Members on WEST’s Advisory Board – Finalists for the New England Region Ernst and Young Entrepreneurial of the Year Award

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 25, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Out of its commitment to having women leaders be visible, WEST: Advancing Women in Science and Technology, nominated two members of their Advisory Board – Kip Hollister and Barbara Lynch for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Both Kip and Barbara have been announced as finalists for the New England Region Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial of the Year Award for 2012.

WEST’s vision is to promote, advance, and develop women in Science, Engineering, and Technology as leaders and, C-level executives; that make a profound difference in the communities they serve.

WEST’s model on the key success factors for women in STEM is based on research from Catalyst, the Anita Borg Institute and Harvard Business School. The research confirms that the four areas for women to focus on to ensure success in their careers are Performance, Visibility, Leadership Experience and Sponsorship.

WEST’s commitment to having women leaders be visible is what motivated Ilene Fischer, Executive Director WEST and advisory board member for Mass High Tech’s Women to Watch Awards to nominate two out the twenty women that became 2012 Women to watch: Jennifer Chayes, Managing Director of both Microsoft Research Centers; NY and Boston and Bonnie Fendrock, CEO Hepregen.

It is out of this same commitment to women leaders being visible that WEST Board member Nikki Borman, former Ernst and Young employee, nominated both Kip Hollister and Barbara Lynch for 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial of the Year Award.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award is awarded to several entrepreneurs across the globe.

WEST nominated Kip Hollister, who is the founder and CEO of Hollister Inc. In 1988, Kip Hollister had a dream of eliminating the transactional nature of the staffing industry. Her goal was to build an organization driven by values and relationships while guiding both candidates and clients through the real challenges associated with a continuously evolving job market. In 2009, those values and relationships shaped Hollister Inc. into one of the premier recruiting firms in Massachusetts, and today, it serves national clients.

WEST also nominated Barbara Lynch, founder and CEO of Barbara Lynch Gruppo and WEST advisory board member. Barbara Lynch is a James Beard Award-winning, and one of Boston’s and the country’s leading chefs. She is one of 5 women Michelin star chefs in the world. She is an entrepreneur – managing the operations of eight concept restaurants and employs over 200 people. In 2011, Barbara Lynch along with the Gruppo team launched an initiative dedicated to educating healthy, sustainable eating habits through hands-on learning in gardens and classrooms at Boston’s at-risk schools they created a non-profit called Meet the Worms.

Ilene Fischer, Executive Director of WEST said, “Promoting women leaders to be visible is a core value of WEST. We are delighted that we have been able to nominate such extraordinary women and role models.”

Both highly talented nominees for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial of the Year Award are members of WEST’s advisory board and have made it to the finalist round for New England for 2012.

Results of the E&Y Award will be given on June 21, 2012.

About WEST:
WEST: Advancing Women in Science and Technology is a 501(c)3 Massachusetts based non-profit. WEST’s mission is to promote, advance, and develop women in Science, Engineering, and Technology as leaders, advocates, C-level executives and thought leaders that make a profound difference in the communities they serve.

WEST is a community and a forum, for early, mid-career, executive and entrepreneurial women. Through participation our members become inspirational leaders and role models for their teams, organizations and businesses. More information: http://www.westorg.org .

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WEST Holds Career Mentoring Evening for 80 Girl Scouts

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 17, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — WEST: Advancing Women in Science and Technology hosted a Career Mentoring event for 80 Girl Scouts that ranged from grades 4 to 12. WEST taps into its community of women scientist, engineers and technologist as career mentors to hold events for young girls as well as early and mid career women.

On Friday, May 11, 2012, WEST held a Career Mentoring event for 80 Girl Scouts from Eastern Massachusetts made possible by the Mathworks who sponsored the event, and by Microsoft who provided WEST with the venue.

In all, there were 12 WEST career mentors for the Girl Scouts; the future leaders of science, engineering and technology. The career mentors included: dental hygienist, systems architect, molecular biologist, video game inventor, electrical engineer, environmental engineer, chemical engineer, post-doctor in biology, serial entrepreneur and a pharmacist.

Having women role models representing different career paths for the young girls show them that it is possible for women to work in science, engineering and technical fields. The Girls Scouts were inspired by this event and realized that professions are not limited to any gender, or in general, any person.

One Girl Scout said, “I didn’t know there were so many different things you could do when you are older and to never give up.”

Another young girl proclaimed, “No matter what, there is something out there for everyone.”

The Career Mentoring Event was also rewarding for the career mentors as well.

One mentor was moved by girls’ aspirations to become professionals in Science and Technology. She said, “It is exciting to see many young women who want to go into Science and Technology, you have all inspired me.”

While another mentor was impressed with the young ladies’ enthusiasm with activities inside and outside the classroom, she said, “I was really impressed with how articulate these ladies were in describing what they were passionate about inside and outside of the classroom. I want to encourage them to do things inside and outside the classroom.”

Ilene Fischer, WEST’s Executive Director said “WEST has a membership of 500-plus women in science, engineering and technology, they are great role models and career mentors for these young girls. This is WEST’s way of giving back and of developing the future leaders in Science and Technology.”

The event was successful, an unforgettable, life changing event for the girls, their parents and the mentors. By the end of the evening, the Girl Scouts, parents, and career mentors were moved and inspired by the new possibilities they had in front of them.

More information: http://www.westorg.org or ifischer@westorg,org.

About WEST:
WEST: Advancing Women in Science and Technology is a 501(c)3 Massachusetts based non-profit. WEST’s mission is to promote, advance, and develop women in Science, Engineering, and Technology as leaders, advocates, C-level executives and thought leaders that make a profound difference in the communities they serve.

WEST is a community and a forum, for early, mid-career, executive and entrepreneurial women. Through participation our members become inspirational leaders and role models for their teams, organizations and businesses.

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