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What does confidence mean to you?

Written By Kate Hardy.

That was the question asked to a room filled with one hundred women and a few men on Wednesday evening at de la Femme. Deb Elbaum, MD, CPCC, APCC, a career and life coach, author, and speaker, was hosted by de la Femme for a workshop at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, MA. The topic of the night was, DSC01125“Boost Your Professional Presence: The Art of Being Confident.”

Deb’s workshop is interactive, and her goal is to help women learn to believe in themselves and present their ideas with confidence both professionally and personally as they work towards their own successes. Everyone in attendance left with a new sense of empowerment and concrete ways to practice confidence on their own.

To many, confidence must sometimes seem like a difficult and challenging feeling to achieve. What makes one person feel completely at ease and confident may make another feel unsure and indecisive. But on this night, Deb made it seem so much simpler, with her thoughtful exercises and her tangible, actionable steps.

The central message of the night was simple and direct: A + B = C. Attitude + Body = Confidence.

Upon arrival, all of us were given a worksheet of thoughtful questions that we would soon be guided through answering. These questions were formulated to help us discover insights about ouconfidence poserselves. One of the first pairs of questions we answered were: what people, places, things, or events cause us to feel like our confidence is being sucked away, and which situations cause us to feel we are completely confident? And then, an extra challenge: Tell the person sitting next to you.

The thing is, as scary as it can be to tell a complete stranger these personal insights, the valuable lesson is that we’re all in the same boat. We all have things that make us feel confident, and we all have things that make us feel totally un-confident. Not to mention, what makes me feel completely paralyzed with self-doubt may have very well made my neighbor feel energized and on top of the world. “Wow,” I found myself thinking. “If she can have the attitude to feel confident about giving a presentation to 500 people, then maybe I can be that way, too!”

A bit further on in the evening, as we completed the other parts of our worksheets, we were instructed to finish statements like, “At home, I am really good at…” After this thought exercise, we created a personal purpose statement. This was a combination of words or themes that we felt captured us best from the statements we had just completed. Mine? I found that I was a motivated, goal-oriented communicator.

At first, that seemed kind of odd. “Am I really that way?” I asked myself. Sometimes I feel like my communication skills are lacking. I don’t always ask for what I need from other people to be successful, to feel nurtured, or to clarify a situation because I don’t feel confident enough to do so. But, lo and behold, I found that just moments before I had finished the statement, “At work, I am really good at,” with, “teaching and communicating.”de la femme audience

Deb explained how large an impact our own self-beliefs, our attitude, has on our overall confidence. We have this well of confidence within us, just waiting to be drawn from. If we learn to identify and question our negative self-beliefs, we will most likely find at least one confidence drainer. Once these are uncovered, we can work to correct them and replace them with positive self-beliefs. We are in control of our confidence by shaping our attitudes.

The second letter in our alphabet equation was B for body.

As it turns out, Deb taught us Amy Cuddy’s power pose, which was based on the coaching of Amy’s TED talk and work. Your body language not only translates to others, but it also translates to your own emotional state. When you position your body in a way of strength and freedom, your mind listens.

DSC01150Next, we all stood up and learned how to power pose.  We learned how to plant our legs firmly on the ground a little bit apart. Body straight. Head up. Eyes forward. Arms flung up in the air or Superwoman-style on our hips. And that is how we stayed for a full minute.

Right before these power poses, Deb had asked us to stand hunched, arms crossed, bodies curled into ourselves, eyes down. She asked us to describe how we felt: “Small.” “Nervous.” “Unsure.”

But when we struck those power poses, our reactions were completely different: “Powerful.” “Energized.” “Confident.”

Attitude + Body = Confidence.

Yes. How simple, and yet, how hard at times! Deb explained that confidence is a practice. It is a habit. She encouraged us to practice power posing every day. And to not stop questioning the attitudes that make us feel we are not confident. Because we are. All of us in that room had a well of confidence from which we could draw endless amounts of our own personal support.

Walking home from the workshop, my friend and I talked about how we had both learned insights about ourselves. She told me that sometimes she doesn’t speak up to her boss because she doesn’t want to step on toes. I considered this for a minute, and then pointed out that often times a group or organization is stronger for opposing beliefs. And that maybe her newer and less experienced views on her job may actually be innovative. Thanks to this workshop, she was learning to identify her negative self-beliefs and had tools to practice positive self-beliefs instead.Susu & Robin

I’m sure I speak for almost all of the attendees that night when I say that Deb guided us to some valuable personal insights and gave us powerful tools to help practice and nurture those wells of confidence we hold within. We learned how to identify and question our negative self-beliefs, how to create positive self-beliefs in return, and how to channel positive energy with our physical bodies to channel pure confidence.

And as for my neighbor? I got a text message from her the very next morning that read, “My boss called me last night. I used my new confidence!”

Written By Kate Hardy.

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Register for “Boost Your Professional Presence: The Art of Being Confident”

Register at www.dlf-confident.eventbrite.com

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“Boost Your Professional Presence: The Art of Being Confident”

Successful women recognize their strengths and communicate with confidence. Believing in yourself, and knowing how to present yourself and your ideas confidently is key to feeling empowered in your professional and personal life. In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to boost your professional presence and confidence for networking, interviewing, and presenting your ideas. You will get a clearer picture of your values and strengths, and learn how to tap into your presence and confidence using both your thoughts and body. By the end of the evening, you will not only feel more empowered, but also have concrete tools to use in everyday life.

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Deb Elbaum, MD, CPCC, ACC, is a certified career and life coach, author, and speaker. She works with professionals in career transition to help them get clear about their choices, build their confidence, trust their decisions, and create intentional change. She is the author of “Making Moments Count,” a chapter in the recently publishedCoaching for Powerful Change by Diane Hayden. Deb speaks to organizations in the greater Boston area, and is a  workshop facilitator for the Institute for Career Transitions at MIT. She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and her MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Her coaching certifications are from the Coaches Training Institute and the International Coach Federation.

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Date/Time:   Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at 6 PM.

Location:  The Broad Institute (Olympus Room), Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA.

Dinner and drinks will be provided.  Registration is required, sign-in upon arrival.

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Register for “RUN and win: Marian Walsh talks about leadership” event

Register at: www.dlf-leadership.eventbrite.com

RUN and win: Marian Walsh talks about leadership

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Marian Walsh, the recipient of several book awards and author of RUN: Your Personal Guide to Winning Public Office, will discuss how your leadership skills dramatically impact your career and life, no matter what path you pursue.

Based on her extensive experience, and her unlikely, but highly successful candidacies, Marian Walsh will change the way you think about politics and public leadership, and most importantly, how to strengthen your own leadership.

You will be captivated by Walsh’s nonpartisan campaign primer that was seasoned with her long shot Massachusetts campaign victories and political successes — including public debates on the death penalty, gay marriage, and the clergy sexual abuse of children.

Marian Walsh defies traditional politics, with accomplishment and joy, and she invites more citizens to do the same.  She is the recipient of many public leadership awards, including being nominated for the “John F. Kennedy, Profile in Courage Award,” and has held ranking leadership positions in the Massachusetts Senate.  Before election into these leadership roles, Marian Walsh served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, MA — spearheading many reforms and new programs for the protection of victims, and for more efficient law enforcement.  She is the Founder of the American Campaign School and Leadership Camp in Boston, MA.

Marian Walsh is a graduate of Newton College of the Sacred Heart (BA), Harvard Divinity School (M.T.S.), and earned her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School.

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Date/Time:   Thursday, March 31, 2016, at 6 PM.

Location:  The Broad Institute (Olympus Room), Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA.

Dinner and drinks will be provided.  Registration is required, sign-in upon arrival.

Register at: www.dlf-leadership.eventbrite.com

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Sign-up for DLF’s Mentoring Program

To be considered for the 2016 Mentoring Program, please register as well as fill out an application:

Register at https://dlf-2016-mentor.eventbrite.com

Fill out an application at http://goo.gl/forms/4dGk97hq54

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2016 Mentoring Program

Mentors are important sources of information and guidance for your career advancement.  We have gathered an outstanding group of seasoned mentors who are excited to help you.

If you want to participate in the 2016 Mentoring Program, please register for the program here and then fill out an online application athttp://goo.gl/forms/4dGk97hq54.

We will match you to a mentor based on your application, and the first kickoff meeting will be held on January 27, 2016 where you will meet with your mentor.

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Laura Appleton is a senior consultant at IPR.  Her expertise includes primary/secondary market research and quantitative analysis.  She has held senior marketing and research positions at Digital Equipment Corporation, Data General, SUN Microsystems and Qwest Communications. In the area of storage and software, she is an alumna of Storage Technologies and McDATA.  Laura was also a research director for Centennial Ventures – focused on telecommunications.  Prior to work at IPR she consulted for the technology research firm IDC.

Laura graduated from Boston College with a BA in Economics, Boston University with an MBA and the University of Denver with a master’s in Telecommunications. She also completed biology/chemistry coursework in preparation for her PharmD program at the University Colorado Health Sciences Center. Her outside interests include on-going animal rescue efforts, downhill skiing/racing and learning Italian.

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Pradeep Aradhya is founder and CEO of NLMobile. He brings a unique perspective on the use of cutting edge technologies in marketing – particularly with mobile. Previously, as Vice President of Technology at Digitas LLC he successfully led multi million dollar initiatives at Fortune 500 companies to create technology platforms for marketing. His role was to advocate the best and newest developments on various technology areas to provide brands with competitive advantages in establishing lasting relationships with customers.

Pradeep advises multiple start-ups in technology and other spaces on build/buy/partner strategies both in Boston and at the Merrimack Valley Sandbox (now Entreprenuers for All). Pradeep also sits on the board at the Science Club For Girls which provide free STEM education to underserved girls in the Boston area.

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Nathalie Goletiani is a physician scientist currently serving as a clinical neuroscientist at McLean Hospital and a faculty at Harvard Medical School. Nathalie’s interests are related to brain and brain-related disorders, i.e. in Neurology and Psychiatry. In this regard, she completed basic and clinical fellowships at Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School. She is an author of peer-reviewed publications and a recipient of numerous national and international awards.

In her last fellowship, Nathalie was charged with rebuilding and running the Clinical Research Program at McLean Hospital, which taught her all aspects of management related to simultaneous running of multiple clinical trials. This experience in addition to her training culminated in generation of her own concepts and mechanisms related to womens’ disorders, a severely understudied area. She was awarded the Zinberg Fellowship and Livingston Award to specifically address womens’ issues and the complex underlying mechanisms in neurobiology of women.

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Robin Hamilton is Founder and Principal Consultant at Boston Business Operations, With over 15 years of experience and a Master’s degree in Project Management, she brings her expertise in strategy planning, preparation and execution to clients. She works with entrepreneurs and business owners  to develop scalable business operations which support the maintenance and growth of their businesses while preserving capital investment.

Robin Hamilton earned her Master of Science in Project Management and a Bachelor of Science in Leadership from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

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Melissa Hunter-Ensor is a partner in the Life Sciences Practice of  Saul Ewing, LLP, Boston.  Drawing on a strong scientific background that includes a post-doctoral fellowship with a Nobel laureate, Melissa is a patent attorney who designs and manages IP portfolios to complement the business objectives of her clients.

Melissa’s education includes a B.A. in chemistry at Smith College, as well as a Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania.  During her post-doctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology laboratory of Nobel laureate H. Robert Horvitz, she was awarded a Jane Coffin Child fellowship.

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David Proia is the Director of Cancer Biology and In Vivo Pharmacology at Synta Pharmaceuticals.  In this role, he leads preclinical biological and pharmacological research for several small molecule anticancer agents.  Prior to Synta, he was a Scientist at BostonBiochem and then AstraZeneca after a postdoc at Tufts where David worked on humanized tumor models.

David has a PhD in cell biology from Baylor College of Medicine and a B.S. in Biochemistry from WPI.  He is married (to a scientist!) and they have 2 young daughters.  David can provide advice on finding opportunities, right people to connect with to ensure you have the right package to get yourself into an interview, and what to do when you get into industry – what to expect, how to excel, and what a manager might want to see out of an employee.

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The Mentor Program will run from January to June of 2016.  The kickoff and wrap-up meetings with be held with the entire group, but meetings and/or correspondence in-between will be determined by yourself and your mentor.

Kickoff Meeting Date/Time:   Wednesday, January 27, 2015 at 6 PM.

Wrap-up Meeting Date/Time:  To be determined.

Location:  The Broad Institute (Olympus Room), Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA.

Dinner and drinks will be provided.  Registration is required, sign-in upon arrival.

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Register for “Breaking the Glass Ceiling in STEM Disciplines” Event on Nov 9

Register at: http://delafemme-stem.eventbrite.com

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Breaking the Glass Ceiling in STEM Disciplines

Why are there still so few women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields? Why do high school girls shy away from pursuing STEM majors? Research has shown clear evidence of bias against women in STEM, and the stereotype of being labeled as nerdy or unattractive persists.

The truth is women are missing out on promising, fulfilling and lucrative careers that men have enjoyed for decades.

If you are currently working in STEM related fields or are considering this as a career, join us for an interactive panel on Monday, November 9, 2015, 6 pm, at the Broad Institute.  Our keynote speaker, Dr. Karen Panetta, Associate Dean for Graduate Education at Tufts University, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering will moderate a rock star panel of talented young women engineers in a range of disciplines including electrical, chemical, and mechanical engineering, computer science, and biology at UMass Lowell.

Panelists include Rajia Abdelaziz, Brittany Decker, Marcelle Durrenberger, Anne Faber, Erin Graceffa, Cassie Hailson, and Amy Tibbetts.

The panel also features Lauren Celano, an accomplished entrepreneur and CEO/Founder of Propel Careers, a Boston-based life science search and career development firm.

The panel will discuss the opportunities in STEM fields, and different strategies on how to overcome gender bias and stereotypes.  In addition, the event is a great networking opportunity.

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Dr. Karen Panetta is Associate Dean for Graduate Education at Tufts University, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Director of the Simulation Research Laboratory.  She has received several awards for outstanding teaching and mentoring as well as for creative curriculum development and outreach activities. In 2011, President Obama awarded her the nation’s highest award for Engineering, Science and Mathematics Education and Mentoring. Her numerous awards include, but are not limited to, the 2010 Norm Augustine Award from the National Academies of Engineering and Science, American Association of Engineering Societies, the 2011 Women of Vision Award from the Anita Borg Institute, the 2013 IEEE Ethical Practices Award, the 2013 New England Engineers Week Leadership Award, and the 2011 Harriet B. Rigas Award for outstanding female Educator.

As the founder of the International Nerd Girls Program, Dr. Karen Panetta has conducted engineering outreach activities to over 85,000 children, parents, and educators. She co-founded the first Tufts University School of Engineering start-up company, BA Logix, Inc. based on her own intellectual property. Dr. Panetta designed the App-E-Feat humanitarian challenge for engineers for the Clinton Global Initiative and hosted the web show, “Ask Dr. Karen”, which answers questions from students, parents, and educators from around the world about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Because of her intellectual prowess, Dr. Karen Panetta was the first woman engineer granted tenure in the Tufts University School of Engineering.

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Lauren Celano is the co-founder and CEO of Propel Career, a life science search and career development firm focused on connecting talented individuals with entrepreneurial life sciences companies. Propel works with current leaders and actively cultivates future leaders through full time placement, internships, mentoring, career coaching, and networking. Prior to Propel Careers, Lauren was a senior account manager for SNBL USA where she worked with emerging biotech companies in Europe, Asia, and the US to help characterize and advance their drug molecules. Prior to SNBL USA, she held business development positions with Aptuit and Quintiles, where she focused on IND enabling studies to advance therapeutics from discovery into the clinic.  She has a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Gettysburg College and an MBA with a focus in the health sector and entrepreneurship from Boston University.

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The panel is co-sponsored by the Francis College of Engineering at University of Massachusetts Lowell.

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Register at: http://delafemme-stem.eventbrite.com

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Register for “How to Maintain an Effective Mentor-Mentee Relationship” event

Register at: www.dlf-mentoring.eventbrite.com

Join de la Femme for a lively discussion on mentoring. We will recap our first annual Mentoring Program, where we matched mentees with our group of hand-selected mentors. We will also provide information on how you can participate in our next Mentoring Program, as well as to get a sense of your goals so that we can connect you with the appropriate mentors.  Current mentors and mentees will be in attendance to recap their experiences and discuss lessons learned.  Some potential topics to be discussed will be:

-The do’s and don’ts of a mentor-mentee relationship.

-How to dress for success.

-Tips for the job search and how to land an interview and job offer.

-Tips for planning your next career move.

-Tools to use to improve interpersonal relationships.

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Date/Time:   Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 6 PM

Location:  The Broad Institute (Olympus Room), Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA

Dinner and drinks will be provided.

Registration is required, sign-in upon arrival.

Register at: www.dlf-mentoring.eventbrite.com

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June 3: “Reset your Stress: Cultivating Resilience in Today’s Complex Market” event

Register for de la Femme’s next event at: http://dlf-reset-your-stress.eventbrite.com

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Reset your Stress: Cultivating Resilience in Today’s Complex Market

How can we maintain wellbeing given today’s hypercompetitive marketplace and increasing demands?  Join Dr. Kris, a researcher and practitioner specializing in preventing professional burnout and increasing resilience in today’s complex work arenas, for a discussion that will help participants in examining complex contextual factors that create barriers for professional and personal success.  Participants will be supported in understanding the importance of engaging in practical strategies that cultivate excellence and resilience at work and beyond.

Participants will learn:

*Common stressors today’s women face within organizations.

*How to avoid the trappings of professional burnout.

*Practical, proven methods for increasing longevity and sustainability at work and at home.

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Kristen Lee Costa ’11, EdD, LICSW, known as “Dr. Kris,” an award-winning professor of Behavioral Science and a Doctor of Education faculty member at Northeastern University in Boston, where her research and teaching interests include individual and organizational wellbeing and resilience. Dr. Kris operates a clinical and consulting practice devoted to preventing and treating burnout and is the author of RESET: Make the Most of Your Stress, winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Motivational Book of 2015.

Dr. Kris is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker known for her advocacy in promoting increased mental health integration in social policies and institutions to facilitate access and improved health outcomes in the U.S. and across the globe. She has served as a U.S. federal grant reviewer for the Departments of Minority Affairs, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, and Health and Human Services.

Dr. Kris’s signature ability to engage with a diverse range of audiences in implementing strategic self-care practices has led her to be invited to speak nationally and internationally to educators, health and mental health professionals, business leaders and general audiences.

Dr. Kris holds a BS from Worcester State University, an MSW from Boston University and an EdD in Organizational Leadership Studies from Northeastern University.

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RESET: Make the Most of Your Stress is based on the RESET© model of self-care developed as a therapeutic framework to prevent and treat burnout. RESET© blends substantive theory with practical tools for readers to draw upon at work and home, and has been called “a breakthrough model that reframes our ideas about stress” and “provides a clear strategy for self care that is compelling, creative and motivating for those leading high stress, demanding lives.”

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Register at http://dlf-reset-your-stress.eventbrite.com

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Register for “How To Overcome Gender-Related Mixed Messages” Event

REGISTER FOR DE LA FEMME’S NEXT EVENT “HOW TO OVERCOME GENDER-RELATED MIXED MESSAGES”:

Women consistently find themselves recipients of mixed messages in the workplace, particularly when they work in traditionally male domains and in mixed-gender teams. Where do these conflicting messages come from? Join us for a discussion about the underlying processes that trigger the “Proverbial catch 22” with the hope of being better equipped to navigate them. Dr. Michelle Haynes will highlight some strategies to overcome and diffuse these stereotypes. The event will be at 6 pm, Wednesday, March 4 at the Broad Institute in Kendall Square.
REGISTER HERE—> HTTP://DLF-MIXED-MESSAGES.EVENTBRITE.COM
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Michelle Haynes, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in Psychology at UMass Lowell. She is an organizational psychologist, specializing in the field of workplace diversity. For over a decade, she has investigated the challenges women and persons of color face within organizational contexts. Her approach involves investigating these issues using multiple methods, from experimental work conducted in the lab to community based action research. Theoretically, she draws primarily on how stereotyping processes increase negative performance expectations for women and persons of color which, in turn, fuel a host of adverse consequences in the work domain. Her recent work, on how credit is distributed when men and women work together, has been highlighted in popular press venues from Cosmopolitan Magazine to the Atlantic and NPR. She is the co-founder and coordinator of the graduate certificate in Workplace Diversity.
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REGISTER HERE—> HTTP://DLF-MIXED-MESSAGES.EVENTBRITE.COM

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“How To Overcome Gender-Related Mixed Messages” Event

Register for de la Femme’s next event “How To Overcome Gender-Related Mixed Messages”:

Women consistently find themselves recipients of mixed messages in the workplace, particularly when they work in traditionally male domains and in mixed-gender teams. Where do these conflicting messages come from? Join us for a discussion about the underlying processes that trigger the “Proverbial catch 22” with the hope of being better equipped to navigate them.   Dr. Michelle Haynes will highlight some strategies to overcome and diffuse these stereotypes. The event will be at 6 pm, Wednesday, March 4 at the Broad Institute in Kendall Square.   

Register here—>  http://dlf-mixed-messages.eventbrite.com

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Michelle Haynes, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in Psychology at UMass Lowell. She is an organizational psychologist, specializing in the field of workplace diversity.  For over a decade, she has investigated the challenges women and persons of color face within organizational contexts.  Her approach involves investigating these issues using multiple methods, from experimental work conducted in the lab to community based action research. Theoretically, she draws primarily on how stereotyping processes increase negative performance expectations for women and persons of color which, in turn, fuel a host of adverse consequences in the work domain.  Her recent work, on how credit is distributed when men and women work together, has been highlighted in popular press venues from Cosmopolitan Magazine to the Atlantic and NPR.  She is the co-founder and coordinator of the graduate certificate in Workplace Diversity.

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Register here—>  http://dlf-mixed-messages.eventbrite.com

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“Speed Networking to Meet Your Mentor” Event

Register for DLF’s “Speed Networking to Meet Your Mentor” Event held at the Broad Institute on November 13, 2014 at 6pm

http://dlf-speednetworking.eventbrite.com

Mentors are important sources of information and guidance for your career advancement.  We have gathered an outstanding group of seasoned mentors who are excited to get to know you!  Join us for an evening of speed networking where you will meet with each mentor.  Afterwards, if you would like to participate in our free 6-month mentorship program, we will match you with a mentor based on preferences and feedback.

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“Mentors and Sponsors: Opening the Door to Success” Event

Mentors can help you gain the skills and confidence to advance your career, while sponsors actively champion your career advancement both within and outside of your work environment.  Join us to learn how both tools are important for career development.  We will have a distinguished panel of speakers to share their insights and perspectives on this topic.

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Regina Au is a Strategic Marketing Consultant and Principal at BioMarketing Insights with over 20 years experience in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, and diagnostic industries. She helps companies evaluate their technology upfront by conducting an in-depth business due diligence to de-risk the product development process. Ms. Au also serves as an advisor for the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center Platform Meetings with entrepreneurs.

Prior to BioMarketing Insight she worked for companies such as Merck & Co., Genzyme Corp., NMT Medical, and Radi Medical Systems (now St. Jude Medical) in various positions of increasing responsibility in marketing and sales. Her background includes an MBA in Marketing from the University of Connecticut, a Microbiology degree from the University of Michigan and a Masters in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

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Pradeep Aradhya is founder and CEO of NLMobile. He brings a unique perspective on the use of cutting edge technologies in marketing – particularly with mobile. Previously, as Vice President of Technology at Digitas LLC he successfully led multi million dollar initiatives at Fortune 500 companies to create technology platforms for marketing. His role was to advocate the best and newest developments on various technology areas to provide brands with competitive advantages in establishing lasting relationships with customers.

Pradeep advises multiple start-ups in technology and other spaces on build/buy/partner strategies both in Boston and at the Merrimack Valley Sandbox. Pradeep also sits on the board at the Science Club For Girls which provide free STEM education to underserved girls in the Boston area.

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Tina Stiles is currently the Associate Director of Corporate QA Training at Takeda Pharmaceuticals (formerly Millennium) in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she oversees the Enterprise Learning Management System and GXP training program. She has been employed in this field for over 20 years with companies such as Boston Scientific, Goodrich Aerospace and Wyeth (now Pfizer).

She received her MBA from Bryant University and her BA from Wheaton College.   Tina’s professional associations include memberships in: the Health Care Business Woman’s Association (HBA), GMP Training and Education Association (GMP TEA), The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), and The BioPharmaceutical Training and Education Association (BETA), (having served on the boards of both local chapters).

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Date:   Thursday, June 12, 2013 at 6 PM

Location:  The Broad Institute (Board Room), Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA

Dinner and drinks will be provided.  Registration is required, sign-in upon arrival.

Register at https://dlf-mentorship.eventbrite.com

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Informal Meet-Up and Rescheduled Salary Negotiation Event

The Salary Negotiation Panel has been rescheduled due to weather.  The next date available for all three speakers is Monday March 31st.  Therefore, this event will now be held at 6pm on March 31st at the Broad Institute.  You can still register with the original link: https://dlf-negotiation.eventbrite.com

Since the event is pushed back, we thought it would be nice to have an informal meet-up for anyone who is interested.  This meet-up is optional and will be held on Wednesday February 19th at the Champions Bar in Kendall Sq, just down the street from the Broad.  Our co-founder Dr. Brandy Houser is back in town so old members come welcome her home as well as a good chance for new members to finally meet her.  It is free to attend but please register here: www.DLFmeetup.eventbrite.com

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Postponed: Salary Negotiation Event

Due to the weather, we are postponing the DLF event scheduled for this evening.

The roads aren’t great and the snow it predicted to continue to come down hard.  We will update with more information once we figure out a new date.

Please stay safe!

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Salary Negotiation Panel event on Feb 5th

Please join de la Femme for our next event  on Feb 5th: “How to negotiate your salary and get what you want”

Now that you’ve got a job offer, how do you negotiate to get the salary that you deserve?  Then, in the future, how do you negotiate for a promotion?  The fact is that women today are making roughly 20% less on every dollar a man earns doing the exact same job. Although there are many contributing factors, one of them is the ability to negotiate a fair salary.  Come and learn from a panel of powerhouse speakers on how to determine a fair salary range, approach a salary negotiation, and get what you want!

Cost:   $15 for registration and dinner

Date:   Wednesday February 5, 2014 at 6 PM

Location: The Broad Institute (Olympus Room), Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA

Dinner and drinks will be provided.  Registration at EventBrite is required, check-in at front desk.

Julie Chen, PhD

Dr. Julie Chen is currently the Vice Provost for Research and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML). As the Chief Research Officer, Dr. Chen oversees a $60M+ research and commercialization enterprise, which includes the research administration, institutional compliance, technology transfer and innovation, industry partnerships, and core research facilities programs. In addition to having responsibility for staff in these areas, Dr. Chen also works with the Provost and Deans on startup packages for new faculty hires. Dr. Chen received her PhD, MS, and BS from MIT in Mechanical Engineering.

 Sally Jablon, MBA           

Sally Jablon is the Founder and CEO of Sally Silver Companies and UUNow, which provides job search management and career coaching for new college graduates. For 35 years, Sally enjoyed the reputation for integrity coupled with a unique knowledge of career issues, industry trends and technical concepts. She has supported the growth of both large and small companies by searching for and placing the professionals that drive and grow her client companies. Since 2010, Sally has provided job search management coaching to individuals, based on her successful track record in these activities through Sally Silver Companies. 

Catherine Kuo, PhD

 

Dr. Catherine Kuo is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University. She received her BSE and PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and completed her postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Prior to pursuing an academic career, Dr. Kuo worked in the automotive and sports industries. At Tufts, she directs the Developmental and Regenerative Engineering Laboratory, specializing in musculoskeletal developmental biology, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. In addition, she teaches and mentors students, reviews grant proposals for government agencies and private foundations and manuscripts for scientific journals.  She also chairs programs and sessions for national and international conferences.

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DLF’s Career Events Package

Registration for DLF’s packaged events are here!  Receive a discount by signing up for all 3 events in advance rather than each individual one.  Registration for the February event will be available shortly.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014: How to negotiate your salary and get what you want.

Now that you’ve got a job offer, how do you negotiate to get the salary that you deserve?

Women today are making roughly 20% less on every dollar a man earns doing exactly the same job. Although there are many contributing factors, one of them is the ability to negotiate a fair salary. Learn some of the ways to determine a fair salary range, approach a salary negotiation, and get what you want!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013: How to effectively network for better opportunities.

Do you know the old adage, “It isn’t what you know, but rather who you know”? It has been recorded at various universities that less than 20% of students got their first job from a direct application to an employer. The other 80% received employment through networking. This remains true throughout one’s professional career.

Learn how to effectively network. It is easy enough to show up to a networking event, but talking to random people is simply not enough. Join us to discuss the How To guide to networking and develop a plan on how you will land your next job.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013: How to find the right career path for you if you had no fear. 

Having different career options is a good thing, but picking the best one is difficult. What do you wake up every day wanting to do? Does it even exist? If so, where and how do you find it?

We will be hosting Sarah Cardozo Duncan again as our guest speaker. Sarah is a highly regarded career strategist and will deliver a program that will help guide you in the development of your best career path.

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Cost:   $35 to sign up for all three events in advance or $15 for each individual event

Date:   First Wednesday of even-month (Oct, Dec & Feb) at 6 PM

Location: The Broad Institute (Olympus Room), Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA

Dinner and wine will be provided.  Registration is required, check-in at front desk.

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Register for the “Lean In” Circle Discussion Event

de la Femme is hosting a lively “Lean In” Circle Discussion, where we will share our stories and the challenges we face as women, and offer advice to each other.

We will also discuss the book “Lean In” written by Sheryl Sandberg.  This is a quick read and is a good opportunity to read it if you haven’t already.  However, don’t worry if you haven’t read it, as it is not necessary in order to participate.

Please join de la Femme for an evening of enlightening discussion over dinner, as well as the opportunity to network with some amazing women.  The first few registrants will receive a FREE gift.

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Date:   Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 6 PM

Location: The Broad Institute (Board Room), Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA

Dinner and drinks will be provided.  Registration is required, check-in at front desk.

Register at: http://delafemmeleanin.eventbrite.com/

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Register for our “Peak Performance for Profits” Event

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Register for our next event at www.delafemme7cs.eventbrite.com

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Peak Performance for Profits: 3 Steps to go from an Underdog to Unstoppable – Remove the Inner B.S. & Boost Your Bottom Line!

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Dr. Colleen Suchecki

Are you not getting the results you know you are capable of?

Are you playing too small and it’s time to step up and STAND OUT?

Imagine…

~Being able to take a quantum leap forward in your career or business!

~Having so much confidence in yourself that you felt UNSTOPPABLE!

~Adding $1,000s to your monthly income!

 

In this powerful interactive presentation you will learn:

~ How you are sabotaging your results and how to stop them!

~ Your secret weapon that is the short cut to big profits!

~ One powerful way to instantly break free from fear that is holding you back!

Dr. Colleen Suchecki is a former chiropractor and now a Peak Performance Coach.  After working for nearly 10 years as a chiropractor, Colleen co-created a multiple 6 figure private practice in under 2 years from scratch.  On one hand, it was wildly successful, and on the other hand, how she was living her life and running her business was killing her.  After the birth of her second child 3 years ago, she started getting severe stress and panic attacks that were paralyzing and left her out of work for over 4 months.  Refusing medication, she found natural, powerful, effective ways to instantly break out of the stress, anxiety, and panic.

Once she was able to return to work she realized that she had to share her experiences with women and teach these tools.  Her transformation was so amazing that she has now dedicated her work as a Speaker & Peak Performance Coach that helps women feel UNSTOPPABLE by removing inner barriers, igniting their power, and helping them instantly access their peak state so they can make more money and a bigger difference in the world.  These tools have helped Colleen quadruple her coaching business in the past year and have helped many others double or triple their income in short periods of time.

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Date:   Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 6 PM

Location: The Broad Institute (Board Room), Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA

Dinner and drinks will be provided.  Registration is required, check-in at front desk.

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Frances Toneguzzo emphasizes that each career step is a learning opportunity

The quote “Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder” by Patti Sellers, mentioned in Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In”, was definitely echoed at Frances Toneguzzo’s talk at our de la Femme event last night.

Frances shared the story of her career journey from academic science to becoming Executive Director of Partners Healthcare Research Ventures and Licensing.  It was refreshing to have Frances speak in such a candid manner, and to hear from an extremely successful career-oriented woman that she took a circuitous path in her career.

Frances divulged that she wasn’t necessarily successful in every stage of her career path, but she emphasized that she gained important skills each time.  She encouraged us to work hard and to view each step in our careers as a learning opportunity.  Also, we should realize that no decision is forever and that it can be changed so we shouldn’t worry unnecessarily that we are making wrong decisions.  The correct decision is the decision that is the best for us at that time.  And, yes, major decisions can be quite scary, but we need to trust in ourselves and our abilities and always work hard.

Another part of our conversation that was quite memorable for me and I applaud Frances for having shared it, was that she took time off from her career when her children were young.  She didn’t regret it and had always planned to go back to her career afterwards.  She suggested that we can and should stay current with what is going on in our field during time off and that this would help ease our transition back.  In Frances’ case, she maintained enough of a presence by doing some consulting that had a low time commitment.

Another lesson learned from Frances that resonated with the group was the importance of self-promotion and self-confidence.  She said that generally men are better self-promoters and they are not shy about asking for promotions and salary increases.  She also mentioned that women in general feel that their managers will notice their good work and they will be recognized appropriately, but this might not always be the case as the hard work might go unacknowledged if one does not self-promote.   Everyone in the meeting resonated with this topic and some members suggested practicing self-promotion among their peers in order to become comfortable doing this.

Frances also talked about career options in the technology transfer field and how to go about applying in this field for PhD graduate students.  She suggested they could gain some hands-on experience by applying for internship programs at tech transfer offices.  These careers could be viable options to gain valuable business skills.  And, besides the traditional role of licensing managers, there are emerging jobs such as project managers and alliance managers that can help accelerate research projects and partnerships with industry.

We thank Frances Toneguzzo again for sharing her amazing story and lessons learned during her career.

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A review of Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In

For those of you who haven’t had a chance to read Sandberg’s book, please do.  It was a thought-provoking and fast read.  Although Sheryl doesn’t go into extensive detail about many of the studies on gender inequality that she highlighted in her book, it was nevertheless a fantastic overview of the status of the current gender gap, with references for those who wanted to delve deeper.

I must admit that before I even picked up the book, I had read some opinion pieces that charged Sandberg with blaming women for the gender gap and so I already harbored some level of skepticism about her views.  However, having read the book in its entirety, I think she did a fantastic job of arguing that there are various causes that lead to gender inequality, with many obstacles imposed by institutional, social, and cultural norms.  All these things lead to a lack of support and encouragement for women in career advancement, leading them to think it is in their best interest to lean back from the work place, making it less likely that these women will become leaders that can change and remove those obstacles for future generations, thus generating a self-perpetuating cycle.

In addition, Sheryl made it very clear that if a women chooses to lean back from her career to spend more time with her kids, she still has a full time career as a mother and not only is this OK but it is very admirable.  But the key word here is CHOICE.  What she does argue is that, in our world as it is today, women don’t yet have real choice.  Some women might choose to lean back from her career because the world has made it harder for her to continue choosing to have a career – so then is this real choice?  Lastly, she argues that similar attitudes can be seen for men, that our society still lacks full acceptance that it is perfectly normal for men to choose to lean in to raising their children in order to support the women leaning into their career.  I acknowledge that I’m not yet at the stage where I have to make the decision between a career and children, so I don’t know how difficult it can be, but I hope that I have real choice and no matter what that choice is, I also hope I am not criticized for it.

Overall a worthwhile read to get people thinking and discussing this important issue.  This topic is a deeply personal and emotional one, with vastly different viewpoints.  And, although I personally don’t agree with every one of Sheryl’s points, I think it’s admirable that she is speaking out about it.  The more conversations we have, the more likely we are to acknowledge that there still is a gender gap so that we can identify ways to close it.  There is not a single solution, and it will certainly take time, but hopefully we can all work together to help close it faster.  This is what de la Femme aims to do.  Together we can make a difference.

Please join de la Femme and our speaker Frances Toneguzzo, PhD, Executive Director of Partners Healthcare Research Ventures and Licensing at our next event on April 30th, 2013.  Frances will share with us opportunities and lessons learned in her career path from academia to biotech and startup companies to the tech transfer field, and advice on how to carve out your own career advancement opportunities.  Come meet Frances for an evening of insightful discussion over dinner.  Register at www.delafemme6ft.eventbrite.com

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Register for “Opportunities, Challenges and Lessons Learned: Navigating the Career Jungle Gym”

“Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder” is a quote by Patti Sellers referenced in Sheryl Sandberg’s new book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.

How does one explore the many paths one can take to career success?

Our speaker for the April meeting will be Frances Toneguzzo, PhD, Executive Director of Partners Healthcare Research Ventures and Licensing.  Register at www.delafemme6ft.eventbrite.com

Frances will share with us opportunities and lessons learned in her career path, and advice on how to carve out your own career advancement opportunities.
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Frances is Executive Director of Research, Ventures & Licensing at Partners HealthCare. Her team oversees the management and licensing of intellectual property, and serves as the entry point for all industrial relationships relating to research, support of research or technology transfer.

Prior to coming to Partners, Frances was Director of the Office for Technology and Industry Collaboration at Tufts University/New England Medical Center, and as Associate Director at Harvard University where she was responsible for intellectual property relating to the life sciences. She comes from the biotech industry, having played various technical and business development roles at big pharma (E. I du Pont & Co) as well as midsized (EG & G Biomolecular) and startup companies (One Cell Systems). She holds a PhD in biochemistry from McMaster University in Canada.
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Date:   Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 6 PM

Location: The Broad Institute, Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA

Dinner and drinks will be provided.  Registration is required, check-in at front desk.

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Transferable Skills at the Life Sciences Event

de la Femme was thrilled to have Lauren Celano, Co-Founder and CEO of Propel Careers, speak at our Life Sciences event.  We were also very glad to have SAI Life Sciences, an India-based CRO, sponsor this event, and that Yu Chen, Director of Business of Development at SAI Life Sciences, was in attendance.

Lauren gave us a great overview of the life sciences landscape and the many career options available in this space.  She also highlighted transferable skills that we need to consider as we think about our careers.  She informed us that we all have skills that we might overlook as we market ourselves to future employers, and that it is helpful to think about how best to highlight these skills and make a brand for ourselves.

Here are some photos from the evening:

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