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W I T – Boston*

April 26th, 2013

We are very excited to have brought Women Inspire Tech to Boston!
Last night, Talener Group hosted a great evening for Boston’s inspiring lady professionals with delicious food and wine.
Laura Goldberg did a fabulous job leading the group discussion based on the book “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg.
Our next W.I.T. meetup will be on Wednesday, May 29th from 6:30-7:30pm! Bring your girlfriends!


Thursday, April 25th 2013
15 Broad Street, Suite 404
Boston, MA 02109

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The Truth About What Motivates Us

April 24th, 2013

This interesting video is about, “the surprising truth about what motivates us.”

The basic belief is two things:

1) if we reward something, we get more of what we want

2) if we punish something, we get less of what we want

There was a study done on this, and the result was interesting. For mechanical (physical tasks), this incentive worked. However, for cognitive tasks, this resulted in poor performance. So basically, for simple straight forward tasks, the results were great. When a task gets more complicated, the incentives don’t work. Money is a motivator, under certain conditions- if you don’t pay someone enough, there’s no motivation. The key is to pay them enough to not worry about money anymore, and this leads to autonomy (self-directed), mastery (get better at specific things), and purpose. Essentially, the profit motive must be tied into the purpose motive to maximize work. The overall message this video is trying to convey, is that we can build organizations and work places that make us better off, but we could also make the world just a little bit better.

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April 25th – Women Inspire Tech Meetup – Boston

April 24th, 2013

We are very excited to bring Women Inspire Tech to Boston!

Women Inspire Tech is a solution based meetup. Our goal is to increase the number of women leaders in tech. Our Mission is to take action and impact ourselves, to support woman who also aspire to reach higher. Our meetups are orchestrated to inspire boldness, with the intent to grow ourselves into leaders who touch people emotionally and empower others to contribute more than they ever have before. We view leadership as an action. We think leaders are made not born. We become leaders when we rise to the occasion. Our format is thus; a leadership topic based round robin discussion followed by a different group member sharing her story, telling her experience, challenges & insights along the way and ending with her short term / long term goals. The real power of the group is going to be simply…. knowing of Women Inspire Tech’s existence: that as you are perhaps the only woman or 1 of a few in your organization that there is this meetup on the last Thursday of every month happening throughout the country …even if you can’t be here 1 month you will know there are other like-minded women striving to achieve more and are cheering you on to be bolder, to speak up and reach higher when that occasion arises.

Join us on tomorrow, April 25th at 6:30pm
Talener: 15 Broad Street, Suite 404, Boston, MA 02109

Please RSVP and let us know if we can answer any questions!
Also, please feel free to bring along any female colleagues or friends in the tech space who are interested in joining us!

Ashley McNamara
Kimberly Siembieda

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Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

April 24th, 2013



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Technology in Healthcare

April 22nd, 2013

By: Michael Slovak

The Greater Boston Area has been known as a center for medical and healthcare innovation for the past half-century, with some of the nation’s best hospital systems, universities and pharmaceutical companies headquartered in Boston and the surrounding suburbs. Hospitals such as Massachusetts General and Beth Israel Deaconess are oft-mentioned for their groundbreaking therapies and treatments, while BU has lead the study of concussions in the brains of deceased professional athletes. While these institutions have been innovating for decades, technology companies that are focused specifically on healthcare are now becoming more prominent in the area as well.

One trend in particular that is being applied in various ways to healthcare is social networking. Patient-to-patient platforms, such as those built by a Cambridge, MA company PatientsLikeMe, allow individuals from across the globe to share their stories and treatments, and also allow people with rare ailments to connect and find support in each other from thousands of miles apart. Patients are now also able to connect with their doctors in radically different ways that in the past with the development of various doctor-to-patient platforms by companies such as ZocDoc or HealthTap. Patients are now able to access and compare massive amounts of data regarding various doctors, or they can get a medical opinion from one of thousands of registered doctors online, as opposed to waiting to get the family doctor on the phone. Doctors are finding new ways to connect with their peers as well with the advent of companies such as Sermo, developing doctor-to-doctor social networks, allowing knowledge gained through the treatment of a rare disease in Europe to be shared with a local doctor in Idaho facing the same threat.

The tech community in Boston has responded to the massive healthcare establishment already in place in Massachusetts by developing some of the world’s most innovative web-based products. With the introduction of Obamacare and the resulting increase in healthcare-related data, the Boston tech scene has been at the forefront of developing new ways for medical professionals to take advantage of all of this new knowledge.

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