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So You Want to Write a Book? How to Write Right
That’s the advice a lot of consultants and academics get. Write a book, build visibility, get your ideas out there. It sounds good; after all, you’ve read some books. Now it’s time to write one. There’s only one little catch: actually doing it.
Writing a book is time consuming, and being an expert on your topic is only a small part of it. If you do it right, writing a book can be fun and a rewarding experience. If you don’t do it right, the whole project can feel like a grueling ordeal.
As the author of two books and countless articles, our speaker, Steve Balzac, has figured out how to do it right.
In this presentation, he will focus on what’s involved in
About Our Speaker:
Stephen R. Balzac is a consultant, author, and speaker. He is the president of 7 Steps Ahead (www.7stepsahead.com), an organizational development firm focused on helping businesses get unstuck and turn problems into opportunities. His two books are The 36-Hour Course in Organizational Development, published by McGraw-Hill, and Organizational Psychology for Managers, published by Springer Scientific.
SPC members have long expressed an interest in an additional channel for unstructured networking and just plain schmoozing about their business triumphs and trials. We launched our Meetups a while back, and have received very positive feedback from those participating ... and so we’re pleased to announce our next Lunchtime Meetup, to be held Friday, March 10, at 1 p.m.
For those who haven't yet participated, here’s how it works: You just show up!
No need to register or pay a fee.
We push tables together until there’s room for everyone. Find yourself something appealing to nosh on, settle at the cash register, and join the group.
We’ve picked 1 p.m. on a Friday as our start time to avoid the crush and let people take as much time as they feel they can afford…and maybe start a new conversation they can pick up later!
Remember: No registration is required!
Career Possibilities – A Joint Event: SPC and WEST
Once again, the Society of Professional Consultants is teaming up with WEST – Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology – for a joint event: a panel discussion on career possibilities. Each of our six speakers will present a different perspective on career. And since this is an SPC event, those perspectives will include pursuit of a career as a solo professional.
Each panelist will make a brief presentation to the whole group. Then we’ll break out into smaller groups so that attendees can talk further with the presenter(s) whose message seems most relevant to them. It may sound a little like speed dating. But it should be a good way for you to make valuable connections.
About Our Panelists:
Christine Bellon has over 20 years of legal, intellectual property, and management experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. She is currently the SVP of legal affairs and corporate secretary for Relay Therapeutics. Before joining Relay, she served as VP of legal affairs and corporate secretary at Blueprint Medicines. There she played key roles in building Blueprint’s global IP portfolio and in securing strategic partnerships in rare genetic diseases and cancer immunotherapy, as well as in Blueprint’s initial public offering. She has a BS in chemistry from Yale and a PhD in organic chemistry from MIT, as well as a JD from Columbia.
Christina De Mur has more than 25 years of experience in global medical/healthcare device design, development, and commercialization. While at Draeger Medical Systems (based in Andover) she held various roles, including VP of R&D responsible for the patient monitoring and systems portfolio (including telemetry, bedside monitoring, and central stations). She began her career in Boston as a clinical engineer in the operating room first at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and then at Tufts/New England Medical Center. She graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering from Boston University and has an MS in management from Lesley College.
Andy Moysenko is owner of Advyse, a consulting firm specializing in business transition planning. Advyse offers individual and group programs to enable successful late career transitions for business owners, professionals, and executives. Andy’s management experience has ranged from semiconductor products through public safety telecommunications systems. He has worked in DoD as well as commercial markets, and startup, mid-size, and Fortune 500 companies. Andy also has an interest in helping people learn how to manage their careers, from entry into mid-career and beyond. He holds BS and MS degrees from MIT in electrical engineering (solid state physics), plus an executive certificate in management and leadership from MIT’s Sloan School.
Natalia Olive has over 15 years of international experience with a strong focus on people and program management, plus strong technical skills. She completed a master’s in environmental engineering at MIT in 2002. Earlier, she completed a professional engineering degree in chemical engineering from the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology, and a postgraduate degree in health and safety engineering from the National Technological University of Argentina. Her work experience spans supply-chain management and oil production design, and has strongly focused on occupational health and safety.
Wenlin Shao, PhD, is director and project leader at AstraZeneca Oncology iMED. In this role, Wenlin is responsible for leading several multidisciplinary drug development projects and advancing novel cancer therapeutics from preclinical to clinical development. Before joining AstraZeneca last year, Wenlin spent 12 years in the Oncology Drug Discovery group at Novartis as group leader and senior investigator, where she led the development of several clinical candidates and was a key contributor to the oncology portfolio and strategy. Wenlin completed her postdoctoral training at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She obtained her BSc in biochemistry and PhD in experimental medicine from McGill University in Montreal.
Anne Thessen worked as a research oceanographer and phycologist (phycology is the study of seaweed) until 2013, when she decided to start her own data science company, The Data Detektiv. Anne has a BS in biology and a PhD in oceanography from the University of Maryland. She worked on biodiversity informatics and data sharing at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. Anne made the shift from academia to industry in 2013 and is pioneering an alternative career as an independent scientist through her company and her affiliation with the Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship. She is passionate about science, helping other academics transition into industry, and animal rescue.
About Our Moderator:
Stephen R. Balzac, PhD, is a consultant, author, and speaker. He is the president of 7 Steps Ahead (www.7stepsahead.com), an organizational development firm focused on helping businesses get unstuck and turn problems into opportunities. His two books are The 36-Hour Course in Organizational Development, published by McGraw-Hill, and Organizational Psychology for Managers, published by Springer Scientific.
** Note: New location **
This meeting will be at the offices of AstraZeneca, 35 Gatehouse Drive, Waltham, MA 02451.
(If you attended SPC events when we were meeting at the Waltham Woods Conference Center, you may recall passing AZ on the way up the hill.)
We’re expanding our series of lunchtime meet-ups! Join us for lunch at the Tavern in the Square, Porter Square, Cambridge, Friday, March 24, at 1 p.m.
As in Burlington, there is no need to register in advance, and there’s no fee to attend other than the cost of your meal. Just show up at the restaurant and ask for the Society of Professional Consultants table.
The Tavern in the Square is accessible by the Red Line (Porter Square), as well as MBTA Commuter Rail (the Fitchburg Line, also at the Porter Square station) and four bus lines.
The restaurant also offers free parking in its own lot plus validated parking in the adjacent lot. The Tavern’s own spaces are accessible by a driveway on the north side of the building (the far side if you are coming from Harvard Square). If you are coming down Mass Ave from Arlington or points north (that is, if you are heading toward Harvard Square) your best option may be the pay lot. Turn left at the light just short of the Porter T station, onto Somerville Avenue, and then right onto Beacon and right again onto Roseland Street. Be not dismayed by construction. With restaurant validation, your parking should be free in that lot, too.