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March 7, 2024
Tech Runs Boston: Financial Literacy for Early Career Workers
Financial Literacy, IP Protection, and Podcast Tour Series
March 7, 2024
Tech Runs Boston: Financial Literacy for Early Career Workers
This latest Tech Runs Boston program will guide participants through crafting a successful financial strategy tailored for a young professional working in the tech industry in 2024. After this program you will be able to set achievable goals, build a financial foundation to follow your dreams, and look beyond to your 401K and investment portfolios. This program will break down a winning financial strategy now and well into the future. Some of these strategies and tactics can also transfer to your professional career, such as managing a budget.   Key Topics Include:   Strategic Goal Setting: Equipping participants with the skills to articulate and pursue clear financial objectives, fostering a roadmap for sustained growth and stability. Financial Literacy Development: Exploring avenues for continuous learning in financial literacy, identifying opportunities for skill enhancement and adaptability in the ever-changing financial landscape. Investment Portfolio Management: Delving into the initiation of stable investment portfolios, accompanied by insights into avoiding common pitfalls within the stock market, ensuring informed and prudent financial decision-making.   This program is tailored for:   Young Professionals: Individuals within the first five years of their tech careers seeking to optimize their financial strategies for long-term success. Tech Industry Workers Under 35: Professionals under the age of 35 in the tech sector, aiming to upskill and establish valuable networks with fellow emerging leaders. Recent Graduates and Graduate Students: Aspiring tech industry entrants, including recent graduates and graduate students, looking to gain a comprehensive understanding of effective financial strategies within the dynamic tech landscape.    
March 7, 2024
Humankind Podcast Tour: Relaxed Focus - David Allen's 'Getting Things Done'
Financial Literacy, IP Protection, and Podcast Tour Series
March 7, 2024
Humankind Podcast Tour: Relaxed Focus - David Allen's 'Getting Things Done'
Calling all documentary and storytelling podcast enthusiasts! Step into the world of “Humankind: Voices of Hope and Humanity” on a stop on their listening tour featuring the insightful episode, “Relaxed Focus: David Allen’s ‘Getting Things Done.’” Hosted by public radio luminary David Freudberg, this unique audio documentary explores the pervasive challenge of feeling overwhelmed in our fast-paced, information-loaded lives. The session will begin with listening to the Humankind Podcast episode called: Relaxed Focus: David Allen’s ‘Getting Things Done’ followed by a guided discussion with podcaster and host David Freudberg. In this episode, you’ll discover practical solutions presented by best-selling author David Allen, who delves into more than just the chaos of emails and cell phone interruptions. This is a journey to redefine focus in an age inundated with information. Gain invaluable insights that go beyond the daily grind, offering relaxation techniques that resonate with entrepreneurs, creatives, investors, and non-profits alike. David Freudberg, with a career spanning award-winning programs on NPR and partnerships with institutions like GBH in Boston, will guide you through a thought-provoking inquiry into this common dilemma. With his extensive “journey of listening,” from the Supreme Court to Zen monasteries, David offers a perspective that transcends the ordinary. Don’t miss this opportunity to broaden your horizons and explore new ways of managing the complexities of modern life. Join us for a captivating listening experience that invites you to ponder life’s meaning and find focus amidst the noise.
March 14, 2024
Meet the Founders: Boston Innovation Gateway and MYllenium Award-Winners
Startup Success & Business Agility
March 14, 2024
Meet the Founders: Boston Innovation Gateway and MYllenium Award-Winners
Join us for an insightful panel discussion featuring CEO Manuel Mendes of Boston Innovation Strategy alongside two distinguished founders, winners of the MYllenium Award - "Viola Walk Home," represented by Laura De Dilectis (CEO) and Ilaria Saliva (COO), an innovative app designed to ensure your safety when traveling. Viola offers comprehensive security measures before, during, and after an event, leveraging both technology and volunteers to provide peace of mind on the road. Learn more about their groundbreaking approach at Website: violawalkhome.com."Involve Spaces," represented by Jonathan Polotto (CEO) and Claudio Piazzai (COO), a company at the forefront of the global landscape with their pioneering stratospheric pseudo-satellite platform. Their intelligent software, Neurostar®, offers cutting-edge Earth monitoring and atmospheric research solutions with minimal environmental impact. Explore the future of space technology with Involve Spaces at Website: involvespace.eu.Moderating this engaging discussion is Kris Mondlane, Innovation Strategist at CIC's Captains of Innovation. Join us as we delve into the innovative ventures and groundbreaking technologies shaping the future of industry and beyond. Don't miss this opportunity to gain insights from industry leaders and visionary entrepreneurs!
April 4, 2024
Enabling a New Era of Precision Medicine for Complex Chronic Diseases
Thursday Gathering
April 4, 2024
Enabling a New Era of Precision Medicine for Complex Chronic Diseases
Precision medicine holds immense potential not only within oncology but also across chronic diseases, which affect billions of people and account for more than 80% of the $10T healthcare spending worldwide. Chronic diseases represent populations with huge unmet medical need, whether that is as basic as having their disease diagnosed quickly and accurately (as with endometriosis, long COVID or ME/CFS), or finding new therapeutic options and tools to help select the right therapy for a specific patient. Chronic diseases such as endometriosis, cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, neurodegenerative conditions, and autoimmune diseases are very often multifactorial in nature, resulting from combinations of genetic predisposition, environmental influences, and lifestyle factors. Like cancer where different mutations respond to different medicines, this means that within a disease population, a treatment which is effective for one subgroup of patients may not be effective for others with the same diagnosis. However, because combinations of multiple genes and other factors are involved, identifying the real drivers of complex diseases has been more challenging. The opportunity for biopharma is in understanding which targets and treatments will work for each distinct subgroup of patients within a single diagnostic label. By revealing these drivers of disease with mechanism-based patient stratification, I will share a new combinatorial approach that is now enabling precision medicine in multiple complex chronic diseases. As our understanding of complex disease biology continues to advance, we will see precision medicine becoming a central pillar of how we approach and manage chronic diseases, with personalized diagnosis, treatment, and prevention strategies that are tailored to the specific needs of patient subgroups, ultimately improving patient outcomes and quality of life.
April 18, 2024
The Draft Room
April 18, 2024
The Draft Room
Welcome to The Draft Room, a supportive community where founders, investors, creatives, artists, job hunters, and more come together to hone their technical writing projects, refine copy, update resumes, and elevate their craft.   Led by Parker Lemal-Brown, a seasoned TV writer, producer, and ESG/social enterprise strategy consultant, The Draft Room offers a unique blend of expertise and creative insight. With a background in marketing and business strategy for social enterprises like Sumbon, as well as experience in translation and nonprofit work in Dakar, Senegal, Parker brings a diverse perspective to the table.   Parker’s extensive career in television includes work on groundbreaking series such as TRANSPARENT (Amazon), GREASE: RISE OF THE PINK LADIES (Paramount), and BRIDGERTON (Netflix). Additionally, as an executive at Roadmap Writers and a story analyst for The Black List, Parker is deeply embedded in the entertainment industry, providing invaluable guidance to emerging artists.   Currently an independent consultant, Parker specializes in ESG research, content strategy, script feedback, LGBTQ+ representation, and career development for artists. Their passion lies in connecting new ideas to audiences and turning empathy into action, making them a natural fit for guiding creatives through complex challenges.   At The Draft Room, you’ll find a welcoming space to collaborate, receive constructive feedback, and refine your projects with the support of a diverse and talented community. Whether you’re looking to polish your writing, enhance your storytelling skills, or navigate the ever-changing landscape of the creative industry, The Draft Room is here to help you succeed.   Join us and tap into Parker’s wealth of knowledge and experience as we work together to bring your ideas to life and make meaningful impact in the world. Let’s create something extraordinary, one draft at a time.
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We are located in the heart of Kendall Square on the fifth floor of CIC One Broadway, located at One Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142 (Google Maps). Please bring a government-issued ID for entry and check in at the Concierge desk.

Parking – The building offers a public parking garage for your convenience, which is available for use. The entrance is on Third Street.

Public Transit – The MBTA Red Line Kendall Square stop is located across the street from CIC One Broadway. MBTA Bus lines are around the corner: 86, 85, 64.

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