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A full house at the Cambridge Adult Education Center

April at the new Beat Hotel Brasserie

Women In Cambridge puts the spotlight on new arrivals in April! Hear from doula, Abbi Harper, on working with expectant women and establishing a practice in Cambridge. And for those of us well past the child birth stage (or avoiding it altogether), one of Harvard Square’s newest restaurants will tempt us with flights of specialty beers and creative cocktails. Beat Hotelopened this past year bringing the bohemian vibe and live music of South End’s Beehive to our side of the river.

We thought Beat Hotel would be a perfect way to continue the celebration we started in March with Union Square Donuts and Booze Époque. A big thanks to everyone who turned out, including our friends from the Harvard Square Business Association. If you missed it, here are a few photos to catch you up!

Harmony from Booze Époque and Heather of Union Square Donuts team up.

Harmony from Booze Époque and Heather of Union Square Donuts team up.

A full house at the Cambridge Adult Education Center

A full house at the Cambridge Adult Education Center

Donuts!

Donuts!

We hope to see you all in April, when we will be giving co-organizer, Jaclyn Sinay, a great send off before she turns to all things baby for the remainder of the spring!

Save the Date in May

On May 20th, Women In Cambridge are at Forty Winks in Harvard Square.

Indulge in some true springtime celebration with us on May 20th when we are hosted by Cambridge’s woman-owned Forty Winks Lingerie Boutique. Sip Prosecco and nibble on Savenor’sdelicacies while owners Meredith Donaldson and Rachel Wentworth share how they conjure up elegance and fun in the heart of Harvard Square.

And who better to cap a night of springtime wanderings than our very own Women In Cambridge member Pavlina Atanasova? We will ask Pavlina to tell us how she turned a love of being out and about in the world all day into a personal concierge business.

Leave your laptop behind, and let’s welcome in spring together!

May at Forty Winks with Pavlina Atanasova

Donuts, Cocktails & Extravagance for March!

First off, thanks to all of you who braved some truly miserable temperatures to join usWomen in Cambridge at Catalyst in front of the fire at Catalyst Restaurant. Through a careful system of placing the newest arrivals closest to the fire until their toes thawed, I think we were able to keep everyone happy and warm. Many of you have shared how much you enjoyed Selena Tan’s discussion of her coaching business, O Positive Coaching, and several others got a chance to meet their neighbors (a special hello to the Cambridgeport contingent!).

With spring coming (albeit slowly), we thought it was time for a little over the top fun. So, on March 26th from 6-8pm, we will convene at the newly renovated kitchen classrooms at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education at 42 Brattle St. in Harvard Square.

We’ve invited Heather Schmidt, owner and pastry chef at Union Square Donuts, to tempt us with her sugary creations.  And the women of Booze Époque will be showing us how to mix one of their signature cocktails from their array of “boutique cocktails and spirit alchemy.” Selena Tan & Rosi AmadorWhether you are curious about the challenges of starting a specialty food or drink business, or you just feel like Wednesdays deserve a tasty ending, join us as we celebrate some warming temperatures and some always-warm company.

February 17th: O Positive @ Catalyst, Kendall Square

Ok, so we know the winter has got a few of you down. You braved driving snow and arctic temperatures for both the December and January Women In Cambridge MeetUps, and we’re asking a lot to get you out in this stuff again. So how about some incentive?

February in New England is all about looking for a  way to kick things back into gear (while surviving the last dregs of winter). So, we’ve asked our esteemed co-organizer, Selena Tan of O Positive Coaching to inspire us, and we’ve claimed the gorgeous and gleaming fireside lounge area at Catalyst Restaurant to have her do it.

Selena will tell us a little about why an MBA with a human resources background left the corporate ranks to start her own career and business coaching shop and share stories about how people turn career challenges into life changing moments. It’s a great time to get a few of your own questions in!

We chose Catalyst Restaurant this month to introduce you to one of Cambridge’s thriving Kendall Square favorites. Chef/Owner William Kovel’s kitchen focuses on sourcing locally-grown organic produce and wild farm-raised food to serve up an array beautifully constructed and ridiculously tasty dishes (I should know–I did the “research” for this event). You will find Catalyst an easy walk from Kendall T station in Technology Square, just off of Main St.

See you fireside!Catalyst 3

January: Women’s Coding Collective at the Cambridge Innovation Center’s Venture Cafe

Next week, Women in Cambridge teams up with the Women’s Coding Collective, a dynamic group of women working in web design and technology in the Boston area. And where better to showcase women in the tech scene than the Cambridge Innovation Center? Hosted by Revolution Capital, the event takes place on the evening of January 21st in the Venture Cafe on the 5th Floor. Join us for wine, local appetizers courtesy of Savenor’s Butcher & Market, and our usual mix of great information and plenty of socializing and inspiration. We will have computer and large screens hooked up so that you can show off some of your own web designs (or help you find that web consultant you’ve been meaning to hire).

The Innovation Center checks ID at the door, so bring your ID, and shoot us an email to say that you’re coming. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thanks, too, to everyone who joined us at Ten Thousand Villages to raise money for the Cambridge Community Art Center. Those of you who braved the weather were rewarded with gourmet appetizers and hot mulled cider. We hope you all were as inspired as we were by the creativity and passion that both of these organizations support.

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Innovation for the New Year

On January 21st, Women in Cambridge celebrates the New Year at the Cambridge Innovation Center (where else?). We will meet at the most talked about spot in town, the CIC’s Venture Cafe to hear from one of our favorite (and most innovative) Cambridge businesses–Web Start Women.

The CIC is a working environment that has become an international model for incubating innovation, start up’s and business collaboration. Boasting “more start ups than anywhere else on the planet,” CIC has been growing steadily beyond its original walls.

At the heart of the CIC experiment is Venture Cafe, a nonprofit, actual cafe-styled space where CIC members gather throughout the week to work. On Thursday evenings every week, Venture Cafe also becomes an event that brings together CIC members and an international crowd to encourage the sharing of ideas and resources. As guests of Revolution Capital, Women in Cambridge will take over the cafe on this Tuesday evening and open our discussion up to folks throughout the CIC.

We can’t think of a better featured business for the evening than Web Start Women. If you have not seen their MeetUp page yet, take a look. Started by Nicole Noll and Susan Buck to give women in web design and coding the chance to get together, WSW now provides a rotating series of classes for everything from “wrangling HTML” to creating an online portfolio for beginners. At only $20 to $25 for a class, WSW has become the favorite destination for women in and around Cambridge who want to tackle web projects of all sorts. And Web Start Women’s free project nights are one of the city’s best kept secrets.

Join us on January 21st, and bring a friend, for an insider’s tour of the innovative heart of Cambridge.Web Start Women

Great food and videos…

Last Monday night’s meet up at Park Restaurant in Harvard Square brought us a little away from the topic of starting businesses and changing careers to the always-thorny question of marketing. These days, just about everyone is involved in marketing, no matter what our official job title, and the majority of us do it with a sneaking suspicion that we aren’t entirely qualified.

With a lot of help from Julia Cruz of Good Life Production, we took a few minutes from our socializing to think about how businesses actually use video these days. Between stories of video ideas that DON’T work (“I want to make a viral video”), Julia gave us the hard realities of what DOES work–like getting key parts of your message out in the first 20 seconds.

Thank you to Good Life for the tips and to Park for reserving us a beautiful little room and taking such care of us (how do Lee’s restaurants always find such great staff people?). See you all in December and January for our next big events!