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Reset Strategies: Making the Most of Stress through Concrete Strategies

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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Come join us to:

  • Learn how to manage your stress
  • Create positive habits, mindsets and behaviors to help promote your well-being
  • Identify key strategies for preventing burnout and stress overload

Dr. Kristen Lee, Ed.D., LICSW, known as “Dr. Kris,” will be discussing her book Reset: Make the Most of Your Stress. This will be followed by a panel discussion featuring local industry leaders sharing their career experiences and how resiliency has played a critical role in their success.

5:30pm – 6:00pm Registration with light refreshments
6:00pm – 7:15 pm Introductions & Dr. Lee Costa’s presentation
7:15pm – 7:45pm Panel Discussion
7:45pm – 8:30pm Open Networking

Speaker (Bio Below):

Panelists (Bio Below):

  • Bernadette “Bonnie” C. Fendrock: CEO & Co-founder, Cyta Therapeutics
  • Gaby Waldman-Fried: Mechanical Engineer, Loci Controls, Inc.
  • Madeline Martinez: Software Developer, DELL-EMC

MASS AWIS and SWE members $10* · Non-members $20*

*You may also purchase a copy of Dr. Lee’s book Reset: Make the Most of Your Stress: Your 24-7 Plan for Well-Being at the time of registration, at  discounted price.


Thanks to our sponsor for this event!

Kristen Lee

Dr. Kristen Lee, Ed.D., LICSW, known as “Dr. Kris”, is an award-winning behavioral sciences professor, clinician and author from Boston, Massachusetts.

As the Lead Faculty for Behavioral Science at Northeastern University, Dr. Kris’s research and teaching interests include individual and organizational well-being and resilience, particularly for marginalized and underserved populations. She 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, and the upcoming Mentalligene: A New Psychology of Thinking: Become a More Agile, Mindful and Conscious Citizen. She is a regular contributor for the Huffington Post and Psychology Today. Dr. Kris’s work has been featured on NPR and CBS radio.

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 at as a U.S. federal grant reviewer for the Departments of Minority Affairs, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, and Health and Human Services. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the American Psychological Association. She holds a BS from Worcester State University, MSW from Boston University and an EdD from Northeastern University.

In 2011, Dr. Kris was the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Award from Northeastern University for her “depth of knowledge” and “engaging teaching style”. In 2015, she was honored with the Distinguished Professional Achievement Award from Worcester State University as “a leader who lives by the highest intellectual and ethical standards”.

Dr. Kris’s signature ability to engage with a diverse range of audiences has led her to be invited to speak nationally and internationally to students, educators, health and mental health professionals, business leaders and general audiences. Her knowledge relates not only to her professional expertise, but several key life experiences: her personal battle with perfectionism and anxiety while working in high demand roles and parenting her two children, now ages 21 and 17. Because of her unique lens and her down-to-earth style, she is a sought-after speaker known for her positive presence and intellectual savvy.

Bernadette “Bonnie” C. Fendrock

Ms. Fendrock is the CEO and Co-founder of Cyta Therapeutics, a spin-out from UMass, Amherst and an advisor at Red Sky Partners, a boutique consulting firm providing corporate development, product strategy and leadership support to life sciences companies.

Cyta is developing nanotherapeutics based on the polymer chemistry platform of Professor S. “Thai” Thayumanavan. Prior to Cyta, Ms. Fendrock was CEO and Co-founder of Hepregen Corporation, a venture backed, commercial stage, MIT spin-out based on the bioengineered in vitro micro-liver platform developed by Professor Sangeeta Bhatia. In her 25 years of life science industry experience, Ms. Fendrock has worked in high growth, entrepreneurial environments where efficient execution to build new businesses is at a premium. In 2012, Ms. Fendrock was honored along with other innovation leaders as one of the Mass High Tech ‘Women to Watch’.

Ms. Fendrock has a general management background and has held roles in corporate and business development, marketing and program management from foundational biotechnology companies including Genzyme, Somatix, Genetics Institute and Acusphere. Prior to business school, she worked in research and product development at Integrated Genetics and Centocor. Ms. Fendrock received a BA, Molecular Biology from Wellesley College, a MS, Interdisciplinary Science from MIT and a MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania as a Management of Technology Fellow.

Gaby Waldman-Fried

Gaby is a Mechanical Engineer who works in the alternative energy field designing, developing and scaling technology. With experience at multiple Boston area start-ups, she knows what it takes to bring a product from concept to production. Gaby has most recently worked at Loci Controls, a landfill gas automation company that builds monitoring and control equipment to extract methane from trash. She was the 6th employee and the only woman at the company for most of her time there, and developed core technology that is now deployed at dozens of sites across the country. In addition to her paid work, Gaby is passionate about working to bring more women and LGBTQIA folks into engineering and technical fields. Gaby holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Olin College.

Madeline Martinez

Madeline Martinez is a software developer at DELL-EMC where she develops applications and tools that facilitate automation testing of data-storage system components. These systems, such as drives and storage processors, allow companies to securely store their data with minimal risk of data loss and provide information backup. In 2015, Madeline was invited to be part of a national campaign produced by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) and a Televisa Foundation called Technolochicas. The campaign’s primary goal was to inform and inspire young Latinas to consider careers in technology. Madeline continues to actively participate in the campaign, visiting schools around the US and motivating women to pursue careers in STEM. Madeline moved to the United States in 2007 to become an au pair of two beautiful children after earning her Bachelor’s in Electronics Engineering in Colombia, her home country. She started as a software engineer at DELL-EMC in 2012 after she earned her Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Madeline currently lives is Milford, MA with her husband, Hector, and their two small children, Matthew and Emily.

Reset Strategies: Making the Most of Stress through Concrete Strategies


Wednesday, September 13, 2017
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Autodesk, Inc. (6th Floor)
23 Drydock Ave.
Boston, MA 02210 United States
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