Start the week by strengthening your brand

Kick off your week with learning, building, and pitching: Check out this week’s opportunities.


Today: Tools for Impact: Building Your Personal Brand, hosted by ImpactHub Boston, 50 Milk St., 20th floor, Boston. 5:30-7:30 p.m. FREE. Register HERE. Communicating, building and profiting from your personal brand goes a long way toward ensuring your venture’s success. In this interactive workshop with MassChallenge Director of Programming Rachel Spekman, you’ll get the tools you need to develop that brand.

Tuesday, Dec 13: Lean In Holiday Celebration, hosted by Lean In Boston Chapter at WeWork Fort Point, 51 Melcher St., Boston. 6-8 p.m. FREE. Register HERE. Join the Lean In community for a end-of-year holiday bash and networking get-together.

Building a Diverse Workforce in Edtech, hosted by LearnLaunch Institute, 281 Summer St., 2nd floor, Boston. 6-8 p.m., FREE. Register HERE. The persistent diversity gap affects companies in countless industries. Recruiting women and minorities is integral to a strong work force, yet successful implementation is challenging. Join LearnLaunch’s workshop on methods to build and sustain a diverse work force.

Wednesday, Dec. 14: Introduction to Spark for Data Engineers, Data Scientists and Developers, hosted by Whit Smith and IBM, 1 Rogers St., Cambridge, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Register HERE. Any developers and engineers looking to master a new open source framework: IBM is offering a day of instruction and exercises aimed at perfecting your Apache Spark knowledge. All you bring is your laptop.

Thursday, Dec. 15: Boston: Startup Institute Fall Talent Expo, hosted by Startup Institute at New England Aquarium, IMAX Theater, 1 Central Wharf, Boston. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. FREE. Register HERE. Come to Startup Institute’s annual talent expo, where its 2016 fall graduates will pitch their talents to the panel of founders and tech experts. If you are a founder looking to build up your talent, this expo is recruitment gold: These students are accomplished, motivated and waiting to join your team.

Big Idea Lab, hosted by Awesome Videomakers, at Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect St., Suite 308, Cambridge. 6:30-9 p.m. FREE. Register HEREWorkbar Cambridge offers an awesome opportunity to present your business venture and challenges to a panel of coaches and business owners. You’ll get invaluable feedback, advice and networking with potential investors and partners.

Friday, Dec. 16: Business Writing 2.0, hosted by Harvard Ed Portal at Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Avenue, Allston. 9 a.m.-noon. FREE. Register HERE. If you’re looking to fine tune your business writing chops, join Harvard Ed Portal’s business writing workshop. Writing Company experts will be on hand to help you communicate more effectively and professionally.

Saturday, Dec. 17: Black Girls CODE Boston Chapter Presents: Build a Mobile App in a Day hosted by Black Girls Code, General Assembly, 125 Summer St., 13th Floor, Boston. FREE. Register HERE. Aspiring coders: Black Girls CODE is throwing an app development workshop specifically for girls ages 10-17. You’ll learn invaluable coding tools, tips and confidence.

Sunday, Dec. 18: Holiday Lecture Series 2016, hosted by Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University Science Center. 1 Oxford St., Hall B, Cambridge. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Register HERE. Getting your kids interested in science is a piece of cake at The Science in a Bubble: Illuminating Interfaces holiday lecture at Harvard’s Science Museum. Audience participation and hands-on experiments not only make for a fun weekend family activity, but will leave a lasting impression about how cool earth science is.