Free Workshop Targets Salary Negotiations for Women

Workshop Facilitator Shelley Rossbach. Courtesy photo

Staff Report:

The American Association of University Women (AAUW), UNM-Los Alamos Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, and UNM-LA Student Government will provide a “$tart $mart” salary negotiation workshop 9 a.m. to noon Friday, March 1. in the Student Center Lecture Hall, Bldg. 2.

To register for the workshop, email Ivette Jimenez at Registration is not required, but workshop materials will not be available unless participants register. The workshop is free.

The workshop is intended to prepare women to negotiate their salaries and benefits as they enter the job market, however men are welcome to attend the workshop.

Current U.S. census data show that no progress has been made to close the gender wage gap, which now stands at 39 cents – women receive 61 cents for every dollar men receive.

Trained facilitator Shelley Rossbach will lead the workshop, which will provide women with tools to help them earn the pay they deserve.

Since 2009, $tart $mart has reached 192 campuses, many of which have made the workshop a repeat event.

“A $tart $mart salary negotiation workshop gives a young woman the tools, techniques, and just as important, the self-confidence to get paid what she is worth,” said Mary Jane Giesler, UNM-LA instructor and AAUW member.

AAUW has been at the forefront of research and advocacy on pay equity for many decades and in October 2012 released a report on the pay gap that women face just one year after college graduation.

“Today’s female college graduate potentially will earn more than half a million dollars less than her male counterpart over the course of her career because of the pay gap,” AAUW Executive Director Linda D. Hallman said. “$tart $mart helps ensure that graduating women know how to negotiate for equitable pay and appropriate benefits for their short- and long-term economic security. Negotiation skills alone won’t close the systemic gender wage gap, but they are critical to earning a fair, appropriate and comparable wage.”

$tart $mart workshop participants receive training to negotiate better starting salaries and benefits and practice these skills through role-playing exercises.

There is no other campus program that offers such detailed training on pay negotiation.

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