May 9th, 2017
This week we were joined by Lori Abrams, who shared her expertise in negotiation and communication with us. Lori discussed issues of inequality in the workplace, especially regarding gender. While negotiation can feel uncomfortable for many women, it is a skill that must be learned and can make a huge difference in closing the gender pay gap. We learned that it is important to go into negotiation with the mindset that is not a battle, but a process that will create better solutions for everyone involved. This does not mean that women should lower expectations or try to act less assertive. We must understand our value, and make that value clear. Women need to learn to negotiate with higher expectations, and be willing to work to get what we deserve. We should not be afraid to negotiate, and if we research, plan, anticipate challenges, and prepare for negotiations, we will see the benefits.
Thank you Lori for taking the time to teach us about such an important topic!
Hope to see you all at the next meeting!