Meet Some Special AAUW Salary Negotiation Facilitators

June 20, 2016

We love all our AAUW salary negotiation facilitators, as so many of them go above and beyond their yearly requirements of participating in a training session, attending a refresher webinar, and facilitating at least one AAUW Work Smart or AAUW Start Smart workshop per year. They are passionate advocates and ambassadors who promote AAUW workshops in local communities, on campuses, and with other organizations. They help educate thousands of women each year to be successful negotiators and are playing a critical role in our efforts to close the gender wage gap. They are the backbone of our salary negotiation program, and we deeply appreciate their dedication.

Here are just a few of our fantastic facilitators from across the country:

Amy Getty
Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa
AAUW Work Smart Facilitator

Amy Getty

Amy Getty is a professor of English at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she teaches courses from American literature to graphic novels to women’s studies. She co-advises the AAUW college/university partner at Grand View and is involved with AAUW at the local and state levels as well. In her spare time she reads (mostly books by women authors), spends time with her husband, and takes care of her cats.

“Everyone talks about the gender pay gap, but few people or programs offer solutions beyond contacting reluctant legislators. With this in mind, I found out about and brought AAUW Start Smart to Grand View University three years ago,” she says. “AAUW Start Smart helps students understand that not only do they bring value to a workplace, but also they are not without agency in choosing to share their gifts with the right employer — one who will treat them fairly, not just the first one to offer them a job. This shift in perspective alone is worth the time and effort it takes to endorse and facilitate this program.”

Michele Taylor
Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas
AAUW Start Smart Facilitator and National Member

Michele Taylor

Michele Getter Taylor is assistant dean of the Texas Southern University Graduate School, where she has worked since 1980. A native of Beacon, New York, she graduated from the Taylor Business Institute in New York City and worked for the New York Daily News. She went on to receive her bachelor’s and doctorate degrees from Texas Southern University and her master’s from Colorado State University.

Taylor is a strong advocate for professionalism and strives for success. Her drive to ensure young women and men are educated about the true economics of life, as well as her personal experience with struggling for equal pay at work, inspired her to join AAUW and become an AAUW salary negotiation facilitator.

Stacy Lennon
Founder of X Squared Consulting Inc.
AAUW Work Smart in Boston Facilitator

Stacy Lennon

As a negotiation adviser, trainer, and coach, Stacy Lennon has spent 20 years helping women and men navigate all kinds of complex negotiation challenges. When she learned of Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s initiative to bring AAUW Work Smart to her city, she jumped at the chance to get involved. “I love having the opportunity to give back to the city I call home and to help women gain more skill and confidence in negotiating effectively for themselves,” she says. “In fact, I am so passionate about this issue that I recently founded X Squared Consulting Inc. to support women working in STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math] fields.”

 

Pamela Lomax
First Deputy in the Massachusetts Office of the State Auditor
AAUW Work Smart in Boston Facilitator

Pamela Lomax

Pamela Lomax had experience negotiating for herself, but she learned new and critical information when she attended an AAUW Work Smart workshop held in her neighborhood in 2015. “I attended the workshop for the selfish reason of adding to my own skills, but made a decision at the end of the workshop to get involved to help other women learn what I learned,” she says. “I was particularly struck by the salary numbers for women of color and asked the Boston program manager if I could be used to facilitate workshops geared to those women as well as others. Facilitating the workshops continues to be a learning experience for me, since each group is very different and has its own questions and stories to share.”

Lomax says that these different experiences, combined with the excellent AAUW curriculum, make the workshops invaluable. “In the six workshops I’ve facilitated so far, I’ve gained just as much knowledge as I have hopefully shared,” she says. When not facilitating AAUW Work Smart workshops, Lomax is the first deputy in the Massachusetts Office of the State Auditor, and she recently completed her MPA at the University of Massachusetts McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies.

Denise Simpson
Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
AAUW Work Smart in Boston Facilitator

Denise Simpson

Denise Simpson is delighted to work for a company that cares about the salary negotiation workshop initiative. As a junior in college, she came home during a break and asked her dad, “Did you know that women get paid less than men in the same job?” As it turned out, he did know. Both of Simpson’s parents were engineers at Boeing, “and although my mother had a college degree like my father, she did not earn the same as he did,” she says. “Wage equity is a topic I have been passionate about ever since.”

As a woman, a financial adviser, and a mother of two young daughters, Simpson is especially proud to be working on encouraging women to confidently articulate their worth and believe in their skills and abilities.

Sarah E. McCue
Wealth Advisory Associate, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
AAUW Work Smart Facilitator

Sarah E. McCue

When Sarah McCue heard about AAUW’s programs to educate women on how to negotiate for a fair salary, she knew immediately that she wanted to be involved. “Helping women feel empowered around their finances and closing the gender pay gap are very important causes to me,” she says. “I was thrilled when I got the opportunity to share this education with my alma mater Simmons College in Boston.”

Outside of being an AAUW salary negotiation workshop facilitator, McCue is a wealth advisory associate and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® at Morgan Stanley in Boston as well as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®. When she’s not in the office, she likes to enjoy downtown Boston and explore the city’s different neighborhoods.

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Dorrie Sieburg By:   |   June 20, 2016