Teaching College Women Salary Negotiation: $tart $mart Workshops

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College women entering the job market need the confidence, knowledge, and skills required to negotiate their salaries and benefits. $tart $mart teaches them to do just that!

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When students leave the three-and-a-half-hour $tart $mart campus workshop, they will have learned

  • How the gender wage gap affects their lives
  • How to develop a personal budget based on their target salary
  • How to benchmark salary and benefits
  • How to negotiate for their first salary out of college

According to AAUW research, just one year after graduation, women earn just 82 percent of what their male counterparts earn, and that gender wage gap widens over the next 10 years.

More than 225 campuses throughout the United States have hosted $tart $mart workshops. Before a workshop, only 25 percent of attendees say they are confident that they could negotiate a salary and benefits package. That figure skyrockets to 91 percent upon completion of the workshop.

Find a $tart $mart Workshop near You

$tart $mart has a presence in 47 states, and more than 800 facilitators have been trained. Find out if there is a site near you, or review the schedule below for upcoming events.

State Campus Workshop date Includes facilitator training?
Colorado Colorado Mesa University May 4, 2015
Illinois American Chemical Society May 16, 2015
Oregon Linfield College May 8, 2015
Oregon Portland State University May 12, 2015
Texas Texas A&M University May 6, 2015
Washington Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars July 10, 2015
Wisconsin Alverno College May 13, 2015

Stay tuned for the announcement of more workshops in the 2015–16 school year!


Find a Work $mart Workshop Training near You

AAUW also offers the salary negotiation workshop for professional women. See the schedule below for upcoming events. To learn more about Work $mart, please contact AAUW Program Manager Dorrie Sieburg.

State Campus Workshop date Includes facilitator training?
Arizona Arizona YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix July 30, 2015

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$tart $mart Is Invaluable for Women

This workshop teaches college women one of the most important skills they will need throughout their careers. Over and over, $tart $mart attendees tell us how life-changing this workshop can be.

Working women know college women need the information and skill building that $tart $mart provides. Campuses that offer $tart $mart can be sure they’re making a real, measurable difference in the lives of students.”

— Lisa Rismiller, University of Dayton Women’s Center

If I had not come to this workshop tonight, I very likely would not have given this a thought and [would have] accepted a job offer without negotiation or even being aware that negotiation is possible and acceptable.”

— Colby College student


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