Be a Salary Negotiation Workshop Ambassador
There are two ways to bring an AAUW salary negotiation workshop to your community or campus: (1) use the form below to recruit your local campus or community leaders to host a workshop; (2) attend a webinar to become a trained AAUW salary negotiation workshop ambassador and learn how to actively promote and recruit workshops in your region.
Recruit your local campus or community leaders
Become more involved as a trained AAUW ambassador
AAUW’s salary negotiation ambassadors are dedicated individuals who communicate with local campuses and organizations to promote AAUW Work Smart and AAUW Start Smart workshops in their region. We rely on ambassadors’ commitment and outreach efforts to build new relationships and increase our workshops’ reach.
Our ambassadors play an invaluable role in recruiting and organizing successful workshops. Here’s what that involves:
1. Attend a training.
To become an ambassador, you’ll need to attend a training.
2. Find your target sites.
You will identify and connect with campuses and organizations in your area and build a pitch to highlight the impact of salary negotiation in your community.
3. Share the news.
Ambassadors’ knowledge about their local communities, passion for AAUW, and dedication to pay equity have helped AAUW Start Smart and AAUW Work Smart grow across the country. With your support, we can continue to give thousands of women the confidence and skills they need to ask for what they’re worth.
Next steps for new ambassadors
Once you’re trained as an ambassador, the next step is to start recruiting sites to host workshops. Here’s how.
1. Find your target sites.
- Community Engagement: Collaborating with Diverse Organizations
Make sure you’re take a diverse and inclusive approach.
- Current workshop locations
Review the list to ensure that you don’t contact any of them.
- List of current AAUW college/university partner members
Start as these schools receive a discount on workshops for staff, faculty, and alumnae groups.
Brainstorm a list of target campuses or organizations in your area and determine if you or colleagues have a pre-existing relationship with them. If you don’t have those direct contacts, think about the following:
- Where can you promote the workshops?
- Can you connect with your local Chamber of Commerce to get their help in identifying potential host sites for AAUW Work Smart workshops?
- Are there local community colleges or universities that you could approach to host AAUW Smart Start workshops?
- Can you build relationships with nearby women’s organizations that could help identify sites, or host themselves?
2. Choose the right workshop.
Since you’ve identified your target, you can decide which workshop will fit their needs:
- AAUW Start Smart is specifically designed for college students about to enter the job market. The program emphasizes how to create personal budget.
- AAUW Work Smart is for working women of any age and career level. In addition to salary negotiation, participants also learn objective research skills to help them negotiate for raises and promotions.
3. Build your pitch.
Use the tools below to become more knowledgeable about pay equity. Then create a pitch to show businesses, colleges, and community organizations why hosting a salary negotiation workshop is the right choice!
Tools on the pay gap
4. Request a meeting.
You’ve identified your audience, done your research, and written your pitch. Use an e-mail to request a meeting.
If your contact is close by, you’ll want to consider an in-person meeting. If not, schedule a phone call. You are now ready to spread the word about AAUW’s salary negotiation workshops!
Once you’ve scheduled a meeting, send more information on AAUW salary negotiation programs to each attendee. If the meeting is in person, it’s a good idea to bring printed copies to the meeting.
5. Follow up.
After you’ve held your meeting, make sure you get back in touch with your contact.
- Send an e-mail thanking your contact using this template as a guide.
- If your contact agrees to host an AAUW salary negotiation workshop, it’s time to put them in touch with AAUW staff.
Salary negotiation is key for ensuring your own economic security and helping to close the gender pay gap, but most women aren’t doing it.
Research explains the pay gap in the United States; how it affects women of all ages, races, and education levels; and what you can do to close it.
Changing the gender pay gap
begins with you.